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zucchini muffins
Written By Lara Wadsworth

These zucchini muffins are absolutely delightful. Packed with nutrients and protein, they make the perfect breakfast for a busy mom, on-the-go athlete, or anyone who loves muffins! With just a bit of preparation ahead of time, these delicious pastries are sure to become a regular in your meal prep rotation. My favorite variation is to add about half a bag of chocolate chips to the batter.

I developed this recipe while 9 months pregnant with my first baby in an effort to have delicious, protein snacks available at a moment’s notice. Plus, I needed to use up a couple of zucchinis I was gifted from a friend’s garden that I had no idea what to do with. These turned out far better than I had hoped! If you require low or no sugar, you can swap the sugar for granulated sugar alternatives such as stevia or Swerve. I have also found that flax eggs work just as well in this recipe as chicken eggs. With that simple swap, these muffins are even completely vegan!


  • 2 small to medium zucchini squash, grated and squeezed of excess water.
  • 1 cup of lentils (soaked overnight and then pureed)
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • ½ cup of white sugar
  • 1/3rd cup of melted coconut oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 cups of flour
  • 3 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • Optional: Chopped nuts and/or chocolate chips


1. About 12-24 hours before your desired baking time, measure out one cup of lentils into a bowl, cover them with 4-5 cups of water, and let soak overnight. Remember that they will triple in size while soaking, so there should be plenty of room for expansion.

2. When ready to bake: Preheat the oven to 350F and lightly grease two one-dozen muffin pans.

3. Wash and grate two small to medium zucchini. Then, place the shreds in a towel and squeeze out any excess liquid. Place the sheds into a large bowl.

4. Drain and rinse the lentils. Then, puree them in a food processor or blender. Add no more than ¼ cup of water to help blend if necessary. Add the puree to the bowl.

5. Add all other ingredients to the bowl and mix until fully combined. Add any nuts or chocolate chips last and fold them in.

6. Evenly divide the batter into the two muffin pans. This should yield about 24 muffins.

7. Bake at 350F for about 15-20 minutes or until the edges of the muffins are lightly golden and the tops are no longer shiny.

8. Use a butter knife to release the muffins from the edges of the pan, and let them cool on a wire rack before consuming.


These muffins store the best in the refrigerator for quick grabbing throughout the week. They can also be frozen for up to 3 months in an airtight container or bag. Thaw before eating.

Lara Wadsworth, True Leaf Market Writer

I am a native of Southwestern Michigan, where I also reside, and I love all things plants! I got a Bachelor's Degree in Horticulture and found the first work-from-home job I could get. Now, I spend my days writing for TLM, playing with my dog, eating delicious food with my husband, and plotting my next landscape or gardening move. I believe everyone should get down and dirty in the soil now and then. Happy Gardening!

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Ben Faerber

Sounds good! I’ll try it this weekend

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