Zucchini Banana Muffins

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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!

Seven zucchini banana muffins arranged on a black plate with a zucchini and banana next to it.

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!

Side view of a zucchini banana muffin with a banana chip on top.

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.

A zucchini banana muffin broke in half laying next to a plate of muffins and cup of coffee.

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.

Zucchini banana muffins on a black plate next to a cup of coffee.

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.

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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
Cuisine American
Keyword muffins, zucchini banana muffins
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.

Nutrition Facts
Zucchini Banana Muffins
Amount Per Serving
Calories 147
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutritional values here on my recipes should be used as a general guide only. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the values shown are just an estimate.

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20 Comments

  • Natascha

    Best. Muffins. Ever.

    I added 1/3 of a cup of cocoa to the batter and a couple of chocolate chunks to each muffin before baking them in the oven, per my son’s request. Soft, most, flavorful. Delicious!

  • Jay

    I just made these and they tasted sooo good! I’d definitely make them again, however, the muffins were really hard to get out of their liners. They stuck to them! I baked them for 15 mins as directed and ended up leaving them in for another 5 mins. The batter didn’t come out sticky when I did the toothpick test though. I think next time I’ll bake it for 25 mins.

    • Jay

      Update: so I realized now why they we’re sticking to the wrapper… They were still warm! Once they cooled completely, they were fine. I’m going to try making them with a little bit of cocoa powder like one commenter suggested 🙂

  • Kristen Cyr

    First things first – these muffins are very good. I think I may add a wee bit less sugar the next time I make them (because there absolutely will be a next time!), but I don’t have too much of a sweet tooth. So this is a personal taste, not a reflection on your recipe!

    Secondly – I love the format in which you present the recipe. The summary at the top is wonderful and the fact that you show the tools needed. I really like the way you “present” your recipe. I look forward to trying more of your recipes! Thank you.

  • Erin

    I put zucchini where ever I can hide it. The obvious culprits being bread, muffins, etc. I also add it to my meatloaf and my family had absolutely no idea. Thanks for posting this, I can’t wait to try it.

  • Jessica

    I made these last night and they’re wonderful! Instead of regular oil, I used 1/3 cup melted butter and then added a couple extra tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil (I love the touch of flavor a quality, fragrant olive oil can add). I also added the zest of one lemon and about a half cup of chopped walnuts. SO GOOD!

  • Cindy

    I just made theses. Delicious and moist, although I am trying one while it is very warm….with butter. I added some chopped walnuts and topped some with the walnuts. I also used parchment baking cups and they peel off easily. Will make these again as I have some frozen zucchini for months ahead. THANK YOU