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Cinnamon Apple Zucchini Muffins Recipe

Homemade apple zucchini muffins or bread is a great mix with fresh fruit and vegetables inside. A sweet baked good for breakfast or dessert. If you loved our moist zucchini bread this is a great way to make it quicker in a muffin tin.

Apple Zucchini Muffins

It’s time for apple zucchini muffins recipe y’all!! If you too love grab and go breakfasts then get ready. You can combine fruit and veggies in one bite and your kids won’t even notice! Just one of the best muffin recipes ever. (affiliate links present)

Apple Cinnamon Zucchini Muffins

Yes you have most likely made a batch of my easy moist zucchini bread before, but you NEED to go a step further. You can make this into a loaf most certainly but we are a grab and go kinda’ family so these are perfect for busy mornings. Just one of many great fresh apple recipes on The Typical Mom blog.

If you are a busy mom like me you too love muffin tin recipes right? I mean this is a given, sweet and served in the morning but it’s a great size for all sorts of other dishes too. Take a peek at the other ideas in that post too and you too will be hooked!

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Now let’s talk a bit about my favorite things when it comes to muffins though shall we?

  1. You really should get a 24 cup muffin pan, or opt for a quicker baking time with mini muffins.
  2. I ALWAYS use muffin liners and you should too. They make cleanup easier and grab and go breakfasts a thang. 😉
    1. No pan, no problem! Use these self standing muffin cups instead!
  3. This is the best way to store leftovers so they don’t get smushed!
muffin recipe

Apple Zucchini Bread

Whether you make a loaf, regular size or mini muffins this batter will work for all of them. I guess the other part of these smaller versions is you get that nice outer crisp on each one, and they bake faster too. 😉

This is what you’ll need to get ready:

  1. All purpose flour is needed but make sure you measure flour properly.
  2. Milk, 2% is what I prefer
  3. Sugar, I usually use white and haven’t tested this with raw turbinado sugar as of yet
  4. Melted butter
  5. Egg
  6. Baking powder and salt
  7. Cored, peeled (or not), diced apples
  8. You could add 1/2 cup of crushed nuts inside if you wanted
  9. Shredded cup of zucchini that has been gently pressed in between a few paper towels to remove excess moisture.
    1. Use this method for any and all zucchini dessert recipes.

Let’s talk about this last thing for a minute shall we?

how to make zucchini bread

Cinnamon Zucchini Muffins

Now you could in fact leave the fruit out. You could even swap those out for shredded carrots instead, or even raisins. Both provide added moisture, flavor, sweetness and texture too.

Do you squeeze water out of zucchini for bread?

I wouldn’t say squeeze is the right term, that is a bit much. Instead what I do is lay 4 paper towels down. Place your cheese grater on top and shred. Once you have enough roll those up and use your hand to gently press down.

You can see how I do it in the photo above here. See how much water is absorbed? You don’t want that in your batter. It will make your end result more dense with the excess liquid.

apple zucchini bread

Always add fruit, vegetables, nuts, and/or chocolate chips into baked goods at the end. Gently fold in just so they’re incorporated. This is really important when using delicate items like in our zucchini blueberry muffin recipe.

How can I make my muffins light and fluffy?

One of the biggest tips is to make sure your eggs, butter and milk are at room temperature before adding them. That means you should think ahead and take out about an hour before baking.

Also the tips I shared above help. Measure your flour correctly (no scooping) and remove excess liquid from your add ins. Follow these baking hacks and you’ll see the difference.

Zucchini Apple bread

How do you make apple muffins from scratch?

You could leave out the veggies and increase the amount of apples instead. I like the combination of both for texture and flavor purposes. Use our recipe below for the batter or use our easy muffin recipe and just add diced fruit.

Now we’re ready to fill those little cups up. You can either spray the insides with non stick spray or use liners. If making apple zucchini bread spray your loaf pan or lay a piece of parchment paper across the width of it.

Add a crumble or streusel topping on some, none or all of them at the end. Beyond that you could add a small bit of frosting before enjoying them as well.

muffin crumble topping

Zucchini Muffins with Apples

Preheat oven to 400 F. Melt butter, grate zucchini and apples over paper towels. Then fold over and gently press down to remove excess moisture from fruit and shredded zucchini. Whisk together your wet ingredients; room temperature eggs, sugar, milk. Then add the melted butter. In another large bowl mix dry ingredients; flour, baking powder and salt.

Line muffin pan with paper liners or spray with non stick spray. Now bake for 18-20 minutes until top springs back when gently touched in the middle, or a toothpick comes out mostly clean with crumbs on it.

This is a “plain” version and you can see the add ins peeking through. They are super easy muffin tin treats that we love during the summertime for sure. When our vegetable garden is booming with this green veggie we need all the ideas we can get!

How do I know when muffins are done?

Some swear by the toothpick method. I think that they can get a big over done and dry if you don’t use your own feelers. By that I mean I want them just baked so I gently touch the middle at the top.

The minute they spring back I yank them out and also remove them from the pan itself. That will take anywhere from 18 – 20 minutes depending on how full you filled them and your altitude.

zucchini muffins
Apple Muffins

Zucchini Apple Muffins

Looking for more goodies to eat in the morning? We have lots of ideas but will share similar ones to this below here:

Want to make some pumpkin apple bread or make this into a loaf? Follow the timing in this recipe.

easy pumpkin apple bread

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Apple Zucchini Muffins

Homemade apple zucchini muffins or bread is a great mix with fresh fruit and vegetables inside. A sweet baked good for breakfast or dessert.
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword apple, bread, easy, muffins, zucchini
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 189kcal
Author The Typical Mom




  • Preheat oven to 400 F. Melt butter, peel and dice apples and shred zucchini over paper towels (then fold over and gently press down to remove most of moisture).
  • Whisk together eggs, sugar, milk. Then add melted butter. In another bowl mix flour, baking powder and salt.
  • Slowly incorporate flour mixture into egg mix. Fold in zucchini and apples now. If you wanted to add some finely chopped nuts inside you could do that now too.
  • Spoon into muffin pan that have muffin liners or have been sprayed with non stick spray. Fill 3/4 of the way full.
  • If adding topping mix those ingredients in a bowl and sprinkle on top.
  • Bake for approx. 17-20 minutes or until top springs back when gently touched in the middle, or a toothpick comes out mostly clean with crumbs on it.


Nutrition Facts
Apple Zucchini Muffins
Amount Per Serving (1 oz)
Calories 189 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 26mg9%
Sodium 99mg4%
Potassium 238mg7%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 199IU4%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 93mg9%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Apple Zucchini Muffin
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Saturday 20th of April 2024

These are delicious! I used oats instead of pecans in the topping and might try brown sugar next time. We did have trouble getting the muffins out of the paper cups, so I recommend spraying with cooking spray. Thank you!


Tuesday 19th of March 2024

I added 60 grams chopped walnuts and 60 grams chopped dried plums. Great recipe.

The Typical Mom

Tuesday 19th of March 2024

oh yay

Renee B

Wednesday 29th of November 2023

These muffins were a great way to use some of the frozen zucchini in my freezer. Makes a tasty afternoon snack!


Wednesday 29th of November 2023

What a great use of zucchini. Makes these fantastic apple muffins so moist. Yum!


Wednesday 29th of November 2023

Made these muffins with my kids the other day and they were a hit!! Love that they are loaded with both fruit AND veggies!

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