These healthy zucchini muffins are so delicious, so moist, and so easy to make! They’re gluten free, dairy free, naturally sweetened, and contain healthy fiber from the zucchini. In other words, they don’t leave you feeling sluggish so they’re perfect to bake for the week for a sweet afternoon snack!
How to make healthy zucchini muffins
I don’t often like to use the word “healthy” when describing desserts, mainly because it has different meanings for different people and can sometimes make the dessert seem less than.
But that’s definitely not the case for these! By “healthy”, I mean these zucchini muffins are made with ingredients that are just all around better than typical muffin ingredients. They’re also completely gluten free, dairy free, and sweetened with more natural sweeteners so they won’t leave you feeling heavy or sluggish afterwards.
So what’s the secret? Here are the ingredients that make these zucchini muffins healthy!
- Zucchini – Of course, these wouldn’t be zucchini muffins without it! Not only does it add so much moisture to these muffins, but the added fiber helps reduce blood sugar spikes. In order words, you won’t crash after eating these.
- No Sugar Added SunButter – This is the magic ingredient behind these muffins! No Sugar Added SunButter means it’s made with minimal ingredients – sunflower seeds and a hint of salt. This super creamy SunButter helps bind these muffins together while also adding so much richness. It also allows these muffins to be completely dairy free and nut free!
- Gluten Free Flour – These muffins are so tall and fluffy that you can’t even tell they’re gluten free! Using gluten free baking flour makes these muffins perfect for anyone with celiac or a gluten sensitivity.
- Coconut Sugar – Coconut sugar is a natural sugar made from coconut palm sap. It’s a healthier alternative to refined sugars as it’s just as sweet!
- Pure Maple Syrup – Not pancake syrup! That’s typically made up of mostly corn syrup, where as pure maple syrup comes straight from maple trees. It’s sweet, flavorful, and helps keep these muffins so moist
The best part – all of these muffin ingredients are mixed together by hand. No special equipment is needed! Just mix, scoop, and bake.
Tips for baking moist zucchini chocolate chip muffins
To ensure these zucchini muffins turn out just right, here are my top baking tips:
- Flour – If possible, use a food scale to weigh out the ingredients. This is the best way to ensure accuracy! If you don’t have a food scale, spoon the flour into a measuring cup and level it off with a flat edge. Never scoop directly into the flour as this packs it down into the cup leaving you with way too much added flour. Too much flour = dry muffins.
- No Sugar Added SunButter – Since this SunButter is made with minimal ingredients, expect some oil separation. So before baking, give the jar a good mix to revive the super rich and creamy consistency!
- Zucchini – Finely grate the zucchini using the smaller holes on a box grater. Then, squeeze out the excess water. Do so just by squeezing the zucchini in your hands over the kitchen sink. Squeeze out as much as possible because if there’s too much water, the muffins could turn out soft and mushy.
- Fill – Fill each liner to the top. For easy scooping, use a large ice cream scoop to fill these muffins. Then, top with some extra chocolate chips if desired!
These muffins are so easy to make that these simple tips are all that’s needed!
Chocolate chips for healthy zucchini muffins
The chocolate chips in this zucchini muffin recipe are optional, but I do love how they compliment the zucchini and SunButter!
To keep this recipe completely refined sugar free, opt for a dairy free chocolate sweetened with stevia or coconut sugar.
Otherwise, use any dairy free semisweet chocolate! Most are made with refined sugar, but it’s an incredibly small amount when looking at the nutritional info per muffin.
How to store zucchini muffins
These muffins stay moist for so long! So feel free to store these in an air tight container at room temperature for a couple days. Any longer than that and they’ll need to be stored in the refrigerator.
But these muffins are so good that they hardly stick around for more than a couple days!
For more healthy dessert recipes, check out my:
- Peanut Butter Banana Muffins
- Healthy Cookie Dough Bars
- Fudgy Chickpea Brownies
- Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Bars
Make sure to tag me @butternutbakery on Instagram and comment below if you make these Healthy Zucchini Muffins. To pin this recipe and save it for later, you can use the button on the recipe card, the buttons above or below this post, or on any of the photos above. Happy baking!Print