Cranberry-Zuchinni Muffins

There is a lot going on this cranberry muffin, but you won’t even notice that, because you’ll be too busy eating one after another. And as if cranberry, zucchini and carrot weren’t enough in this recipe—I went and added some coconut. I couldn’t help myself, I had about 1/2 cup of coconut sitting around, so I threw it in–aside from that, coconut is a great way to balance any tartness that cranberries may have.

A one bowl muffin: Cranberry Zuchinni Muffins from Bakers Royale

And to keep the theme of healthy going I used whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour. I’m sure I could have taken this recipe a step further and halved the 1 cup of oil with applesauce or Greek yogurt, but I didn’t.

A one bowl muffin: Cranberry Zuchinni Muffins via Bakers Royale

In fact, if you are wondering if I’m going healthy—um, no–there’s too much sweet-fatty badness to embrace. This just so happens to be a recipe pumped with veggies and fruit. It’s also a highly adaptable recipe  from one of my favorite cookbooks, The Sono Baking Company Cookbook, so have fun and be adventurous if you want to swap out the aforementioned oil for applesauce or Greek Yogurt, beets for the zucchini and any other berries for the cranberries. And if you do, please come back and share with the rest of us, what you’ve done.

So along with all that I’ve mentioned, here’s another reason you are going to want to bookmark this recipe—this is a one bowl batter that can be whipped up with a whisk and wooden spoon—no mixer required!

Cranberry Zuchinni Muffins from Bakers Royale 210x260

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Cranberry, Zuchinni & Carrot Muffins

The muffins can be made into a breakfast cake by using a bundt pan or loaf pan. Prepare the recipe as directed and bake until tester comes out clean when inserted into center of cake.

Yield: Makes 12 muffins


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup finely grated carrot (about 2 medium)
  • 3/4 cup finely grated zuchinni (about 1 medium)
  • 1 cup whole fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups of whole wheat flour


Preparation: Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Line muffin pan with paper or spray and cover wells with non-stick baking spray.

  1. Place sugar, canolia oil, eggs and vanilla extract in a bowl and whisk until well blended. Add in carrot, zucchini, cranberries and whisk to blend.  Next add in salt, cinnamon, baking powder and baking soda and whisk to blend. Lastly, add flour and fold until blended (do not over mix).
  2. Divide batter evenly among prepared muffin cups. Bake at 375 degrees F until tops are golden brown and tester inserted in the center is comes out clean, about 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes. Use an offset spatula to remove muffins from pan. Serve warm or at room temperature.  

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  1. Avatar for Naomi Robinson says

    Im super impressed that you got as much rise and lift out of these with 2 c w.w. flour and not a ton of baking powder and all those heavy veggies/fruits – wow, that never happens to me when I try to bake with whole wheat flour :) These look amazing! I love baking with zuke/carrots b/c they add so much moisture. Pinned!

  2. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonSarah says

    Lovely recipe! Did you squeeze the excess water from the zucchini and carrots after grating. Or did you not worry about that? Thanks! Sare

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      Naomi Robinson replied: — January 13th, 2014 @ 11:57 am

      Hi Sarah,

      No, I did not squeeze the zucchini or carrots to dry them out before using–just grate and use.

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        Sarah replied: — January 13th, 2014 @ 10:13 pm

        Oh! Great! Thanks! I will give them a try this weekend!

  3. Avatar for Naomi Robinson says

    I have never thought to add cranberries to zucchini breads or muffins before, but these sounds ah-may-zing! PLUS, I have a bag of cranberries sitting in my fridge that I have zero idea what to do with. These are happening! Love that they are whole wheat and make my eyeballs pretty!

  4. Avatar for Naomi Robinson says

    Naomi……I want that blue backdrop! It’s gorgeous!!!! What is it? Did you make it?

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      Naomi Robinson replied: — January 13th, 2014 @ 11:59 am

      Hi Sukaina – No I din’t make it. It’s actually black metal. I shot it with a cooler Kelvin setting to achieve that blue background look and then highlighted that further in post editing. Hope that’s helpful!

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        Sukaina replied: — January 13th, 2014 @ 9:08 pm

        Vey! And it looks lovely. One more question though- how did you manage to make the muffins look their normal color when it was shot on cooler kelvin ie. not blue?

  5. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonGolden says

    Stunning.. Really nice photos.. was looking all day for something like this, I can’t wait to try it.

  6. Avatar for Naomi Robinson says

    Oooh … these look delicious! I’ve been wondering about trying to bake with zucchini lately … and I just love your photos, especially the first one. The colours and patterns are just beautiful.

  7. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonKim says

    These look delish. On a side note, do you bake with the antique muffin tins in the picture? Or are those just there to look pretty? I have some and I wasn’t sure how they’d perform in the oven compared to my new pan?

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      Naomi Robinson replied: — January 13th, 2014 @ 11:56 am

      Hi Kim,

      Yes, I baked them and they preform great.

  8. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonMartha says

    Just made a batch with some extra zucchini and it made more than 12 muffins! Extra mini muffins with mini chocolate chips, yay! Batter tasted good so far…thanks for sharing this!!