Zucchini Apple Spice Muffins

These Zucchini Apple Spice Muffins are perfect for the transition space between summer and fall.

You can use up the loads of summer zucchini that are laying around in your garden, the grocery store, or at the farmer’s marker, while savoring the fall spice flavors and a hint of apple.

Zucchini Muffin Recipe - Zucchini Apple Spice Muffins

I had some zucchini that was sitting in the fridge for slightly longer than necessary.

The zucchini’s original purpose had already been forgotten, but I decided that I had better use it for something before it went bad and ended up in the trash.

I haven’t made muffins for the kids in a while, so I decided to make this recipe for Zucchini Apple Spice Muffins that I originally posted 9 YEARS AGO.

Sometimes it seems a little crazy that I have recipes old enough on this old blog of mine to have been posted 9 years ago.

Madeline just turned 11 and she was around 1 when I posted my very first recipe on Good Life Eats.

The very first recipe that I posted didn’t even have pictures of the actual food, just a photo of Logan while we were out raspberry picking.

That seems like just yesterday and forever ago at the same time.

Zucchini Muffin Recipe - Zucchini Apple Spice Muffins

When I looked up the recipe for these Zucchini Apple Spice Muffins I saw that they did at least contain a photo of the recipe, rather than just a photo of one of my kids.

But the recipe was really not great. I mean, you can tell what the food is.

The lighting isn’t horrible. And I at least made an attempt at styling (if it can even be called that, because it is not very stylish at all!).

It has been a goal of mine to slowly go through some of the older recipes on this site and take some new photos to refresh the post.

Especially the ones that we really still do love and make often – the ones that have stood the test of time over the last decade of my food blog and are still family favorites.

I can update the recipe if I’ve made any changes from the original, whether it is something that makes it taste better or something that makes it easier to prepare, or just a new way that I might be making the recipe.

In this Zucchini Apple Spice recipe, for example, sometimes I opt to use a few tablespoons of this pre-made Chai Spice Seasoning rather than measuring out the individual spices in the recipe.

The recipe has also had the applesauce increased, the butter decreased, and cardamom swapped for allspice.

I love cardamom, but I don’t think I even knew what it was 9 years ago!

Zucchini Muffin Recipe - Zucchini Apple Spice Muffins

The kids were all pretty glad about my project to update this post, because in the span of a week I made about 4 dozen muffins and froze them for quick breakfast treats or after school snacks.

We’ve gone through about the first 2 dozen already, which I guess makes sense when there are 6 people in the house – nothing really lasts that long around here.

Another update that I did was to make the muffins larger. Rather than making 3 dozen, the updated recipe makes 2 dozen. I fill the standard muffin tins all the way to the top rather than only 2/3 full.

We like them better this way, but the original recipe is still included below at the end of this post if you prefer to make these Zucchini Apple Spice Muffins the original way.

Zucchini Muffin Recipe - Zucchini Apple Spice Muffins

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This Fresh Zucchini Corn Salsa would make a great appetizer or snack, but with the added protein from the black beans, it also makes a perfect light and healthy lunch.

Zucchini is stuffed with a mixture of salsa and ground turkey and topped with cheese and avocado salsa for a quick, easy and healthy dinner in this recipe Tex-Mex Stuffed Zucchini with Avocado Salsa.

Grilled Summer Squash Crostini with Goat Cheese and Pesto is a great way to savor the abundance of zucchini and yellow squash during the summer months.

This Zucchini Tomato Basil Salad with Lemon Basil Vinaigrette is a light and refreshing summertime salad and perfect when your garden is exploding with tomatoes, basil, and zucchini in the later summer months.

Try this recipe for No-Bake Grilled Vegetable Lasagna when it is still too hot to turn the oven on.

Another take on a zucchini muffin is this delicious recipe for  Zucchini Cherry Muffins with Pecan Streusal Topping, which can be made in your food processor!

What are your favorite zucchini recipes?

Zucchini Apple Spice Muffins are perfect for the transition space between summer and fall – you can use up the loads of summer zucchini that are laying around in your garden, the grocery store, or at the farmer’s marker, while savoring the fall spice flavors and a hint of apple.

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Zucchini Apple Spice Muffins

Yield: 2 dozen

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 - 25 minutes

Total Time: 25 - 35 minutes

These Zucchini Apple Spice Muffins are perfect for the transition space between summer and fall. You can use up the loads of summer zucchini that are laying around in your garden, the grocery store, or at the farmer’s marker, while savoring the fall spice flavors and a hint of apple.

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cups Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 4 Eggs, beaten
  • 4 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup Unsweetened Applesauce
  • 5 cups grated Fresh Zucchini
  • 1 cup grated Apple
  • 1/2 cup melted Butter, cooled
  • 6 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 4 teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 5 teaspoons Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cardamom
  • couple dashes of Ginger

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

In a large bowl, mix together the sugar, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla, and applesauce.

Mix in the grated zucchini and apple and then the melted butter.

In a separate bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, and ginger. Add these dry ingredients to the zucchini mixture.

Line muffin cups with paper liners or grease with olive oil or nonstick cooking spray.

Divide batter evenly among 2 dozen standard sized muffin cups - I fill each cup completely to the top. Bake on the middle rack until muffins are golden brown, and the top of the muffins bounce back when you press on them, about 15 - 25 minutes.

Set on wire rack to cool for 5 minutes. Remove muffins from the tin let cool another 10-20 minutes.

Cool completely before freezing if you choose to freeze the muffins.

Notes:

This recipe has been updated from the original posting in 2009. The original recipe is included in the post, underneath this undated version.

Tip: Instead of measuring out so many individual spices, you can use 3 - 5 teaspoons of this pre-blended Chai Spice Seasoning.

Original post Zucchini Apple Spice Muffins – A Zucchini Muffin Recipe from Jul 13, 2009 follows:

This morning I was up quite a bit before Logan.

I took the opportunity to get a few things done, like work on emptying the dishwasher and loading the things that  didn’t make it in last night.

Getting things accomplished in the morning is not a regular occurrence in our house because Logan is usually up pretty early.

After a bit, Logan came down and saw me in the kitchen. He wanted to know what I was making.

He already had muffins in mind for breakfast. I already had a bowl of freshly grated garden zucchini. It looked like a plan to me. Time to get going on a zucchini muffin recipe – Zucchini Apple Spice Muffins!

I love that he had a request for me. I love that it was something we could enjoy together.

There isn’t a lot of that with him being such a picky eater. I love that he knows that he can ask me to make him something special and that I love to do it for him. I love that I used zucchini I grew myself.

Zucchini Muffin Recipe – Zucchini Apple Spice Muffins

  • 5 cups grated fresh zucchini
  • 1 cup grated apple
  • 3/4 cup melted unsalted butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 5 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
  • couple dashes of ginger

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

In a large bowl, mix together the sugar, eggs, vanilla, and applesauce.

Mix in the grated zucchini and apple and then the melted butter.

In a separate bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and ginger. Add these dry ingredients to the zucchini mixture. Fold in the orange zest.

Line muffin cups with paper liners or grease with olive oil or nonstick cooking spray.

Divide batter evenly among 3 dozen standard sized muffin cups – I used a scant 1/4 c per muffin. Bake on the middle rack until muffins are golden brown, and the top of the muffins bounce back when you press on them, about 10 – 20 minutes.

Set the Zucchini Apple Spice Muffins on wire rack to cool for 5 minutes. Remove muffins from the tin let cool another 20 minutes (if you can wait that long!).

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