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Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

September 19, 2015 (Last Updated: October 11, 2020)

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Moist chocolate zucchini muffins with two kinds of chocolate – chocolate chips and cocoa powder.

Chocolate muffins on a baking rack.

There is a crispness in the air and the leaves are starting to change.  Even though the temperatures have dropped, my garden is still going strong.  Since I am back to work during the week days, I tend to only get into my garden on the weekends.

I keep finding giant sized zucchini that are magically growing during the week.  Giant zucchinis are perfect grated up and used in these chocolate zucchini muffins!

A blue and white plate with muffins on the plate and one muffin split in half.

Don’t feel like you need to let your zucchini grow to the giant size. These muffins can be made with smaller zucchini as well.  If you don’t have a garden, lucky for you zucchini is readily available year round at most grocery stores.  You never know when you might have a craving for moist, chocolaty zucchini muffins!

Tips for making chocolate zucchini muffins

  • Grate your zucchini with the large holes on a  grater
  • If zucchinis are extra large, slice in half length wise and scrape out seeds prior to grating. Small zucchini can be grated whole.
  • Do not over mix batter. Mix just until combined.
  • Spray your muffin tin or use paper liners.
  • For even sized muffins, use an ice cream scooper to fill muffin tins.
  • Bake in a preheated oven.
  • Allow muffins to cool 5-10 minutes in muffin tin and then remove and place on a baking rack to continue cooling.

Some other ways to use up zucchini are these zucchini cheddar pancakes, zucchini bread or zucchini stuffed chicken breasts.

Two chocolate muffins stacked on top of each other.

Other Great Muffin Recipes:

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Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Moist chocolate zucchini muffin
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Bread, Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 15 muffins
Calories 219 kcal


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 whole eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 2 cups grated zucchini


  • In a large bowl, mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, cocoa powder and sugar.
  • In a separate bowl, combine eggs, vanilla, buttermilk and oil.
  • Add wet mixture to dry mixture. Mix just until combined
  • Stir in chocolate chips and zucchini
  • Spray muffin pan, or line with paper liners
  • Scoop batter into pan.
  • Bake at 375 for 17-20 minutes


Calories: 219kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 3gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 131mgPotassium: 147mgFiber: 1gSugar: 21gVitamin A: 75IUVitamin C: 3.1mgCalcium: 56mgIron: 1.2mg
Keyword chocolate zucchini muffins, zucchini muffins
Tried this recipe?Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Recipe adapted from Mad About Muffins


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  • Reply
    Fran @ G'day Souffle'
    September 25, 2015 at 2:26 am

    This is a great way to ‘eat your vegetables’ and have your sweets in one go! We’re coming into Spring here in Australia so maybe our zucchinis will start revving up. Today at the market, I saw Blood Oranges for sale-my favourite!

    • Reply
      September 26, 2015 at 6:23 am

      You will have zucchinis in no time at all. I love the changing of the seasons….no matter which season we are going into, I always love it!

  • Reply
    Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks
    September 24, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    None of my squash plants produced anything but flowers this year. Boo for me because these chocolate zucchini muffins look awesome! I guess I’ll just have to buy some at the farmer’s market and I’ve got my fingers crossed for my pumpkin patch!

    • Reply
      September 26, 2015 at 6:24 am

      I’ve never have any luck with pumpkins. I hope yours produce beauties.

  • Reply
    Kennedy Cole
    September 24, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    5 stars
    Your so lucky to still have zucchini, Kathy! Mine died a long while ago! But I still totally love these muffins anytime of the year! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Reply
      September 24, 2015 at 6:21 pm

      Our growing season is just about done! I might still get one or two more zucchinis!

  • Reply
    Cailee August
    September 23, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    Ahhh! zuchinni! I really need more of it in my life! This recipe looks delicious! Healthy, nourishing and oh-so-satisfying! YUM! ๐Ÿ™‚ LOVE it!

    • Reply
      September 24, 2015 at 6:21 pm

      I like to tell myself that because it has zucchini it’s extra healthy!

  • Reply
    Danielle @ So Munch Love
    September 23, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    Awww, man– giant zucchini. Those things are otherworldly. I love the idea of chocolate zucchini muffins, that way I can have chocolate for breakfast. Heh heh. Looks delish!

    • Reply
      September 24, 2015 at 6:20 pm

      Yep! I find my ways to sneak chocolate in throughout my day!

  • Reply
    Manali @ CookWithManali
    September 23, 2015 at 10:45 am

    zucchini is so awesome in baked good!! love this recipe Kathy!

    • Reply
      September 24, 2015 at 6:19 pm

      I agree! It’s like a little boost of hidden nutrition!

  • Reply
    Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
    September 21, 2015 at 10:52 am

    I love chocolate and zucchini. And these delicious muffins have written my name all over them. SO YUMMY!

    • Reply
      September 22, 2015 at 5:30 pm

      I can convince myself I’m eating healthy with the zucchini in these muffins!

  • Reply
    September 21, 2015 at 7:41 am

    I’m sad about my zucchini plants too, they didn’t produce a single one!!! This recipe is worth buying them from the grocery store though, they are cheap enough. It never ceases to amaze me how chocolate and zucchini go so well together. I can never figure that one out! The tops of your muffins are just glowing Kathy, I love that look, Ha. Would eat 10 of these right now if given the opportunity =)

    • Reply
      September 22, 2015 at 5:30 pm

      Darn! It’s so disappointing when a crop doesn’t do well! Keep trying!

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    September 21, 2015 at 6:59 am

    Our zucchini plants just didn’t do so well this year, but I am totally saving this recipe for next summer. We often turn the big zucchini into soup, but I’m loving this muffin idea!

    • Reply
      September 22, 2015 at 5:31 pm

      Zucchini soup? I’ve never tried that!

  • Reply
    Emanuele @ guyslovecooking
    September 21, 2015 at 1:44 am

    Greta combo!! thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      September 21, 2015 at 4:40 am


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