Apple Zucchini Muffins

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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! 

Apple Zucchini Muffins topped with cinnamon sugar

Zucchini Muffins

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:)

Healthy zucchini muffins in green baking cups

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!

Warm Zucchini muffins with butter

Bunch of Apple Zucchini Muffins

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

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Apple Zucchini Muffins

You get your fruits and veggies in these delicious little muffins! Kids and adults love these healthy muffins!
4.49 from 64 votes


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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  1. 5 stars
    I really love your recipe! I made zucchini Muffins yesterday and my kid just loved it. Thanks for sharing! keeping sharing more recipes

  2. 5 stars
    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!

  3. 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?

  4. Hi friends, how is all, and what you desire to say
    about this article, in my view its truly remarkable
    for me.

    1. You can spray the paper liners with nonstick cooking spray to make sure they don’t stick!

  5. 5 stars
    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 🙂

  6. 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

  7. Love your recipes! Glad you’ve finally got power!

    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 🙂


    1. 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.

  8. 5 stars
    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!

  9. 3 stars
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    have no coding knowledge so I wanted to get guidance from someone with
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  10. 5 stars
    I’m very pleased to find this great site. I need to to thank you for your time just for this wonderful read!!
    I definitely savored every part of it and i also have you book-marked to see new information on your blog.

  11. 3 stars
    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.

  12. How many calories are in these muffins? They are so delicious and my kids love them, but curious as to the nutrition details. Thanks

    1. 5 stars
      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.

  13. I tried them today for iftar desert.They were delicious.For sure I will cook them again.Faliminderit shume.Well don!

  14. 5 stars
    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.

  15. 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!

  16. 5 stars
    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!

  17. 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!

  18. 5 stars
    This recipe is fantastic!! I didn’t have buttermilk. So I made my own. Shocked to say the least that it worked out.
    This recipe is a keeper!

  19. We’ve made the apple zucchini muffins multiple times. We got a huge zucchini from a neighbor but today when I was ready to bake it was 107 outside…no way am I turning on my oven as it makes the entire house hot. So I made the batter and we made waffles instead. AMAZING!!! Even my picky son liked them!

  20. Hi,

    Just made the recipe with a mini muffin pan for my toddler…each one deflated in the middle. I used agave instead of brown sugar (didn’t have any), almond flour and Greek yogurt instead of buttermilk. Any thoughts as to what could happened? Did I mix too much? I tried to lightly do each step. Thanks!

    1. You changed a lot of the ingredients so that is why the recipe didn’t turn out. I haven’t tested the recipe with the ingredients you listed.

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