Whole-Grain Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

This post is part of our restricted diet series from Beth of Tasty Yummies.

After sharing my guide for gluten-free flour and starches last week, I wanted to create a yummy baked good that you guys could easily make your own, by using your very own all-purpose gluten-free flour blend!  I decided to go with a whole grain blend to give these muffins a great texture.  Feel free to make your own blend with your favorite flours and starches, whole grain or not.  I make my all-purpose flour blends 1000 grams at a time, since it makes measuring simple, and then I have additional flour already made up for other recipes.  For a whole grain blend, as mentioned in my previous post, I use 70% grains and 30% starches.

For the grains in this particular whole-grain blend I used 350 grams of millet flour and 175 grams each of sorghum flour and buckwheat flour.  For starches I went with 150 grams each of arrowroot starch and potato starch.  I mix it all together and store in a large container for use in recipes like these.  When using blends like this, since they are ever-changing based on what flours I have on hand and what I am liking at the time, I prefer to measure the flour by weight.  This way I can easily change around my flour blend and theoretically it shouldn’t affect the recipe too much.  Obviously flours will all behave a bit differently and have different tastes, like buckwheat is a tad grainier, so it gives recipes a bit more of a grainy texture, which I like and wanted in this recipe.  I do recommend getting a kitchen scale if you plan to do a lot of baking, it really makes creating and adapting recipes easier, plus you can make your own flour blends quite easily.

I have zucchini growing like crazy in my garden, so a delicious muffin recipe utilizing some of that plus some delicious chocolate seemed like the perfect baked-good for this time of year. These muffins have a nice texture to them, not too crumbly but not too moist either.  You get flecks of green from the zucchini and the little bits of mini chocolate chips in every bite.

Note: Be sure to gently squeeze the shredded zucchini, using a paper towel, clean kitchen towel or cheesecloth, to remove as much excess water as you can, before adding the zucchini to the muffin batter.

chocolate zucchini muffin recipe

Whole-Grain Chocolate Zucchini Muffins – Gluten-free, Dairy-free & Nut-free

Makes 12 muffins

350 grams whole-grain gluten-free flour mix* (approx 2 1/2 cups)

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon sea salt

2/3 cup honey (I used raw honey)

2 large farm-fresh eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup grape seed oil, olive oil or melted coconut oil

1 1/2 cups shredded zucchini, with as much liquid squeezed out as possible

1/3 cup mini chocolate chips (make sure they are gluten-free and dairy-free)

* See above for the blend I used.  Any all-purpose flour mix should work here, gluten-free or otherwise, as long as you stick with the same weight for measurement.

chocolate zucchini muffins

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line a large muffin tin with paper liners.

Whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cocoa powder and salt in a large bowl. Set aside.

In a medium bowl add the honey, eggs, vanilla, oil and zucchini, mix together well until combined. Add the wet ingredients to the dry. Mix well until it is all well combined, then add in the mini chocolate chips, folding them in until mixed throughout.

Fill the paper-lined muffin tins about 3/4 full. Place the muffins into the oven and bake 20-25 minutes, until they are cooked through and a toothpick or knife inserted into the center comes out clean.

Let cool for 5 minutes in the muffin pan before removing to a cooling rack to cool completely.

chocolate zucchini muffins

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10 years ago

Does anyone know how many calories per muffin this produces?
They look delicious!

10 years ago

That looks so so good. And I love your flower and grain tips!

Juliette Laura

10 years ago

Oh and Molly! I did the math and calculations, and there are 279.75 calories per muffin (if you make a dozen) :) So not bad for a chocolate muffin!

Juliette Laura

10 years ago

Thanks for the calorie count. :)
I was wondering if I could eat the entire batch….yum!


10 years ago

Wow, it looks so yummy and it is surely an easy way for me. I love this one.

10 years ago

It looks delicious!! ☺


10 years ago

Yum! I just made these. The followed the recipe but the batter that I came out with was more of a cookie batter consistency than muffins. Is this typical of gluten-free baking? I am new to the scene. I ended up making them into cookies instead which is just as yummy! Currently enjoying one warm with almond butter :)

10 years ago

I just got organic zucchini from my co-op the other day and needed a fun/new recipe for them. Thank you!

10 years ago

@bronwyn, you mean it was like cookies in that it was thick? My batter was on the thick side too, but it made for perfectly fine muffins, it isn’t that it is typical for gluten-free baking, but with it being a whole-grain flour blend, that definitely plays into the texture a bit. Glad you enjoyed them as cookies, I will have to try them that way. Thanks for sharing!

10 years ago

I have been given quite a lot of courgettes by my neighbour,will be sure to try this

10 years ago

Can I use bob’s gluten free flour mix? These look delicious!

10 years ago

These look amazing and easy. Anything that I can use to substitute for the eggs? Thanks!

10 years ago

…Is it okay if I use normal flour since that’s all I have? :s

10 years ago

i have a great recipe for a cake/muffins WITHOUT any flour :) http://fuchsteufelswyld.tumblr.com/post/55200023284
for a chocolate version, just put in dark chocolate powder (instead of the lemon stuff) , and pour a (soya)milk-chocolate mixture over it!
Tried it many times and it is just awesome <3 (the chocolate version is one of the best chocolate cakes i ever ate)

10 years ago

Has anyone tried using apple sauce instead of oil?

10 years ago

Wow <3 just made them and they are sooooo tasty! :3 want to eat them all NOW

9 years ago

I just made these and they were delicious but my mix was really dry and the muffins were really crumbly. Did I squeeze out too much water from the shredded zucchini?

9 years ago

I made these yesterday and they were absolutely delicious!
However mine turned out quite dry (not the mixture, the baked muffin). Fine alongside a drink, or with an added frosting, but I’d love to know how to fix it for next time.
I used spelt flour and coconut oil, but otherwise followed the recipe – any ideas?