The BEST soft and tender Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins are better than a bakery and have lots of options for healthier ingredient swaps.

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If you’re like me, you go out of your way to buy zucchini just to make these Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins. They are absolutely delicious, easy to make and healthier than most muffins of their kind as they’re made with less sugar and oil.

All the the ingredients needed to make zucchini muffins.

How to make Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 12-cup muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray, or line it with paper liners.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, soda, cinnamon and salt. (Fluff the flour a little before spooning it into the measuring cup to make sure it’s not packed too tightly).
  • In a separate bowl whisk together the oil, mashed banana, milk, egg and vanilla.
  • Grate and measure out the zucchini. then gather the grated zucchini in your hands and squeeze it over the sink to get rid of some of the excess moisture. Stir into wet ingredients. Stir in dry ingredients (don’t over-mix the batter).
Two process photos for making the batter for zucchini muffins in a mixing bowl.
  • Divide the batter evenly among the muffin cups, filling them about 2/3 full. This recipe will make 12 smaller muffins, or 10 medium size muffins. Bake for 17-18 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
A muffin tin with baked zucchini muffins in it.

Pro Tips:

  • Squeeze out the zucchini. Zucchinis vary in size and moisture level. All of the extra moisture in your zucchini could make your muffins “gummy” tasting if you don’t get rid of some of it. Measure the grated zucchini before you squeeze it. Then scoop it up in your hands or in a paper towel and squeeze it over the sink to remove some of the excess moisture.
  • Don’t over-mix the batter.
A chocolate chip zucchini muffin with a big bite take out of the center.

Freezing Instructions:

Allow the muffins to cool completely, then place them in a freezer safe container and store them in the freezer for up to 3 months.  Thaw on the counter, in the fridge, or rewarm for a few seconds in the microwave.

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Recipe

A zucchini muffin with its paper liner peeled down, surrounded by more muffins.
Prep 10 mins
Cook 17 mins
Total 27 mins
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Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour , white whole wheat, or whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup oil*
  • 1/3 cup mashed banana* (about 1 banana)
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup zucchini , shredded (about 1 small zucchini)
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips , raisins, nuts, or coconut

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 12-cup muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray, or line it with paper liners.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, soda, cinnamon and salt. (Fluff the flour a little before spooning it into the measuring cup to make sure it's not packed too tightly).
  • In a separate bowl whisk together the oil, mashed banana, milk, egg and vanilla.
  • Grate and measure out the zucchini. then gather the grated zucchini in your hands and squeeze it over the sink to get rid of excess moisture. Stir into wet ingredients.
  • Stir in dry ingredients and chocolate chips, just until combined (don't over-mix the batter).
  • Divide the batter evenly among the muffin cups, filling them about 2/3 full. This recipe will make 12 smaller muffins, or 10 medium size muffins. Bake for 17-18 minutes until the tops of the muffins spring back lightly to the touch.
  • Remove the muffins to a cooling rack to cool completely.

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Notes

Flour: Whatever kind of flour you use, measure it by spooning it into the measure cup, then level it off (don’t pack the flour into the measuring cup). 
Banana: You could substitute Greek yogurt or unsweetened applesauce.
Oil: Vegetable oil, canola oil, melted coconut oil, or melted butter will all work. 
Freezing Instructions: allow the muffins to cool completely, then place them in a freezer safe container and store them in the freezer for up to 3 months.  Thaw on the counter, in the fridge, or rewarm for a few seconds in the microwave.
Mini Muffins: Bake for 10-14 minutes.
Egg Allergy: Mix 1 tablespoons of flaxseed meal with 3 Tablespoons water. Use in place of 1 egg.
Gluten-Free Zucchini Muffins: Substitute gluten-free flour.

Nutrition

Calories: 183kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 3gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 162mgPotassium: 159mgFiber: 2gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 55IUVitamin C: 2.7mgCalcium: 21mgIron: 1.1mg

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I originally shared this recipe July 2017. Updated May 2020 and June 2021 with process photos and helpful tips.

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  1. 5 stars
    OH wow! I love muffins because you can freeze them and my kids devour them. The chocolate chips in these just take them straight to a heavenly level and the zucchini makes it feel healthy :). Great recipe!

  2. These chocolate chip zucchini muffins are so good! We love them! Everyone that eats them is in love with them! They are so moist and yummy! Thanks so much!

  3. These muffins are excellent! No need to freeze them as they won’t last too long in our house!
    Thank you so much for a very easy recipe.