Healthy Zucchini muffins make an excellent snack, on-the-go breakfast, or dessert for kids and the entire family! This recipe is virtually no-fail and the muffins are completely irresistible!
We all need “go-to” recipes…those recipes that are family favorites or that your kids will most likely eat even if they are only eating certain foods this week.
Yep, I’m pretty sure that you know what I mean!
Healthy Zucchini Muffins Can Successfully Introduce New Veggies Into Your Child’s Diet
I remember when my oldest was about 13 months old or so he went through a phase where he would only eat cottage cheese and blueberries.
As far as picky food eating goes, I was ok with that combo. But he was pretty dead set on it and didn’t vary it for a while. I wanted to add a little variety to his diet (if I could sneak it in there).
It was around this time that a friend of mine gave me this recipe. I made it, and it became an instant hit in our family!
And what was better…my son actually loved these muffins! Often, I would give them to him as a snack food to supplement his limited diet.
I found myself jumping up and down with excitement when he would eat these zucchini muffins because I was giving him healthy stuff!
When my second and third boys came along, I did the same thing with them and was thrilled when they loved the muffins too!
What Makes These Zucchini Muffins Healthy?
Real ingredients such as whole wheat, zucchini, carrots, reduced sugar, ground flax seeds, chia seeds, and cinnamon come together to make a delicious, healthy muffin that I feel great about feeding to my family.
I think these muffins were a helpful stepping stone to increasing the variety of foods that my kids would eat.
Now that we have increased the variety of foods in our diets, I don’t make these muffins quite as often. The upside to that is that the whole family gets crazy giddy when I DO make them!
What Makes These Zucchini Muffins So Delicious?
As I do with all recipes, I have played around with it quite a bit over the years to fit our family and provide even more nutritional quality.
In an effort to add more nutrition to this recipe, I experimented with white flour vs whole wheat flour, using both zucchini and carrots, reducing the amount of sugar in the recipe, and the level of spice in the muffins.
I have passed this recipe to many friends over the years who also share repeat success with it. It’s a hit every single time I share these muffins or this recipe. I love those kinds of recipes 🙂
And the best part (as if it can get any better?)…it’s a very forgiving recipe, making it very difficult to mess up!
Ingredients Needed To Make Healthy Zucchini Muffins
There are only a few wholesome ingredients needed for this guilt-free recipe. Gather together:
- Unsweetened applesauce – I use this to replace some of the oil in my original recipe to lighten this recipe up while also keeping it moist.
- Baking soda and baking powder – leaveners to make your dough rise.
- Vanilla, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg – flavor enhancers
- Chia seeds – adds a nice bit of texture. I often use these instead of nuts because I prefer this texture.
- Gound flax meal – adds a delicious nutty flavor in addition to essential vitamins, minerals, fiber, and protein.
- Zucchini – grated zucchini. I use fresh if I have it or I use frozen – see my notes below on how to freeze zucchini to use all year long.
- Walnuts – optional, finely chopped
Please check the recipe card at the end of this post to get the full recipe.
Tools Needed for Making Healthy Zucchini Muffins
Here are some of my favorite baking pans:
- Basic Muffin Tins – You can use the classic version
- Or a good quality silicone muffin pan
- Bread Pans (classic or silicone)
How To Make Healthy Zucchini Muffins
- Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray muffin tin with cooking spray. Cream eggs, oil and sugar together.
- Add vanilla, baking soda, cinnamon salt and baking powder to creamed mixture.
- Mix in flour, chia seeds, and flax seed meal. Mix until just combined.
- Add zucchini to mixture.
- Add nuts (if using them).
- Spoon muffin mixture into muffin tin, filling each muffin space about 3/4 of the way full. Bake 20-30 minutes, turning halfway through cooktime.
- At 20 minutes, check the muffins with a toothpick to see if they are done.
I often replace up to have of the zucchini called for in the recipe with shredded carrots. I like the color and health benefits it adds to these healthy zucchini muffins!
Got questions? Here are a few common questions that readers ask and their answers.
Do you peel zucchini?
You CAN peel off the skin of the zucchini, but I prefer to leave it on to get the health benefits of that dark green color. Don’t worry, you won’t notice the skin in the texture of taste of these muffins!
Does zucchini bread need to be refrigerated?
I have found that I can safely leave these out at room temperature for 2-3 days. However, if I refrigerate them, they’ll stay fresh for 7-8 days.
Can I Freeze These Muffins?
Yes! In fact, if you don’t plan to eat them within about 3-4 days, I highly recommend freezing them.
They freeze (and thaw) extremely well! I have 3 kids, so I tend to package them in batches of 3 and then thaw them out one batch at a time when I plan to use them.
How do I freeze zucchini for later use?
I love to take some of my runaway zucchini and prepare it to freeze so I can use it all year long without buying it. Here’s the basic process, or you can watch the process in the video below:
- Wash the fresh zucchini.
- Trim the end off the zucchini. Use a mini grater and shred the zucchini into a collander.
- Measure out 1.5 cups and put it into a freezer-safe bag.
- Label the bag, spread out the contents so the bag lays flat, and freeze.