Zucchini, Banana, and Flaxseed Muffins

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Zucchini, Banana, and Flaxseed Muffins are a healthy muffin that tastes good too!  They are made without any butter or oil, yet the are moist and delicious due to the zucchini and banana. 

 New magazine day is one of my favorites days of the month.  Since I subscribe to several magazines, this translates into several favorite days a month!   Actually, I think Mike might like new magazine day more than I do.  Especially when after just one quick perusal, it looks like this…

10 flags after just a quick glance.  Not bad, eh?   Just wait until I get a chance to be more thorough!

It was hard to choose what to make first, but there was clearly no better way to kick off zucchini week here than Zucchini, Banana, and Flaxseed Muffins!  Good thing too, because these might be the tastiest muffins ever!  I know, I know, I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again.  But this time I mean it!

After one bite, you will never guess that these are healthy and low fat!  Sure there is zucchini and banana, but I’m sure you’ve noticed a lot of times muffins find some way to become glorified cupcakes.  Not these.  There is no butter and no oil added to these muffins, yet they are incredibly moist and delicious.  For an additional nutrition boost, I subbed in some whole wheat flour.  I also replaced whole milk with buttermilk since it seems everything is made better with buttermilk.

This week I will be featuring several zucchini recipes throughout the week.  I hope you will all enjoy them as much as we have!

Zucchini, Banana, and Flaxseed Muffins
Yields: 12 muffins
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • ½ cup ground flaxseed (flaxseed meal)
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1½ cups coarsely grated zucchini (I used 1½ zucchinis)
  • 1 mashed ripe banana (approx ⅓ cup)
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • nonstick cooking spray
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat 12 standard muffin cups with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flours, flaxseed, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon.
  3. In a small bowl, stir zucchini and mashed banana together. Add to flour mixture and stir to combine.
  4. In medium bowl, whisk together milk, egg and vanilla. Add milk mixture to flour mixture and stir gently until combined (do not overmix).
  5. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes in pan and then transfer to wire rack to cool completely (about 30 minutes).
Adapted from Everyday Food, September, 2011


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  1. 10 flags is not bad at all! These muffins sound awesome. I love the addition of the flax. I made zucchini muffins last weekend but they had a ton of sugar in them. It’s nice to see a healthier recipe!

  2. Tender, moist, and delicious! What a great muffin!

  3. Mmm… Those look SO moist and yummy. I have a ton of zucchini I need to use so these muffins definitely look like a great place to start 🙂 Thanks for the recipe!

  4. Delicious muffins…and our magazines look the same when we’re done!

  5. What a great way of using zucchini! I’m adding this to my list of ‘must trys’. I’m thinking these would be perfect for breakfast!

  6. 10 flags after a quick glance? You must have a ton of saved recipes. This one looks delicious and wonderfully healthy.

  7. @Cassie: Flax is always a tasty addition…I was pleasantly surprised with these muffins! Thanks for visiting!

    @Tiffany: Thank you!

    @Ann: Always a sign of a good magazine! 🙂 Thank you!

  8. @Bake Me Blush: Awesome – I hope you enjoy the recipe. Thanks for stopping by!

    @Nish: Yay – I hope you like them. We were definitely looking forward to breakfast everyday last week! Thanks!

    @Carolyn: This magazine is going to make me very busy! Thank you!

  9. These sound great, I’m always looking for ways to use bananas…and I have squash ready to make this! Perfect!

  10. I am definitely making these! I just made a zucchini banana bread, but these with flaxseed…love’em already 🙂

  11. Healthy muffins are sometimes the only way to go and this recipe looks like a winner. Glad you are enjoying the magazine so much-I look forward to more zucchini recipes-yum!

  12. @Krystal: Enjoy! Thanks for visiting!

    @Nicole: Yay! Let me know after you make them. Thanks for stopping by!

    @Tina: Thanks Tina!

  13. Great muffins! I love using zucchini in bread and muffins! I have taken to ripping out pages of magazines, and making binders. Takes up a lot less space!

  14. delicious idea for a nice healthy muffin! made them today but recipe needs some salt for more flavor.