Paleo Zucchini Banana Muffins

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Paleo Zucchini Muffins are a delicious breakfast that contains a serving of both fruits and veggies! These paleo zucchini banana muffins are grain-free with no refined sugar.

Front view of three Paleo Zucchini Banana Muffins stacked on each other, the top one has a bite taken out of it

I am unquestionably a morning person.

Having healthy breakfasts on hand and ready to go, like these Paleo Zucchini Muffins, or these Spinach Muffins, is absolutely critical for me. The less time I spend making breakfast, the more peace and quiet and I can enjoy in the early morning hours before my kids wake up.

I have tried my fair share of healthy muffin recipes, and these paleo zucchini banana muffins are our favorites. They have everything I’m looking for to start our day well.

They’re made with a handful of nutritious ingredients including fruit, veggies, protein and fiber! Plus they actually taste good.

They are freezer-friendly so you can make a large batch and enjoy them all week long.

Overhead view of a muffin tin with baked Paleo Zucchini Banana Muffins in it and three outside of it

How to make Paleo Zucchini Muffins

Here are a few tips on how to make these Paleo Zucchini Banana Muffins!

Use a Vitamix

It shouldn’t be a surprise to you that I recommend using a Vitamix to make these muffins! No other blender is powerful enough to make the zucchini completely undetectable, which, if you have a picky eater, is very important.

Let the batter rest

Once you have blended the batter, let it rest before adding the chocolate chips for 3-5 minutes. This allows the coconut oil to soak in some of the moisture and thickens the batter substantially!

Collage of the process of making Paleo Zucchini Banana Muffins. Six overhead shots, four in the blender and two in the muffin tin, of the steps of making this Paleo Zucchini Banana Muffins recipe

Store/Freeze

Let the muffins cool completely before storing them in an airtight container. They last in the refrigerator for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to two months.

overhead view of Paleo Zucchini Banana Muffins on a wire cooling rack

Recipe FAQs

What mix-ins are paleo?

You can use paleo chocolate (discussed below) or nuts (cashews, almonds, walnuts), seeds (sunflower or pumpkin seeds), unsweetened dried fruit, unsweetened shredded coconut, etc.

Can I replace banana?

Yes, you can use applesauce in place of the banana.

stack of 3 paleo zucchini muffins - the top one has a bite taken out of it

Paleo Zucchini Banana Muffins: Substitutions 

These muffins are perfect as-is. However, if you must, here are a few potential substitutions.

  • Coconut sugar. Any granulated sugar can be used in this recipe. Just be sure that you choose a variety that complies with your dietary needs.
  • Coconut oil. Grass-fed butter or ghee can be used in place of coconut oil.
  • Chocolate chips. These are optional but recommended! Really you can use any mix-in that you’d like, the possibilities are endless! You can also use cinnamon chips (although they are not paleo they are delicious)!
  • Banana. You can replace the banana with applesauce.

Paleo Chocolate Chips & Bars

Sometimes it’s hard to figure out which chocolate chips are Paleo, so I’ll discuss some of my favorite healthier chocolate options!

front view of a paleo zucchini muffin on a plate

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Paleo Zucchini Banana Muffins

Laura
Paleo Zucchini Muffins are a delicious breakfast that contains a serving of both fruits and veggies! These paleo zucchini banana muffins are grain-free with no refined sugar.
4.89 from 17 votes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 12 muffins
Calories 133.3
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Cooling time5 minutes
Total Time35 minutes

Ingredients 
 

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a standard muffin pan, set aside.
  • Combine the coconut flour, almond flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl, set aside.
  • Put banana, coconut sugar, and coconut oil into your food processor fitted with the “S” blade or blender (Vitamix) and process until smooth.
  • Add the eggs, vanilla, and apple cider vinegar and process/blend until just combined.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet and pulse to combine.
  • Add the zucchini and process/blend until evenly mixed into the batter.
  • Mix in chocolate chips (or cinnamon chips) by hand.
  • Scoop the batter into the prepared muffin pan.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center of each muffin comes out clean. (To make into bread bake in 9×5” loaf pan for 35-40 minutes!)
  • These muffins freeze VERY well. I make a batch, freeze them and pop them out for an easy, healthy breakfast for my kids! I just reheat for 1 minute in the microwave (from frozen) and let them cool a bit! My kids LOVE these.

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Notes

Ingredient Substitutions
  • Coconut sugar. Any granulated sugar can be used in this recipe. Just be sure that you choose a variety that complies with your dietary needs.
  • Coconut oil. Grass-fed butter or ghee can be used in place of coconut oil.
  • Chocolate chips. These are optional but recommended! Really you can use any mix-in that you’d like, the possibilities are endless! You can also use cinnamon chips (although they are not paleo they are delicious)!
  • Banana. You can replace the banana with applesauce.
Paleo Chocolate Chips & Bars
Sometimes it’s hard to figure out which chocolate chips are Paleo, so I’ll discuss some of my favorite healthier chocolate options!

Store/Freeze

Let the muffins cool completely before storing them in an airtight container. They last in the refrigerator for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to two months.

Nutrition

Serving: 1muffin | Calories: 133.3kcal | Carbohydrates: 14.9g | Protein: 3.8g | Fat: 7.1g | Saturated Fat: 3.8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.6g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 173.5mg | Potassium: 100.4mg | Fiber: 3.2g | Sugar: 9.3g | Vitamin A: 330IU | Vitamin C: 2.2mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 0.9mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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34 Comments

  1. Two substitution questions for you please! 🙂

    1) Can I sub the chia seed egg recipe (like in the blender spinach banana muffins) for regular eggs?

    2) Thoughts on substituting maple syrup for the sugar in this recipe?

    We love your blender spinach banana muffins and I’m excited to try these as well….my 5 year old just started kindergarten and I’m looking to expand my “easy healthy quick” breakfast recipes!

    1. Hey Danielle! Here are some answers for you! 🙂
      1) I am unsure about substituting the eggs in this recipe. I have never tried it, as Paleo baking is a little bit more finicky than baking with oat flour (like in those spinach muffins). I’m concerned the texture would be perfect, but if you try it PLEASE let me know how it goes!
      2) I think if you substituted both the eggs and the sugar for maple syrup the recipe wouldn’t turn out because that is adding a lot of liquid (maple syrup) and removing a leavening agent (eggs). I would recommend only tinkering with one ingredient at a time. I would also recommend not substituting the coconut sugar with a liquid sweetener because I think the muffins may turn out mushy or too moist!

      1. Thanks for getting back to me, Laura! Your answers totally make sense. If I try either of those tweaks I will let you know how they come out 🙂

        P.S. All of your recipes look so amazing and delicious! Wish I was part of your family and could have someone make me some of the dishes!

  2. 4 stars
    Just made this recipe and it turned out great and was little person approved. 🙂 I didn’t have enough zucchini on hand, so I made them with a carrot/zucchini mix. It was nice to find a recipe where you don’t have to drain the juice from the zucchini. Thank you!

  3. 5 stars
    Thanks for sharing these tips, i Will definitely try making your recipe again soon. Awesome! Thanks.

  4. 5 stars
    I absolutely ADORE the banana zucchini bread combo, so I know I will love these muffins! I am so with you – I am SUCH a morning person. Even on the weekends, I’m up around 6 just because I love the calm, quiet time before the busyness of the day sets in. I will definitely be giving these a try soon!

  5. 5 stars
    My New Fav muffin!!! Made these earlier and I cannot get over how delicious they came out!!
    My ONLY adjustment: Instead of coconut sugar I used Swerve.
    Thanks a lot for the recipe…

  6. Followed the recipe exactly. However, muffins came out very mushy as if there was too much liquid. My coconut flour works wonderfully in other recipes, absorbs the liquid to create a nice consistency. Very disappointed 🙁 Did you wring your zucchini out with a cheesecloth?

    1. Hey Aly! I’m so sorry! It is so disappointing when you make a recipe and it doesn’t turn out the way it is supposed to! I make these at least once a week and we love them! I do not wring out my zucchini in a cheesecloth. How long did you bake them for? Ovens can vary significantly, so if they were still mushy maybe they just needed to bake longer? I wish I was in your kitchen to see what went wrong!

  7. Your Zucchini Banana Muffins look delicious. Thank you so much for sharing with us for our 5th Anniversary of Full Plate Thursday! Hope you have a fantastic week and hope to see you again real soon!
    Miz Helen

  8. I am totally with you on being a morning person for the EXACT same reason! The quiet peace of the morning is my therapy and I love being able to start my morning off with some blog reading, tons of coffee, and just being able to BE (if that makes sense!). I live with 10 other 21 year olds, so the break is much needed!

    These look amazing and I love that they don’t need anything extra on them to make them yummy!

    1. Christine! Wow! College life is definitely a challenge when you like peace and quiet! 🙂 I see on your about page that you’re a bio major…I majored in chemistry! Between classes and labs and having a life you *definitely* need to find time to just breathe and “be.” Thank you for the sweet comment! I love your blog it’s beautiful!