Courgette muffins recipe

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  • Vegetarian
makes: 12
Skill: easy
Cost: cheap
5-a-day: 1
Prep: 30 min
Cooking: 20 min
(may need an extra 5 mins)

Nutrition per portion

Calories 292 kCal 15%
Fat 14.8g 21%
  -  Saturates 3.7g 19%
Carbohydrates 35g 15%
  -  of which Sugars 22.2g 25%
Protein 4.3g 9%
Salt 0.3g 5%
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  • Bake a batch of these extra soft courgette muffins in just 20 minutes. With a zing of lime flavour, these muffins are full of flavour.

    These moist courgette muffins are made with two medium-sized courgettes. These muffins have a hint of lime, which works perfectly with the courgette. These light muffins are topped with a three-ingredient icing; cream cheese, lime juice, and icing sugar. This recipe makes 12 muffins.


    • For the courgette muffins:
    • 250g courgettes (about 2-3 medium-sized)
    • 2 large eggs
    • 125ml vegetable oil
    • 150g golden caster sugar
    • 225g self-raising flour
    • ½  tsp bicarbonate of soda
    • ½ tsp baking powder
    • Juice and zest of 1 lime
    • For the lime cream cheese icing:
    • 200g cream cheese
    • 100g icing sugar
    • Juice and zest of 1 lime
    • You'll also need:
    • 12-hole muffin tin, lined with cases


    • Preheat the oven to 180ºC (350ºF, gas mark 4).

    • Grate the courgettes and leave them to drain in a sieve hung over a bowl.

    • In a large mixing bowl, add the eggs, vegetable oil and sugar and beat until well mixed and slightly fluffy. An electric whisk will make this easier, or use a food mixer if you have one.

    • Sieve in the flour, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder and beat together.

    • Finally, add the drained courgette and the lime juice and zest and divide the mixture between the 12 muffin cases.

    • Cook in the oven for 20-25 mins or until the muffins are nicely brown and firm to the touch. Allow to cool completely on a wire rack before icing.

    • To make the icing, blend together the cream cheese with the icing sugar and the lime juice and spread generously over the top of each muffin. Decorate each with a few swirls of lime zest.

    Top tips for making courgette muffins

    Be sure to keep your ingredients (eggs, butter, and milk) at room temperature. This helps them to form a smooth mixture when they're combined together with the courgette and other ingredients, trapping air and expanding in the oven.

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