Zucchini Banana Muffins

Zucchini Banana Muffins are super moist with loads of flavor. The perfect way to use up all that leftover zucchini. These muffins are bursting with flavorful banana and cinnamon. You won’t even taste the zucchini!

Here's a tender, moist recipe for zucchini banana muffins! Brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla add so much flavor. Recipe on bakedbyanintrovert.com

I love “sneaking” zucchini into baked goods. These chocolate zucchini cupcakes and honey nut zucchini bread are just a couple examples of this. But I also love banana muffins.

So why not combine the two and have the most epic muffin for summer?

That’s exactly what happened here and these zucchini banana muffins are the absolute best way to use up leftover zucchini. I think you’ll love these as much as I do!

Here's a tender, moist recipe for zucchini banana muffins! Brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla add so much flavor. Recipe on bakedbyanintrovert.com

Tender banana muffins with zucchini.

I adore all things banana and have several recipes for banana bread and banana muffins. It’s one of my absolute favorite fruits. I’ve even used it in cupcakes! With today’s recipe, I tried something new. I added shredded zucchini to the banana muffin batter and the result was phenomenal.

The best part is you can’t even taste the zucchini and wouldn’t even notice it unless you see the little green specks in the muffin.

One thing to note: the recipe doesn’t call for milk. It’s not needed. The mashed banana, shredded zucchini, oil, and eggs add enough moisture to the batter to omit any extra liquid.

Be sure not to overfill the muffin pan. Fill each cavity only 2/3 of the way full. This is important because of the way the muffins are baked. If the muffin pan is too full, the batter could potentially spill over.

Start them in a 425°F oven for the first 5 minutes of baking and reduce the temperature to 350°F for the remaining baking time. The initial high temp will help create a lovely “bakery style” muffin top.

Here's a tender, moist recipe for zucchini banana muffins! Brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla add so much flavor. Recipe on bakedbyanintrovert.com

You don’t need a ton of equipment to make these muffins.

Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix the wet ingredients in a large liquid measuring cup. Then add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. This limits the number of dirty dishes you’ll have.

Who can say no to easy cleanup? Certainly not me!

So what’s the best way to shred zucchini?

I love to use my mandoline! It’s much more efficient than those box graters which are not sharp and end up breaking off chunks of zucchini during the process. My mandoline came with three shredding blades. I like to use the middle size of the three so that my zucchini is shredded fine.

Here's a tender, moist recipe for zucchini banana muffins! Brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla add so much flavor. Recipe on bakedbyanintrovert.com

I do hope you enjoy this zucchini banana muffins recipe as much as I do! Do you have a favorite way to use leftover zucchini? I’d love to hear about it.

Here are some items I recommend for making this recipe:

If you love bananas as much as I do, you must try this Best Ever Banana Bread recipe!

Here's tender, moist recipe for zucchini banana muffins! Brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla add so much flavor. Recipe on bakedbyanintrovert.com
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Zucchini Banana Muffins

Zucchini Banana Muffins are super moist with loads of flavor. The perfect way to use up all that leftover zucchini. These muffins are bursting with flavorful banana and cinnamon. You won’t even taste the zucchini!

Course Breakfast
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Yields 14 muffins
Calories 147 kcal
Author Jen Sobjack

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1 and 1/2 cups mashed ripe banana about 3 bananas
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini about 1 medium zucchini
  • banana chips optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425° Spray 14 muffin cups with cooking spray or line with paper liners; set aside.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and ground cinnamon. Stir with a whisk to combine. Make a well in the center; set aside.

  3. In a separate bowl or large liquid measuring cup, whisk the oil, sugar, banana, and vanilla together until well combined. Add the eggs and whisk to combine. Pour the mixture into the center of the dry ingredients. Use a silicone spatula to fold the batter together just until the dry ingredients are moistened. Gently fold in the zucchini

  4. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin pan; filling each cup 2/3 full. Top each with a banana chip if desired. Bake for 5 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 350°F and bake for an additional 10 to 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove the muffins from the pan immediately and cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Make ahead tip

  1. Muffins will stay keep for up to 1 week stored in an airtight container at room temperature.

    They will keep for up to 3 months stored in the freezer. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight.

Recipe Notes

To Make Zucchini Banana Bread: Spread prepared batter into a greased a 9x5 inch loaf pan. Bake at 350°F for 40 to 50 minutes. Tent loosely with aluminum foil if the top is getting too brown during baking. Bake times will vary so keep a close eye on the bread. It's done when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with a few moist crumbs. Cool the bread in the pan on a wire rack for 30 minutes. Remove the bread and cool completely on a wire rack.

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Here's a tender, moist recipe for zucchini banana muffins! Brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla add so much flavor. Recipe on bakedbyanintrovert.com

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