These Zucchini Muffins are moist, delicious, and perfect in just about every way. Adding shredded zucchini to muffins is simple! This recipe is a keeper that you will use all summer long.
We are just about to start our vegetable garden. Biggest mom win ever: I put the tweenager in charge of it! How smart am I?! Plus, I think it genuinely gets kids more interested in vegetables sand eating them when they grow them themselves. At the top of my list of what to plant is zucchini! They are easy to grow and there are a million different delicious ways to enjoy them. One of my favorites is my dad’s Zucchini Fritters and the other newest favorite is this Zucchini Muffin recipe!
HOW TO ADD ZUCCHINI TO MUFFINS
Adding zucchini to your muffins to use up some of that bountiful crop is easy! There is one key to the recipe that makes it turn out perfect every single time: Use enough flour and baking soda! When you do that, you account for the extra moisture that you are getting in the zucchini and you get a nice fluffed up muffin every single time.
While I don’t think it’s necessary for you to weigh your shredded zucchini, I did so that if you are worried about it you can get a sense of exactly how much zucchini went in this recipe.
It’s good to keep in mind that a medium zucchini is about 12 inches long. One medium zucchini yields 1 cup of shredded zucchini. So you will need three medium zucchini for this recipe.
I love simple recipes where I can just throw things together in a bowl.
In theory, you could make this recipe in one bowl, but I think it is better to do the flour, salt, cinnamon, and baking soda in a separate bowl so that they get fully incorporated with each other before being mixed into the batter.
When you fold all the ingredients together, you want to fully incorporate them together but you want to be careful not to over mix it.
HOW TO SHRED ZUCCHINI FOR MUFFINS
Shredding zucchini to add it to your muffin recipe is easy! Just grab a cheese grader and grate it with the small holes. If you have a box grater, don’t use the super fine holes on the side. Those are for zesting and we don’t want to zest our zucchini.
Again, you don’t need to squeeze the moisture out of the zucchini.
HOW LONG TO COOK ZUCCHINI MUFFINS
Once you have all your ingredients together use a 1/4 cup measuring cup to scoop them into paper lined muffin tins.
My zucchini muffins took about 26 minutes to bake, but I really encourage you to start checking on your muffins around 20 minutes for a few reasons:
- Ovens vary greatly in temperature, which will impact how long your muffins need to bake.
- The way muffins cook in different pans also greatly impacts how long they will take to bake.
You are much better off going by how the muffins look than by the timer. The zucchini muffins should have a nice rise to them. They shouldn’t look wet in the middle. And you know they are done for sure when you stick a toothpick in one of the muffins in the middle and it comes out clean.
TIPS TO MAKE ZUCCHINI MUFFINS TURN OUT PERFECT
Measure the flour with a spoon
As mentioned in the recipe notes, scoop your all purpose flour into the measuring cup with a spoon and then level it off. This will ensure the proper amount of flour and prevent packing and excess flour in your recipe.
Keep Baking Soda Fresh
Make sure your baking soda is still playing at the top of it’s game. Test it by adding a little to some vinegar and making sure it reacts immediately with bubbles.
Rotate those muffins!
Rotate your muffins half way through baking. This way if you have hot spots in your oven or it gets a little hotter in the back than the front, your muffins have a better chance at cooking evenly.
Grab the right pan
This will be controversial, but I really like using a silicon muffin tin. It allows the muffins to pop right out without cooking spray or a paper liner. You can see me using it in the video for these Ham and Cheese Egg Muffins.
If you don’t use a silicon pan, make sure that you are familiar with the one you are using and know how it cooks things. I have one muffin tin that works with most recipes, and another that likes to heat up a little too much and scotch the bottom of muffins.
Please let me know in the comments if you make these muffins and what you think! I hope your whole family loves them!
These zucchini muffins freeze well. If you are over the moon for theses and make a double batch, know that these are easy to freeze. After your muffins have fully cooled, place them in a single layer on wax paper in your freezer for an hour. Then put them in a zip lock back or other airtight container and put them back in the freezer for up to three months.
If you are looking for more great zucchini recipes, try these!
- ZUCCHINI SHEET CAKE
- BAKED ZUCCHINI FRIES
- ZUCCHINI CUPCAKES
- ZUCCHINI BANANA BREAD
- CARAMEL ZUCCHINI POKE CAKE
- ZUCCHINI SALAD
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar (300 grams)
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 3 cups shredded zucchini about three medium zucchinis (see note 2)
- 3 cups all purpose flour see note 1 (360 grams)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line two muffin tins with 16 muffin liners (12 in one and 4 in the other). Set aside.
- In a large bowl whisk together the sugar, eggs, vegetable oil, and shredded zucchini.
- In another large bowl whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon.
- Mix the flour mixture into the zucchini mixture, mixing until just combined. Make sure not to overmix.
- Add the batter to the lined muffin tins, putting a heaping 1/4 cup of batter in each one.
- Bake for 22 to 28 minutes, rotating the muffin tins half way through. Remove when the edges of the muffins are golden brown and when you can stick a toothpick into a muffin in the center of the muffin tin and it comes out clean.
- After a few minutes, remove them from the muffin tin and allow them to cool completely before storing. Or enjoy once cool enough to touch.
- Store in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
- It's important that you scoop your all purpose flour with a spoon into a measuring cup and then level it off. That way you don't pack your flour, making too much flour and dry crumbly muffins.
- Generally speaking, a medium zucchini, when shredded equals one cup. You are looking to have about 15 ounces (by weight) of shredded zucchini. Do not remove the moisture.
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