These super-soft zucchini muffins are exploding with banana flavor and covered every inch in an irresistible cream cheese glaze.—no one will ever guess they’re healthy!
Hello, zucchini-lovers. Welcome back to Sarah’s Zucchini Bender.
…yeah, I’m for real on a bender with the green stuff. Have you noticed? This bread, these pasta bowls, even a few batches of zucchini cookies and PANCAKES. (just you wait!)
A legit bender, guys. My family doesn’t even have to ask “is there zucchini in that?” anymore. They just know.
And they surprisingly don’t even mind it. Mostly because I’ve been disguising it with chocolate and/or frosting. The one and ONLY way to a zucchini-hater’s heart. Take note. 😀
Okay, so I’m here to set the record straight once and for all eternity about zucchini.
All that bad rap that zucchini gets for being a so-called watered-down, flavorless veggie? All of it is LIES. Made up by soul-less zucchini-haters who just do not understand the awesomeness like you and I.
I mean, I obviously have the real proof right here in front of your face today…
Also….more, more, and MORE coming soon. Because my garden is still in zucchini OVERLOAD-mode.
Oh, summer how I ♥ thee.
Today’s muffins are adapted from this belooooooooved zucchini bread that did I mention I love so freaking much?? If you’ve tried that recipe yet, then you just KNOW what kind of heaven you’re in for today.
It’s a special kind of zucchini bread heaven which, by the way friends, is a whooole ‘nother part of heaven itself, (true story!) PLUS bananas and cream cheese glaze thrown into the party.
And I mean….uhhh a LOT of glaze. Seriously the ratio of muffin to icing is about 1:2. My idea of a perfect world. YES.
Ultra-soft. Perfectly spiced. Covered with liquid gold otherwise known as glaze. Lighter on the calories and BIGGER on the yum.
GAH. This goodness though. It might just be the best part thus far of my slightly-ridiculous zucchini bender.
Really though, when you throw zucchini bread into adorbs muffin form with banana goodness, finger lickin’ glaze and nary an overload of calories how could you NOT win at life??
Eat these. All of these. Don’t wait for tomorrow because seriously, there is NO tomorrow as far as these muffins are concerned.
If you need me, I’ll be in the kitchen making and inhaling more healthy zucchini muffins.
And not sharing. Bye.
Glazed Zucchini Bread Banana Muffins
- 3 cups white whole wheat flour
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- 1 medium ripe banana mashed
- 1 cup coconut sugar or brown sugar
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup greek yogurt
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups shredded zucchini
- CREAM CHEESE GLAZE:
- 2 oz cream cheese softened
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2-3 tablespoons milk
- Make the muffins: Preheat oven to 425F and lightly grease a 12-cup muffin tin. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, and pumpkin pie spice. In a separate bowl, whisk mashed banana, sugar, oil, yogurt, eggs, milk, and vanilla until smooth. Gently fold flour mixture and shredded zucchini into liquid, stirring until just combined.
- Fill muffin cups to brim with batter and smooth tops. Bake muffins at 425F 5 minutes, then reduce heat to 375F and continue baking 16-17 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Cool muffins in pan 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
- Make the glaze: Place cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla in a small bowl. With a handheld electric mixer, beat on medium speed until creamy. Beat in just enough milk to make a drizzling consistency.
- Drizzle cream cheese glaze over cooled muffins and enjoy immediately!
Overloaded with zucchini? You are in the right place. ♥
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Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says
Oh that glaze! It looks just perfect! I’m loving your genius idea to combine zucchinis and bananas. This sounds incredible and healthier too since there’s veggies in here, right?! Love these, Sarah!
Yes! They’re totally healthy so you can totally eat ’em ALL. 😀 Thanks Gayle!
Kelly // The Pretty Bee: Cooking & Creating says
This recipe is right up my alley! I love all of these ingredients – the perfect breakfast muffin!
Thanks Kelly! I can’t get enough of these muffins!
Jen | Baked by an Introvert says
It seems the only word I can form at the moment is, “YUM”! These muffins look great! And that glaze is like icing on the cake. Love this recipe, Sarah!
Thanks so much, girl! xoxo
These look delicious and I love your ratio of muffin to icing, perfect amount,
Thanks Emily!! The perfect amount of muffin AND icing. 😀
Dapper Fox Design says
Oh these look INCREDIBLE! The only sadness I have is the wheat flour in them… I will save this idea for a ‘cheat day’! 😉
Thanks! LMK if you try these muffins!
Renee @ Two in the Kitchen says
The glaze on these muffins looks positively sinful!! In a good way!! 😉
Haha! Oh, it is! 😉 Thanks Renee!
This look amazing, as do the recipes below! I’ve booked marked the page, I will be back!
GiGi Eats says
THAT GLAZEEEEE! Would kill me yes, but it just looks soooo good that I will risk it! lol!
Definitely a risk worth taking, right?? 🙂
Mary Frances says
Zucchini is by far my favorite squash1 It is so versatile! Lol I love that your family doesn’t even have to ask, that is awesome. Blogging done right, my friend! These muffins have all my favorites in one, pinning!
Right?? I’m sloooowly converting my family over to the zucchini craze. LOL. SCORE. 😉 Thanks for all the love and for pinning, girlie! xoxo
They look so so good!
Thank you Alyssa!
Gah that glaze!!! I want one of these immediately! I love zucchini bread … I have such a soft spot for it!
I wish I could send over a few dozen of these for ‘ya, Ashley! xoxo
Oh my goodness! These look delish! Lovely photos!
Thank you so much Maegan!
Alex from Sew, Simmer, and Share says
These muffins look absolutely delicious!! I’m all about zucchini, in any form! Totally pinning!
Thanks Alex! Totally yes to zucchini in all the things!!
Who can blame you for putting zucchini in all the things! It just makes sense. Seeing those little green specks in my muffins would make me incredibly happy. SO cute!
Green specks in your muffins = winning at life. 😀
Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor says
I have enough zucchini in my garden to last me all summer. I need to make a batch of these muffins. I love that glaze!
Yay for an overload of zucchini! Totally the best part about summer, right?? 😉 Thanks Ashley!
Kelley @ Chef Savvy says
Wow these muffins sound fantastic Sarah! Great way to use up zucchini from the garden!
Thanks so much Kelly!! 🙂
These look amazing!! I want to go and bake some right now!! I have always been a fan of zucchini bread.
Thank you Deborah! Let me know if you give these muffins a try!
Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel says
Oh man, these look so perfect!! I’m not sure which I like more– banana bread or zucchini bread, so I LOVE that they are both combined in these little guys. And that glaze! So droolworthy.
Yes! It’s totally the best way to get BOTH of those awesome quick breads in one easy little muffin!
Any chance you could provide the Calories per muffin?
Each muffins contains 220 calories, calculated with the glaze. 🙂
Thanks so much! I tried inputting the recipe into My Fitness Pal and came out with something like 700 cal EACH!
Any commenters actually make the recipe??