The Best Zucchini Muffin Recipe

I am not kidding when I say this is the best zucchini muffin recipe. I’ve been working on this one for a few weeks now, and I really think you’ll love it.

My biggest complaint with most zucchini muffin {or bread} recipes is that they turn out heavy and greasy. I wanted to create a zucchini muffin recipe that was lighter and fluffier, not so dense and thick. This recipe totally fits the bill, these turn out light but filling every single time.

One of the best ways to eliminate grease but keep the fat and flavor a recipe needs is by substituting cream cheese for some of the oil. If you’re not a huge cream cheese fan, fear not! The amount I use doesn’t flavor the zucchini muffins at all, it just keeps the balance of ingredients there.

The Best Zucchini Muffin Recipe

If you don’t have buttermilk in your fridge {me about 90% of the time} measure regular milk just shy of 1/4 cup and then add a splash of plain white vinegar and stir. Let it sit for a few minutes to thicken and you’ll have automatic buttermilk.

This is the best zucchini muffin recipe! These zucchini muffins are light and airy, not dense and greasy. They turn out every time and are absolutely perfect!

Another one of my favorite parts of this recipe is the brown sugar. I love the deeper flavor it adds to the muffins, and with the addition of the cream cheese it doesn’t make them too heavy!

Brown sugar is my favorite. When I was a kid I’d sneak into the pantry and have a taste. I may or may not still do that.


The Best Zucchini Muffin Recipe

In the recipe I say that the batter should fill 12 muffin cups almost completely full. This is true! Don’t worry, they won’t overflow. You’ll just get some nice hearty muffins, which is the point!

Also, this shouldn’t be a surprise, I don’t peel the zucchini. I just can’t change who I am – I seriously hate peeling vegetables.

This really is the best zucchini muffin recipe out there, try it and let me know what you think!

{Interested in my other recipes that use zucchini? I have a bunch! Easy Stovetop Zucchini, Beef Taco Filling with Zucchini, and Pasta alla Andy. I also have a handy post about freezing your excess zucchini!}

The Best Zucchini Muffin Recipe

Yields 12 muffins or 1 loaf

This is the best zucchini muffin recipe! These zucchini muffins are light and airy, not dense and greasy. This recipe will turn out every time you make it!

15 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

45 minTotal Time

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  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded zucchini
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda


  1. Whisk flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, baking powder, and baking soda together.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix brown sugar and cream cheese together until smooth, this will help avoid cream cheese lumps. If there are lumps of cream cheese, it will still turn out fine.
  3. Gradually stir in buttermilk, oil, vanilla, and the eggs until well combined and smooth.
  4. Stir in zucchini until evenly distributed.
  5. Add dry ingredients and fold into wet ingredients until just combined. There will be some lumps.
  6. Divide evenly into 12 muffin cups (greased or lined), they will be almost full.
  7. Bake at 325 degrees F for 20-25 minutes for muffins. A toothpick should come out with slight crumbs clinging to it when baked through.


• This recipe can also be baked in one loaf pan for 45-50 minutes.

295 cal
3 g
54 g
11 g

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    March 13, 2017 at 12:45 AM Can you add chopped walnuts to the recipe please,if so how much. I haven't tried this recipe yet,but certainly intended to
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      March 13, 2017 at 11:46 AM Hi Bev! Chopped walnuts would be an excellent addition to this recipe! I would go with 3/4 of a cup and see how you like the texture. You can always adjust from there. :)
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    March 12, 2017 at 11:07 AM I logged back in and was able to get to the recipe but there are still ads in the middle of the post.
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      March 13, 2017 at 11:45 AM I'm glad you were able to find the recipe. Yes, there are ads in the middle of the post. I earn some income from them and that is how I pay for website maintenance and other blog related expenses. I am working on a new layout and design that will improve the user experience though! Thanks for your feedback, happy baking!
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    March 11, 2017 at 11:57 AM This site has so many pop ups you can't get to the recipe.
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      March 11, 2017 at 12:00 PM Hi Jo, could you explain what kind of pop-ups? There shouldn't be any pop-ups appearing so if there are, it's an error I need to fix.

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