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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I always want to incorporate more healthy meals and snacks into my routine so that I feel good about what I’m eating and I know my son is eating something good too. These Zucchini Vegan Muffins were a hit with the whole family and my son keeps asking for more. That makes them a winner in my book!

I don’t regularly practice a vegan diet, however, I have been trying to make more recipes that use alternative ingredients like plant-based milk, fat substitutes, etc. These muffins definitely hit the spot and are a great recipe to make, vegan or not!

Ingredients Needed to Make Zucchini Vegan Muffins

You probably have most of these ingredients in your pantry which makes this recipe even better. I also love that the prep time and cooking time happen in less than an hour so you can absolutely make this on a weekend morning and have a delicious snack for the rest of the week (if they last that long!).

Fresh Ingredients

Of course, for zucchini muffins, you will need a medium zucchini and a lemon. Zest your lemon before you juice it!

From the Fridge

Since these muffins are vegan, you will need plant-based milk like oat or almond. You will also need unsweetened applesauce which is taking place of the egg and/or oil in a traditional muffin recipe.

From the Pantry

From the pantry, you will need vanilla extract, all-purpose flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, kosher salt, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, and chopped pecans. 

four vegan zucchini muffins

How to Make Vegan Zucchini Muffins

Preheat the oven to 425°F and prepare a muffin tin with silicone or paper liners.

Cut off the end of a medium-sized 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.

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 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.

zucchini vegan muffins on a cooling rack

Why are There two Cooking Temperatures?

A nice trick to get a fluffy top to your muffins is to blast them at 425°F for 5 minutes before turning down the heat to 350°F for the remaining cooking time. Don’t open the door, just turn down the heat and you will have a nice fluffy muffin top (the good kind!).

Optional Lemon Vanilla Glaze for Muffins

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.

Substitution Options for Vegan Muffins

The nuts in these muffins are optional or you could substitute walnuts or almonds instead of pecans. If you don’t have applesauce, you can substitute it with vegetable oil.

zucchini vegan muffin with a lemon vanilla glaze drizzled on top

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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

Equipment

  • 1 silicone or rubber spatula
  • 1 small bowl or measuring cup
  • 1 grater
  • 1 zester

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

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.

Nutrition

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.

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