Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Living in Indianapolis we were very spoiled with the wonderful farmers markets that they have year round. Wondering around the farmers market was one of my favorite things to do on a Saturday morning. Since we have been so busy relocating to Peoria, we have not been to a local farmers market in a while. That all changed this past weekend when Andrew and I went to the Peoria Riverfront Farmers Market. They had a wonderful selection of Illinois grown fruits and vegetables, local meats, cheeses, freshly baked breads, herbs, flowers, and local arts and crafts. We walked away with some delicious zucchini, green beans and peaches and cream sweet corn. I really enjoy purchasing the local produce from the farmers markets, they are always so fresh and have the best flavor.

When I purchased the zucchini I had this recipe in my mind. I love zucchini bread but I wanted to try a chocolately portable version. These rich dark chocolate muffins are packed with grated zucchini, cocoa and chocolate.


Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Yield: 20 standard muffins


2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup cocoa, sifted
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon allspice
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1/4 cup melted butter
3/4 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 cups zucchini, washed and dried, ends and stems removed, cut in half lengthwise and seeded, and grated
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 20 muffin cups with muffin liners or spray with nonstick cooking spray.
In a large bowl whisk together flour, cocoa, salt, baking soda, allspice and cinnamon; set aside.
In a medium bowl whisk together the sugar, butter and oil. Beat in eggs, one at a time until combined. Stir in vanilla, buttermilk, zucchini and chocolate chips. Gently stir the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients until just combined.
Divide batter equally among prepared muffin cups. Bake until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean and muffin tops are springy to the touch, 20 to 24 minutes; rotating halfway through baking time. Cool muffins in muffin tin for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire rack and cool 5 minutes before serving.

Source: 101 Cookbooks originally adapted from Rebar: Modern Food Cookbook


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40 Responses to “Chocolate Zucchini Muffins”

  1. #
    Amy — July 11, 2011 @ 12:33 pm

    Wow, I can’t even see the zucchini in these. You could fool any boyfriend/husband/kid into getting some veggies with these!

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    Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide — July 11, 2011 @ 12:34 pm

    Those really do look rich. I wouldn’t think of pairing the two, but 1) I’ve seen this combo recently and 2) I know better than to question you on the dessert front. You have the Midas touch with sugar.

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    Megan Chromik — July 11, 2011 @ 12:37 pm

    It’s amazing how well chocolate and zucchini go together. These muffins look delicious!

  4. #
    Lindsay @Eat, Knit, Grow — July 11, 2011 @ 12:51 pm

    Yum! Looks amazing!

  5. #
    Blond Duck — July 11, 2011 @ 12:54 pm

    Popped in to say hi! I’ve always wanted to try zucchini bread!

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    Kay aka Babygirl — July 11, 2011 @ 1:05 pm

    This is the first time I’m learning of a Chocolate Zucchini Muffins recipe; but you know I love my chocolate so I will definitely save this recipe to make. I love this. Thanks for sharing :)

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    Ashlee De Nooy — July 11, 2011 @ 1:30 pm

    I didn’t realize you lived in Peoria! I just told my husband yesterday we needed to go to the Riverfront to check out the farmers market! My husband and I recently got married and live in Bartonville! Hope you’re enjoying Peoria so far!
    P.S. I think I’m going to try these out on my small group this week! They look great! :)

    • Christina replied: — July 13th, 2011 @ 7:42 am

      Hey neighbor! :) We are just now settling into Peoria and I think that it will be a good fit for my husband and me. Let me know how the muffins turn out if you decide to make them for your small group! 😀

  8. #
    Caroline @ chocolate and carrots — July 11, 2011 @ 2:35 pm

    I’m obsessed with zucchini/chocolate recipes…they seem to be everywhere these days…calling my name. Yum!!!!! These look incredible!

  9. #
    freshandfoodie — July 11, 2011 @ 3:39 pm

    You are the muffin queen! And now I’m regretting sauteing that zucchini for dinner last night — I would have much rather made these!

  10. #
    Dana@TheSundaySweet — July 11, 2011 @ 4:38 pm

    I LOVE zucchini bread, so these look delightful to me!! I’ll have to save this one.

  11. #
    Junia @ Mis Pensamientos — July 11, 2011 @ 5:05 pm

    i love chocolate + zucchini!!! yummmy, sweet pea :)

  12. #
    Ellie@fitforthesoul — July 11, 2011 @ 6:10 pm

    Omgshhhhh Love zucchini bread~And chocolate as of late in addition, so this is a definite win, girl! You seriously have to come out with a baking book :)

  13. #
    The Teenage Taste — July 11, 2011 @ 7:23 pm

    Well, I just made zucchini bread the other day. It was delicious, but these chocolate-flavored ones totally blow it out of the water. 😀

  14. #
    Maris (In Good Taste) — July 11, 2011 @ 8:11 pm

    This has become a popular combination and looking at these I can see why!

  15. #
    muppy — July 11, 2011 @ 9:47 pm

    yum, i am yet to try something like this with zucchini, it sounds so nice.

  16. #
    Raquel @ Erecipe — July 11, 2011 @ 10:38 pm

    my kids would love it…cup cakes looks so moist.

  17. #
    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust — July 11, 2011 @ 10:50 pm

    I’m so excited for this recipe. Our zucchini plant has a mind of it’s own and I have a feeling I will have zucchini coming out my ears soon. Chocolate + zucchini = awesome. I will be making these!

  18. #
    Monica — July 12, 2011 @ 7:58 am

    Now I know what to do with all that zucchini from my garden. This is the perfect way to disguise it for my hubby who doesn’t think he likes it. I may try adding some walnuts, too.

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    Laurel — July 12, 2011 @ 8:46 am

    came here via foodgawker, and wanted to leave you a comment welcoming you to peoria – it’s a great place to live… i hope you enjoy it as much as my family has!

    adding you to my google reader. =)

    • Christina replied: — July 13th, 2011 @ 8:27 am

      Hello neighbor!! :) Thanks so much for welcoming me to Peoria! I think it is going to be a good fit for my family. It seems like everyone I have talked to loves living here..that has to be a good sign, right? 😉

  20. #
    Shaz (Feedingmykidsbetter) — July 12, 2011 @ 8:51 am

    Love the deep dark brown colour and how there are hidden veggies in those! :)

  21. #
    Medifast Bars — July 12, 2011 @ 9:54 am

    Some great looking muffins, can’t wait to hide in some of that healthy zucchini the kids won’t know what hit them.

  22. #
    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — July 13, 2011 @ 12:22 pm

    Those muffins look amazing! That is the best way to eat zucchini:-)

  23. #
    stefi25 — July 14, 2011 @ 9:12 pm

    These look and sound awesome!! Zucchini bread is super good, and I’m sure chocolate makes it even better.

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  26. #
    cstatic — August 23, 2011 @ 11:40 pm

    Tastes like uber rich chocolate cupcakes. Almost too rich for me and my kids lol, next time I will sub walnuts for the choc chips. :-)

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    Marilyn — September 8, 2011 @ 2:11 pm

    Just wanted you to know I just made the Chocolate Zucchini Muffins. They are incredible! What a wonderful variation! Thank you so much!

    • Christina replied: — September 20th, 2011 @ 10:12 pm

      Thanks so much for letting me know how they turned out for you! I am so glad that you enjoyed them! :)

  29. #
    Kenzie — November 16, 2011 @ 5:04 pm

    all I can say is……………. YUM!!!!!!!! I tried this recipe and EVERY BODY LOVED THEM!!!!! No one ever knew healthy could tast so good…. but it does!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  30. #
    After Taste — April 23, 2012 @ 3:55 am

    Yum, these look seriously so good!

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  35. #
    Wendy — May 7, 2013 @ 12:12 am

    Just made these today and they turned out great. Super moist and chocolatety. Not too sweet and the perfect amount of spice. Thank you for the recipe. Will definitely make again.

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    Sydney Bee — August 15, 2013 @ 9:00 pm

    These are amazing ! I turned them into a loaf the first time and now making the muffins. For the oil i used only a little bit, and used apple sauce instead! worked out both times. Best recipe ever!

    • Christina replied: — August 31st, 2013 @ 9:56 pm

      Yay! So happy to hear that you enjoyed them! :)

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