Healthy Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Healthy chocolate zucchini muffins are so yummy and make for a perfect snack or lunchtime dessert, made with whole wheat flour, maple syrup, applesauce, grated zucchini, and mini chocolate chips!

For more nutritious muffin recipes that still taste scrumptious, be sure to try these Healthy Carrot Cake Muffins, Easy & Healthy Banana Muffins, and Healthy Apple Cinnamon Muffins!

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Healthy Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

I love a sneaky healthy recipe! These muffins look indulgent. They smell indulgent. Heck, they even taste indulgent! But meanwhile, they’re made with whole wheat flour, no sugar, and zucchini, for crying out loud. That’s health at its essence, don’t you agree?

In place of sugar, they’re sweetened with a little maple syrup, and applesauce adds a little kick of sweet flavor, too, plus a lot of moisture. If you haven’t joined the zucchini baking train yet, then I can’t recommend enough getting started with this recipe!

I know it sounds like zucchini and chocolate should be the LAST ingredients you pair together, especially in a baked goodie, but in these tasty muffins, you can’t even taste the green veggie whatsoever. They just add a great element of sneaky vitamins and minerals, and their wetness contributes some great moisture. You will love these muffins for snacks, lunch boxes, and everything in between!

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How do you store chocolate zucchini muffins?

After baking, let your muffins cool for 5 minutes in the tin before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely. Store extras in an airtight container in the fridge.

How long do chocolate zucchini muffins last?

These last for up to a week if kept in the fridge! If you want to prep a double-batch or more, you can also store them in the freezer for much longer, up to 3 to 4 months.

How many zucchini are in a cup?

In general, a medium-sized zucchini is about 8 or so inches long and 2 inches in diameter. Sliced, it accounts for about a cup to 1 1/4 cup. This recipe calls for 1 1/2 cups, so I’d recommend using 2 small, 1 1/2 medium, or 1 large zucchini for it!

How do you shred zucchini by hand?

You can use a cheese grater to shred zucchini. A food processor will also work — just make sure you don’t blend it into a liquid or have too large of chunks remaining. (Nobody likes a huge bite of zucchini in their chocolate muffin!)

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Healthy Chocolate Zucchini Muffins


  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 20 min
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 12 muffins 1x

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Healthy chocolate zucchini muffins are so yummy and make for a perfect snack or lunchtime dessert, made with whole wheat flour, maple syrup, applesauce, grated zucchini, and mini chocolate chips!


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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups finely grated zucchini
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 12-cup muffin tin and set aside.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, add the whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir to combine, and make a well in the center.
  3. Add the egg, maple syrup, applesauce, and vanilla to the center. Stir to combine well, but don’t over-mix.
  4. Stir in the zucchini and mini chocolate chips until they are incorporated.
  5. Divide the batter evenly among the prepared muffin tin.
  6. Bake for 18 to 22 minutes, or until the muffins spring back lightly when touched and are no longer gooey in the middle.
  7. Remove from the oven, and allow the muffins to cool in the tin for 5 minutes before removing them to finish cooling on a wire rack.
  8. Serve warm or at room temperature.
  9. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week or in the freezer for much longer.

Notes

  • I LOVE these hearty muffins for lunch boxes. You can make them ahead of time, and they store well all week long.
  • These make easy snacks, breakfasts, and everything in the middle.
  • I love to make a double batch and keep half in the freezer for later. We love these.
  • Category: snack, breakfast
  • Method: bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: muffin, packed lunch idea, chocolate muffin, zucchini, chocolate zucchini

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Healthy chocolate zucchini muffins are a hearty and delicious snack that the whole family will love, and they’re packed with nourishing ingredients!

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I’m Melissa, and I want to help you feed your family wholesome food.

As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.