Zucchini Bran Muffins

Last week I mentioned that I was going to freeze some garden fresh zucchini, make something with it and share the recipe. I decided to make zucchini muffins. I was pleasantly surprised with how they turned out.

The zucchini I had was a monster zucchini from my co-worker’s garden. I needed grated zucchini for making muffins so I grated the zucchini to freeze it. Before grating it, I washed it, cut it in half and scooped out the seeds. The seeds in this monster zucchini were huge, that’s why I scraped them out before grating it.

I froze the zucchini in amounts of 1 cup.

There are a ton of recipes for zucchini muffins and loaves on the internet but after much searching, I turned to an old favourite cookbook, The Lighthearted Cookbook, by Anne Lindsay and adapted the zucchini muffin recipe from there.

Here’s what you need
  • ¾ cup natural bran
  • ¾ cup whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ cup buttermilk or low-fat plain yogurt
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup grated, unpeeled zucchini
  • 1 tsp grated orange rind

Here’s what you do

Combine bran, flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder and baking soda in a bowl.

In another bowl, combine buttermilk, vegetable oil, egg,  grated zucchini and orange rind.

Add the zucchini mixture to the flour mixture and stir just until combined.

Spoon the batter into a non-stick or paper-lined muffin pan. I use an ice cream scoop to do this. The batter was a little runny but the scoop still worked fine.

Bake at 400°F for about 20 minutes. When muffins are cool enough to touch, remove them from the muffin pan.

The muffins are very moist and flavourful. I’ll be making these again to have for part of a quick breakfast or to pack in lunches. 

Michele RD


  1. I didn't have any bran and substituted it with hemp seed and chia. Worked well! The yogurt was a brilliant idea! Thanks for sharing

    1. Thank you for sharing your substitutions!
      Shannon RD


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