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Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins

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Chocolate zucchini muffins are loaded with chocolate, chocolate chips and plenty of zucchini! Shredded zucchini makes these chocolate muffins so moist and crazy delicious. They bake up perfectly and are the best way to use up zucchini for the garden.

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins | Chocolate zucchini muffins are loaded with chocolate, chocolate chips and plenty of zucchini! Shredded zucchini makes these chocolate muffins so moist and crazy delicious. #muffins #chocolate #easyrecipes

I originally shared this recipe for chocolate zucchini muffins way back when I first started blogging. It’s kind of been one of those recipes that has just sat in the dark depths of my blog and stayed there πŸ™‚Β 

Which I realized is the biggest shame because these chocolate zucchini muffins are so amazing!

I knew I had to take some updated pictures and share it again with you all.Β 

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins | Chocolate zucchini muffins are loaded with chocolate, chocolate chips and plenty of zucchini! Shredded zucchini makes these chocolate muffins so moist and crazy delicious. #muffins #chocolate #easyrecipes

Muffins have always been hit or miss for me. Either they sink in the middle after taking them out of the oven, they spill over the sides while baking, they never get that pretty rounded top, etc.Β 

You should have no worries with these chocolate zucchini muffins! I have never ever had a bad batch of these muffins. They bake up perfectly round, soft, and super moist each and every time.Β 

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins | Chocolate zucchini muffins are loaded with chocolate, chocolate chips and plenty of zucchini! Shredded zucchini makes these chocolate muffins so moist and crazy delicious. #muffins #chocolate #easyrecipes

We used to have a small garden. And by small I mean we had a garden and only planted zucchini in it because that’s normally the only vegetable we can get to grow πŸ™‚Β 

It’s also because I love zucchini! It adds so much moisture and richness, without all the calories and fat, into baked goods and breads.

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins | Chocolate zucchini muffins are loaded with chocolate, chocolate chips and plenty of zucchini! Shredded zucchini makes these chocolate muffins so moist and crazy delicious. #muffins #chocolate #easyrecipes

Tips for making chocolate zucchini muffins

  • If your shredded zucchini is making obviously big puddles of “zucchini juice” then go ahead and take a paper towel and just blot it, to try and remove the excess.Β 
  • I have never drained or blotted up my shredded zucchini. The entire point of the zucchini is to provide moisture to the muffin, so you do want to keep that moisture. But as mentioned above, if there are obvious large pools of “zucchini juice” from the shredded zucchini then blot it lightly with a paper towel.Β 
  • You want to fill the muffin cups almost to the top. These muffins bake up perfectly round so there is no need to worry about it spilling over the sides of the muffin cup.Β 
  • I like to save a few of the mini chocolate chips and sprinkle them on top of the muffins (before baking) just to make the muffins pretty.Β 

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins | Chocolate zucchini muffins are loaded with chocolate, chocolate chips and plenty of zucchini! Shredded zucchini makes these chocolate muffins so moist and crazy delicious. #muffins #chocolate #easyrecipes

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Chocolate Zucchini Muffins
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Chocolate zucchini muffins are loaded with chocolate, chocolate chips and plenty of zucchini! Shredded zucchini makes these chocolate muffins so moist and crazy delicious. 

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate, muffins, zucchini muffins
Servings: 20 muffins
Calories: 155 kcal
Author: Jessica - Together as Family
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups finely shredded zucchini (about 2 zucchini)
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 bag (12 oz) miniature chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees and place cupcake liners in a 12-cup cupcake/muffin pan. Or spray well with cooking spray.

  2. Combine oil, eggs, sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl. Mix well with a whisk until combined. 

  3. Add in shredded zucchini and mix gently with a wooden spoon or spatula.
  4. In smaller bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Mix together with a whick to break up any clumps. 

  5. Dump dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix together with a wooden spoon or spatula.
  6. Add in the bag of mini chocolate chips and stir to combine. If wanted, reserve some mini chocolate chips to sprinkle on top of the muffins before baking. This is not necessary, it just makes them "pretty". 

  7. Fill muffin cups almost to the top. Cook for 20-25 minutes. The tops will be nice and rounded, puffed up and the when you gently press on the muffin it should spring back and not look wet. 

  8. Let cool in the muffin pan for about 5 minutes and then remove to cooling rack. I love eating one of these warm!

Recipe Notes

I would suggest grating the zucchini really finely. I just use the fine/smaller side ofΒ  my cheese grater and that works really well.Β 

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I always peel my zucchini but it's really up to you on if you want to peel or not.Β 

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Chocolate Zucchini Muffins | Chocolate zucchini muffins are loaded with chocolate, chocolate chips and plenty of zucchini! Shredded zucchini makes these chocolate muffins so moist and crazy delicious. #muffins #chocolate #easyrecipes

 

 

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11 Comments

  • Reply
    Calie
    May 31, 2015 at 9:11 am It is so delicious. I love chocolate and now can combine it with zucchini. I think its taste so good. Thank you for your recipe :)
    • Reply
      Together As Family
      May 31, 2015 at 1:33 pm You're welcome Calie! Chocolate + zucchini is so good. I hope you get a chance to try these :) Thanks for stopping by and commenting!
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    Mary
    September 16, 2017 at 11:50 pm Do these need to be refrigerated?
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      Together As Family
      September 18, 2017 at 4:41 pm I have never refrigerated them but it would be fine if you did.
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    Chelsea
    January 30, 2018 at 8:21 pm I made them with honey subbed in for the white sugar and I added cinnamon and they are delicious with a good consistency. Will make again
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    Crystal
    April 5, 2018 at 11:17 am Came across this on Pinterest and thought I’d give them a try... they’re delicious! I did however sub out the 1/2 cup oil for 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce. My 8 year old who despises any form of vegetables loved these (you can hardly see the zucchini since it’s finely grated and hidden in because of the chocolate). Will definitely be making these again
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      Together As Family
      April 5, 2018 at 8:02 pm My kids don't even know there are veggies in these muffins either! I like your idea of subbing some oil with applesauce. I may just have to try that next time I make these. Thanks for coming back to leave your feedback.
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    Lindsey Duncan
    July 6, 2018 at 9:09 am Do you recommend squeezing any of the liquid out of the shredded zucchini before adding to the other ingredients? Or is that even necessary? Thanks!
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      Together As Family
      July 6, 2018 at 9:53 am I never do this but if your shredded zucchini is noticeably watery then maybe blot it with a paper towel. The batter before adding the zucchini is rather thick, and once you add the "wet" zucchini it moistens it up perfectly. So unless your shredded zucchini is making pools of juice/liquid then I would just add it straight in the batter. I hope that helps :)
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    Lora
    August 24, 2018 at 12:44 pm can these be made without the cocoa powder ? i know they won't look chocolatey but would they taste ok?
    • Reply
      Together As Family
      August 30, 2018 at 8:07 pm Possibly? I have never done this so I can't say for sure. I am thinking it would be fine if you left out the cocoa powder.

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