Combine three types of produce in a batch of Banana Zucchini Muffins with Blueberries. It’s the best of all the baked goods in one convenient (and nutritious) package! P.S. They store well for days, so they’re a great make-ahead option.

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When my middle kiddo was one, she struggled with bread—which means she had a hard time chewing sliced bread as well as muffins and pancakes. I worked hard to make her nutritious, moist options to help her practice and these toddler muffins were one of our favorites.

They are super moist and our whole family loves them all these years later.

These muffins have a base of whole wheat flour and get their moisture and flavor from three types of produce. Combine that with low added sugar and protein from eggs and milk and you have a healthy muffin for kids that’s great any time of the day.

You can serve these muffins for kids as an easy toddler breakfast. They also work as a Cold Lunch Idea for Kids. And you can freeze muffins once they are cooled, so they are perfect as a way to meal prep breakfast.

(You may also like Banana Yogurt Muffins, Blueberry Banana Muffins, Blueberry Yogurt Muffins, and Blueberry Yogurt Cake.)

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Ingredients You Need

To make these muffins you’ll need:

ingredients in banana zucchini muffins
  • Very ripe banana: You want the bananas to have lots of brown spots, which indicate ripeness.
  • Zucchini: Any variety or size of classic green zucchini works.
  • Milk: You can use dairy or nondairy milk here.
  • Unsalted butter: I use this for baking so I can control the salt.
  • Whole wheat flour: This helps absorb some of the moisture in the produce and adds nutrients.
  • Brown sugar: I use brown sugar here for added flavor, though you can use maple syrup or honey if you prefer.
  • Baking powder: This helps to ensure that the muffins bake through properly.
  • Fresh or frozen blueberries: Either option works here. And you can use regular or wild blueberries, too.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Here’s a look at the process of making these banana zucchini muffins for kids. Scroll down to the end of the post for the full recipe, including the timing and amounts.

grating zucchini for banana zucchini muffins,

Step 1. Grate the zucchini into a wide bottom plate or bowl. Squeeze dry and measure.

mixed batter for banana zucchini muffins in yellow bowl.

Step 2. Mash banana and stir together wet ingredients.

batter for banana zucchini muffins on bowl on counter.

Step 3. Stir in the dry ingredients. Fold in the blueberries.

muffin tin with banana zucchini muffin batter.

Step 4. Portion into a muffin tin and bake until a cake tester comes out dry.

TIP: Squeeze the zucchini really well to ensure that the batter isn’t too wet. You can even squeeze it with a towel after you get most of the moisture out if you want.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make these Banana Zucchini Muffins gluten-free?

Sure, just use cup for cup gluten-free flour instead of the whole wheat flour.

Do these work as dairy-free muffins?

Yes. Use plain unsweetened nondairy milk instead of dairy milk and melted, slightly cooled coconut milk (or canola oil) instead of butter.

Can I make them egg-free?

Yup! Just omit the eggs and add an additional ¼ cup milk and ¼ teaspoon baking soda.

Can I omit the sugar?

If you’re making these for a baby who’s eating finger foods or just want to reduce added sugars, you can skip the brown sugar. Be sure to use very brown bananas though since they will be the main source of sweetness. With the sugar, each muffin has about 3 grams of added sugar, which is a low amount for a healthy snack.

Can I use frozen blueberries in this recipe?

You can use fresh blueberries or frozen blueberries, depending on what you have access to and the time of the year. Either way, stir them into the batter gently to avoid breaking them up.

sliced blueberry banana zucchini muffin on blue plate

How to Store

Store the cooled Banana Zucchini Muffins in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days or in the freezer in a zip top freezer bag for up to 3 months.

Best Tips for Success

  • Gluten-free: Use cup for cup style of gluten-free flour blend.
  • Dairy-free: Use nondairy milk and melted coconut oil instead of butter.
  • Egg-Free: Omit the eggs, add an additional ¼ cup milk and add ¼ teaspoon baking soda.
  • Use very ripe bananas with brown spots for the best flavor.
  • Squeeze the grated zucchini VERY well with your fingers to release as much liquid as you can.
  • Use fresh or frozen blueberries. Fold them in gently to the batter.
  • You can substitute ½ cup chocolate chips for the blueberries!
  • If you prefer sweeter baked goods, consider using ⅓ cup brown sugar or topping with a drizzle of honey.
  • Find all of my best muffins for kids and if you have more blueberries to use, try my Banana Blueberry Baked Oatmeal.

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Banana Zucchini Muffins with Blueberries

Combine three types of produce in a batch of Banana Zucchini Muffins with Blueberries. It’s the best of all the baked goods in one convenient (and nutritious) package!
5 from 154 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Breakfast
Calories 115kcal
Servings 12 muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 cup mashed banana (from about 2 very ripe bananas)
  • ½ cup grated zucchini, packed and squeezed very dry (about 1 medium zucchini; grate, squeeze dry, then measure out ½ cup)
  • ¼ cup milk (dairy or nondairy)
  • ¼ cup butter (melted and cooled slightly)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • cups whole wheat flour
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
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Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and grease a standard muffin pan well with nonstick spray. 
  • Add the mashed banana, grated zucchini, milk, butter, eggs, and vanilla extract to a medium bowl. Stir gently with a spatula.
  • Add the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon. Stir gently to combine.
  • Stir in the blueberries gently.
  • Divide the batter among the prepared muffin tin. You’ll use about a heaping ¼ cup in each muffin cup.
  • Bake for 20-26 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out cleanly and the muffins are golden brown around the edges. (Try not to put the cake tester directly into a berry—the juices from the berries will stay moist.)
  • Let cool in the pan for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely, running a knife around the edges to loosen if needed.
  • Serve at room temperature, warmed slightly, or chilled.

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Notes

  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days or in the freezer in a zip top freezer bag for up to 3 months.
  • Squeeze the zucchini really well to ensure that the batter isn’t too wet. You can even squeeze it with a towel after you get most of the moisture out if you want.
  • Gluten-free: Use cup for cup gluten-free flour blend.
  • Dairy-free: Use nondairy milk and melted coconut oil instead of butter.
  • Egg-Free: Omit the eggs, add an additional ¼ cup milk and add ¼ teaspoon baking soda.
  • Use very ripe bananas with brown spots for the best flavor.
  • Use fresh or frozen blueberries. Fold them in gently to the batter.
  • If your family prefers chocolate you can substitute ½ cup chocolate chips for the blueberries!
  • If you prefer sweeter baked goods, consider using ⅓ cup brown sugar or topping with a drizzle of honey.

Nutrition

Serving: 1muffin, Calories: 115kcal, Carbohydrates: 23g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 2g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 29mg, Sodium: 93mg, Potassium: 196mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 105IU, Vitamin C: 5mg, Calcium: 74mg, Iron: 1mg
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This post was originally published July 2017.

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  1. 5 stars
    Loved these! I substituted with gluten free flour, almond milk and coconut oil and they were delicious! Kids and husband loved them <3

  2. 5 stars
    So good, lovely consistency! Kids gobbled them up. Just an FYI, the baking soda is missing from the instructions!

    1. Yes, I like to let it thaw and squeeze it again, then go ahead and add it to the recipe.

  3. 5 stars
    I think I like these recipes better than my son lol. I really enjoyed these. I froze some of these so they’d be at their freshest when I eat them. How do you suggest eat them from frozen? From frozen to microwave? (How long)? Defrost in fridge overnight?

    1. You can either defrost in the fridge overnight and then warm for 15 seconds in the microwave, or put them right into the microwave from frozen and do 15 second increments until warmed through. It may take 30-45 seconds, but stopping after 15 seconds ensures you don’t heat them too hot. Enjoy!

  4. I just made them now and the outside is brown but still a little raw inside. I wonder too if the temp should be different? Thank you.

    1. Hi- I just retested them twice and made a few minor tweaks to make sure this doesn’t happen. Thanks for the feedback!

  5. 5 stars
    This recipe for muffins so far is my toddlers absolute favorite. She will actually eat an entire mini muffin which is saying a lot. I have been snacking on them also. The only thing I would add the next time I make them is some salt, otherwise they are really good.

  6. 5 stars
    Love this recipe for my toddler who is picky about fruit and veggies but will always eat muffins. Is it possible to add cocoa powder to the recipe? We are going through a chocolate phase right now 😂.

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