Apple Zucchini Muffins-these healthy whole wheat zucchini muffins are easy to make, popular with kids and adults and use up that summer zucchini! They freeze well too!
Caleb makes muffins almost every day. Pretend muffins that is. He gets out his whisk and bowl and whips up endless batches of muffins. I have sampled them all and they are really good! He is the muffin man:)
Occasionally, I will help Caleb and we will make real muffins. We recently made these Zucchini Muffins and they were fantastic! We had a blast making and eating them. I think Caleb really loved the eating part. He usually doesn’t get to eat his muffins…only in his pretend world:)
How to Make Healthy Zucchini Muffins
I wanted the muffins to be on the somewhat healthy side so we used whole wheat flour, applesauce, and zucchini. The applesauce and zucchini keep the muffins super moist without adding fat. There is a little bit of oil, but not much.
The muffins also have cinnamon, allspice, and chunks of apples. Before baking, we sprinkled the muffins with cinnamon and sugar, which gave the muffins a sweet and pretty crust! Caleb loved helping with this part, my floor didn’t:) Oh, well. We swept up our mess!
Kid-Approved Apple Zucchini Muffins
Caleb wanted to make blueberry gummy bear muffins. He is a creative kid! But luckily, I convinced him to go with these delicious Apple Zucchini Muffins. I really think these zucchini muffins are my new favorite and the boys love them too!
The zucchini muffins freeze beautifully! I love pulling these healthy zucchini muffins out for breakfast or a good snack! They are a great grab and go breakfast or snack.
Caleb, the muffin man, gives these Apple Zucchini Muffins two thumbs up and I think you will love them too! Maybe we will try blueberry gummy bear muffins next time…when we are making pretend muffins:)
Watch How to Make Zucchini Muffins
Check out this step-by-step video on I make these yummy zucchini muffins!
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Apple Zucchini Muffins
For the Muffins:
- 2 1/4 cups white whole wheat flour
- 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 tablespoon oil melted coconut oil, canola oil, or vegetable oil
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup grated apple I use Granny Smith
- 1/2 cup grated zucchini moisture slightly squeezed out
- 1 cup chopped peeled apple I use Granny Smith
For the Topping:
- 2 tablespoons turbinado sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a muffin pan with paper liners or spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together flour, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and all-spice. In a small bowl, whisk together buttermilk, applesauce, oil, egg, and vanilla extract. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon or spatula until just combined. Do not over mix. Gently stir in the grated apple, zucchini, and chopped apples.
- To make the topping, combine turbinado sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Stir well.
- Fill the prepared muffin pan with muffin batter, filling each cup about ¾ the way full. Sprinkle each muffin with cinnamon sugar topping. Bake for 20 minutes, or until muffins are golden and a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Let muffins cool to room temperature and serve.
- Note-these muffins freeze well.
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I love apples and muffins. Thanks for sharing this recipe!
I really love your recipe! I made zucchini Muffins yesterday and my kid just loved it. Thanks for sharing! keeping sharing more recipes
These are one of my son’s favorite muffins. I like to make a double batch and put them in the freezer so I always have a quick snack to send to school. (I skip the cinnamon topping to cut down on crumbs at his desk) Just put one in a covered container in the fridge the night before, then drop into his backpack for his mid morning snack. He always asks for these!
This recipe looks so delish and a great way to get kids to eat veggies! I’d love to try it, but I don’t consume dairy milk. Can I use almond milk in place of the buttermilk?
What substitute can you use for the allspice? Was about to make and don’t have it!
You can leave it out if you don’t have it. They will still be good!
What can you substitute for turbinato sugar as I have none
You can just omit it or use cinnamon and sugar!
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I made these today love the recipe the only thing I didn’t like is they stuck to the paper
You can spray the paper liners with nonstick cooking spray to make sure they don’t stick!
I use a silicone muffin, not spray and no sticking love it.
Can I sub regular whole wheat flour for the “white whole wheat flour?”
I wasn’t sure how these would turn out since I didn’t have buttermilk on hand, but I replaced it with a cup of plain Greek yogurt and they were a huge hit with my toddlers and hubby! Love how wholesome they are and the combo of grated and diced apple pairs well with the zucchini!! Will definitely be making these again 🙂
A recipe that uses just a half cup of zucchini doesn’t begin to touch my supply of zucchini that needs to be used up before it all goes to waste! But the muffins sound delicious. I may try it next time I have Granny Smith apples that need to be used up
Can this be made into a loaf?
Sure! You will need to bake it for longer.
I love the muffins but do you have the nutritional facts for this?
Why not just buy a few Granny Smiths now and get started. They freeze really well.
Can I use regular all-purpose flour. I would hate to buy a bag of wheat flour for one recipe?
What about making this gluten free? Can I use the 1:1 gluten free flour for the whole wheat flour?
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Wondering if I can substitute anything for the applesauce, haven’t got any at the moment and can’t get to the store – hello newborn life 🙂
Thanks! You can use 1/4 cup melted butter or oil if you don’t have applesauce. Possibly 1/4 cup mashed banana but the flavor will be a little different.
Can I use non-dairy milk such as almond instead of buttermilk?
These were amazing! My toddler devoured them. I used regular ww flour and they had that wonderfully rich, nutty taste. Will make again and again!
This recipe looks great. Can I substitute the brown sugar for honey or anything else to make it more healthy?
Sure, honey should work. The texture might be a little different.
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Do you think non dairy milk can be used in this recipe?
These look so appealing. But I did wonder about the low quantity of fat (1 T.). Despite just folding the wet and dry ingredients together and not overmixing, my muffins were heavy and went gummy within a couple of hours. To be relatively healthy, I guess some textural issues are hard to avoid. They tasted good though.
How many calories are in these muffins? They are so delicious and my kids love them, but curious as to the nutrition details. Thanks
I count calories. The whole recipe is about b2200 calories so divide 2200 by the number of muffins. I got 17 muffins. I also cut sugar by 2T so shaved a few calories.
Great recipe. I did reduce sugar to about 10 T from 12T. . great texture and taste. Used GrannyvSmith.
I tried them today for iftar desert.They were delicious.For sure I will cook them again.Faliminderit shume.Well don!
I made these muffins today to use up some surplus of zucchini we have from our garden right now and all I can say is WOW!!! They are so good! Both my kids 8 and 15 loved them. These will be a regular in our house! I followed the recipe exactly.
Delicious! A little like a fairly dense apple cake. Mine got sticky on top, but probably because I had to transport them with a lid before they cooled completely. I can’t wait ’til the second batch gets out of the oven!
These zucchini apple cinnamon muffins were VERY DELICIOUS. I was searching for zucchini ideas to preserve as much as possible when I ran across this recipe. I made a single batch and everyone snatched them up quick before they were even cooled enough.
Since they were a huge hit I decided to get back in the kitchen and made a triple batch so I could freeze them for when someone comes over or for a quick snack or even for breakfast on the go.
The only thing I did different is add more cinnamon and allspice for extra flavor.
THIS is a keeper for sure!
This recipe looks amazing but, I have one question my kiddo is someone who doesn’t like allt of texture and I’m worried the apple would give it a crunch, I was wondering if I could not put the apples in or if I could boil them like a apple pie filling and just put little dollops on to each muffin before baking. thank you so much in advance!
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