Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins


It’s been FAR too long since I’ve posted a recipe. Why not break my hiatus with a sweet treat like these chocolate chip zucchini muffins!?

What I especially love about these muffins (well, what I love about muffins in general) is that they’re like healthy, portable mini cakes. So I guess they’re just healthy cupcakes?

I promise you that they taste just as good as any regular cupcake, especially when packed with loads of chocolate chips. They’re also two times better for you than conventional cakes, so you can eat twice as many! Win, win!

These muffins are a great on-the-go breakfast, sweet snack, or healthy dessert!

The chocolate makes them sweet, while the zucchini adds moistness (sorry) and nutrients. Zucchini is not the only “irregular-to-dessert” ingredient in these muffins- they also contain banana.


Funny story about the banana in these muffins- I brought these muffins into my english class sophomore year for a party and people descended upon them because they were chocolatey (and who doesn’t love chocolate? Seriously?).

One of the girls in my class took a bite and said, “These are sooo good! What’s in them?”

I responded, “Flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, zucchini, banana….”

“BANANA!?” She shrieked as she spit out the bite she was chewing (not even kidding- she spit it out into a napkin). “Yuck! These are gross!”

Needless to say, she doesn’t like bananas in ANY way, shape, or form.

It’s funny how people freak out when they know exactly what’s in their food. I think the same thing were to happen if people found out what was in their meat (just saying).

Anyway, everyone in the class besides the banana hater really liked these muffins!

I hope you like them too! Leave me a comment or take a picture and tag me on Instagram (and hashtag #peanutbutterandellie) if you give them a try. I’d love to see your take on them!


Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins

Makes 12-14 muffins

adapted from The Happy Herbivore’s Chocolate-Zucchini Muffins

  • 1 and ¼ cups flour (preferably whole wheat)
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder/ baking cocoa
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 banana (the riper the banana, the higher the chance of tasting banana in these muffins. I recommend using a yellow banana with no/ few brown spots on it.)
  • 3/4 cup sugar, preferably cane or coconut
  • 1 flax “egg” (1 Tbsp + 3 Tbsp water) OR ½ cup applesauce
  • ¼ cup nondairy milk (I use almond milk)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup zucchini, shredded
  • ½ cup chocolate chips (I love Ghiradelli semi-sweet)


  1. Make a flax “egg” by combining 1 Tbsp flaxseed meal with 3 Tbsp water in a small bowl. Cover it and put it in the fridge for 15 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. Peel the banana, put it in the bowl of a stand mixer, and mix it on medium-high until the banana is a purée. ((If you make this recipe without a stand mixer, mash the banana with a fork and stir everything together with a whisk.))
  4. Add in the sugar and flax “egg” to the banana purée and mix on medium until combined.
  5. Add the nondairy milk and vanilla to the batter. Mix on medium until combined.
  6. Add in the flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon (a.k.a. the dry ingredients). Mix on low until a thickish batter forms.
  7. Wash a zucchini, cut the ends off, and grate it. You’ll grate about three-fourths of a regular-sized zucchini to get a cup of zucchini shreds.
  8. Add in the zucchini shreds and mix on low-medium until combined.
  9. Fold in chocolate chips. Your batter is complete and ready to be spooned into muffin tins!
  10. Fill a muffin pan with muffin tins. Fill said muffin tins two-thirds of the way full with batter (I used a spoon to do this).
  11. Bake the muffins for 20-22 minutes, or until a toothpick comes cleanly out of them.
  12. Let cool for at least 5 minutes, then stuff your face with these marvelous muffins! 

Happy hump day, and happy almost spring!

xx Ellie


24 thoughts on “Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins

  1. Life Diet Health says:

    Yum Ellie… I just saw this as I was eating a chocolate muffin! 😛 No banana or courgette in mine – I was just wanting to use up some aquafaba after making my bread! They do look yummy though! Love the reaction of the banana hater… never mind that the muffins had courgette in them! I would have given the list of other ingredients and asked them to guess the two secret ingredients! 😛 🙂 x

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  2. Ellie says:

    Muffins are like cupcakes acceptable for breakfast. I even top them with frosting and call it a “glaze” 🙂 These look delicious Ellie. That girl in your class and I would not be friends at all 😛

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    • peanutbutterandellie says:

      I like the idea of topping muffins with frosting and calling it “glaze!”
      Hahaha… but seriously, how could you NOT like bananas? I don’t understand- I love them! Especially in banana ice cream.
      Thank you so much! xx


    • peanutbutterandellie says:

      Thank you so much, Brittany!
      Haha I agree- I think it’s hilarious (but crazy). I find the fact that people don’t like bananasmind-blowing, especially since they’re so versatile! Are there any foods you don’t like?


      • peanutbutterandellie says:

        I used to be the exact same way when I was younger! At least you’re trying! 🙂
        I grew accustomed to them and finally started liking them a lot when I became vegan and ate them more often (same with avocado, mango, & brussels sprouts)! It’s CRAZY how taste buds change (and how the human mind changes when people find out what’s in their food)!


  3. Natalie says:

    I think that’s why I love muffins so much too–mini portable healthier cake! Muffins are my favorite thing to bake in the whole world, especially muffins with banana and zucchini ❤ But that banana story is hilarious 😀 My mom used to bring zucchini bread to school parties and stuff when i was little but she would always call it spice bread so other kids wouldn't freak out. It's funny how knowledge changes our perceptions hahaha! These look incredibly fudgey and amazing, I will definitely go with your logic and eat twice as many 🙂

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    • peanutbutterandellie says:

      That’s great that muffins are your favorite things to bake (it means more batter since it’s HEALTHY batter!)! Do you have a favorite muffin to bake? Cupcakes are my favorite thing to make.
      That’s cool that your mom brought zucchini bread to functions when you were little! I’d be to afraid to bring it to little kids if the zucchini was prominent, so it’s good that she called it spice cake to dispel fear hahaha.
      It’s SO crazy how knowledge changes perceptions- in food and in life! Like you might like someone you just met until you learn more about them and then you decide that they’re not your type. Very interesting.
      Thank you so much, Natalie! I hope you like them if you try them! You could always put filling inside… 😉 xx


      • Natalie says:

        OMG filled Chocolate Chip Zuc Muffins would be unbelievably amazing! Girl you have all the good ideas ❤ The line between cupcakes and muffins is a blurry one for me, pretty much the distinction I go on is frosting or not so they can easily morph from one to the other 😀 And yes I do know there are more technical distinctions, but oh well haha! Favorite muffin? Oh man I can't choose. I love blueberry, zucchini, pumpkin, chocolate…oooh my fave is any muffin with streusel on it, I LOVE streusel! Cupcakes are up there in my faves too, because decorating is so much fun and easier than a whole cake! And yes about perceptions of people, I find often the other happens–meet someone, don't really hit it off, then later really like them. Happens a lot i find. Oh jeez I just wrote an essay again :/ We sure can get chatty haha 😀 Well thanks for reading all this!

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      • peanutbutterandellie says:

        Haha thanks Natalie! Oh that’s a good, true comparison between muffins and cupcakes!
        OH MY GOSH streusel is amazing. My favorite too! I especially love bread with streusel atop it. A pumpkin streusel muffin would be SO DARN GOOD. I get so many good ideas talking with you!!
        I love cupcakes because 2 equal 1 piece of cake so you get to eat more!
        Hahaha we do like to talk- well, write- to each other. 😉 It’s fun though! xx


  4. demeter | beaming baker says:

    Funny how that girl didn’t blink twice at zucchini being in the muffins, but had an attack at “banana.” LOL. Meanwhile, I’ll take them all. Loving these healthy cupcakes! 😉

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    • peanutbutterandellie says:

      Thank you SO incredibly much for such kind words, Anjali! That is so cool that you have been vegetarian all your life, and congrats on a successful transition to veganism! Have you been vegetarian all your life because your parents were/ are vegetarian?


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