Zucchini blueberry muffins come out so moist and delicious! Fluffy homemade mini or regular muffins with fresh fruit and vegetables are the best breakfast or dessert.
If you haven’t made zucchini blueberry muffins or bread yet you’re missing out! With fresh fruit packed inside I bet your kids will never know that there are vegetables inside too! One of the best muffin recipes on our site. (affiliate links present)
This is yet one more variation that sneaks veggies into your bellies!
Let’s talk a bit about my favorite things when it comes to muffins though shall we?
- You really should get a 24 cup muffin pan, or opt for a quicker baking time with mini muffins.
- I ALWAYS use muffin liners and you should too. They make cleanup easier and grab and go breakfasts a thang. 😉
- No pan, no problem! Use these self standing muffin cups instead!
- This is the best way to store leftovers so they don’t get smushed!
We couldn’t help but collide that recipe + our VERY popular moist zucchini bread recipe together. How could that not be totally and completely delicious?
Zucchini Blueberry Bread
You could bake this or our zucchini carrot muffins in a loaf pan too if you’d rather. We prefer grab and go breakfasts so this works best for us.
Can I use frozen blueberries in my muffins?
You can but I definitely prefer fresh with any of my blueberry recipes. The difference is that once thawed out, frozen will lose a lot of the juice in the process. That will make your muffins less moist. If that is all you have make sure to thaw in a bowl, drain liquid, and then measure out.
Be as gentle as possible when moving them around as their skins will be thinned and you want to keep them whole and as in tact as possible for the best results.
How do you keep blueberries from sinking in muffins?
The key whether you’re using fresh or frozen is to very gently toss your berries with a bit of flour. You can see this in the photo above. This will keep your berries floating throughout the pastry and not sink to the bottom.
How do you shred and dry zucchini?
Fold 4 paper towels in half, then put your grater on top and shred as you normally would. (remove ends beforehand) Then fold the dry ends over the top and gently press down with your hand to remove excess moisture.
You will do this whether you make a loaf, zucchini applesauce muffins, or fritters.
Blueberry Zucchini Muffins
How full do you fill muffin cups?
You do not want to overfill them or they may bubble over the top and make a huge mess. Then you’ll have a huge clean up AND nothing to enjoy. Instead fill 3/4 of the way full.
If you want to add a crumb topping you can add some from there like our apple zucchini muffins have. To keep it on pat gently with a fingertip.
What do you put in empty muffin cups when baking?
If you are making 18 with two 12 count pans you will have some that are empty (not for this recipe). You can fill those half full of water for even baking. It will also prevent your pan from potentially warping.
What is the difference between crumble and streusel?
A crumb topping for muffins is usually referred to when making a fruit dessert like our huckleberry cobbler recipe. When making a baked good like this one you’d call it the latter, but whatever really if you ask me. 😉
You do not have to add this portion. That is up to you. It will make it more sweet overall and add to the great texture but will also add more calories and a bit of fat too.
Alternatively you could just drizzle maple syrup over the top of this muffin recipe when done.
How do you keep streusel topping crunchy?
If you have leftovers with a crumble you should put a few saltine crackers in the airtight bag. These will absorb the moisture keeping your topping crunchy for the next day’s consumption.
Lemon Blueberry Zucchini Muffins
If you wanted to add a bit of lemon zest you could add that into the topping mix. OR fold it in with your fruit instead or in addition to.
Time needed: 20 minutes.
Zucchini Blueberry Muffins
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Melt butter for batter and set aside. Toss blueberries in just a bit of flour so they are coated and prevent them from sinking to the bottom.
Shred zucchini over a few paper towels, then fold them over and gently pat down to remove all of the excess water. You’ll add this at the end.
Combine all dry ingredients for batter in a large bowl (leave your brown sugar topping mixture to use for later). Then add milk, butter and egg.
Once mixed well gently fold in your shredded zucchini and whole blueberries.
If you want to add the streusel topping combine ingredients for that well in a bowl. Cut in cold butter to create a crumble texture.
Grease muffin pan or use paper liners. Fill 3/4 of the way with batter. Sprinkle topping on top of a few or all of them, gently pat down.
Now bake for 18-20 minutes, check after 18. With a toothpick inserted remove when it comes out mostly clean with crumbs attached. Then remove muffin tin so you don’t over-bake them.
Take out of pan and put on cooling rack.
And here they are!! Of course you could add 1/2 cup of crushed nuts inside as well if you’d like. 1/4 cup dried cranberries is kinda’ nice too.
Can you substitute oil for butter in muffins?
You could. I don’t know that it would change it to a healthy muffin but if you cannot have that ingredient it is a good alternative at least. Some people have used applesauce or mashed bananas instead. Note that these will make them a bit denser.
What gluten free flour is best for muffins?
Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Baking Flour is what my friend who has celiac disease swears by. Remember that cook time may change a bit if this is used.
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Zucchini Blueberry Muffins
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Melt butter for batter and set aside. Toss blueberries in just a bit of flour so they are coated so they won't sink to the bottom. Shred zucchini over a few paper towels. Fold paper towels over and gently press down to remove excess water, set aside.
- Combine all dry ingredients for batter in a bowl (leave topping for later), then add milk, butter and egg.
- Once mixed well gently fold in your shredded zucchini and whole blueberries.
- If you want to add the streusel topping combine ingredients for that well in a bowl. Cut in cold butter to create a crumble texture.
- Grease muffin pan or use liners. Fill 3/4 of the way with batter. Sprinkle topping on top of a few or all of them, gently pat down.
- Bake for 18-20 minutes, check after 18. Use a toothpick to check center, if it comes out mostly clean with crumbs on it remove so as not to over-bake them.