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Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins will always remind me of my mom who seemingly has baked these non-stop for her grandchildren for many years. It occurred to me recently that maybe I should get the recipe from her. These muffins freeze well and are easy to put into a lunch for a treat.

  • 1/2 cup butter, room temp
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups shredded zucchini
  • 1 cup milk or semi-sweet chocolate chips (she uses mini size)
  1. Beat butter and sugar, adding in the eggs.
  2. Stir in oil, buttermilk and vanilla.
  3. Add combined dry ingredients. If cocoa does not incorporate nicely into flour, sift dry ingredients before adding to wet.
  4. Stir in zucchini and chocolate chips.
  5. Scoop into prepared muffin tins and bake at 350° F, 20 minutes for medium size. Makes about 24 medium size or 18 large size. These are also great done as mini muffins, bake less time, until toothpick test comes clean.


  1. shredded zucchini, does one incorporate the skin as part of the ingredient? Dumb question....perhaps

  2. Anytime I've used shredded zucchini in a bread or cake I've left the green skin on - you really don't see it.

  3. Thank you! I used to have a recipe for zucchini chocolate cake that I lost. I will be making these for sure!

  4. Oh, dear--when I was a kid in the early 1980's, everybody we knew grew zucchini. I don't know if it was a fad then or if it was just a local thing (or maybe just an our-circle-of-friends thing), but everybody was always trying to give you zucchini. I don't think my brother and I appreciated it as a vegetable at that point, but I remember eating lots of zucchini bread and zucchini brownies. Yes, brownies. (We never peeled ours if we were baking with it, BTW; just shredded it and moved on.) Thank goodness I'm old enough now to like zucchini on its own and leave it out of the brownies.

  5. I made these and my children LOVED them! Thank you so much for the recipe!

  6. Oh my gosh! This looks and sounds delicious!!! And how fun! Thanks for sharing!


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