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Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins are soft, moist, and loaded with chocolate chips! They’re baked and ready to eat in just under 40 minutes and they’re ridiculously easy to make. Using simple baking staples, fresh zucchini, and melty chocolate chips these tasty muffins are going to become your new favorite snack!

chocolate chip zucchini muffin with the wrapper peeled off.

Even if you’re not the biggest fan of zucchini as a standalone vegetable, I can promise that once you start using it in your baked goods you’re going to learn to love it.

I mean, if you know me, I love dessert. So if I’m all about combining zucchini into anything baked with chocolate, you can be too.

I’ve made zucchini brownies, chocolate chip zucchini bread, as well as zucchini oatmeal cookies, among other treats, and I kid you not, they wouldn’t be what they are without the moisture from the zucchini!

You see, it’s not the flavor of the zucchini, it’s the function. It adds incredible moisture, and leaving the skin on gives your baked goods wonderful flecks of green as well as increased fiber and nutrients.

It’s a great way to use up your extra garden zucchini and sneak in some veggies to your diet. Even if it is in the form of chocolate chip zucchini muffins!

side view of a zucchini muffin with a bite missing and melty chocolate chips.

Why you’ll love Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins

Soft & Fluffy – Light and fluffy and super moist chocolate chip zucchini muffins have just the right amount of zucchini and chocolate chips in every bite. They’re better than storebought and will have your house smelling like a bakery!

Perfect Anytime – These are great for breakfast, brunch, or snack. Pack them in school lunches, carry them with you on road trips, or have them ready to grab-n-go for breakfast.

Easy to Make – Made in one bowl using simple baking staples, these zucchini muffins with chocolate chips are ready to eat in under 40 minutes.

Freezer-Friendly – Make a double batch and freeze half. Once thawed you can eat them or warm them up with a bit of butter!

chocolate chip zucchini muffin with a bite missing.

Equipment you’ll need

Ingredients

Below is a list of the ingredients you’ll need to gather to make this recipe, why you need them, and possible substitutions. Scroll all the way down for the full recipe card with measurements.

  • Granulated White Sugar – Needed to sweeten these muffins up! I use white sugar because it won’t darken the color of the muffins like brown sugar would and it won’t add a caramelized flavor either.
  • Vegetable Oil – The fat needed to help keep these muffins light and fluffy. It doesn’t lend the same butter flavor that butter does, but it’s the texture we’re after.
  • Large Eggs – Bind the ingredients together so they don’t crumble apart once they’re out of the oven.
  • Vanilla Extract – Enhances the taste of the overall chocolate chip zucchini muffins with its delicious flavor.
  • Baking Powder & Baking Soda – Both are leavening agents that help the muffins rise so they’re nice and fluffy and don’t fall flat.
  • Salt – Another flavor enhancer. Typically vanilla will enhance sweet flavors and salt enhances savory flavors, founding out all the flavors.
  • Cinnamon – A warm spice that pairs so well with zucchini and chocolate chips. Adding a warm spice takes these muffins from the summer season to fall and winter too!
  • All-Purpose Flour Measure your flour correctly using a kitchen scale or the spoon and level method. You want the exact amount to yield the perfect texture. Using too much will make your muffins dense.
  • Grated Zucchini – Use a box grater or food processor to grate your zucchini. No need to peel them first.
  • Chocolate Chips – Use whichever kind you like. Semi-sweet, milk chocolate, or dark chocolate chips. Just make sure to keep some extra for the tops.
overhead shot of labeled ingredients laid out to make zucchini muffins.

How to make Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins

This section shows you how to make this recipe, with process photos showing the steps to help you visualize it. For full instructions, including amounts and temperatures, see the recipe card below.

  1. Step One: In a large mixing bowl, beat the sugar, oil, eggs, and vanilla with an electric mixer on high until smooth.
mixing bowl of yellow mixture under hand mixer beaters.
  1. Step Two: Add in the baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon and beat until combined. Then add the flour and beat just until smooth and no flour remains. Do not overmix!
  1. Step Three: Use a spatula to fold in the grated zucchini and chocolate chips until evenly distributed.
  1. Step Four: Scoop the muffin batter into prepared muffin tins lined with paper liners and fill each well to the top. Sprinkle the extra chocolate chips on the tops of each one.
  1. Step Five: Bake for 5 minutes at 425° then turn down the heat to 350° and finish baking for another 15-18 minutes. Once done, remove them from the oven and let them sit for a minute. Enjoy!
chocolate chip zucchini muffins in a muffin pan.

Tips & Suggestions ⭐️

  • Use a cookie scoop to easily portion the batter in the muffin wells.
  • Starting with the higher oven temp and then reducing it helps to create taller muffins. 
  • It should take about 1.5 medium (6-7″) zucchini to get 2 cups grated. 
  • While cooling, tilt the muffins onto their sides so the bottoms don’t get soggy.
  • Swap the regular chocolate chips for mini chocolate chips if that’s what you have.
  • Possible add-ins could include chopped nuts, such as walnuts or almonds.
  • To make these a simple zucchini muffin, just omit the chocolate chips entirely.

How to reheat and store Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins

How to store leftovers

Keep any leftover muffins stored in an airtight container. Allow them to cool completely before closing the lid, otherwise, you’ll trap too much heat and moisture.

How long will homemade zucchini muffins last in the fridge?

I keep mine on the counter, but you can also keep them in the fridge for the same amount of time. They’ll stay fresh for up to 1 week.

Can I freeze freshly baked muffins?

Definitely! It’s a great idea for when you have made a few too many or even a second batch. Once cooled, transfer them to a freezer bag or freezer-safe container and keep them frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw on the counter or warm them up in the microwave.

chocolate chip zucchini muffins on a wire cooling rack.

FAQs

Do I need to squeeze the zucchini?

The answer to this will depend on your zucchini and your gut instincts. Some people do and some people don’t. If you are using large garden zucchini, not only might you want to peel it because the skin is thicker and more bitter, but you may also want to squeeze it out as it may contain more water than grocery store zucchini.

If you’re using your regular market zucchini you don’t have to squeeze the water out. However, if you notice it is very watery, you can do it anyway.

Either way, it doesn’t hurt to pat the grated zucchini with a paper towel.

How do I know when the zucchini muffins with chocolate chips are done baking?

Insert a toothpick into the center of the muffin. If it comes out clean the batch is ready!

Why do you use two different oven temperatures?

The initial high heat is so that the muffin tops expand quickly and get a really good rise. Then, we lower the temperature so that the inside of the muffins have a chance to bake and catch up without the tops overbaking and possibly burning.

Zucchini Muffins with Chocolate Chips

Need more baking with zucchini recipes? Try these:

Chocolate Zucchini Drop Cookies

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Chocolate Zucchini Muffins with Reese’s Cups

Classic Zucchini Bread

Click here for my entire collection of bread and muffin recipes.

bowl of zucchini muffins with chocolate chips.
chocolate chip zucchini muffin with the wrapper peeled off.
5 from 2 votes

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins

Servings: 18 muffins
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 23 minutes
Total Time: 38 minutes
Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins are soft, moist, and loaded with chocolate chips! They're baked and ready to eat in just under 40 minutes and they're ridiculously easy to make. Using simple baking staples, fresh zucchini, and melty chocolate chips these tasty muffins are going to become your new favorite snack!

Ingredients
 
 

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425° F and line two muffin tins with paper liners. Set aside.
  • To a large mixing bowl, add the sugar, oil, eggs, and vanilla and use an electric mixer to beat on high until smooth.
    1.5 cups granulated white sugar, 1 cup vegetable oil, 4 large eggs, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Add in the baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon and beat until combined.
    1 teaspoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Add in the flour and beat until just smooth. Don't overmix but no flour should be seen.
    3 cups all purpose flour
  • Add in the grated zucchini and chocolate chips. Stir with a spatula to evenly distribute.
    2 cups zucchini, 3/4 cup chocolate chips
  • Scoop the batter into the prepared muffin tins, filling each well to the top.
  • Bake for 5 minutes at 425°F then turn the oven down to 350° F to finish baking, approximately 15-18 minutes or until golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Once done, remove from the oven and let sit for about a minute.

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Notes

Use a cookie scoop to easily portion the batter in the muffin wells.
Starting with the higher oven temp then reducing it helps to create taller muffins. 
It should take about 1.5 medium (6-7″) zucchini to get 2 cups grated. 
While cooling, tilt the muffins onto their sides so the bottoms don’t get soggy.
Store leftovers covered at room temperature for up to a week. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 304kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 213mg | Potassium: 97mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 105IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional information is an estimate and provided to you as a courtesy. You should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe using your preferred nutrition calculator.

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Originally published September 3, 2014

Sweet & moist zucchini muffins with chocolate chips. So, nearly cupcakes. | Persnickety Plates
Sweet & moist zucchini muffins with chocolate chips. So, nearly cupcakes. | Persnickety Plates


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