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vegan muffins with zucchini

Zucchini Vegan Muffins

Make these Zucchini Vegan Muffins at home in under an hour for a healthy and delicious breakfast or snack. These muffins are loaded with zucchini, lemon, and applesauce for a dense and delicious treat.
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 12 muffins
Calories: 132kcal
Author: EmilyFabulous



  • 1 cup shredded zucchini
  • ¾ cup oat milk or any plant-based milk
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • ½ cup pecans chopped


  • Preheat the oven to 425°F and prepare a muffin tin with silicone or paper liners.
  • Cut off the end of the zucchini and shred it using a cheese grater. Once fully shredded, wrap the zucchini pieces into a paper towel, twist the top to make a ball, and squeeze as much water out as you can. Set it aside.
  • Zest the lemon and then juice it. In a small measuring cup or mixing bowl, whisk the oat milk, lemon juice, and vanilla and set aside.
  • In another large mixing bowl, add the flour, sugar, brown sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Whisk together to combine.
  • Pour the oak milk mixture and the applesauce into the flour mixture and stir with a spatula to combine. Add the lemon zest and shredded zucchini and fold into the mixture followed by the chopped nuts (if using).
  • Spoon the batter evenly into the 12 muffin sections.
  • Bake at 425°F for 5 minutes then turn down the heat to 350°F and bake for an additional 16-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove the pan from the oven and cool the muffins on a cooling rack.


Optional Lemon Vanilla Glaze

You can top these muffins with a simple vanilla glaze for an extra burst of flavor. Simple add 1/2 cup of confectioners powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice, and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract in a bowl. Whisk to combine and drizzle on top.


Serving: 1muffin | Calories: 132kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 2.3g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Sodium: 158mg | Potassium: 88mg | Fiber: 1.1g | Sugar: 14.1g | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 1mg

Any nutrition calculations are only estimates using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.