Buckwheat Zucchini Muffins

These muffins are made with buckwheat flour which has a very earthy flavour. Yale said these muffins remind her of shopping at Courage My Love in Kensington Market. If you have ever shopped at Courage My Love then you know the smell, incense mixed with vintage clothing = earthy.  

Buckwheat Zucchini Muffins
Makes 9 to 12 muffins
This muffin is naturally sweetened with maple syrup.


  • 1 2/3 cups buckwheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup milk (almond milk, 2% milk, or whatever you prefer)
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups grated zucchini



  1. Heat oven to 350°F.  Prepare a 12-cup muffin pan by either greasing or using paper liners. 
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt until combined.  Set aside.
  3. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together egg, maple syrup, milk, coconut oil and vanilla extract until combined.  Pour this mixture into the dry ingredient mixture, and stir with a spoon until just combined. Stir in the zucchini until just combined.
  4. Spoon into muffin tin. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the centre of the muffin comes out clean.  Let muffins cool before removing from pan.

Cooks Notes:

  • These muffins freeze well.
  • Add any kind of nuts of chocolate chips if you like.






Yale calls these cupcakes magic.  Magic because they taste good, magic because they make you smile, and magic beccause cupcakes make you happy.  I call them magic because they are made without white sugar and white flour.  Gordy calls them magic because he can make them disappear real quick.

This recipes makes 12 cupcakes.

This recipe was developed by my friend Karen from Nutrilicious and myself. We spend many afternoons baking, testing and eating these cupcakes. Thanks to our personal testers Mark, Marcy, Haley, Gordy and Yale, you worked hard eating the dozens we made!


  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup gluten-free flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp espresso powder (optional)
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ cup agave
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup safflower, canola or melted coconut oil
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2.  In a small bowl, mix apple cider vinegar and soy milk. Let it sit for a few minutes.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, espresso powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Mix well with a whisk.
  4. Beat the milk mixture again.  Add the agave, maple syrup, oil and vanilla to the milk mixture, whisking until well combined.
  5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well until only a few lumps remain.  Do not overmix.
  6.   Spoon into greased or lined muffin cups.
  7. Bake for 12-14 minutes.
  8. Cool completely before frosting.



  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tbsp Earth Balance or vegan margarine, softened
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • ½ cup maple syrup


  1. Process all ingredients in a food processor or blender until smooth and creamy.
  2. Spoon onto cooled cupcakes.
  3. Shave or grate some dark chocolate to top your cupcakes, (optional).


Red Fife is a heritage red spring wheat native to Ontario, love that being from Canada, eh!


I found this loaf and muffin mix at Fiesta Farms and though I never buy mixes I was attracted to the package and the healthy list of ingredients. I do feel proud eating these muffins knowing that something so delicious is from Ontario. I love the grainy texture and wheaty flavour. You can add any fresh ingredients to make them your own.  My favorite combinations are:

  • blueberries and pumpkin seeds
  • cranberries, lemon zest and walnuts
  • mashed ripe banana, vanilla extract, hazelnuts or walnuts

For baking instruction see the recipe on the back of the package.

Check out the website at : http://www.grainstorm.com/