These zucchini muffins are a favorite recipe when the garden is overflowing!

Simple cinnamon-spiced muffins come out extra moist with the addition of shredded zucchini (and the kids won’t even know it’s in there!).

This muffin recipe is easy to make and they freeze well too.

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Why We Love These Muffins

  • Adding shredded fruit or vegetables (in this case zucchini) makes baked goods extra moist while sneaking in a little bit of extra nutrition.
  • They’re a great way to enjoy garden zucchini, you cannot taste the flavor of the zucchini.
  • Most of the ingredients are things you likely have on hand already.
  • These are easy to make and they freeze well for snacks or lunches!
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Ingredients for Zucchini Muffins

Dry Ingredients – This recipe calls for all-purpose flour and other ingredients typical in muffin recipes. Half of the flour can be substituted for whole wheat flour if desired.

Wet Ingredients – Ensure the ingredients are at room temperature. We prefer the texture of these muffins with oil, but you can use melted butter as well. Ensure you’re using vegetable oil as olive oil can have too strong of a flavor.

Zucchini – Similar to zucchini bread, the zucchini should be shredded with a cheese grater and does not need to be peeled first (unless it’s extra large with a thick skin).


  • Why not add some frozen blueberries or shredded carrots?
  • Swap out the nuts for chopped pecans or raisins.
  • We love vanilla extract but you can change the flavor by adding other extracts to the batter.

How to Make Zucchini Muffins

It’s not hard to whip up a batch of homemade zucchini muffins!

  1. Whisk all the dry ingredients together (per the recipe below).
  2. Combine egg, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir just until combined. Fold in shredded zucchini.
  3. Fill prepared muffin tins about 2/3 of the way and bake. Cool on a wire rack.
Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins in the muffin tin

How Long to Bake Muffins

You can bake this zucchini muffin recipe in smaller or larger tins if you’d like!

  • For mini-muffins: Bake @ 350°F for 14 to 16 minutes.
  • For regular-sized muffins: Bake @ 350°F for 22 to 24 minutes.
  • For Texas-sized muffins: Bake @ 350°F for 24 to 27 minutes.

Baking with Zucchini

Baking with zucchini (whether it’s muffins, cookies, or brownies) can be simple.

There is no need to peel the zucchini or remove the seeds unless it’s a very large zucchini with thick skin. If the seeds are large, use a spoon to scrape them out before shredding the zucchini.

If using frozen zucchini, thaw before using. Frozen zucchini should be lightly drained and you can squeeze out a little bit of the excess moisture. You don’t want it dry, the moisture keeps these muffins moist.

Storing Zucchini Muffins

  • Zucchini muffins are best when they are kept at room temperature and in an airtight container or a zippered bag.
  • Zucchini muffins freeze perfectly, so wrap them individually in plastic wrap, then place them in a zippered bag. Write the date on the outside of the bag and they will last about 8 weeks in the freezer!

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Zucchini Muffins

These Zucchini Muffins are moist, healthy, and make the perfect snack or breakfast treat!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 12 muffins
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  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg room temperature
  • cup oil
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup zucchini shredded
  • ½ cup walnuts chopped, optional
  • ¼ cup mini chocolate chips optional


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line muffin wells with paper liners or spray with cooking spray.
  • Shred the zucchini using the larger side of a box grater.
  • Combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Whisk to combine and set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, combine sugar, egg, oil, milk, and vanilla.
  • Fold the wet mixture into the dry mixture just until combined (do not over-mix). Fold in walnuts and chocolate chips. Fold in zucchini.
  • Divide over muffin tins and bake 22-24 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Remove from the pan and cool on a wire rack.


If the zucchini is very large it may have a thicker tough skin and can be peeled. Larger garden zucchini may have big seeds that can be scraped out with a spoon before shredding.
If using frozen shredded zucchini, thaw first and lightly drain. You want to ensure that the zucchini has some moisture to keep the muffins moist.
Do not overmix the batter or the muffins won’t be tender.
A darker muffin pan will cook faster, be sure to check the muffins early to ensure they don’t overcook. 
Zucchini muffins can be kept at room temperature in a closed container or a zippered bag for up to 5 days. To freeze, wrap them individually in plastic wrap, then in a zippered bag for up to 8 weeks.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 187 | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 177mg | Potassium: 71mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 59IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Breakfast, Muffins, Snack
Cuisine American

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  1. Idk why anyone would thumb down or give 1 Star for this. Apparently they just don’t have minimal culinary skills so they need to stick to processed and fast food. lol. These came out awesome and I’m not a baker at all. Just needed to get rid of left over zucchini. Great Job!!!5 stars

  2. Just tried this recipe tonight and the muffins were excellent. I did swap out the oil with applesauce and the sugar with an artificial sweetener. I was on Weight Watchers for several years and developed a habit of cooking lighter. The muffins still turned out great.5 stars

  3. Hello,

    Can I use unsweetened vanilla almond milk? It’s what I have in the fridge. If not I’ll try your zucchini bread instead.

  4. Hi, can you give me some tips so my muffins can rise like how yours did? Should I add a bit more baking soda or powder?
    let me know! Thanks

    1. Hi Rach, this recipe uses baking soda for the rise. If you had trouble with the rise of the muffins, I would check if your baking soda is expired. Overmixing can also cause muffins to not rise properly. I hope this helps!

  5. A freshly picked zucchini went into this great recipe. The flavor and texture of the muffins were perfect – not overly moist. Chopped walnuts made an excellent addition. And best of all, the preparation and baking time were incredibly quick (I used my food processor to shred the zucchini). Thanks for an excellent recipe!5 stars

  6. I was looking for an easy zucchini muffin recipe and this is it. My husband loves them! I always double the recipe.5 stars

    1. We haven’t tried this recipe with those substitutions, Becky. But we would love to hear how it turns out. If using a 1:1 all-purpose gluten-free flour you should be fine to use it in this recipe :)