Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins

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Try this Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins recipe to get a little green stuff into your children without their knowledge!

zucchini chocolate chip muffins sitting on a marble surface with chocolate chips and shredded zucchini scattered about

As a kid, I hated zucchini bread. My mother used to make if often since our relatives used to dump loads of zucchini in our laps in the summertime. I just didn’t think it tasted good at all. So I’ve been reluctant to try zucchini bread recipes as an adult.

I finally caved and tried this recipe for Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins. I grated the zucchini into smallish shreds so that my green-phobic child wouldn’t object. Thank goodness he didn’t even notice, and he gobbled these up like they were dessert.

zucchini chocolate chip muffins sitting on a marble surface with chocolate chips and shredded zucchini scattered about

And I suppose they are like dessert with the chocolate chips and all. Is there really much of a difference between muffins and cupcakes? I can’t really decide.

This is a great muffin to make with your summer zucchini. The chocolate chips are a great addition.

zucchini chocolate chip muffin with a bite out of it sitting on a marble surface with chocolate chips and shredded zucchini scattered about and more muffins in the background

Despite the visual, there is a lot of chocolatey goodness inside!  These are a fantastic summer muffin to bake. Save this recipe for your zucchini bounty! Try them out, and let me know what you think. Enjoy!

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Thanks to Serene from the HouseOfYumm blog for these beautiful photos.  Serene is one of the photographers for RecipeGirl.com, and she captured the deliciousness of these muffins perfectly!

Here are a few more muffin recipes you might enjoy:

zucchini chocolate chip muffins sitting on a marble surface with chocolate chips and shredded zucchini scattered about
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Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins

Great summer muffin recipe!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 23 minutes
Servings 12 muffins
Calories 315kcal
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate chip, muffins, zucchini


  • cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup finely shredded zucchini
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts (optional)


  • Position rack in the middle of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line 12 muffin tin cups with paper liners. Spray the paper liners with nonstick spray. Alternately, you can bake the muffins without liners.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder and salt together. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk the eggs and sugar to blend them smoothly. Whisk in the oil and vanilla until blended. Use a large spoon to stir in the flour mixture just until incorporated. Stir in the zucchini, then stir in chocolate chips and walnuts (if using) until evenly distributed.
  • Pour about 1/3 cup of the batter into each paper liner. Bake until the tops are light brown and a toothpick inserted in center of a muffin comes out clean, about 23 minutes. If the toothpick penetrates a chocolate chip, test another spot.
  • Cool muffins in pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Using pot holders to protect your hands, invert the muffin pan onto a wire rack and tap the bottom to release the muffins. Turn the muffins right side up to cool for about 15 minutes and serve warm, or let cool completely.


  • Nutritional information does not include the optional walnuts.
  • The muffins can be covered and stored at room temperature for up to 2 days.
  • Bittersweet or milk chocolate chips can be substituted for the semisweet chips.


Serving: 1muffin | Calories: 315kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 180mg | Potassium: 160mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 73IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 2mg
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  • Taylor wrote:

    Can I use this recipe for a loaf of bread or do I have to make muffins?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      I haven’t tried it yet, but it might work okay!

  • Ana wrote:

    These muffins turned out really well! These are the first zucchini muffins that I have made in a long time. I was worried that the shredded zucchini would add too much liquid to the dough so I let some of the liquid pour out of the cup measurer before adding it to the dough. I added dark chocolate chunks to the muffins. Delicious flavors and I will definitely make these again!

  • Katherine wrote:

    I love to use zucchini in my baking! I like that you added chocolate chips to these. We always had a lot of zucchini in the summer too when I was a kid.

  • linda wrote:

    i am going to use apple sauce instead of oil.

  • Mercedes wrote:

    I made these with summer squash instead of zucchini and I used 2 tablespoons of coconut oil instead of 1/2 cup of canola oil. I also cut down my sugar by 1/2 cup and added 2 large dates that I blended with a bit of zucchini…they turned out really well!

  • *Just Fran* wrote:

    I just mixed these up and have them ready to go into the oven. Forgot to spray the cup liners (that is a new step for me) and hope that they don’t stick. I shredded and froze A LOT of zucchini last summer and need to get it moving out of the freezer.

  • Elesha @ SkinnyfatGirls.com wrote:

    What a great idea to combine zucchini bread with chocolate chips. I just made chocolate chunk pumpkin bars with carrots. They were quite tasty as well!