Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins

I have a special green treat for you today in honor of the First Day of Spring!

It seems that winter has sucked me into the kitchen (but thank goodness it’s almost over!). I’m really not big into cooking, but there’s something about a lazy Sunday afternoon that has me headed for the kitchen to prep some meals or treats for the week.

Last Sunday, I did just that and made crock pot chicken enchilada soup, snack bars, and these.

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins |

I bought two zucchini’s last week for a veggie pasta I made for dinner (will share that recipe soon too!), but didn’t end up using both of them. Behold, giant green vegetable.

Big Zucchini

I knew it would go bad if I didn’t use it by this weekend, but I wasn’t really craving more veggies with anything. Zucchini bread has to be the smartest idea ever, right? Disguising a vegetable as dessert is just genius.

I wasn’t in the mood for bread, though, so I opted for muffins instead. I made these on Monday, which I know was St. Patty’s day, but these are really more springy than St. Patrick’s day-like to me.

First Day of Spring/St. Patty’s day muffins? Sure. P.S. Spring, you can get here any time now, thanks. 

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins |

Makes 18-20 muffins, depending on how full you make them.


  • 2 cups white flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 cup chocolate chips, regular or mini size
  • 1 cup apple sauce, unsweetened
  • 1/4 cup vegetable or coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups grated zucchini (1 large or 2 small)
  • 1 cup almond milk, unsweetened


1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Place cupcake liners in a cupcake pan. Set aside.

2. Combine all dry ingredients in one bowl, set aside.

3. Grate zucchini. I find that the largest size on a grater works best. Add grated zucchini to separate bowl with all wet ingredients and chocolate chips. Mix well.

grated zucchini

4. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, mixing well. The mixture will be dense.

5. Spoon into muffin cups, about 3/4 of the way full. These really do not rise much at all, so what you see is what you get. I thought I would get a full 24 muffins out of this batch, but I only got 19. For bigger muffins, you will get less but need to baker for longer.

6. Bake for 18-21 minutes, depending on how “done” you want your muffins to be. I didn’t want these to be dried out at all, so I baked them for 18 minutes. They were crispy on top, but had a gooey center, which is okay since there is no egg in this recipe :)

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins |

This recipe can be made gluten-free with GF flours. It is egg, dairy, and soy free & vegan. :) 

Questions for You:

  • Is it starting to feel like spring in your neck of the woods? Not here! 
  • What are you usually doing on Sunday afternoon? Baking seems to be my new Sunday activity. 


  1. Melissa, these look awesome! Dan really like zucchini bread and I love chocolate so it seems like these would be a perfect fit for our kitchen! It is finally starting to feel like Spring here. I hope y’all get some warm weather soon. I know it has been a cold and long winter for a lot of people!

    Thanks again for sharing this recipe :)
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  2. Today is the first day that it is starting to feel like spring. Sunny and 70’s!Thank God!

    I’ve never had zucchini bread or muffins, so I would love to try these!
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  3. I am all about baking on Sundays too. Perfect day to make some healthy treats to have during the week. I’m always trying new ideas to incorporate veggies into my breakfast so I need to give these a shot! Thanks for sharing!
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  4. Can you taste the zucchini? I know it doesn’t really have much of a taste to begin with, so I’m thinking no. These look really good, though, and I have all the ingredients!
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  5. I LOVE zucchini bread, so I’m sure I would absolutely love these! Plus, a little bit of chocolate never hurts! 😉 They look awesome Melissa!

    AND to the first day of spring! SO exciting!
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  6. Yum! I love zucchini bread & muffins & adding chocolate is always a good idea. :) I feel like Spring is *almost* peeking through here in NYC. Can’t wait to run without layers!!
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  7. Yummm! These look delicious!
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  8. You read my mind… I’ve been craving muffins lately. Yummy!!
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  9. These look amazingly tasty, Melissa! Thanks for sharing at the SITS Girls Sharefest today! Yum!!!
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  10. They look yummy!
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  11. Found you via #SITSSharefest today! These muffins look amazing I want some!
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  12. Thanks for sharing, Melissa.
    I love treats with veggies in it. Guess it helps me to justify eating treats in the first place :)
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