Banana Zucchini Muffins

Carole is with us today with another great post, this one is from her garden. Great idea for using up the last of the season’s surplus.


I have a small garden but I am not a gardener.  You see, I am notorious for garden neglect once I complete the initial planting in the spring. Every year I have such great intentions to tend my garden so carefully but it never happens.  This neglect manifests itself best in the monster sized zucchini I harvest, instead of the desired small, sweet and deliciously tender ones I wanted.  These massive zucchinis aren’t good for much except to use in baking, so I have been producing all kinds of baked zucchini products over the past few weeks.

These Banana Zucchini Muffins are dense, moist and delicious, but they also use the other food I always seem to have in great abundance:  over-ripe bananas!  Plus, the use of whole wheat flour, agave and applesauce makes a mommy quite happy on the nutritional end.

I made a quadruple batch of this recipe and froze the extras.  My kids will grab one out of the freezer for a quick breakfast, or toss one in a lunch box with a yogurt and apple for an easy lunch.  However, most of them were eaten by my 8th grader who packed two every day as a pre-football practice snack.
Even after four batches of these muffins, I had enough zucchini to make double batches of both my Chocolate Zucchini Muffins and Pineapple Zucchini Carrot Muffins.  You would think that after 14 dozen muffins, I would be at the end of my zucchini, right?  Actually, I also froze four individual bags of shredded zucchini in 2 cup servings for future baking uses.  I just couldn’t bring myself to make any more baked goods right now!

Banana Zucchini Muffins

(recipe adapted from Savoring the Thyme)

makes 18 muffins

1 C whole wheat flour

1 C white flour

2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

2/3 C agave nectar

3/4 C brown sugar

1/4 C melted butter

1/2 C unsweetened applesauce

3 eggs

1/2 tsp vanilla

1 1/4 C grated zucchini

1 medium very ripe banana, mashed

1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line the muffin tins with paper liners.  In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the first six ingredients.  In a large mixing bowl, combine all the remaining ingredients together until well combined.  Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and fold to combine.  Do not over mix!

2.  Fill the muffin liners so they are filled not quite to the top of the liner.  Bake for 20-25 minutes until the center of the muffins spring back when lightly touched.  To freeze, wait until they cool completely then individually wrap each muffin in plastic wrap tightly.

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  1. These look delish! I’d never think to use Zucchini, but I bet they’re really good.

  2. Thank you for trying them and properly crediting. 😉

  3. Is there a good sub for agave nectar?

  4. Scarlett says:

    Can I use 2 cups white flour? I am all out of wheat.

    • All white flour should turn out great, Scarlett. Enjoy!

      • Scarlett says:

        Made them as instructed with the ingredients you listed and they turned out great! Even enjoyed by my 2 year old son who is picky. :)
        Thank you

        • Scarlett, I am thrilled to hear it! Thank you for commenting and letting us know. People like you are the reason we love blogging!

  5. Nicole Brown says:

    I am all out of agave and honey, could I use sugar instead?

    • If you do, you will need some additional liquid or the muffins will be dry. Molasses or corn syrup might be another substitute you could try. Molasses will have a stronger flavor, corn syrup would be lighter. Hope these work until you are able to pick up more honey or agave!

  6. Stacy Myers says:

    My kids were crazy over these! They turned out so well – and were a great use of the zucchini taking over the fridge. :-) I used spelt flour, sucanat for the brown sugar, and left out the agave (still plenty sweet). Also, I used coconut oil instead of butter because it was already melted. Ha! :-) Thanks for the great recipe! I was able to freeze half the batch, so that was nice too.

  7. These are delish!!! Even my picky 4 yr old like them!!! Great recipe!!!

  8. e3writing says:

    I used sweetened applesauce and left out the agave, great flavour. Unfortunately I forgot the butter in the microwave, so they stuck to the wrappers! Will make again though.

  9. Mine stuck to the wrapper – do you know why that may have happened? I used a soy free/dairy free butter..could that be why? They were delicious other than the wrapper situation!

    • You may have needed a little oil spray in your liners since your fat content was so low. Glad they tasted good!

  10. These are really, really good. My four year old loves them, Thank you! Will try with coconut oil next time too;)


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