Lemon Zucchini Muffins are sweet and flavorful. Bursting with tangy lemon, warm vanilla, and flavorful zucchini, these muffins come out light and fluffy every time. A perfect flavor combo for the warmer months, you’ll be reaching for these over and over again. Brighten up your morning or afternoon with this lovely recipe!

lemon zucchini muffins

Homemade Lemon Zucchini Muffins are an absolute treat. I’m a firm believer that muffins can be a breakfast option, the best kind of afternoon snack, or used as dessert. There’s never a wrong time to eat them! The combination of tart lemon, sweet vanilla, and zucchini make these particular muffins one of my favorites. They’re moist, light, fluffy, and just have the best texture to them. The flavors blend beautifully and they’re super simple to make. The hardest part is the time it takes to shred the zucchini but you don’t even have to peel it beforehand. These muffins are so addicting you’ll be craving them all spring and summer long!

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How to Make Lemon Zucchini Muffins

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Line a muffin tin with paper or silicone liners. In a medium sized mixing bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  2. Now in a larger mixing bowl, combine the sugar, egg, and melted butter. Add in the milk, lemon juice, lemon zest, and vanilla extract. Whisk until combined. Stir in the shredded zucchini.
  3. Carefully add the flour mixture to the larger mixing bowl a little at a time. Stir until just combined but don’t overmix the batter.
  4. Fill each muffin tin about 2/3 of the way full with the batter. Bake for 17-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  5. Remove the muffins from the oven and allow to cool on a cooling rack for about 5-10 minutes. Enjoy.

how to make lemon zucchini muffins

Lemon Zucchini Muffins Recipe Notes and Tips

  • No need to peel the zucchini before shredding it. Do be sure to thoroughly wash it though.
  • Don’t overmix your batter! It makes the muffins tough when baking.
  • Chopped walnuts, pecans, or almonds are great add-ins to give your muffins a bit of crunch! Poppyseeds are great in these as well.
  • Leftover Lemon Zucchini muffins can be kept in an airtight container on the counter for up to 4 days to retain freshness. Did you know you can freeze muffins? Wrap each muffin individually in plastic wrap then store in a freezer safe container for up to 3 months. Thaw them at room temperature when ready to eat.

lemon zucchini muffins on a baking rack



5 from 4 votes

Lemon Zucchini Muffins

Lemon Zucchini Muffins are sweet and flavorful. Bursting with tangy lemon, warm vanilla, and flavorful zucchini, these muffins come out light and fluffy every time. A perfect flavor combo for the warmer months, you’ll be reaching for these over and over again. Brighten up your morning or afternoon with this lovely recipe!
Prep 15 minutes
Cook 20 minutes
Total 35 minutes
Servings 12 Muffins


  • 1 ½ Cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ Cup white sugar
  • 1 Large egg at room temperature
  • ½ Cup unsalted butter melted (1 stick)
  • ¼ Cup unsweetened almond milk or 2% milk
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ Cups zucchini shredded


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place liners in muffin tin.
  • In medium sized bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine sugar, egg, and butter. Whisk to combine. Add in milk, lemon juice, lemon zest, and vanilla. Whisk to combine. Stir in zucchini.
  • Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, half at a time. Stir just until combined. Do not overmix. Fill muffin wells ⅔ full with batter. Bake 17-20 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool on cooling rack for 5-10 minutes.



*You do not need to peel zucchini before shredding, just make sure to wash it.
*Unsalted butter is preferred.  Cover butter with paper towel before melting in microwave.
*Do not overmix.  Mix until just combined.
*Muffins can be stored in airtight container for 3-4 days for best freshness.  They can also be frozen for up to 3 months.  To freeze, wrap each muffin individually in plastic wrap, then place in a freezer bag or freezer safe container.  Thaw at room temperature.


Serving: 1Muffin, Calories: 182kcal, Carbohydrates: 25g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 34mg, Sodium: 196mg, Potassium: 66mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 13g, Vitamin A: 287IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 10mg, Iron: 1mg

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

Additional Info

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
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  1. 5 stars
    I am still reveling in the deliciousness of these Lemon Zucchini Muffins. I needed a recipe without buttermilk and sour cream as we have friends allergic to dairy. Your recipe made it easy to do a couple of swaps so easily! I drizzled a lemon glaze as a finishing on top and they are beautiful. Can’t wait to share. But the baker is first! 😁. They are wonderful. Thank you for your recipe. Pinned forever to make again and again! 🍋🍋

  2. 5 stars
    I made the recipe as is except used my own gluten free flour blend. Usually with gluten free flour you have to add an extra egg to compensate for the lack of gluten. They turned out so delicious. Will make again. What great flavors.

  3. I was thinking of adding a powdered sugar and lemon juice drizzle. What do you think. For the kids of course.

  4. 5 stars
    Made these today, they were excellent! The lemon is just right (although I doubled the zest, LOL, I just love lemon), and 1 zucchini made the exact right amount. I loved that the ingredients weren’t too involved, AND, I didn’t have to pull out a mixer. Thank you for the recipe would totally make again…might try orange next time.

  5. 5 stars
    These muffins were excellent. I didn’t have green zucchini, so I used yellow…..and other than the color, they came out great. AND, I used Jumbo Muffin Inserts, so the recipe made six very large muffins.

    1. Hi Nanci, did you cook the Jumbo Muffins longer than the recipe recommended? These certainly look delicious.