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Chocolatey with a hint of spice, these Chocolate Zucchini Muffins are a great way to use up that bountiful zucchini harvest.

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins | www.tasteandtellblog.comPhoto Updated September 2013

Originally published August 17, 2010 – Tis the season for zucchini, so I thought I’d bring this one back to the front. It’s another great way to get zucchini into a breakfast treat!

We considered not even having a garden this year. It really is a lot of work – and a lot of food for two and a half people. But last minute, we ended up with a few plants. Unfortunately, we lost some of them at the beginning, which is weird because we don’t usually lose any plants. But we do have some tomatoes, zucchini and some strange hybrid squash that popped up – I’m guessing some summer squash and zucchini from last year decided to have some mutant baby plants that have literally taken over our garden. These two plants are probably at least 8 feet in diameter!

And although I’m feeling overwhelmed with zucchini, I really am glad that we ended up with a garden. I’ve been trying hard to not let any go to waste, but anyone who has ever had a zucchini plant knows how difficult that can be. But an overabundance of zucchini is a perfect excuse to make muffins for breakfast – especially chocolate ones!!

I kind of just grabbed a recipe online, not really taking the time to search for the perfect recipe. I grabbed a good one, though, because these were exactly what I was looking for. Chocolatey, with a hint of spices in the background. And we can pretend that they are healthy because they have zucchini in them!

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins
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Chocolatey with a hint of spice, these Chocolate Zucchini Muffins are a great way to use up that bountiful zucchini harvest.
Serves: 2 dozen muffins
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups grated zucchini
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Prepare two 12-cup muffin pans.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together the eggs. Beat in the sugar and the oil. Add the cocoa, vanilla and zucchini and stir to mix.
  3. Stir in the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and pumpkin pie spice. Mix just until moist – do not overmix.
  4. Pour the batter evenly into the prepared muffin tins. Bake in the preheated oven for about 20 -25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Remove from pan and let cool on a wire rack.
slightly adapted from allrecipes.com

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26 Responses to Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

  1. Joanne says:

    It's definitely good to have a zucchini plant, of all the plants you could have. At least you know it's going to be crazy prolific. These muffins sound so tasty!

  2. newlywed says:

    As a muffin addict, this is right up my alley! I love zucchini muffins…one of my favorite recipes is an apple zucchini muffin.

  3. Fuat Gencal says:

    Ellerinize sağlık. Çok güzel olmuş.


  4. Evan B says:

    Yum! I love zucchini because it is great as a veggie and even better in breads and muffins!

  5. teresa says:

    oh i love these, i remember when i had zucchini coming out of my ears this time of year making a lot of treats like this! they look wonderful!

  6. Monet says:

    zucchini imparts such moistness to bread and muffins. I love the addition of chocolate here…so good!

  7. Pam says:

    They look great! Love that zucchini and what it can do!

  8. Natalie says:

    mm I made a similar recipe that was also topped with walnuts—these are awesome! I love mini muffins:)

  9. Liz says:

    Zucchini this time of year can be overwhelming. Especially the enormous ones!

  10. Abby says:

    I can't decide if I want to plant a garden next year or not (since I won't be working away from home.) But treats like these make me want to!

  11. Miss Meat and Potatoes says:

    Yay! These are my favorite yet I've never made my own. Thanks for sharing!

  12. scrambledhenfruit says:

    This is just the recipe that I need right now- I have oodles of zucchini and a yen for chocolate. Thanks!

  13. grace says:

    mutant squash, huzzah! 🙂
    tasty muffins, deborah–chocolate rules.

  14. Brilynn says:

    Chocolate zucchini muffins remind me of my childhood as we always had an overabundance of zucchini and Mom quite often made it into cakes and muffins.

  15. Robert says:

    WOW very nice…
    looking so delicious…

    Robert White……
    Cuisine Pakistan

  16. eatme_delicious says:

    Mmm these look like a real treat!

  17. Mother Rimmy says:

    Zucchini in abundance. One plant can go crazy. I'm always looking for ways to make something delightful with it. This recipe sounds like a keeper.

  18. kat says:

    I found that chocolate zucchini cupcakes was one of the ways to get my nephew to eat a vegetable.

  19. I love zucchini muffins and the chocolate in these sounds awesome! I can’t wait to try!

  20. Tieghan says:

    So pretty! The Look Awesome! I love that melting pat of butter on top!

  21. Loretta says:

    I wish our garden was producing right now! It was my first time doing a garden and most of my seeds never came up. So that was pretty lame…thank goodness for farmers markets!

  22. These muffins look wonderful Deborah! I love sneaking zucchini into chocolate goodies. 🙂

  23. Yay! I actually have a bunch of zucchini I have to use up so this recipe couldn’t be any more ideal!

  24. Chels R. says:

    I’m really wishing I had chosen to grow zucchini this year 🙁 But next year, watch out world! 😉 These muffins look perfect!

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