Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins are big, bakery style muffins with crunchy tops on the outside and melted chocolate chunks on the inside. They're the perfect breakfast, brunch or dessert treat!
Why You'll Love Zucchini Muffins
If you have a garden and you're asking yourself, "What can I do with all these zucchinis?"...this recipe is it!
Even if you don't grow a garden, Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins are an excellent choice. They're loaded with healthy zucchini, pecans and cinnamon.
Your family may never know it's there, but adding this nutritious vegetable creates a moist muffin with tons of flavor. Of course, throwing in some dark chocolate chunks and semisweet chocolate chips doesn't hurt either!
Zucchini muffins are freezer-friendly and reheat nicely for a quick and easy snack. They're perfect for stuffing lunch boxes, gift giving, and every day munching!
I'm a big fan of using buttermilk in recipes because it creates a tender crumb. The ingredients below produce a crave-worthy muffin that's quick, easy, and delicious when served with a hot cup of coffee or tea!
- granulated sugar
- vegetable or olive oil
- all purpose flour
- baking powder
- baking soda
- shredded zucchini (unpeeled)
- chocolate chunks or chips
- extra chocolate chips (to add to the tops)
See recipe card for quantities.
The secret to creating the perfect muffin top is to preheat the oven to a high temperature for 5 minutes, then reduce the heat for the last 15 minutes of baking.
1 - Shred zucchini by hand with a box grater, or use a food processor. Set aside.
2 - With a mixer, blend sugar with oil until incorporated. Add egg and beat 1 minute until creamy. Add vanilla and stir.
3 - In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Whisk together.
4 - Alternate adding dry ingredients to wet ingredients in mixing bowl in sections, alternating with buttermilk. Blend well.
5 - Fold in shredded zucchini, chocolate chunks and pecans. Stir batter and scoop into muffin liners in a tin pan. Fill to the very top. Add a few extra chocolate chips to the top of each muffin if desired.
6 - Bake at 475 for 5 minutes, then reduce heat to 375 for 15 minutes until tops rise and spring back to the touch. Take care not to over bake or muffins will be dry.
If the zucchini is dripping wet with water, dab it with a paper towel. Otherwise, you do not need to drain it because the moisture is needed in the recipe to keep from adding extra oil.
Muffins are done when a toothpick comes out clean after inserting it into the middle. Or, use the finger test and check to see if muffins spring back after gently pressing the tops.
I have only tested this recipe with granulated sugar, but you could try substituting brown sugar, honey, or even applesauce.
Yes! These muffins freeze for up to 3 months if wrapped and stored in an airtight container. Thaw on the countertop or microwave for a few seconds to defrost.
Create zucchini bread instead! Feel free to pour the batter into a loaf pan and bake for 50 to 55 minutes at 350 degrees. Insert a toothpick in the middle and bake until it comes out clean.
Mix things up by adding walnuts instead of pecans, or substituting dried fruits such as cherries or cranberries instead of chocolate chips.
- Leave the peelings on the zucchini for easy prep and ultimate nutrition. The peelings are soft and won't be noticed once baked.
- Be sure to fill the muffin tin cups to the very top. Muffin tops will rise quickly when initially baked in a high temperature oven.
- Batter will be thick. If it is thin, there was too much liquid in the zucchini. If this happens, add a little extra flour to thicken up the batter before baking.
Warm and melted chocolate muffins coming out of the oven are hard to resist! Try these other baked goods that are sure to please...
- Raspberry Chocolate Muffins
- Best Ever Blueberry Muffins
- Pistachio Cherry Banana Bread
- Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie
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