Thursday, September 16, 2010

Zucchini-Pineapple Muffins Made By Mom with Love

My mom is visiting from Oregon and although it's her vacation she usually offers to cook or bake me a few of my favorites while she is here. Often I choose her chocolate chip or raisin bran cookies, both more than crave-worthy, but this time I was really craving muffins, her Zucchini-Pineapple Muffins in particular. They are always moist and the zucchini and pineapple pair really well together.

She has been making these for many years, so long ago that she isn't exactly sure of the names of the two sources of this recipe that she combined and has adapted over time, (one recipe is from an old cookbook and the other recipe was clipped from a newspaper). You can make it into loaves instead of muffins, but muffins (mini muffins in particular), are always more fun and they also freeze well to pull out as needed for easy breakfasts and snacks.

Zucchini-Pineapple Muffins
by Mom (Betty)

Beat together until foamy:
4 & 1/2 eggs
1 & 1/2 cups canola oil
3 cups sugar
1 Tbsp vanilla

Fold in:
3 cups shredded zucchini
12 oz can crushed pineapple, drained

Add or mix in until combined:
4 & 3/4 cup flour
3 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 & 1/2 tsp salt
2 & 1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg

Grease and flour 2 large loaf pans & 4 small loaf pans or line 3 dozen muffin pans and 4 dozen mini muffin pans.

Bake at 350 degrees:
  • large loaf pans 45-50 minutes
  • small loaf pans 35-40 minutes
  • large muffin pans: 15-20 minutes
  • mini muffin pans 11-12 minutes

Notes/Results: Baked with love by mom and really delicious--the kiss of cinnamon compliments the zucchini and pineapple so well. These are great with a cup of tea in the morning but are sweet enough to enjoy as an afternoon treat. Are they the healthiest muffin out there? Not really, but they are so good you won't care--and they do help get some fruit and veggies into your day. ;-) A definite keeper recipe from childhood.

What family recipes do you crave?


  1. How strange - another blog that I love mentioned courgette and pineapple cake recently! I had never heard of the combination before and now it comes up twice! Have a lovely break with your mum.

  2. Aww your mom sounds like such a doll! I can see how moist those muffins are - delicious! The zucchini and pineapple flavor combination sounds lovely...kind of like having pineapples in carrot cake!

  3. There is just nothing like having childhood foods and the memories they evoke. Nice muffins...and made with love :-)

  4. sweet sour spareribs, my grandma's is the best (in our family).

  5. In Mom's hands everything is infinitely better. Zucchini bread is my very favorite quick bread and I love the idea of adding pineapple. So glad to see that you are enjoying yourselves and pampering one another! Mom time is one of the best joys there is:)

  6. They are delicious looking gems. I hope you two have a grand visit. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  7. wow, they look gorgeous and I am imagining all the wonderful flavors, specially that of pineapple.

  8. What a mom! She sounds great and I'm sure she's having a wonderful visit with you. The muffins looks delicious and I love the combo of ingredients!

  9. Hi Deb,
    My mom makes a killer bran muffin that uses a whole box of Raisin Bran. I can make them but its just not the same!

  10. What a fabulous mama ;) These sound so good...I love that combo. Never would've thought of it myself, but I really want to now!

  11. Very special muffins - great combo of zucchini and pineapple!

  12. i tend to always make banana-coconut muffins, but these look so moist, they're on my to do list!

  13. Mmmm...zuchinni and pineapple?! A combo I never would have thought up that combo. They look great!

  14. You mom and me would be great friends I make similar ones! Thanks for sharing her recipe! I like the sweetness the pineapple adds.


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