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Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

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These ultra moist and decadent double chocolate zucchini muffins scream dessert, but they are secretly healthy! No one will ever guess!
double chocolate zucchini muffins in pink paper wrappers


Sometimes you need something so chocolatey, decadent and amazing that you feel like you want to hide in the corner of the kitchen and stuff your face while no one can see you, with no guilt or judgement at all.

But then other times you want to be conscious of what you are eating – you want to make sure you are eating your vegetables, limiting your sugar intake, and trying to be healthy.

What’s a girl to do?


white serving bowl with six chocolate zucchini muffins


Now you can have both – moist, decadent, super chocolatey muffins that should really qualify as dessert instead of breakfast! And they also happen to be full of shredded zucchini, super healthy coconut oil, and contain no butter, oil, or sugar! Say what?!

These ultra moist and decadent double chocolate zucchini muffins scream dessert, but they are secretly healthy! No one will ever guess!

muffin in pink paper sitting on white plate


These muffins are like magic. The combination of applesauce, coconut oil and the zucchini work together to create these ultra moist muffins that have the texture of a cupcake instead of a super bready muffin. And that zucchini? It magically disappears. Even the pickiest of eaters will not be able to find a single shredded green thing in their breakfast. And if you want them to be extra healthy, swap out the all purpose flour for whole wheat pastry flour!


chocolate muffins wrapped in white towel


Trust me, no one will know these are actually healthy! And you won’t have to feel guilty when you hide in the corner and devour them all. Just make sure to clean up the crumbs, ok?

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double chocolate zucchini muffins in pink paper wrappers

Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Yield: 12 Muffins
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

These muffins are truly decadent! Double chocolate, and moist enough to to feel like cupcakes, but actually really healthy and packed with veggies!


  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened dark cocoa flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 TBSP pure coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini (about 1 medium)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Line 12 muffin cups with muffin liners.
  3. Shred the zucchini and then squeeze it inside a paper towel to get rid of the excess moisture. This is important! Do not skip this step!! You need to get the extra moisture out or your batter will be too wet.
  4. In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.
  5. In the bowl of an electric mixer, mix the coconut oil, honey, vanilla, egg, and egg whites on medium speed until smooth and well combined.
  6. Add in the zucchini, applesauce and milk and mix again.
  7. Slowly add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  8. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  9. Evenly divide the batter between the 12 muffin liners.
  10. Bake fro 22-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the muffins comes out clean.
  11. Allow to cool in the pan for 5 minutes, and then move the muffins to a wire rack to continue cooling.
  12. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 196Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 171mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 2gSugar: 13gProtein: 5g

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*Slightly Adapted from Ambitious Kitchen

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Lori | The Kitchen Whisperer

Monday 24th of June 2019

You know it's summer when zucchini and chocolate recipes surface! I LOVE LOVE LOVE that you used dark cocoa in these! They look so decadent and moist! I can't wait to try it!

The Kitchen Wife

Tuesday 10th of May 2016

Okay, this is TOTALLY going down tomorrow!

A Day in Candiland

Tuesday 10th of May 2016

These look so good, I love getting veggies and my chocolate at the same time.

Julie | Bunsen Burner Bakery

Sunday 8th of May 2016

Yum!! I don't usually like chocolate cake but I always love zucchini cake and muffins because they're so moist and not heavy and rich. These look delicious!

Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez

Friday 29th of April 2016

Oh wow - these look so decadent! I love that there's some zucchini "melted" in them, too...you know, so I can feel virtuous and naughty at the same time.

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