Cornbread Zucchini Muffins Recipe


You may have noticed, I’ve got a thing for zucchini lately.

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This summer we’ve been using our toaster oven to broil snackable zucchini rounds, bake cheesy zucchini and lemon ricotta flatbreads, and whip up a light dinner for two with these roasted zucchini and tomato crostini.

But I’ve saved the best zucchini recipe for last…Zucchini Cornbread Muffins!

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These muffins are everything you want in a good corn muffin: Lightly sweetened. Tender middles. Crispy edges.

The gorgeous bright green shredded zucchini isn’t just for looks either. It (along with a little yogurt) makes the muffins moist without being soggy.

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Though my favorite ingredient has to be the whole corn kernels. When you bite into one, there’s an unexpected crunch and then the kernel bursts delivering even more delicious sweet corn flavor.

Best of all, the recipe couldn’t be easier. It uses simple pantry ingredients and just ONE BOWL!

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A Few Tips for Your Zucchini Cornbread Muffins

  • Squeezing the water out of your shredded zucchini is a must, otherwise you’ll end up with a mushy soggy mess.
  • For the most light and tender muffins use a plain yogurt that has some fat in it.
  • For a denser cornbread muffin, skip the yogurt. They’ll still be tender but with a heartier crumb.
  • Don’t be worried if the batter is a little on the thick side, it’s okay, you’re making cornbread not a cupcake!
  • The muffins won’t be browned when they are ready. Instead look for the tops to be springy and dry to the touch. A toothpick inserted in the center of one should come out clean or with a few crumbs attached. If you see wet batter, keep baking.
  • After the first day, store leftover muffins in the fridge or freeze them for later.
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There’s no need for butter on these zucchini cornbread muffins. They’re tender and tasty served plain.

But there’s no reason you can’t make your little muffin even more delicious with a smear of salted butter and strawberry preserves!

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Cornbread Zucchini Muffins Recipe

Brie Norris
Zucchini Cornbread Muffins are incredibly moist and tender with an irresistible sweet corn flavor. Perfect for a quick breakfast, snack or dunking in a bowl of vegetarian chili.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 1 muffin
Calories 143.5 kcal


  • 1 Zucchini Squash (6 to 7-inches long, about 7 ounces)
  • 0.5 Yellow Cornmeal
  • 0.5 White Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Baking Powder
  • 0.125 Baking Soda
  • 0.5 Salt
  • 1 Egg beaten
  • 0.25 Whole Milk
  • 0.25 Plain Low Fat Yogurt
  • 2 Unsalted Butter melted and cooled
  • 0.25 Canned Corn drained


  • Adjust the toaster oven cooking rack to the middle position and preheat to 350°F. Grease a 6-cup muffin pan with cooking spray or oil.
  • Slice ends off the zucchini and grate using a box grater. Gather shredded zucchini in a clean kitchen towel and twist to squeeze out excess water. You should have around 1 cup of shredded zucchini. 
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Stir in the egg, milk, yogurt and butter. Add the zucchini and corn kernels, stir just until combined.
  • Divide batter evenly among cups in the prepared muffin pan.
  • Bake muffins until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 14 to 15 minutes.
  • Allow muffins to cool in the pan for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from pan and serve warm with salted butter and strawberry preserves.


Calories: 143.5kcalCarbohydrates: 19.08gProtein: 3.54gFat: 5.33gSaturated Fat: 2.75gSodium: 247.56mgFiber: 1.17gSugar: 2.04g
Keyword Baked, Baking, Cornbread, Muffins, Quick Bread, Side Dishes, Toaster Oven Cooking, Zucchini
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