Glazed Orange Zucchini Muffins | Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Glazed Orange Zucchini Muffins

Zucchini!  Do you have bunch of it?  I don't grow my own, but I am always being "gifted" zucchini this time of year...and I LOVE it, because it is just so darn versatile.  I can find a way to add it to just about anything...sweet or savory.  

Last week, I was sent a link to a delicious looking zucchini bread from one of my friends.  I knew that if I could find the time, I was going to make this pretty amazing looking zucchini bread.  I found the time on Sunday of this past week, but sorry to say...I wasn't able to make the recipe work.  So because I really enjoyed the flavor of this particular recipe, I was determined to find a way to make it again and enjoy it this time.  (Sad to say, the first attempt ended up in the trash!)  Thus, Glazed Orange Zucchini Muffins were born...and I think I got it right! 

Glazed Orange Zucchini Muffins by Renee's Kitchen Adventures muffin on board with bite taken out so you can see flecks of zucchini inside and tender crumb

These muffins have a slight hint of orange and are moist, tender and cake-like.  They go perfectly with an afternoon cup of coffee or tea.  And they are full of zucchini! (that makes them healthy, right??  lol) While these are not low cal or low fat fare, they are delicious and I can't think of a better way to use up some of that zucchini we all have a bunch of this time of year!

Glazed Orange Zucchini Muffins by Renee's Kitchen Adventures on a board with text overlay

I purchased all of these (minus two I used to make these muffins) zucchini at my grocery s for 99 cents total!  That's crazy.

Zucchini, whole, on a cutting board

Since I didn't have any lemons like the first zucchini bread recipe called for, I subbed out zest and fresh orange juice.  It was a really nice flavor addition.  I also decided, since bake time was one of the problems I encountered with the bread recipe, to make muffins.  I baked them at 375 degrees F for about 20-25 minutes, which was just about perfect for my oven!

If you find that your zucchini, once you've grated it is very wet, you might want to pat it with some paper towels so you don't get too much moisture in the muffins.  I did this for mine.  

Glazed Orange Zucchini Muffins by Renee's Kitchen Adventures overhead view with glaze in bowl, spoon, zucchini, and orange sliced

Zucchini muffins, Orange Glazed Zucchini Muffins
Breakfast, snack
Yield: 12 servings

Glazed Orange Zucchini Muffins

prep time: 15 Mcook time: 25 Mtotal time: 40 M
Glazed Orange Zucchini Muffins are a delicious variation on zucchini muffins with a hint of orange and a sweet orange glaze that puts them over the top!


For the zucchini muffins:
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup oil ( I used olive oil, but you can use canola or vegetable oil too)
  • 1/2 cup lowfat buttermilk
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 TBSP fresh orange juice
  • zest of one orange
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup grated zucchini
For the glaze:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 TBSP orange juice


How to cook Glazed Orange Zucchini Muffins

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line muffin wells of a standard sized muffin tin with paper liners, or spray with cooking spray.
  2. In large bowl, combine flour, salt and baking powder. Set aside.
  3. In large 4 cup glass measure (or small bowl), combine the eggs, oil, sugar, orange juice, orange zest, vanilla extract and buttermilk. Whisk to combine. Mix in zucchini.
  4. Make a well in center of flour mixture and pour in the wet ingredients. Mix until just combined.
  5. Portion out batter into muffin tins. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Remove muffins to wire rack to cool.
  6. In small bowl, combine the powdered sugar and orange juice to create a glaze.
  7. Drizzle glaze over the muffins. Let glaze set before serving
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  1. These muffins look great Renee and the texture looks perfect! Not to mention your drizzle has me drooling too :)

    1. Oh the drizzle...I could eat that with a spoon! haha

  2. I happen to have lots of zucchini right now! These muffins are gorgeous! What a delicious treat to enjoy with a cup of tea!

  3. Great zucchini recipe! I want some of these muffins right now, they look so good! Yum!

    1. Thanks Kristin! and thanks for stopping by! :)

  4. Love everything about these muffins, especially the powdered sugar mixed with orange juice - great idea!

  5. I don't grow my own either, but clearly I should! I LOVE zucchini even more now because of these beautiful muffins! Sorry the bread didn't work out - that is so frustrating when you have to toss something in the trash! Thanks for sharing this yumminess, I'm looking forward to making it!

  6. Growing up the only way I would eat zucchini is if it was battered, deep fat fried and dunked into ranch dressing! Oh how the times have changed, now I love it. These look delish!

    Happy Friday!

  7. Oh wow these look delicious and totally worthy of a cheat day! Yum!


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