Chocolate Banana Zucchini Muffins on cooling rack

Chocolate Banana Zucchini Muffins are a great way to incorporate overabundant zucchini and overripe bananas. This breakfast treat is moist, delicious and full of chocolate and banana flavor. A great side to your morning cup of coffee.

Breakfast is always better when you have some muffins to offer up to your family! They are easily portable so can be a grab and go breakfast for busy mornings. If you’re looking for a treat to pack in your child’s lunch box, this makes a great one!

Chocolate Banana Zucchini Muffins with the wrapper removed on a white plate

Surplus Zucchini and ripe bananas means it’s time to make the muffins!

Muffin recipes are a delicious way to use ingredients that you may need to find something to do with bananas before they spoil. I have made many zucchini recipes over the years. One of our favorites being Chocolate Zucchini Cake with Spiced Cream. And, these muffins are another favorite!

I wanted to add some chocolate to a zucchini and banana combination, so cocoa powder came to the rescue for a chocolate zucchini banana feel! I left out the chocolate chips, but you can feel free to add them if you wish.

All about the Zucchini

Because I had a huge surplus of zucchini this year, I decided to do a little studying up on it to find out if it really was all that! I wondered if I was eating something that may not be beneficial to my health in anyway and if I should even bother to continue with it. After all, I’m flooded with it this year!

I found that considered by many to be a vegetable, Zucchini is really a fruit. It is rich in vitamins and minerals and is a great source of potassium! So, making sure to eat your zucchini is not a bad thing!

Making Chocolate Banana Zucchini Muffins

Whenever I make anything with zucchini, I like to let it drain first. Sometimes I will salt it, depending on what I am going to make with it. For muffins however, I do not add salt. I just sit it in a drainer and let it be for about 15 minutes. Then, I will press down on the zucchini and press any water that’s there out.

ingredients for muffins set in place

When making muffins, you want to mix the wet ingredients together first. I like to mash my bananas up really well and then I mix in the oil, extract, eggs. and sugar.

adding dry ingredients to wet

Next, I add all the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until just combined.

Once the wet and dry ingredients are mixed, I stir in the shredded, drained zucchini.

chocolate banana zucchini muffin batter ready to measure out into muffin cups

The the batter is divided up between 24 muffin cups lined with paper liners. With the amount of batter per cup at approximately 1/4 cup or 1 large cookie scoop.

chocolate banana zucchini muffin batter in paper lined muffin tin

The zucchini muffins are baked at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes, or until they are no longer wet on top. When inserting a toothpick in the center of the muffin, it should come out clean.

muffin tin with baked chocolate banana zucchini muffins cooling on rack

Cool the chocolate banana zucchini muffins on a cooling rack for 10 minutes before serving. Cool completely before storing.

These muffins can be stored on the counter in a sealed container for about 4-5 days, in the freezer for 3-4 weeks.

chocolate banana zucchini muffins cut in half

Other zucchini recipes you may like

Because of our love of zucchini, I am always trying out new recipes! Below are some of our favorites you may also like to try.

Another delicious banana zucchini recipe combination is this Zucchini Banana Bread. If you want to stick to chocolate and zucchini, then try this Chocolate Zucchini Bread. It is Grumpy’s Favorite!

These Zucchini Fritters make a delicious appetizer or side dish as do these Cashew Breaded Zucchini Chips. And, a delicious main dish is this Zucchini and Ricotta Stuffed Chicken Breast!

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Chocolate Banana Zucchini Muffins on cooling rack
Yield: 2 dozen muffins

Chocolate Banana Zucchini Muffins

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 2 mashed bananas
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups grated zucchini
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground cardamom

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease or line two 12 cup muffin tins.
  2. In a large bowl beat the eggs. Beat in the sugar, oil and banana. Add the cocoa, vanilla, zucchini and stir well.
  3. Stir in the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and cardamom. Mix until just moist.
  4. Pour batter into prepared muffin tins filling 2/3 of the way full. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Cool.

Nutrition Information

Yield

24

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 197Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 23mgSodium 170mgCarbohydrates 34gFiber 1gSugar 19gProtein 3g

Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy, but will vary depending on the specific brands of ingredients you use. Please consult with your doctor regarding specific health needs.

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About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.

33 Comments

  1. Jessie August 31, 2009 at 12:55 pm - Reply

    Okay, I have to use zucchini now because they seem to popping up in a lot of great baked treats. Your muffins look really good, I wish I could have one right now for breakfast

  2. Barbara Bakes August 31, 2009 at 2:27 pm - Reply

    Bananas and zucchini – I bet it was really moist!

  3. Fallon August 31, 2009 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    Now this is a good recipe to try if you never had a baked good with zucchini in it before! Thanks for sharing.

  4. noble pig August 31, 2009 at 3:43 pm - Reply

    Oky, those sound delicious…love the chocolate!

  5. The Hungry Mouse August 31, 2009 at 3:59 pm - Reply

    I second that! I'll bet they were super moist. Yum!

    +Jessie

  6. JMom August 31, 2009 at 4:28 pm - Reply

    chocolate, banana and zucchini! what else could one ask for ? ๐Ÿ™‚ I'm bookmarking this one to try too.

  7. averagebetty August 31, 2009 at 4:33 pm - Reply

    Looks fabulous! I'm headed to the market today (insert evil laughing)!

  8. Carrie August 31, 2009 at 4:57 pm - Reply

    Yum – chocolate and zucchini!

  9. Carrie August 31, 2009 at 4:57 pm - Reply

    Yum – chocolate and zucchini!

  10. Cristine August 31, 2009 at 5:14 pm - Reply

    Can I have one? YUM! Too bad my muffin tin was packed up today. ๐Ÿ™ I may just have to make these at my mom's next week!

  11. Gera @ SweetsFoods August 31, 2009 at 7:06 pm - Reply

    I might eat the entire batch of these gorgeous choco muffins!!!

    Cheers,

    Gera

  12. Bellini Valli August 31, 2009 at 7:13 pm - Reply

    Sweet, rather than savory is the way to go with all of that zucchini:D

  13. Jamie August 31, 2009 at 10:33 pm - Reply

    Yummy…that's all I have to say about that muffin.

  14. Leslie September 1, 2009 at 12:10 am - Reply

    mmm, so tasty!!!

  15. Katy ~ September 1, 2009 at 1:02 am - Reply

    That is just beggin' to be bitten!

  16. Patsyk September 1, 2009 at 1:07 am - Reply

    those muffins look so perfectly moist! yum!

  17. CookiePie September 1, 2009 at 1:58 am - Reply

    Love this! I have a post on chocolate zucchini bread coming in the next few days… ๐Ÿ™‚ But I love your addition of banana! Delish!!

  18. Mags September 1, 2009 at 2:16 pm - Reply

    Three of my favorite things all wrapped up into one of my favorite foods. YUM!

  19. Helene September 1, 2009 at 7:40 pm - Reply

    Just looking at the list of spices makes me want to make these. I know I would love them.

  20. teresa September 1, 2009 at 8:45 pm - Reply

    this is such a good combination, these sound marvelous!

  21. the ungourmet September 2, 2009 at 4:44 am - Reply

    This muffin looks extremely moist and oh-so-delicious! Nice!

  22. ebagger September 2, 2009 at 5:35 pm - Reply

    Sounds and looks just fantastic!

    Best, Emily (justeatfod)

  23. Krissy @ The Food Addicts September 3, 2009 at 4:36 am - Reply

    thanks for the awesome idea! i have a lot of zucchini from my harvest, so it would be great to use them up. i never thought about using it for a dessert before! cool!

  24. Hillary September 3, 2009 at 9:52 pm - Reply

    Great recipe! Here is another great resource for all things zucchini bread! ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. {kiss my spatula} September 5, 2009 at 5:04 pm - Reply

    amazing!! luckily i have zucchini sitting at home right now!

  26. Anonymous May 8, 2012 at 1:54 am - Reply

    Your muffins look absolutely delicious, I can't wait to try them out! ๐Ÿ™‚
    But before I do that, I need you to answer me a couple of questions ๐Ÿ˜‰
    How many muffins does your recipe make? Are the muffins really soft? How long do they stay soft? Thank you very much for your answers! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Shelby May 8, 2012 at 9:25 am - Reply

      Depending on the size of your muffin pan it should make 18-24 muffins. They are soft and they stay moist – the banana and zucchini help them retain the moisture and they actually get moister as time goes by. I like to freeze half of them if I make them when its just two of us, but this is a recipe that I am well know for taking to work to share ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you will enjoy!

  27. melanie_2187 August 21, 2012 at 4:03 pm - Reply

    Just made these last night, they're amazing! Thanks for sharing! :))) New staple in my recipe book!

  28. Kaitlyn October 17, 2016 at 10:58 pm - Reply

    How many calories are in each muffin?

    • Shelby October 18, 2016 at 5:55 am - Reply

      Hi Kaitlyn, I updated the recipe with the nutrition facts for you. Enjoy!

  29. Anonymous October 8, 2019 at 10:37 am - Reply

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