A brand new muffin recipe from the Muffin Queen?! Say much less.

I’ve been desirous to create a brand new scrumptious baked deal with utilizing each pumpkin and zucchini that might be the right transition from summer season into fall. Since yesterday was the primary official day of fall (and the primary 50-degree morning in Chicago) these unimaginable, fluffy pumpkin zucchini muffins are right here on the excellent time.

In case your favourite pumpkin muffins and spiced zucchini bread had a child, it could be these stunning muffins. They’re stuffed with all the cozy fall flavors, plus little bites of crunchy nuts if that’s you’re vibe! After all, I needed to high them with a luscious cinnamon cream cheese frosting as a result of life is just too rattling quick to not.

Be sure you learn the total put up for tons of ideas, methods to customise (who needs so as to add some chocolate?!) and extra. Hope you’re keen on these ones!

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Components in these pumpkin zucchini muffins

We’re getting tremendous cozy with each pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spices to essentially make that pumpkin taste shine. Right here’s what you’ll have to make the muffins:

  • Zucchini: for further moisture and a sneaky enhance of veggies.
  • Pumpkin puree: gotta have that actual pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie filling! Learn to make your individual pumpkin puree with this tutorial.
  • Maple syrup: we’re naturally sweetening these muffins with some pure maple syrup.
  • Eggs: you’ll want 2 eggs on this recipe to assist the muffins bake up correctly.
  • Oil: you’ll additionally want melted and cooled coconut oil for moisture.
  • Flour: we’re utilizing a mixture of oat flour and complete wheat pastry flour to maintain the muffins tremendous fluffy.
  • Spices: hellooo scrumptious pumpkin pie spice! Don’t overlook so as to add a pinch of salt, too.
  • Baking staples: you’ll additionally want baking soda & vanilla extract. Learn to make your individual vanilla extract right here!
  • Non-compulsory mix-ins: I like including chopped walnuts or pecans for crunch.
  • For the frosting: we’re making a luscious cream cheese frosting utilizing butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and a bit of milk.

mixing batter for pumpkin zucchini muffins

Non-compulsory ingredient swaps

With all baking recipes, I like to recommend sticking with the recipe as carefully as potential so that you simply get the perfect outcomes. Right here’s what I can recommend for ingredient swaps in these pumpkin zucchini muffins:

  • Go nut free: merely omit the non-compulsory nuts and use melted butter or melted vegan butter as a substitute of coconut oil.
  • Make them dairy free: use a vegan butter stick resembling Miyokos or Earth Stability and a vegan cream cheese for the frosting.
  • Strive a gluten free choice: I’ve not examined this, however I feel utilizing all function gluten free flour rather than the entire wheat pastry flour will work effectively.
  • Swap the pumpkin pie spice: in case you don’t have any pumpkin pie spice available, you possibly can sub 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon, ½ teaspoon nutmeg, ½ teaspoon floor ginger and ½ teaspoon allspice.

mixing batter for zucchini pumpkin muffins

Learn to make your individual oat flour

Sure, you possibly can simply make your individual oat flour at house for these muffins through the use of rolled oats! Study precisely how with this tutorial.

Can I make them vegan?

I haven’t examined these pumpkin zucchini muffins with a vegan choice however I feel two flax eggs may go rather than the common eggs. Learn to make flax eggs right here, and let me know within the feedback in case you attempt it! Then, observe the dairy free directions above and within the notes part.

unbaked zucchini pumpkin muffins in a muffin tray

Not feelin’ the frosting?

Be at liberty to combine in some chocolate chips as a substitute for a scrumptious pumpkin-chocolate combo! Merely add 1/2 cup of chocolate chips to the batter earlier than baking.

healthy pumpkin zucchini muffins on a wire rack

Simple pumpkin zucchini muffins in 5 steps

  1. Prep your pan. Begin by including muffin liners to a muffin tin and spraying them with nonstick cooking spray. You too can preheat your oven to 350 levels F.
  2. Combine the moist elements. Add your shredded, squeezed-out zucchini to a big bowl, and blend it with the remainder of your moist elements till effectively mixed.
  3. Add the dry. Combine within the flours, spices and baking staples utilizing a picket spoon. Fold in nuts or chocolate chips in case you’d like!
  4. Bake & cool. Divide the batter into your muffin liners and bake ’em up! Be sure you cool them utterly earlier than including the frosting.
  5. Frost & take pleasure in. Use an electrical mixer or beater to beat collectively the frosting elements, unfold them over the cooled muffins, and high with further chopped nuts & cinnamon in case you’d like. Then take pleasure in!

easy pumpkin zucchini muffins with frosting on a board

Suggestions for excellent pumpkin zucchini muffins

  • Measure out your 1 cup of shredded zucchini BEFORE squeezing it out.
  • Squeeze out ALL of the additional moisture out of your zucchini. This can make sure that they bake up effectively and aren’t too moist.
  • Watch out to not overmix the batter. Combine the flour into your moist elements till it’s simply mixed. If you happen to overmix the batter your muffins might end up dense and nearly rubbery, which we don’t need.

pumpkin zucchini muffin on a plate with a bite taken out

Freeze them for later

These wholesome pumpkin zucchini are freezer-friendly! Wrap muffins individually in freezer-safe baggage or retailer them in a big freezer bag. Whenever you’re able to take pleasure in them, reheat for 30-45 seconds within the microwave or just thaw them at room temperature. I like to recommend freezing them with out the frosting.

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I hope you’re keen on these wonderful pumpkin zucchini muffins! If you happen to make them you should definitely go away a remark and a ranking so I understand how you favored them. Take pleasure in, xo!

Pumpkin Zucchini Muffins with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

pumpkin zucchini muffin on a plate with a bite taken out

Tender, fluffy pumpkin zucchini muffins topped with a luscious cinnamon cream cheese frosting. These simple pumpkin zucchini muffins are made in a single bowl, are naturally sweetened, and are stuffed with cozy pumpkin pie spices! Really the right breakfast or snack to take pleasure in throughout the fall months.


  • For the moist elements:
  • 1
    shredded zucchini, from 1 medium zucchini*
  • 1
    pumpkin puree
  • ½
    pure maple syrup
  • 2
  • 1/4
    coconut oil, melted and cooled (or sub melted butter/vegan butter)
  • 1
    vanilla extract
  • For the dry elements:
  • 1
    oat flour (I used retailer purchased oat flour)
  • 1
    complete wheat pastry flour or white complete wheat flour*
  • 1
    pumpkin pie spice
  • 1
    baking soda
  • ¼
  • For the non-compulsory mix-ins:
  • 1/2
    chopped walnuts or pecans
  • For the frosting:
  • ​​4 ounces cream cheese or vegan cream cheese, softened
  • 2
    butter or vegan butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4
    powdered sugar
  • 1
    vanilla extract
  • ¼
  • 1-2
    milk of alternative, to skinny glaze
  • For the topping:
  • Further chopped nuts
  • Cinnamon for dusting


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 levels F. Line a muffin tin with 12 muffin liners and grease the within of the muffin liners with nonstick cooking spray to forestall sticking. That is crucial to creating positive the muffins don’t follow the liners.

  2. Combine collectively the moist elements: shred and measure out zucchini, then place in a paper towel or cheese fabric and squeeze out all the surplus moisture. Add zucchini to a big bowl, together with pumpkin puree, pure maple syrup, eggs, coconut oil (or sub melted butter/vegan butter) and vanilla extract. Combine till effectively mixed.

  3. Combine in dry elements: Add oat flour, complete wheat pastry flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda and salt to the bowl with the moist elements. Combine with a picket spoon till simply mixed. Fold in nuts, if utilizing.

  4. Time to bake: evenly divide batter into ready liners. Bake for 23-27 minutes or till a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clear. After 5 minutes, take away muffins and switch to a wire rack to complete cooling.

  5. Make the cinnamon cream cheese frosting: Beat cream cheese, butter and powdered sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and milk collectively on medium velocity for a minute or till clean. Unfold over the muffins. Sprinkle chopped nuts and a bit of cinnamon, if desired to make them fairly. Take pleasure in!

Recipe Notes

To make gluten free: use all function gluten free flour rather than the entire wheat pastry flour. I haven’t examined this selection however I feel it ought to work effectively.

To make nut free: miss the nuts and use melted butter or vegan butter as a substitute of coconut oil.

To make dairy free: use a vegan butter stick resembling Miyokos or Earth Stability and a vegan cream cheese for the frosting.

If you happen to don’t have pumpkin pie spice: you possibly can sub 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon, ½ teaspoon nutmeg, ½ teaspoon floor ginger and ½ teaspoon allspice.

If you happen to don’t wish to use frosting: be at liberty to make use of chocolate chips as a substitute! Merely add 1/2 cup chocolate chips in step 3 and bake as directed.


Servings: 12 muffins

Serving dimension: 1 muffin (with frosting, with out nuts)

Energy: 247kcal

Fats: 11.3g

Saturated fats: 7.3g

Carbohydrates: 32.6g

Fiber: 2.8g

Sugar: 17.5g

Protein: 4.5g

Recipe by: Monique Volz // Bold Kitchen | Pictures by: Eat Love Eats

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