Courgette and lime muffins

(77 ratings)
Courgette and lime muffins recipe
Courgette and lime muffins recipe
  • Makes: 12

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  • Cooking time:

    (may need an extra 5 mins)
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  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Mid-price

Courgettes aren't just delicious in savoury recipes. You can turn them into sweet treats or even cakes like these tasty courgette and lime 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
  •  tsp bicarbonate of soda
  •  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

Top tip: The secret of successful muffins is to avoid over-mixing when you add the wet ingredients to the dry ones.


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C (350F, gas mark 4).
  2. Grate the courgettes and leave them to drain in a sieve hung over a bowl.
  3. 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.
  4. Sieve in the flour, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder and beat together.
  5. Finally, add the drained courgette and the lime juice and zest and divide the mixture between the 12 muffin cases.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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Just made these and they were amazing...they were so light. I only used 100gm of cheese and agree you need to o easy on the lime juice, I ended up using a box of icing sugar to get the right consistency....none the less, a real winner with cake fans at work!!!!

Holly Recipes Assistant

I made these over the band holiday weekend. Housemates were very surprised how delicious they were - the requests for more have started!

Hazel H

Think i'll give this 1 a go as i've just aquired a mahooive courgette from my sisters allotment & these look yummy x

lesley pickles

I have recently made 2 cakes containing "Courgettes" and Greek yoghurt from a well known recipe book. I will be trying this recipe using the limes. The courgettes are a real winner, my cakes were moist and yummy.


just made these - delicious. Really light and fluffy and can't taste the courgette in them at all. Would suggest adding the lime juice for the frosting in small amounts if you like it firm - I found the juice of the whole lime made it a bit runnier than I would like. Still yum though!

Roshina goodtoknow

Apart from carrot cake I've never tried a sweet treat made from veg, but this recipe looks really nice - a great way of sneaking greens into the kids' diet too!

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