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Basil Zucchini Muffins with Balsamic Glaze | by Foods for the Soul

Remember yesterday, how I baked these funfetti cookies to thank my friend Pat and his family for bring me to the baseball game? It was a BLAST! With gorgeous views, witty company, and a cup of hot cocoa, the innings flew by. I even forgot to watch a few pop flys and ground outs (thus breaking Rule #4 in “Amy’s Guide to Attending Baseball Games”: Pay attention to every play.)!


Giants Game | by Foods for the Soul

Back at their house after the Giants’ 4-2 win, Pat’s mom pulled out a pair of gardening clippers and bustled around the backyard. She first returned carrying a basket brimming with red and gold cherry tomatoes, which she washed and fed to every person who walked through the kitchen. (I gladly snuck seconds and thirds—they were the sweetest tomatoes I’ve ever tasted!)


Basil Zucchini Muffins with Balsamic Glaze | by Foods for the Soul

On her second trip, she brough in 4 more vegetables for me to take home, in addition to the juicy tomatoes: an eggplant, a cucumber, a round zucchini (it looked like a small green pumpkin!), and two yellow squash. As she carefully packed it all into a bag, my stomach did a happy dance—it was Christmas in July!


Basil Zucchini Muffins with Balsamic Glaze | by Foods for the Soul

Right before I picked up my purse to leave, she said 5 of the most magical words: “Do you want some basil?”


Pat laughed as my eyes lit up and my face broke into a ginormous grin. “Yes please!” was about all I could manage. Pure giddy excitement kicked in. Basil is my favorite herb EVER!


Basil Zucchini Muffins with Balsamic Glaze | by Foods for the Soul

While drifting off to sleep that night, I started dreaming of ways to use all of my produce presents. I could cook… Or I could bake! I settled on turning my two favorites—the basil and zucchini—into muffins, topped with a sweet balsamic glaze. I might have to plant my own garden now… These moist muffins disappeared much too quickly!


Basil Zucchini Muffins with Balsamic Glaze | by Foods for the Soul

Basil Zucchini Muffins with Balsamic Glaze

Yield: 12 muffins

Serving Size: 1 muffin

Basil Zucchini Muffins with Balsamic Glaze

These muffins are incredibly moist and full of flavor! Any un-glazed leftovers will keep in an airtight container on the counter for a few days.

1 c all-purpose flour
½ c whole wheat flour
1½ tsp baking powder
2 tsp ground cinnamon
¾ tsp ground nutmeg
¼ tsp salt
2 egg whites (see Note)
2 tbsp canola oil
½ c skim milk (see Note)
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ c brown sugar, packed
1 c shredded zucchini
¼ c fresh basil, roughly chopped
½ c balsamic vinegar
2 tsp granulated sugar

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°, and lightly coat 12 muffin cups with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Lightly spoon both flours into measuring cups, and level with a knife. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flours, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. In a large bowl, whisk together the egg whites, oil, milk, and vanilla. Stir in the brown sugar. Pour the flour mixture into the milk mixture, stirring just until incorporated. Fold in the zucchini and basil.
  3. Divide the batter between the prepared muffin cups, and bake at 350° for 30-34 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack.
  4. While the muffins bake, prepare the glaze. Add the balsamic vinegar and granulated sugar to a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture begins to boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and continue stirring until it thickens and reduces to about half of the volume. Remove from the heat. Drizzle over the muffins before serving.

Note: For a vegan version, substitute 1 tablespoon Ener-G + ¼ cup warm water for the egg whites and soy, almond, or coconut milk for the skim milk.

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Basil Zucchini Muffins with Balsamic Glaze | by Foods for the Soul

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  1. cquek says on July 13, 2013 at 5:05 am

    Thanks for sharing all these little tidbits from everyday life

    • Amy says on July 13, 2013 at 11:35 pm

      My pleasure! :)

  2. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says on July 13, 2013 at 6:57 am

    Oh, the garden. I’m so tired of zucchini! I need to use some in these muffins. But my basil plant is woefully dying. :(

    • Amy says on July 13, 2013 at 11:37 pm

      No, not the basil!! That’s such a shame! But… I’ll take your extra zucchini! I love baking zucchini muffins and bread, and cooking with it too! :)

  3. Brittany says on July 13, 2013 at 7:51 am

    WOW! What a muffin!! I would destroy these! Basil is indeed one of the BEST herbs! Great creation here! I just spend some time outside with my mama yesterday weeding, and attending to our small garden on the side of the house!! Everything is flourishing and I am so excited to harvest.

    • Amy says on July 13, 2013 at 11:40 pm

      Aww, lucky you! (And your mom, for having such a sweet daughter to help her!) I really want to plant my own garden. Do you have any tips for someone with a brown thumb?

  4. Shelley @ Two Healthy Kitchens says on July 22, 2013 at 5:38 am

    This is one of the most inventive muffin recipes I’ve come across in a really long time! And … just in time for the onslaught of summer zucchini! Perfect!

    • Amy says on July 22, 2013 at 3:26 pm

      Thanks Shelley! I really wish I kept my own garden. Everyone else seems to have so much fun cooking and baking with fresh produce from theirs! Just need to work on my brown thumb first…

  5. linda says on July 23, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    These need revision, we threw them away. Did not rise, only made 9 not a dozen. Gummy and bad. Needs more egg and more flour Sorry!

    • Amy says on July 23, 2013 at 6:20 pm

      I’m sorry they didn’t turn out for you, Linda! Are you sure that your baking powder is good? I had almost the opposite thing happen — my muffins rose really quickly while in the oven!

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