Zucchini-Chocolate Chip Muffins

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So, apparently I’m not the only one with zucchini on the brain right now. Back in July of 2008, I was starting my zucchini fest. I saw this recipe for Zucchini-Chocolate Chip Muffins on Recipe Girl. Since I had plenty of zucchini, I decided to give them a try.

On my first attempt, my muffins turned out flat and the chocolate chips sunk to the bottom. However, my husband loved them anyway and requested more. So I made a second attempt. This time I upped the baking powder to 1 1/2 tsp. Also, I tossed the chocolate chips in a little flour to give them a light coating. I forgot that this helps those chunks of chocolaty goodness remain equally distributed in the muffin. I have to tell you they turned out much better. No chips at the bottom and nice rounded tops.

Now, I also followed the “fill the muffin 2/3 full of batter rule” when first making these and I got 18 muffins from this recipe. Now I just fill 12 and the muffins get fuller. Anyway to show the difference between my first attempt and second attempt at these muffins, I have included pictures of both. The first picture is the first attempt. Notice the difference. The second attempt is fluffier, fuller muffin.

Since discovering these muffins back in 2008, this muffins have become a regular recipe I make every July/August. We absolutely love them. It’s a must have at our house!

Here is what you need to make the
Zucchini-Chocolate Chip Muffins

  • SALT
  • EGGS

Zucchini- Chocolate Chip Muffins

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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 23 minutes
Cooling Time 10 minutes
Total Time 53 minutes
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings
Calories 361 kcal


  • 1 ¾ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder I upped it to 1 1/2 tsp
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup finely shredded zucchini
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup coarsely chopped walnuts optional, I didn’t do the nuts


  • Position rack in middle of the oven. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 12 muffin tin cups with paper liners. Spray the paper liners with nonstick spray. (This is key, or the muffin will stick to the liner)
  • In a medium bowl, stir the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, 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, about 45 minutes.


Serving: 1 serving | Calories: 361kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 196mg | Potassium: 175mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 70IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 2mg
Keyword muffins, zucchini
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  2. My daughter and I made these this afternoon and they were a hit with everyone! Thanks for all of the great zucchini recipes!

  3. I love your blog. You really have recipes that real moms and real families will eat. I am linking you to my foodie-type blog now:-) Thanks for such great content.

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    Have a blessed day!

  5. I love baking with zucchini … it usually makes things nice and moist. My daughter used to ask for Chocolate Zuchinni cake on her birthday…

  6. I’ve never baked with zucchini before, I think I’m going to try these!

    I’ve never seen chocolate chips sink like that before, weird!!!