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Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins are super moist and quick to make! They are a great way to use up all those zucchinis, freezer friendly, and make a perfect breakfast or lunch-box snack.

A grey muffin pan with zucchini chocolate chip muffins.

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins are loaded with chocolate chips and healthy zucchini!

This zucchini muffin recipe is super easy and quick to make from scratch! Freshly grated summer zucchini makes them so moist and keeps them fresh for days. This recipe is perfect to use up all those zucchinis from your garden and you don’t need to squeeze out the zucchini which makes it super fast to whip up.

I’m a big fan of using zucchini in baking recipes. You won’t really taste it but it makes all baked goods moist and tender. If you have little kids or a picky husband this recipe is for you. No one will notice that these are loaded with healthy vegetables, the chocolate chips are the perfect distraction.

My zucchini bread muffins are one of my family’s favorite snacks! They make a great breakfast-on-the-go, are perfect for a lunch box and most important taste so delicious. You will love them too!

Close-up of zucchini chocolate chip muffins on a white tablecloth with zucchini in the background.

Tips and Tricks for making Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins

  • DON’T squeeze the moisture out of the zucchini. You need the moisture in this recipe so just give the grated zucchini a light blot with a paper towel to rid some, especially if your zucchini is extra wet.
  • I use semisweet chocolate chips for this recipe most of the time but you can also use milk chocolate chips or roughly chop your favorite chocolate bar.
  • If chocolate is not your thing, try this recipe with raisins or nuts (or both!) instead. You could also use a mix of chocolate chips and nuts.
  • You can also make zucchini mini muffins from this recipe. Use a 24 count mini muffin pan and mini chocolate chips. Bake the muffins for 12-14 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Or make a zucchini bread: Use a 9×5 (or 8×4) inch greased loaf pan and bake for 45 – 55 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Make ahead tip: Muffins stay fresh and moist at room temperature for up to 4 days. They freeze well for up to 3 months. Thaw them overnight in the refrigerator and heat up in the microwave if desired.

Top-down shot of ingredients in various bowls: Zucchini, flour, egg, white and brown sugar, oil, mil, lemon juice, vanilla extract, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, chocolate chips.

Top-down shot of a glass bowl of muffin batter with shredded zucchini and chocolate chips on top. The bowl has a spoon in it and is sitting on a marble surface.

Hack your muffin recipe: Make Healthy Zucchini Muffins

  • You can use whole wheat flour or white whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour. Or use a mix of whole wheat and all-purpose.
  • You can reduce the sugar to 1/3 cup to make them less sweet and healthier.
  • Instead of 1/2 cup vegetable oil use 1/4 cup vegetable or coconut oil and 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce. You could also replace all the oil with unsweetened applesauce but I find a combination of both works best at keeping the same texture and not making them rubbery and dry.

Close up of zucchini chocolate chip muffins on a white plate.

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Tools used for making these Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins

Muffin Pan: I love this muffin pan! It comes with a lid so it’s easy to transport baked muffins or cupcakes and it’s super easy to clean, everything slides right off.
Cookie Scoop: This scoop is perfect for portioning the muffins and quickly scooping without mixing the batter too much.
Box Grater: This one is super convenient, it comes with an attachable container for catching, measuring and storing grated foods.
Chocolate Chips: According to America’s Test Kitchen these are the best chocolate chips!

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5 from 17 votes

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins are so moist and delicious! They're a great way to use up zucchini, freezer friendly, and make an easy breakfast or snack.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 12


  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar, (100g)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, (50g)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil, (120ml)
  • 1/4 cup milk, (60ml)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, (190g)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini, about 1 medium
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips, (160g)


  • Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners.
  • In a large bowl combine egg, sugars, oil, milk, lemon juice, and vanilla extract. Mix until combined.
  • Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. (I use a large measuring cup for this)
  • Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir until just combined. Don't overmix!
  • Fold in shredded zucchini and chocolate chips.
  • Fill muffin cups 2/3 full and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean with only a few crumbs attached.
  • Let the muffin cool in the pan for 10 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature or freeze for up to 3 months.


Calories: 285kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 155mg | Potassium: 188mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 75IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 2mg
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Two images with text: Chocolate chip zucchini muffins, top: Close up of zucchini chocolate chip muffins on a white plate. The frontmost muffin has had a big bite taken out of it. Bottom: A grey muffin pan with zucchini chocolate chip muffins.


About Julia Foerster

Hi, I'm Julia! Born in Germany, I call Canada now my home and love to share my favorite dishes with you! Here you'll find hundreds of recipes, all made from scratch, with lots of tips and detailed step-by-step instructions.

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  1. 5 stars
    Delicious. Followed exact recipe but added a tinge more chocolate chips to finish up a half bag. My husband said I Nailed It!

  2. 5 stars
    The lemon juice set this muffin recipe apart from the thousands of recipes out there on the Internet. This is definitely one of the best zucchini muffin recipes out there – and I’ve made 30+ batches so far! You cannot taste the lemon at all, but the acid seems to make the consistency light and airy. To make it gluten free, I used the same amount of King Arthur Measure for Measure flour (note: it’s important to weigh Gf flours instead of using a measuring cup). I also used 1/2 applesauce and 1/2 grapeseed oil (neutral taste) and cut the sugar by half, and it was plenty sweet. Thank you for a wonderful recipe!

  3. 5 stars
    This recipe is so good!!!! I ran out of lemon juice 2nd time I made this but the muffins still tasted absolutely AMAZING!! Thank you so much for this recipe! Everyone loves it!! Will be making again and again!!

  4. 5 stars
    By far the best zucchini chocolate chip recipe, ever!  Moist, flavorful and fabulous!  Only thing I did different is add more chocolate chips because I read the amount wrong!  Thank you!