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Zucchini Muffins with Chocolate Chips

5 stars based on 14 votes

zucchini chocolate chip muffins

If your September mornings are anything like mine, they probably involve insanely early alarm clocks, searching for missing sneakers, homework, or fill-in-the-blank, and a mad dash out the door. I know how easy it is to fall back on sugary cereals and processed foods (guilty!) so I’m always trying to come up with new breakfast ideas that are a little more wholesome. Enter these zucchini muffins: with just two bowls and a muffin tin, you can whip them up in just 35 minutes. What’s more, kids love them and they’re a great way to sneak in a little extra protein and vegetables. Feel free to replace half of the all-purpose flour with whole-wheat flour, or swap out the chocolate chips and nuts for your favorite add-ins.

how to make zucchini chocolate chip muffins

Begin by shredding the zucchini. I use a food processor — makes it easy — but it’s fine to grate by hand. There is no need to wring out the shredded zucchini.

how to make zucchini chocolate chip muffins

Next, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.

how to make zucchini chocolate chip muffins

Stir to combine, then set aside.

how to make zucchini chocolate chip muffins

In a large bowl, whisk together the melted butter and brown sugar.

how to make zucchini chocolate chip muffins

Add the eggs and vanilla extract.

how to make zucchini chocolate chip muffins

Whisk until evenly combined.

how to make zucchini chocolate chip muffins

Then stir in the zucchini.

how to make zucchini chocolate chip muffins

Add the dry ingredients to zucchini mixture.

how to make zucchini chocolate chip muffins

Stir until just combined, then add 1/2 cup of the chocolate chips and all of the nuts (if using).

how to make zucchini chocolate chip muffins

Mix until just combined.

how to make zucchini chocolate chip muffins

Using a large spoon or ice cream scoop, divide the batter into the muffin wells, filling each almost completely.

how to make zucchini chocolate chip muffins

Sprinkle the remaining 2 tablespoons of chocolate chips onto the muffins, pressing them in lightly so they adhere.

how to make zucchini chocolate chip muffins

Bake for 20 to 22 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean.

Allow the muffins to cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then transfer to a wire rack to continue cooling. Serve warm or room temperature and enjoy!

how to make zucchini chocolate chip muffins

 

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Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins

Servings: 12 muffins
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
Total Time: 35 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled-off
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 medium (9 oz) zucchini, grated (no need to wring dry)
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons chocolate chips
  • 2/3 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and set rack in the middle position. Generously coat a muffin pan generously with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the melted butter and brown sugar. Add the eggs and vanilla extract and whisk to combine. Stir in the zucchini.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the zucchini mixture and stir until just combined. Stir in 1/2 cup of the chocolate chips and all of the nuts (if using).
  5. Using a large spoon or ice cream scoop, divide the batter into the muffin wells, filling each almost completely. Sprinkle the remaining 2 tablespoons of chocolate chips onto the muffins, pressing them in lightly so they adhere. Bake for 20 to 22 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean. Allow the muffins to cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then transfer to a wire rack to continue cooling. Serve warm or room temperature.
  6. The muffins are best served on the same day they are made, but will keep, wrapped in foil, at room temperature for 2 days. The muffins may also be frozen for up to 3 months.

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Nutrition Information

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  • Serving size: 1 muffin (with nuts)
  • Calories: 337
  • Fat: 16 g
  • Saturated fat: 7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 44 g
  • Sugar: 27 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 5 g
  • Sodium: 193 mg
  • Cholesterol: 53 mg

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Reviews & Comments

  • I already have zuchinni grated , in bags andin the freezer. How many cups would a medium zuchinni be?

    - Glenda on November 15, 2017 Reply
    • Hi Glenda, I’m guessing about a cup.

      - Jenn on November 16, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I love making different kinds of muffins for my family and these are by far the best zucchini muffins I have ever tasted. I look forward to trying more of your recipes. Thank you!

    - Margo Wall on October 1, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    My family loved these and I loved that I didn’t have to wring out zucchini to make these delicious moist-but-not-gummy muffins. Perfect amount of spice. I did half whole wheat flour which I would do again. Thank you!

    - Lynnessa Struble on September 26, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    My 2.5 year old helped make these and only *slightly* questioned the quick dump of the zucchini — which she promptly forgot about when she ate them. 😉
    We were actually out of regular flour and ended up substituting coconut flout and they still turned out great ( though not as fluffy as the pics.) Might try almond flour next time as an added bit of protein. Great recipe, thank you!

    - Beth on September 17, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    These were real “boy bait” in my house! My son even took a plate of them to his buddies and they were gone in minutes! Chocolate chips are still very new in Germany where I live and, hence, very expensive: So I chopped up chocolate and stirred it all in at once. I didn’t press in the pieces onto the top. It worked fine and they tasted fantastic!! I was worried about filling the muffin cups so full, but it there was no overflow. Trust you, Jenn, to know how to do it!

    - Karen on September 16, 2017 Reply
  • 4 stars

    Good muffins. Great flavor with the zucchini and chocolate. Eat your veggies in a muffin – gotta love that! Next time I’ll try mini chocolate chips. The regular size chips were just fine and looked pretty on the top, but I’m thinking the minis might distribute better throughout the batter and provide a more consistent chocolate ratio within the structure of the muffin.

    - Terri R. on September 15, 2017 Reply
  • Jenn, loaf pan, size, baking temperature and time.. Thanks, Carol

    - Carol winkelman on September 15, 2017 Reply
    • Hi Carol, I’d bake it at 325-degrees in an 8 ½” x 4 ½” loaf pan. Start checking it for doneness at about 45 minutes (but it may take as long as 60). I’d love to hear how it turns out!

      - Jenn on September 17, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    My 5 yo daughter, who refuses to eat anything green, gobbles these up. I did peel the zucchini, to remove as much green as possible, and grated them on the fine side of my box grater. My 8 yo son says they need more chips on the inside and less on top for better chip to muffin bite distribution. Other than that, another winner recipe from Jenn!

    - JinAh on September 14, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Easy to make & tasted great – kids loved them. A great addition to the lunchbox. I used mini dark chocolate chips to reduce messiness on little hands and faces. 🙂

    - Melanie Schweikert on September 14, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I added peanut butter chips to this fabulous recipe. My very picky 4yr old has been eating them for breakfast for the last 3 days.

    - Esther ha on September 14, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    These are simply delicious!
    What a perfect snack for kids who don’t think they want vegetables.
    A keeper!

    - Deborah on September 14, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    These were delicious and easy to make. I substituted 1c of whole wheat flour. My boys loved them. They couldn’t even taste the zucchini.

    - Pam on September 14, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    These muffins were wonderful! I did not add the chocolate chip and they were still seeet and tasty.

    - Karen on September 14, 2017 Reply
  • 4 stars

    These muffins were great. I made them exactly as the recipe stated, and they were really easy, delicious and not too sweet, which I liked. Thanks!

    - Raquel on September 14, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I don’t usually like chocolate in my zucchini muffins, but these were delicious! Not too sweet, just perfect and easy.

    - Kelly on September 12, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Wasn’t sure my kids would like these but they gobbled them up. Great recipe!

    - Jessica on September 10, 2017 Reply
  • I’m using a very large zucchini from my garden. How many cups of shredded zucchini is needed for this recipe?

    - Fay on September 9, 2017 Reply
    • Hi Fay, You’ll need about 1 and 1/3 cups. Hope you enjoy them!

      - Jenn on September 10, 2017 Reply
  • Thanks for all of your wonderful recipes. Just wondering if you could swap vegetable oil for the butter.

    - Kathy on September 7, 2017 Reply
    • Yes that will work, Kathy. Please let me know how it turns out if you try it that way!

      - Jenn on September 7, 2017 Reply
  • How would I adjust if using a mini muffin tin? Thank you!!

    - Susan on September 7, 2017 Reply
    • Hi Susan, I’d start checking for doneness around 12 minutes.

      - Jenn on September 7, 2017 Reply
  • Looks Yummy as usual !!! Can’t wait to try these….We really do appreciate what you do…Thank You !!

    - Char on September 7, 2017 Reply
  • This looks good. Should I apply oil on muffin tray before adding the batter?

    - Salina Chugh on September 7, 2017 Reply
    • Definitely – I use a nonstick cooking spray. Makes it easy 🙂

      - Jenn on September 7, 2017 Reply
  • I can’t wait to make these! Would it work to make the batter the night before, refrigerate, and bake in the morning before school?

    - Molly Nichols on September 7, 2017 Reply
    • Hi Molly, It’s best to bake the batter right away so the leavening agents don’t lose their oomph. The muffins are quite moist, so it’s perfectly fine to bake them the night before. Hope that helps!

      - Jenn on September 7, 2017 Reply
  • Love your recipes, always a treat to have recipe show up in email. Question, I read where you can use spirilized veggies in place of grated, have you tried this technique?

    - Margie on September 7, 2017 Reply
    • I haven’t, Margie, but I think it’d work as long as the spirals aren’t too thick. You might just chop them up a bit if they are long.

      - Jenn on September 7, 2017 Reply
  • I have a really large Zucchini and want to know how muc h 9 oz is in cups.

    - Janice Miller on September 7, 2017 Reply
    • It’s about 1 and 1/3 cups. Enjoy!

      - Jenn on September 7, 2017 Reply
  • Is there anything I can substitute for the chocolate chips? Pecans maybe, and how much?

    - Arlene Nelson on September 6, 2017 Reply
    • Hi Arlene, Currants or raisins (in the same amount) would also be good.

      - Jenn on September 6, 2017 Reply

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