Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins | Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins

We're in the midst of zucchini season here in the Midwest. Gardens are overflowing with this versatile vegetable and easy zucchini recipes like this one are a welcome sight. These Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins are the perfect recipe for your garden fresh zucchini. These easy to make zucchini muffins are moist, dense, and full of chocolate chips and walnuts. They make a wonderful breakfast treat or afternoon snack.

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins by Renee's Kitchen Adventures in a bowl and a knife for spreading butter resting on a small bowl of butter

Are you up to your eyeballs in zucchini yet?

Believe it or not, no one has gifted me a giant zucchini yet this year! No matter, I can grab fresh, local zucchini at my grocery store to make all things zucchini!

I love to cook and bake with zucchini. You might remember last week when I shared a delicious, savory, Amish inspired recipe for Zucchini Casserole. So good, my husband is already requesting a recipe repeat.

I've used zucchini as a wholesome filler in these Chicken and Zucchini Enchiladas. I've used it raw to make Greek Style Zucchini Ribbon Salad. And, I've used it in sweet recipes like these Glazed Orange Zucchini Muffins.

But today, I'm focusing on this sweet recipe using zucchini. Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins is a wonderful sweet zucchini recipe. These easy-to-make, moist, dense muffins are too good not to make when your garden is overflowing with fresh zucchini.

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins by Renee's Kitchen Adventures in a bowl in the background with three muffins in the foreground on a white plate with a spreader for butter resting on the plate

I think most everyone has a favorite recipe tucked away somewhere for zucchini bread. While I do enjoy zucchini bread, I really like to make quick bread recipes like zucchini bread in muffin form. Muffins bake up faster and, by their design, are portion controlled.

This recipe takes my favorite zucchini bread recipe and transforms it into muffin form. I added mini chocolate chips and chopped walnuts to the batter to create the perfect Chocolate Chip Zucchini muffin. But, if you prefer to make bread over muffins, there's directions for that on the recipe card below too!

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins by Renee's Kitchen Adventures in a bowl in the background with one muffin in the foreground on a white plate with a spreader for butter resting on the plate

Can I freeze zucchini muffins?

Yes! You can freeze these muffins. They should keep for a few months in your freezer in an airtight container or bag. Defrost before eating them. 

Can I double the recipe for these muffins?

Yes! The recipe as written makes about 12 muffins, but you can easily double the recipe to make approximately 2 dozen muffins. 

Can I use this recipe to make Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread?

Yes, you can use this recipe to make zucchini bread instead of zucchini muffins. Instructions for making bread are included in the recipe card below. 

How to make Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins

Gather all the ingredients needed:

  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • cinnamon
  • buttermilk
  • egg
  • oil
  • vanilla extract
  • shredded zucchini
  • mini chocolate chips
  • chopped walnuts

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Whisk together the dry ingredients. Whisk together the wet ingredients. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until JUST COMBINED. Don't over mix.

Notice below that the flour isn't completely incorporated into the wet ingredients and that's perfectly fine!

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Mix in the shredded zucchini. The zucchini will be quite wet, and will help loosen the batter once it's stirred in.

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Divide evenly between the prepared (grease or paper line) wells in a standard sized muffin tin. I like to sprinkle a few extra mini chocolate chips on top for good measure. This step is totally optional.

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Bake as directed and enjoy!

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins by Renee's Kitchen Adventures muffin cut open with butter on one half with bowl of muffins in the background

Can I use this recipe to make healthy zucchini muffins?

Yes you can. Use the following substitutions as a guideline:
  • Replace half or all of the all purpose flour in the recipe with whole wheat flour
  • Replace half of the oil in the recipe with unsweetened applesauce
  • Replace the granulated sugar in the recipe with a sugar substitute (like Swerve) that measures like sugar
  • Omit the mini chocolate chips


Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins, Zucchini Muffins
Breakfast
American
Yield: 12 servings
Author:

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins

prep time: 10 Mcook time: 25 Mtotal time: 35 M
Moist, dense zucchini muffins full of chocolate chips and walnuts.

ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded fresh zucchini
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts

instructions:

How to cook Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line with paper liners or grease a 12 standard size muffin tin. Set aside. 
  2. In large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, ground cinnamon, and salt. 
  3. In a 4 cup glass measuring cup, whisk together oil, buttermilk, and vanilla. Pour into flour mixture and mix until it just starts to come together. (Visible flour is ok.  It will be dry at this point and doesn't need to be completely mixed. ) 
  4. Add in zucchini and mix to combine. The moisture from the zucchini will allow the dry ingredients to be completely incorporated into the wet ingredients.  Take care not to over mix. Over mixing will create a tough crumb. 
  5. Gently stir in chocolate chips and walnuts. 
  6. Divide batter equally between 12 prepared muffin wells. 
  7. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.  Let rest in muffin tin for 2 minutes, then remove to wire rack to cool completely. 

NOTES:

To make Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread - mix as directed then pour batter into greased 9 inch loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 55 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into center comes out cleanly.
Make the following substitutions for Healthy Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins - replace half the all purpose flour with whole wheat flour. Replace 1/4 cup oil with unsweetened applesauce. Replace the sugar with a sugar substitute that measures like sugar.
Calories
234.12
Fat (grams)
12.53
Sat. Fat (grams)
1.68
Carbs (grams)
28.52
Fiber (grams)
1.27
Net carbs
27.25
Sugar (grams)
15.47
Protein (grams)
3.25
Sodium (milligrams)
219.38
Cholesterol (grams)
15.70
Nutritional Information provided is an estimate.
Created using The Recipes Generator


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