Friday, August 19, 2011

Walnut-Zucchini Muffins

Recently Paul brought home a beautiful collection of peppers, eggplant, zucchini and squash. He knows the way to my heart, no doubt about that! It all looked so delicious, was fresh and locally grown and the zucchini was as monstrous. I couldn’t wait to cut into that bad boy.

We ate about half of it in two separate meals but were still left with the other half and I was not letting this go to waste.  I had eaten zucchini bread in the past but never made it myself so I took to my cookbooks and decided on a recipe and I chose to make half of the batch into muffins and the other half into a loaf. This recipe could be easily halved to make one loaf or 12 muffins.

I was really pleased with this recipe. The cinnamon adds such a great touch. The bread was so moist, the muffins were light and fluffy and the walnuts added a perfect crunch. I will definitely use this recipe again. It was easy to pull together


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Walnut Zucchini Bread Recipe


3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
2 eggs, beaten
2 cups sugar
2 cups zucchini, finely shredded, unpeeled
1/2 cup canola oil
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray two 8X4 loaf pans with non-stick spray or line 2 (12-muffin) muffin tins with paper liners.

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and baking powder. Create a well in the center of the mixture and set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine the egg, sugar, zucchini, oil and vanilla. Add to the flour mixture and stir just until combined. The batter will be a bit lumpy. Fold in nuts.

Spoon into prepared loaf pans or muffin pans and bake for:

Loaf pans: 50-55 minutes

Muffins: 18-20 minutes

Or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes and then remove from pan. Cool completely and store in an airtight container.

Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook


32 Responses to “Walnut-Zucchini Muffins”

  1. #
    The Kitchen Noob — August 19, 2011 @ 6:48 am

    I don't think I've ever made a zucchini bread either. I'll have to try this while they're still in season. 🙂

  2. #
    Ann — August 19, 2011 @ 7:47 am

    These look amazing and I LOVE your muffin pan!

  3. #
    Sarah @ The Pajama Chef — August 19, 2011 @ 9:02 am

    i made zuchinni banana chocolate chip muffins last night and they were so good…these look great too!

  4. #
    Three-Cookies — August 19, 2011 @ 1:34 pm

    Very interesting, very seen walnut and zucchini together, and in a muffin. You have interesting and unique recipes

  5. #
    Taylor — August 19, 2011 @ 4:13 pm

    These look so yummy! Now I know exactly what to do with the last zucchini in my fridge 🙂

  6. #
    Erin — August 19, 2011 @ 6:10 pm

    I love zucchini! I love it grilled or sauted, and I love it in bread and muffins! This looks wonderful!

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    The Culinary Lens — August 19, 2011 @ 6:11 pm

    These look really good. I love the moisture zucchini adds to these kind of loaves.
    BTW I took the baton from you and did my 7 links thank you for the opportunity it was a lot of fun.

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — August 19, 2011 @ 6:15 pm

    I love zucchini bread! And I love the idea to turn them into muffins, otherwise, I would eat half the loaf, ha!

  9. #
    Jennifer — August 19, 2011 @ 7:35 pm

    Love zucchini in baking. 🙂 Your muffins sound nice – especially with the walnuts.

  10. #
    Kelly @ Eat Yourself Skinny — August 19, 2011 @ 7:37 pm

    These look absolutely delicious! 🙂

  11. #
    Lizzy — August 19, 2011 @ 8:26 pm

    Oh, these look great, Cassie! I haven't made zucchini bread in years…I think it's time to remedy that!

  12. #
    Sandra — August 19, 2011 @ 8:44 pm

    This is incredible combo..walnuts and zucchini, sound so delightful! Love the photos!!!

  13. # — August 20, 2011 @ 12:10 am

    Delicious! I love the addition of the walnuts! 🙂

  14. #
    Curt — August 20, 2011 @ 6:41 am

    I love zucchini bread. Those look very tasty.

  15. #
    Heather@Curly Girl Kitchen — August 20, 2011 @ 8:45 am

    Those muffins look delicious and WHERE did you get that muffin pan? It's so cute!

  16. #
    Curry and Comfort — August 20, 2011 @ 9:49 am

    I love zucchini in baked goods. It makes me feel like I can eat two because they are healthy. : ) I love these muffins. : )

  17. #
    Tina — August 20, 2011 @ 9:53 am

    How tasty these little gems look. Walnuts and zucchini do make a great pair. These are good for those days when I need breakfast on the go. Thanks for sharing.

  18. #
    meeshiesmom — August 20, 2011 @ 10:41 am

    I love zucchini in baked goods too. Add some fruit next time, you won't be sorry.

  19. #
    Kate@Diethood — August 20, 2011 @ 1:35 pm

    What a great idea for muffins!! Looks fantastic!

  20. #
    Baking Serendipity — August 20, 2011 @ 2:01 pm

    I've made zucchini bread, but never muffins before. This sounds like the perfect weekday morning treat 🙂

  21. #
    Anne@frommysweetheart — August 20, 2011 @ 3:53 pm

    Cassie…your muffins and breads always turn out beautifully! (Notice you don't find many on my site..and there's a reason for that!) Don't you find baking with zucchini adds moistness to your baked goods! And I LOVE your muffin tin! : )

  22. #
    Dulce Dough — August 20, 2011 @ 4:32 pm

    Sounds fantastic! I love zucchini bread, but I don't think I have ever made muffins!

  23. #
    Kim Bee — August 20, 2011 @ 5:02 pm

    MMM….so good. Great muffin recipe.

  24. #
    Nami | Just One Cookbook — August 20, 2011 @ 11:56 pm

    First of all, your muffin pan is so cute – I'm in love with those patterns and colors… 🙂 2 cups of zucchini! What a healthy snack and looks so moist and delicious too!

  25. #
    Angie's Recipes — August 20, 2011 @ 11:58 pm

    Those muffins are beautifully done. Gotta get some zucchini on Monday too.

  26. #
    the traveling cupcake — August 21, 2011 @ 4:09 am

    oh my goodness – can we please talk about your muffin tin?? SO cute!

  27. #
    Carolyn — August 21, 2011 @ 7:57 am

    We have so far only gotten a single zucchini out of our plants this summer. I think our soil is too sandy. Anyhoo, I can always snap some up at my farmer's market for these yummy muffins!

  28. #
    Cassie @ Bake Your Day — August 21, 2011 @ 5:37 pm

    Thanks for the comments everyone! I absolutely love the muffin pan too…unfortunately, I have no idea where it was purchased as I received it as a gift at one of my bridal showers!

  29. #
    Roxana GreenGirl — August 22, 2011 @ 11:09 am

    I love making zucchini desserts and pairing them with walnuts sounds amazingly delicious!
    Thanks Cassie!

  30. #
    Healthy, Happy, Whole — August 24, 2011 @ 5:55 pm

    Yes!!! I just got a huge zucchini and now I have the perfect thing to do with it! Thanks for the great recipe, as always 🙂


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