Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins


These muffins.

They could pass as cupcakes in all honesty. Muffins that could be a cupcake? Um, yeah, sign me up!

My grandma used to make this amazing chocolate zucchini cake studded with gooey chocolate chips. It was so insanely good and then I went and grew up and moved far away and kind of forgot about that amazing cake until about a month ago when I was going over in my head all of the recipes I need to get from her for my personal recipe book.

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

But then I started thinking about making that cake, but making it a little healthier and in muffin form. And it works. It totally works. These muffins might be my favorite muffin recipe I’ve made. My banana chocolate chip muffins have been sitting on top of my list for a long time, but these chocolate zucchini muffins might have just knocked them down a peg. The muffins are super…ok, I’m going to say the word that might make you cringe…moist. I said it, but that’s really the best word to describe these. They are also perfectly rich and chocolatey, which makes them seem more like they should be a dessert and not a muffin.

So what else is good about these muffins? There is no butter, just a bit of oil and unsweetened applesauce. They do contain sugar so I would consider them a splurge for breakfast, but I also have been eating them for dessert!

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Yield: 12 muffins

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

These delicious and low-calorie Chocolate Zucchini Muffins are are so decadent, you'll think they are actually cupcakes!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup grated zucchini
  • 2/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a muffin pan by spraying cavities with non-stick spray or insert muffin liners.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the flours, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, and the cinnamon. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg, applesauce, vegetable oil, milk, and the vanilla extract. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just combined. Fold in the zucchini and the chocolate chips.
  4. Divide the batter evenly amongst each cavity (I used a large cookie scoop). Bake the muffins for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let muffins cool. Store leftovers in an airtigth container.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 muffin

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 215Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 161mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 3gSugar: 18gProtein: 4g

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins



  1. How addictive and healthy, such delicious looking moist muffins :D

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  2. Zucchini in a muffin? Wow! The technique of grating it does the trick. Great!

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  3. seriously ohmagahhhhhhhhhhh lady. If they have veggies in em, you can eat them in veggie servings, no?!

  4. These bad boys look uber moist! I want to reach through the screen and steal the entire batch.

  5. I love any excuse to eat a “cupcake” for breakfast. :) Gotta try these!

  6. I looooove chocolate zucchini anything, and these are gorgeous – they look just like bakery muffins!

  7. Love the idea of throwing in some veggies! Looks so rich and delicious!

  8. I love nothing more than double chocolate muffins!

  9. These look great! Any excuse for a healthier version of anything chocolate – I’m down! Such a treasure to get this recipe from your grandmother – thanks for sharing! xo


  10. These look amazing!! Healthified chocolate for breakfast, count me in!

  11. Wow I have been wanting to experiment with zucchini in desserts!! these look so chocolaty and good!

  12. I don’t know about anybody else, but I, for one, am going to be ADDICTED to these muffins!!!!!!!!!!! <3 *-*

  13. One of the saddest things in the world has to be dry chocolate muffins. Whenever I see one, the Sarah McLaughlin song “Arms of an Angel” or whatever (you know, the abused animal song) comes on in my head and I just feel so terrible that these crimes against humanity are committed so blatantly.

    However, these muffins made me rejoice with happiness! Moist, tender crumb, and tons of chocolate. Love it, Stephanie! Pinned!

  14. I looooove chocolate zucchini anything, and these are gorgeous

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  16. These were amazing ! Don’t think they lasted 48 hrs. and I have been asked to make more . My 13yr old son doesn’t believe there is zucchini in them !

  17. I just made these and they are absolutely delicious! I had to make a few substitutions and leave out the chocolate chips because I really need to get to the store lol, but they still came out amazing. Thank you for sharing the recipe :)

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  19. Made these tonight for a healthy dessert. We loved them! They were perfectly moist and perfectly chocolatey. Thanks for sharing such a yummy recipe!

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  21. Could I substitute the vegetable oil for coconut oil?

  22. Update: I substituted vegetable oil for coconut and they tasted delicious! Just a hint of coconut taste mixed with chocolate. Yum! I also used truvia instead of sugar and halfed (1/3 instead of 2/3) and I thought they were perfect :)

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  25. I just made these. Holy s bomb. They’re delicious. I made them dairy free and used vanilla coconut milk. And I may have added more chocolate chips than called for. :-) they crowned beautifully. I will be adding these to my regular baking rotation! Thank you for sharing!

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  27. They look delicious! Can I subsitute the sugar for honey or maple syrup? If yes, how much do I need?

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  30. So it’s my first time baking with zucchini… and I decided to make these… And I’m so disappointed that I did not find this recipe sooner. Where have these been all my life! I am amazed. They are delicious, chocolatey, soft and sooooo moist!! Plus you feel a little less guilty eating five at a time when you know there’s some veggies in it! :) Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! Most definitely a keeper.

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  32. Can I just one one type of flour? Same measurement for both? Allergies to the barley in all-purpose flour….

  33. Stephanie,
    On the zucchini do I squeeze/drain all the water from the zucchini or put it in as is?


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  37. I just doubled the recipe and made these today- they turned out AMAZING! Nice and dense to fill little tummies. I love the applesauce in there. Super moist and super chocolatey. These are a hit with the entire family (all 6 of us!) These are my new go-to breakfast muffin recipe. thank you!

  38. WOW!!! Made these today and only 1 is left – I may or may not have consumed more than one :p. I reduced the sugar to 1/3 cup and would reduce it even more next time, just personal preference. Don’t generally stock eggs so I used a “chia egg” instead, and didn’t have zucchini but had lots of carrots so I used shredded carrots instead. Will definitely be making these again, likely in the near future :D Thank you!

  39. My pickiest of picky  eaters gobbled them up. Hit with the whole family. Thanks! They are delicious!

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