Zucchini-Chocolate Chip Muffins
These zucchini-chocolate chip muffins are super quick, insanely moist, and a great way to use up the late summer zucchini bounty!
Do you have a garden that’s bursting at the seams with ginormous zucchini right now? Or maybe you have a family member that’s been gifting you portions of their harvest? If so, this zucchini-chocolate chip muffin recipe is a fantastic way to use up some of that zucchini if you’re tired of grilling, roasting, sautéing and stuffing them!
My father-in-law’s garden has been going bonkers and he brings goodies for everyone each Sunday. Last week, with three large zucchini sitting on my counter, I wanted to do something different that the above-mentioned preparations, as well as something different than traditional zucchini bread. I’ve made a ton of zucchini recipes over the years, but never a muffin, and I really wanted to incorporate some chocolate, so… tada! Zucchini-chocolate chip muffins were born.
Huge, picture-perfect zucchini from my father-in-law’s garden! We also get hot peppers, salads made with fresh lettuce and spinach, and tons of fresh herbs. When my hands are a little less full, I’d love to plan and build a huge garden!
Now, back to these muffins… they are SO EASY. I made them quickly after I put Joseph to bed one night – you just need two bowls and something to mix them with. Chances are you have everything you need right in your pantry without having to make a special trip to the grocery store. Score!
You can use whatever type of chocolate chips you’d like… I actually used a combination of dark and semisweet because I had two nearly empty bags of each in my pantry, so I just used them up.
Now THIS is how I like to eat my vegetables (sorry, mom!).
These muffins were awesome, and gone in no time at all. I actually thought about freezing some of them after I made them because it was mid-week and our family wouldn’t be over until the weekend. However, no need! We managed to polish them all off within a handful of days. They were perfect for quick breakfasts and afternoon snacks.
These zucchini-chocolate chip muffins will be one of my go-to recipes when I have an abundance of zucchini staring back at me.
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Zucchini-Chocolate Chip Muffins
- 3 cups (375 g) all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Pinch of salt
- 1 cup (200 g) granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 medium zucchini, shredded (about 3 cups), excess liquid squeezed out
- 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 1 cup (180 g) chocolate chips (dark or semisweet)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 12-cup muffin tin (or line with paper liners).
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar, eggs and vanilla extract. Using a rubber spatula, stir in the grated zucchini and the melted butter.
- Add the flour mixture to the zucchini mixture and gently stir to combine. Stir in the chocolate chips until evenly distributed.
- Divide the batter evenly between the muffin cups (they should be almost completely filled up). Bake until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Allow the muffins to cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then remove to a wire cooling rack and cool for an additional 30 minutes before serving. The muffins should be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days. You can also wrap these individually in plastic wrap, place in a freezer bag and freeze for up to 2 months.