Zucchini Muffins

The BEST zucchini bread muffins EVER! Moist, sweet, packed with shredded zucchini, walnuts, dried cranberries, and spiced with vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg.

Zucchini muffins cooling on a rack.
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Now that we are living in the land of zucchini plenty (our zucchini plant is well along in its mission of total garden domination) we have ample opportunity to try out zucchini recipes.

I've been experimenting with muffins and have settled on this one, a riff on our banana bread recipe.

Much like the banana bread, these zucchini muffins are insanely good and insanely easy to make!

No mixer, wooden spoon only, and two bowls, though you could really even make the batter in one bowl. Very moist. Just sweet enough.

Video: How to Make Zucchini Muffins

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Zucchini Muffins

Nuts and Raisins Are Optional

I say that the nuts and raisins or dried cranberries are optional because today I watched my favorite 12-year old friend pick out all of them while still declaring how much she loved the muffins.

If you like nuts and raisins (or dried cranberries) by all means keep them in.

Zucchini muffins cooling on a rack.
Eliezer Martinez

A Tip About Zucchini

A quick note about the shredded zucchini used for this recipe. Zucchinis can vary considerably in their moisture content. If they are garden picked, they are likely to have a lot of moisture. If they are off season from the market, they may be on the dry side.

A trick my grandmother used to do when dealing with dry zucchini, was to shred it, sprinkle some water over it, then let it strain in a fine mesh sieve.

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Zucchini Muffins

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Servings 12 servings
Yield 12 Muffins

For those of you who prefer to use oil over butter, be my guest (use 1 cup vegetable oil instead of the butter) but I have to tell you, I've made these both ways, and the butter version tastes better.

If you are including both walnuts and dried fruit, you may have more batter than is needed for 12 muffins.

To measure out the flour if you don't have a kitchen scale, fluff up the flour in its container first. Then do a light scoop with a measuring cup in one motion. Level off the top with the side of a knife.

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 1/3 cup (280 g) sugar

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 3 cups packed grated zucchini

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted

  • 2 3/4 cups (400 g) all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

  • 1 cup walnuts, optional

  • 1 cup raisins or dried cranberries, optional

Method

  1. Preheat oven:

    Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).

  2. Make the batter:

    In a large bowl, beat the eggs. Mix in the sugar and vanilla extract. Stir in the grated zucchini and the melted butter. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, ground ginger, nutmeg, and salt.

    Whisking eggs in a glass bowl to make zucchini muffins.
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    Ingredients in two glass bowls to make zucchini muffins.
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    Zucchini mixture and flour mixture in set side by side to make a zucchini muffin recipe.
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  3. Combine to make batter:

    Stir these dry ingredients into the zucchini mixture. (Do not over-mix!) Stir in walnuts, raisins or cranberries if using.

    Using a spatula to make the batter for zucchini muffin recipe.
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    Mixing cranberries into batter for a zucchini muffin recipe.
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  4. Fill muffin pan:

    Coat each muffin cup in your muffin pan with a little butter or vegetable oil spray. Use a spoon to distribute the muffin dough equally among the cups, filling the cups up completely, above the surface of the muffin tin.

    Spooning batter into a muffin tin to make a zucchini muffin recipe.
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  5. Bake:

    Bake at 350°F on the middle rack until muffins are golden brown, and the top of the muffins bounce back when you press on them, about 20-30 minutes. Test with a long toothpick or a thin bamboo skewer to make sure the center of the muffins are done.

    Set on wire rack to cool for 5 minutes. Remove muffins from the tin let cool another 20 minutes.

    Testing for doneness for zucchini muffins out of the oven.
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    Testing for doneness for zucchini muffins out of the oven.
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    Overhead view of a muffin tin of zucchini bread muffins cooling on a rack.
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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
337 Calories
13g Fat
51g Carbs
5g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12
Amount per serving
Calories 337
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 16%
Saturated Fat 8g 38%
Cholesterol 62mg 21%
Sodium 206mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 51g 19%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 24g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 7mg 34%
Calcium 50mg 4%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 195mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.