Cranberry Orange Zucchini Muffins

These muffins are packed with flavor (and zucchini, shhhh!!). You’re going to love these Cranberry Orange Zucchini Muffins for breakfast!!

These Cranberry Orange Zucchini Muffins are packed with flavor! And that orange glaze is a perfect finish!
These Cranberry Orange Zucchini Muffins are packed with flavor! And that orange glaze is a perfect finish!
These Cranberry Orange Zucchini Muffins are packed with flavor! And that orange glaze is a perfect finish!
Yield: 18 muffins

Cranberry Orange Zucchini Muffins

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 19 minutes


For the Muffins:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini
  • ⅔ cup milk
  • ⅓ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 orange, zested
  • 1 cup frozen cranberries

For the Glaze:

  • 1 ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 orange, juiced (about 2-3 Tablespoons)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray muffin cup pan with baking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg and salt together. Add zucchini, milk, melted butter, orange zest and egg. Fold in cranberries.
  3. Fill muffin cups ⅔ full. Bake for 17-19 minutes until toothpick comes out clean.
  4. Cool on wire rack 5 minutes, then remove from pan and cool completely.
  5. For the glaze, whisk together the powdered sugar and orange juice until smooth. Dip tops of cooled muffins in glaze, and allow to set. ENJOY.


Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 muffin

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 166Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 134mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 1gSugar: 19gProtein: 2g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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Posted on August 12, 2015

Comments & Reviews

  1. Do you strain the water out of the zucchini after they have been grated?
    Cause that’s what I did, so I’m not sure if I was supposed to throw it in with water and all.
    I’m putting them in the oven now.
    Will keep u posted.

  2. My neighbor supplies us with zucchini every year from her organic garden. I came across your recipe and could not resist. OMG, delicious, very hard to eat just one. I did add some walnuts , splash of vanilla extract and a sprinkle of cinnamon on the glaze. Very good and a definite do over. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Have I told you lately how much I love that you get on baking sprees with certain foods?  Keep the zucchini coming girl!  These are seriously gorgeous!  I am loving the fruit twist to these yummy muffins!!!!

  4. Yum! I need to get on the sweet zucchini train before summer is over! These look perfect 🙂

  5. These sound delicious.  I’m on a diet, but come October 5 (after the big wedding) I’m making these!  Thanks for sharing.
    Wishes for tasty dishes, Linda

  6. These look delish! Love the combination of cranberries and orange flavors. I have a big bag of craisins, since they are dried, wonder how to use them instead of frozen? I also have some frozen blueberries, might replace the cranberries with those! I don’t want to remake this recipe, but want to use things I already have on hand. Thanks for this recipe!

    1. Blueberries would be fantastic (and you can use lemon instead of orange if you prefer). Not sure I would go with the dried craisins in this one, the pop of moisture from the fruit is amazing!! Good luck 🙂

  7. I am in awe – these muffins are chock full of veggie and fruit goodness! Yes – I’ll sign your petition to fruitify Zucchini!

  8. I will TOTALLY join that zucchini is a fruit campaign! I eat it like it’s going out of STYLE!
    I am loving that you added it to the delish combo that is cranberry and orange! I need a few of these for breakfast! Pinned!

  9. If my gardening skills were not completely sub par, then I would have zucchini to bake with! I’m bummed about that with all of your good recipes. Can you send over a green thumb?

  10. Well, these are the most beautiful zucchinis I have ever seen!  🙂  I will have to hang on to this for when my mom comes over with her latest crop!

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