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Homemade Banana Zucchini Muffins Recipe

Our garden is bursting with vegetables so we’re creating lots of easy recipes with our bounty. These banana zucchini muffins recipe is one of our favorites. You can bake from scratch here or add shredded squash into our cake mix banana bread too.

Homemade Banana Zucchini Muffins

We made homemade banana zucchini muffins for dessert tonight because why not??!! I will say that I prefer muffins and/or mini bundts over bread because they get done quicker, are already “cut” into servings, and ensure that the middle is always done. One of the best muffin recipes we have. (affiliate links present)

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Loaves outsides are always overdone for me in order to get the middle just right. Ok so I got sidetracked, back to our zucchini muffin recipe!

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We always seem to have a few brown or browning bananas at the house, that is why I came up with this list of overripe banana recipes a while back. I always revert to easy muffins because loaves take longer to bake.

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If you want to know how long to bake mini muffins you can read this post and do just that. Regular, large or tiny are all delicious and moist.

  1. Flour
  2. Baking soda
  3. Baking Powder
  4. Zucchini
  5. Ripe bananas – the browner the better
  6. Oil
  7. Eggs
  8. Sugar
  9. 1/2 cup Chocolate chips and/or chopped walnuts would be optional

You can bake these in your oven in a muffin pan of course, or make air fryer muffins in just a few minutes. Either way they turn out incredible.

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You could add mini chocolate chips into the mix if you wanted to. Do you grow zucchini in your yard?? Are you overwhelmed right about now and need new zucchini recipes? We’re here to help!

We moved recently and have a garden so now we have tons of these green veggies to use too! We’ve always made our zucchini pineapple bread recipe but thought we’d try something new since bananas needed to be used as well.  These came out delicious!

THIS is the key to making the best zucchini muffins!

  1. You MUST eliminate a lot of the moisture created after you’ve shredded it!
  2. To do this wrap it in a few paper towels and press down.
  3. If you’re using 1 cup or more fold it up and gently squeeze over your sink.
  4. You’ll be amazed how much moisture comes out!
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How to Add Vegetables into Muffins

You can and definitely should add shredded vegetables into sweet breads and/or muffins! In fact, it’s a great way to sneak some extra veggies into your diet or to get picky eaters to eat more of them without even knowing what’s in their mouth. 😉 Here are some tips to keep in mind when adding shredded vegetables to muffins:

  1. Choose the right ones, some good options include zucchini, carrots, sweet potato, and pumpkin. Make sure to shred them finely so they blend well into the muffin batter.
  2. If you are following a recipe that didn’t initially have any in it you may need to adjust the moisture because once shredded they can add extra moisture to the batter.
  3. Biggest tip of them all is you will most definitely need to squeeze out excess moisture before adding them to the batter.

If you’ve never incorporated zucchini into recipes it just gives it a nice moistness to it. The flavor isn’t overwhelming at all in my opinion. Not in the weird way you might think.

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Here’s a tip when baking with it though: remove the moisture and gently fold it into the batter at the end. I have a few pictures to show you what to do here. Do NOT skip this step or it won’t come out right, they won’t rise.

After your shredded zucchini is a bit more moisture free you’ll be ready to bake with it. This is the key to the best moist zucchini bread recipe, and any type of muffins. Believe me, there’s still plenty of moisture inside.

What happens if you don’t reduce the moisture in your zucchini? It will weigh down your recipe a lot and it may not rise at all. Still, the more you add the more dense your muffins will be. So, if you want them fluffier don’t add quite as much.

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2nd tip: Don’t add your shredded zucchini until you’ve mixed together all the other ingredients. This will keep the pieces in tact and won’t release as much moisture into the batter too. If you’re looking for a few more easy brunch menu ideas these are great!

Want to add other items like crushed nuts or mini chocolate chips to make them more chunky? No problem but 1/2 cup of each is plenty. Don’t add those until the end too so you ensure the batter is smooth and all dry ingredients are incorporated with one another first.

Homemade Banana Zucchini Muffins

Interested in a few other breakfast and/or brunch recipes??

Then try our Pumpkin banana bread or blender muffins in the morning for breakfast. With whichever you choose I recommend involving your kids. Even if they see there are veggies in there if they make it they are much more likely to try them because “they did it themselves” and will take ownership of the creation.

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What Can You Add into Muffins

Muffins are a versatile baked good that can be customized with a variety of flavors and ingredients. Here are some ideas for what you can add to muffins:

  1. I have added finely chopped apples before, mashed bananas add a lot of moisture or raisins can all be added to muffin batter.
  2. Chopped walnuts, pecans, almonds, or hazelnuts can add crunch and flavor. I am not a huge fan as I don’t like mine to be crunchy but that is personal preference.
  3. Chocolate chips or chunks can be added to muffins for a delicious treat.
  4. Spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, or cardamom can be added for a warm and cozy flavor.
  5. Grated carrots work the same way and could be substituted instead of zucchini if you wanted to.
  6. Rolled oats can be added for texture and a heartier, more nutritious bite.
  7. Add a dollop of jam or jelly to the center of muffin batter for a burst of flavor.
  8. Shredded coconut can be added to muffin batter for a tropical twist.

You can add these to our easy banana bread muffins recipe too Like I said, if you want fluffier muffins decrease the amount of bananas from 3 to 2 and reduce the zucchini to 3/4 of a cup. That way they will rise a bit more as seen here. My opinion, the recipe as is below is PERFECTION!!

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Zucchini Banana Muffins

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Whisk together your egg, oil, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla and yogurt or sour cream in a bowl. Set aside. In another bowl mix together your all purpose flour, baking soda and powder so they’re combined. Pour this into your egg bowl and gently stir just until combined. Mash your bananas and add to your bowl.

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  • Lay out 2 paper towels on the counter and grate your zucchini on top until it looks like you have about a cup.
  • Fold over the paper towel and allow it to absorb the water.
  • Unfold your paper towel and measure out 1 cup of this shredded zucchini.
  • Add this to your bowl too. Gently fold in your bananas and zucchini. Mix will be lumpy.
  • Add muffin papers to your muffin tin (or spray with non stick cooking spray inside) and fill muffin cups 3/4 of the way full until all of your mix is gone.
  • This will make a total of 12 normal sized muffins.
  • Bake for 18 minutes or until the middle of muffins spring back when gently touched in the center. or 11-12 for mini.
    • you can test with toothpick inserted but should have moist crumbs attached, dry means they were cooked too long
  • Do not over bake or they will dry out.

Remove from oven and take out of pan so they do not continue to bake in hot pan. Put on cooling rack and enjoy warm or cold. Try our apple carrot muffins next. They combine vegetables and fruit in them too.

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Banana Zucchini Muffins

Banana zucchini muffins that are so moist you'll get addicted! Best banana dessert or breakfast and the trick to making the best zucchini recipes.
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword banana, bread, muffins, zucchini
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 179kcal
Author The Typical Mom

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Whisk together your egg, oil, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla and yogurt or sour cream in a bowl. Set aside.
  • In another bowl mix together your flour, baking soda and powder so they're combined. Pour this into your egg bowl and gently stir just until combined.
  • Mash your bananas and add to your bowl.
  • Lay out 2 paper towels on the counter and grate your zucchini on top until it looks like you have about a cup.
  • Fold over the paper towel and allow it to absorb the water.
  • Unfold your paper towel and measure out 1 cup of this shredded zucchini. Add this to your bowl too.
  • Gently fold in your bananas and zucchini. Mix will be lumpy.
  • Add muffin papers to your muffin pan and fill 3/4 of the way full until all of your mix is gone. This will make a total of 12 normal sized muffins.
  • Bake for 18 minutes or until the middle of muffins spring back when gently touched in the center. Do not over bake or they will dry out.
  • Remove from oven and take out of pan so they do not continue to bake in hot pan. Put on cooling rack and enjoy warm or cold.
Nutrition Facts
Banana Zucchini Muffins
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 179 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 14mg5%
Sodium 62mg3%
Potassium 182mg5%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 60IU1%
Vitamin C 4.5mg5%
Calcium 23mg2%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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