Z Is for Zany Zucchini Muffins

Snacks that start with Z - Zany Zucchini Muffins

Your preschooler may turn his nose up at the mention of vegetables, but this delicious recipe might just change his mind!

Because this ABC snack is made with grated zucchini, chunks of apple, and a dash of apple juice, these Zany Zucchini Muffins aren’t just scrumptious, they’re good for you, too.

And just imagine your preschooler’s delight when he finds a sweet and unexpected treat right in the middle of his Zany Zucchini Muffin!

Z may be the last letter in the alphabet, but this is not the last snack in my ABC Snacks Series! We have more than 50 ABC snack recipes for you to make with your little one, so be sure to check them all out.

Preschooler mixing muffin batter

Zany Zucchini Muffins

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Here’s what you’ll need to make 16-18 zucchini muffins:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ⅛ teaspoon ginger
  • ⅛ teaspoon allspice
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups grated zucchini
  • 1 apple, peeled, cored, and grated
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • ½ cup unsweetened apple juice
  • ½ cup vegetable, canola, or coconut oil
  • Chocolate chips
  • Paper muffin cups (optional)
  • Cooking spray (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Spray muffin tins with cooking spray or insert muffin cups.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, and salt.
  4. Stir grated zucchini and apple into dry mixture.
  5. In a second bowl, beat together eggs, vanilla, apple juice, and oil.
  6. Stir wet mixture into the dry ingredients just until combined.
  7. Fill muffin cups half full with batter.
  8. Place two or three chocolate chips in the center of the muffin.
  9. Spoon remaining batter over the chocolate chips, filling each cup to the top.
  10. Bake muffins at 350° for 20 minutes.

Adapted from Try It You Might Like It

Preschooler mixing muffin batter Preschooler adding chocolate chips

Teaching Tips

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Looking forward to trying this!



These look really yummy!

Kate D


What a wonderful series! I think even my big kids would love to cook through the alphabet along with their toddler sis.

Kathy Balman


Wow these are great tips and a great recipe too. Cooking more together is on our list of things to improve on this year.

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