Healthy Muffins with Clean Mama

I love muffins, but store bought muffins are often filled with fat and preservatives.  Making healthy muffins at home may mean putting in some work, but it's worth it knowing your family has a healthy muffin to grab on the go rather than that awful poptart my husband is always eating! 
I'm completely envious of those who are able to cook up a big batch of suppers and freeze them for future use.  I think I have rented every book the library has on that subject recently and still have not done it!   I came across Clean Mama through her freezer cooking post.  After a look around her blog, and a peak at her To-Do list (that she actually posted a picture of, how fun!) I just had to have her over to meet you guys! Please Welcome Clean Mama and her Zucchini muffin recipe!

Hi, I'm Becky from Clean Mama.  This month I'm working my way through my DONE! list on the Clean Mama blog - while I work on the same list in my home.  Thanks for having me here today, Taylor, I'm so excited to be with you to share a recipe and a couple tips!  

I am always looking for ways to make things easier and more simple, especially when it comes to cooking and baking.  Anytime I cook or bake, I try to double or triple the recipe to stock my freezer with home-baked goodness.  I figure if I'm going to be in the kitchen anyway, I might as well make as much as my bowl and oven will hold to maximize that time.  

Tis the season for zucchini and it's been a bumper crop around here so it's time for Big Batch Zucchini Muffins.  Zucchini bread is always a favorite, but muffins bake up in half the time, can be tossed into a lunch bag or on a plate in a snap.  Here's my recipe (there's a printable at the end of this post) - it's flexible - add more ingredients or keep it simple.  It has a moist, dense texture - perfect for a filling breakfast paired with yogurt, cheese, or an egg and some fresh fruit.   The best part about this recipe is that it makes 4 DOZEN muffins - stock that freezer!

I start by prepping my zucchini - you'll need 4 cups, peeled and grated - if you have a food processor, this is a snap (squeeze out the extra water from the zucchini with a clean towel)  If you have extra zucchini, freeze the grated zucchini for another batch or to sneak into pasta sauce or a veggie saute.

gather ingredients

mix dry ingredients together

mix wet ingredients together

mix dry + wet ingredients together with a big spoon until combined

add up to 2 cups of mix-ins (nuts, chocolate chips, dried fruit, coconut...)

use an ice cream scoop to evenly portion batter into the muffin cups

bake for 20-25 minutes until toothpick comes out clean

eat some, freeze some

I'd love for you to visit me at my little cyber spot - Clean Mama.

Thank you Becky for coming over today and sharing your muffin recipe.  I ♥ muffins so I'm doing to make this (and even freeze some)!  Do you have a favorite muffin recipe? Post or link it below!


  1. Thank you for the recipe! I love zucchini bread so I'm excited to try these and freeze them.

  2. O.o this looks so very yummy :) I will be trying & freezing too! :)

  3. i love to make and freeze muffins. i'm doing it this week in preparing for back to school. its super easy to pull muffins out of the freezer to pack in lunches.

    here are some of my favourite muffin recipes:

    strawberry muffins: http://nancysrecipes.wordpress.com/2008/08/25/fresh-strawberry-muffins/

    I love to use blueberries instead of strawberries

    kitchen sink muffins: http://cookwithsara.blogspot.com/2009/08/kitchen-sink-muffins.html

    here are some that i want to try:
    oatmeal blueberry applesauce muffins: http://www.joythebaker.com/blog/2009/01/oatmeal-blueberry-applesauce-muffins/

    raspberry crumble muffins: http://www.tammysrecipes.com/raspberry_crumble_muffins

  4. I agree - shop bought muffins are generally awful. Being British, I'm more of a bun person myself, but I do have one very delicious muffin recipe to share with you. I just posted it on my blog at http://stashavalanche.typepad.com/blog/2010/08/bacon-egg-and-courgette-muffins.html Enjoy!