Made with fresh produce, dark chocolate chips, and a blend of gluten free flours, these Gluten Free Zucchini Muffins are soft, fluffy, and naturally sweetened! Whip up a batch in no time for healthy breakfasts, quick snacks, and more. Dairy free.
Zucchini Muffin Madness
With late summer in full swing, we’re up to our eyeballs in fresh zucchini from the local markets. But with recipes like Three Herb Tomato Zucchini Salad and Green Chile Tuna Zucchini Casserole, we think that’s a good thing! However, while we love a good savory recipe, we can’t help but want something a little sweet every once in a while. So, what better way to use up leftover produce than with a healthy zucchini muffins recipe?
Quick to make and totally gluten and dairy free, we tested, re-tested, and tested these muffins again to make sure they came out absolutely perfect for you!
Ingredients for Extra Flavorful Zucchini Muffins Recipe
In addition to a few standard muffin ingredients like baking powder, baking soda, salt, and eggs, there are a few items you will need.
- Oat and Almond Flours – Great on their own in recipes like Flourless Honey Oat Ricotta Muffins and Coconut Almond Flour Banana Muffins, these gluten free flours are even better when combined! The fat content from the almond flour helps keep these zucchini muffins moist while the oat flour helps create a fluffier texture and incredible taste. We love using this flour blend in cookies as well!
- Cinnamon and Vanilla Extract – These help enhance the natural sweetness of the muffins.
- Flax Meal – This not only provides a boost of fiber and healthy fats but also helps baked goods like zucchini muffins and apple oatmeal muffins retain their shape with plenty of fluff.
- Banana – Full of antioxidants and rich in vitamin C and potassium, we swear by using mashed bananas when making waffles for a hint of sweetness without the need for refined sugar. Turns out, they work in muffins to replace the egg or oil found in most muffins, too!
- Almond Milk – Just like any baked good, milk is used to thin out the batter. We love almond milk or oat milk, too!
- Honey or Maple Syrup – A natural substitute for refined sugar, honey adds a hint of sweetness and helps hold the rest of the ingredients together. Or, for a vegan option, use honey instead.
- Zucchini – Of course, you can’t have a zucchini muffin recipe without zucchini! Just as in this bread, it provides a boost of moisture, plenty of vitamins, and lots of fiber to keep you full. Even better, it’s one of the most neutral-tasting vegetables you can find. This means that even the pickiest of eaters will have zero complaints.
- Dark Chocolate Chips and Other Optional Add-Ins – There’s never a bad time for dark chocolate, right? However, feel free to experiment with all your favorite flavor add-ins like chopped nuts, dried fruit, or even a pinch of nutmeg.
Can I use all-purpose flour or whole wheat flour instead?
We’ve tested this zucchini muffin recipe with just about every gluten free flour combination possible, and we do not recommend tampering with the types or measurements! Any alterations and you risk your muffins coming out too soft and dense, almost like zucchini bread instead of muffins.
If you need an alternative gluten free flour substitution, leave us a comment below. We’ll be happy to help find the best combination that will work for you!
- Preheat your oven to 350° Fahrenheit, and grease a muffin pan with cooking spray.
- Use a cheese grater to shred the zucchini, and squeeze out any excess moisture. You’ll want to start with 1 full cup of grated zucchini, but it should reduce down to ¾ cup. See our notes below!
- Whisk together the dry ingredients in a medium bowl.
- In a separate large bowl, mash the banana. Then, add the wet ingredients including the shredded zucchini.
- Add the dry ingredients to the bowl with the wet ingredients for easier mixing. Then, stir until just combined. Do not overmix! Your muffins will become tough and rubbery if you do.
- Fold in the chocolate chips or any extras you want to include. Spoon the batter into a prepared muffin tin.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick can be inserted and comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.
Now that you know the basics for making zucchini muffins, I’ll let you in on a few of my go-to gluten free baking tips.
Baking Tips & Tricks
More than your average muffin, there are a few tips and tricks that will help your muffins come out delicious and fluffy. I may be bias, but just look at that muffin madness! You wouldn’t even know it’s gluten free.
Grate and Squeeze Your Zucchini. This is crucial to achieving the right texture! A hydrating vegetable, zucchini is naturally full of water, which is great when using it on its own. However, when it comes to baked goods, this excess moisture will leak out, creating soggy muffins. For easy squeezing, we recommend using a cheesecloth, but a towel would work, too.
Should I remove the skin of the zucchini before adding it to the batter?
Nope. The skin is a great source of fiber and nutrients. When shredded, it blends into the muffins and is virtually undetectable.
Include Room Temperature Eggs. This allows for easier blending and helps the batter rise, creating the ultra fluffy muffin texture we love.
Use Liners. Silicone, foil, or paper liners make prevent your muffins from sticking and make for easy cleanup and a pretty presentation!
Fill Your Muffin Tins ⅔ of the Way Full. There’s no use crying over spilled muffins! Or, however the saying goes. Filling the muffin tin all the way to the top will lead to your batter spilling over and potentially burning on the pan. To prevent this from happening use a cookie scoop or spoon to fill each cup.
Storage Options for Leftover Zucchini Muffins
Before you store your muffins, be sure to let them cool completely. We know it’s tempting to dig in right away, but it’s worth the wait! As they cool, they’ll continue to bake. So, removing them from the pan too soon will cause them to crumble and fall apart.
If you plan to eat your muffins right away, they can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. However, for longer-lasting muffins, you’ll want to store them in the fridge where they’ll keep for up to 1 week!
Can I freeze gluten free zucchini muffins?
Yes! In fact, we have a batch in the freezer right now. We love to keep them on hand for quick snacks! Just place them in an airtight container or sealable bag, and store them in the freezer for up to 2 months. Then, when you’re ready to eat, thaw them in the microwave or refrigerator overnight.
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Gluten Free Zucchini Muffins (Dairy Free)
- Total Time: 38-50 minutes
- Yield: 10–12 muffins 1x
- Diet: Gluten Free
Fluffy, moist, and naturally sweetened, Dairy Free Gluten Free Zucchini Muffins are made made even better with bananas and chocolate chips for a breakfast or snack you can feel good about! Dairy Free.
- 1 cup grated/shredded zucchini (¾ cup after water squeezed out)
- 1 ⅓ to 1 ½ cups (150 grams) gluten free oat flour
- ⅓ cup (42 grams) blanched fine almond flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 Tablespoons flax meal
- ¾ cup (165 grams, ~ 1 large banana) mashed ripe banana
- 1 large egg, room temperature
- ¼ cup non-dairy milk
- ⅓ cup maple syrup or honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ cup dark chocolate chips + more for topping
- Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line or grease a muffin tin, and set aside.
- Shred the zucchini. Place shreds in a paper towel or cheesecloth, and gently squeeze out all excess water. Note – Once squeezed, the zucchini should reduce down to ¾ cup.
- In a mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients (oat flour, almond flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, flax meal).
- In a second large bowl, mash the banana. Mix in the remaining wet ingredients (zucchini, egg, milk, maple syrup, vanilla extract).
- Working in batches, combine the dry ingredients to the bowl with the wet, and mix until combined. Do not overmix! Fold in the chocolate chips. (See notes)
- Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin tin, filling ⅔ – ¾ of the way full. Sprinkle extra chocolate chips on top, if desired.
- Bake for 17-22 minutes or until the center comes out clean with a toothpick.
- Allow muffins to cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling.
Storage: Keep leftover muffins in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or freezer for up to 4 months.
Texture Tip – For fluffier more moist muffins, let the batter sit for 10-20 minutes before spooning into muffin pan.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Rest Time: 10
- Cook Time: 18-20 minutes
- Category: Snacks, Breakfast
- Method: Oven
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 1 muffin
- Calories: 136
- Sugar: 8 g
- Sodium: 181 mg
- Fat: 2.6 g
- Saturated Fat: 0.3 g
- Carbohydrates: 22.4 g
- Fiber: 2.8 g
- Protein: 3.2 g
- Cholesterol: 16.9 mg
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Do you have questions, feedback, or tips about this recipe? Leave a comment below with any questions or feedback you’d like to share!
Very yummy. It’s one of my new favorites! I didn’t change anything, except I did not add chocolate chips to a few muffins and sprinkled with sugar instead.
Sammi (Cotter Crunch Test Kitchen)
Thanks for trying them, Julie! Love that you sprinkled some of the tops with sugar. Great idea!
Hi. I can’t eat oats, so can I replace it with another flour?
Hi omnia! I have tried it with all almond flour and the taste is great but it’s a little more dense. That’s the only difference. Can you have almond flour? If so I can send the amount I tried it with.
Thanks Lindsay for getting back to me. Yes I can have almond flour and coconut flour too. It would be great if you could share with me the amount of almond flour you used.
So I basically made this almond flour banana muffin https://www.cottercrunch.com/toasted-coconut-banana-muffins-paleo/ but swapped out the coconut for zucchini and added chocolate chips. The only difference was texture but taste was very similar to these with oat flour. Does that make sense?
Yeah sounds great. Will give it a try:) thanks again so much
Keep me posted!