Vegan Energy Muffins: Packed with Zucchini, Bananas, and Walnuts

21 Mar

Energy and protein bars don’t always cut it. The taste is sometimes lacking, and the size often leaves something to be desired. And let’s face it: an intense workout deserves and intensely flavorful snack to match it. Whether you chow down on one of these energy muffins before or after exercise (or just for a tasty breakfast), it’s sure to please. Packed with zucchini, bananas, applesauce, walnuts, whole wheat flour, oats, and coconut oil, you’ll get a nice dose of fiber, protein, carbs and fats. Replenish your body with these homemade baked goods!

Vegan Energy Muffins: Packed with Zucchini, Bananas, and Walnuts |

Vegan Energy Muffins: Packed with Zucchini, Bananas, and Walnuts |

One more thing, these are vegan! And low in fat and sugar! And actually super easy to make. You can even shred the zucchini and chop the walnuts in your food processor. No zucchini lying around? Replace with equal amounts of grated carrot and a splash of milk. Not a fan of walnuts? Replace with pecans. Going gluten free? Use GF flour instead. Craving chocolate? Toss in a handful of chocolate chips! See how easy this is? Now get baking!

Vegan Energy Muffins: Packed with Zucchini, Bananas, and Walnuts |

Vegan Energy Muffins: Packed with Zucchini, Bananas, and Walnuts |

Vegan Energy Muffins, adapted from Super Kale Fantastic

Makes 12 large muffins

  • 1 C organic whole wheat flour (like Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 1 C ground old-fashioned oats (measure after grinding in a food processor)
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 C coconut sugar
  • 2 small zucchini, grated (remove the ends first)
  • 1/2 C chopped walnuts (or other nut of choice)
  • 1/4 C unsweetened shredded coconut + more to for topping
  • 2 overripe bananas, mashed*
  • 2/3 C unsweetened applesauce*
  • 1/3 C coconut oil, melted and cooled
  • 1/4 C vegan chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350. Line a muffin tin with paper cups.

In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, and spices. Stir in the sugar, zucchini, walnuts, and coconut.

Mix in the mashed bananas, applesauce and melted oil. Mix only until all ingredients are incorporated. If using, add the chocolate chips now too.

Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin tin. I used an ice cream scoop, and each paper cup got about two scoops’ worth. These will be pretty big! Sprinkle with additional coconut.

Bake on the middle rack for 20 minutes. Allow to cool in the muffin tin for 10 minutes, before removing to a cooling rack. Let cool completely and store in an airtight container in the fridge. Enjoy within five days, as the fresh produce will go bad eventually.

What’s your favorite “energy” snack?

*You can use more or less of applesauce or banana as desired. Simply swap 1 banana for 1/3 cup of applesauce, or vice versa!

ALSO: this recipe goes quicker with the use of your food processor. First shred the zucchini (ends trimmed off and chopped into big chunks), then chop the walnuts! Super fast and easy.


18 Responses to “Vegan Energy Muffins: Packed with Zucchini, Bananas, and Walnuts”

  1. Craig March 21, 2014 at 6:23 pm #

    Great recipe – thank you for acknowledging SuperKaleFantastic 🙂

    • xtinaluvspink March 21, 2014 at 6:30 pm #

      I look forward to trying more of your goodies!

  2. Joanne March 22, 2014 at 5:17 am #

    I’d definitely take these over an energy bar any day!!

    • xtinaluvspink March 22, 2014 at 7:36 am #

      Right?! Fresh and homemade beats prepackaged every time.

  3. Old Things R New March 23, 2014 at 1:50 pm #

    I love your blog! Can’t wait to try the muffins.

  4. Ricky Albert March 24, 2014 at 6:17 am #

    I would like to add your blog to the Top Food Blog list in . Your blog is impressively BEAUTIFUL and it deserves to be included on the Top Blog list!! Great recipes!! We will feature your blog so that people will see it on our site and we will make a lot of shout out about your recipes on our fanpages. If you would like to join, here is the link .


    • xtinaluvspink March 24, 2014 at 6:22 am #

      Oh my gosh, thank you so much! I’m honored 🙂 I will certainly join!!

  5. xtinaluvspink October 25, 2017 at 10:55 am #

    Reblogged this on Eat, Drink, Be Healthy! and commented:

    These vegan energy muffins are packed with zucchini, banana, walnuts, coconut, and even chocolate! They’re low in sugar and full of healthy fats.

  6. Abbey Sharp October 25, 2017 at 11:22 am #

    Looks like the perfect pre/post workout snack!

  7. Deborah @ Confessions of mother runner October 25, 2017 at 2:10 pm #

    I love zucchini in muffins!

  8. Miss Whisk (@Miss_Whisk) October 25, 2017 at 2:35 pm #

    These look so good and I love the ingredients! Perfect to make ahead and warm up or just grab and go quick for a energy packed snack before early morning workouts!

  9. Rachel October 25, 2017 at 2:46 pm #

    These look seriously amazing. Yum!

  10. Jessica Fishman Levinson October 25, 2017 at 4:49 pm #

    These look great! So loaded with all the good stuff! 😀

  11. carmyy October 25, 2017 at 10:23 pm #

    Not only do these look delicious but they look adorable! Packed with so many healthy ingredients too.

  12. Amy Gorin October 26, 2017 at 5:21 pm #

    These looks so yummy! Perfect portion size, too.


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