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These Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins are the best of both worlds - healthy AND decadent! They're full of tender zucchini and chocolate chips but are made healthier by using applesauce instead of lots of butter. These make a yummy breakfast or after school snack!
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Healthy Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Breakfast
Servings: 12 muffins
Author: Jenn


  • 1 cup grated zucchini
  • 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. applesauce
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups white whole wheat flour or all-purpose
  • 1 Tbsp. + 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 400ºF. Spray a 12-cup muffin tin with cooking spray and set aside.
  • Layer grated zucchini in paper towels to get excess moisture off.
  • Cream butter and sugar in a mixing bowl. Add applesauce and egg and combine.
  • Sift together flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon in a separate bowl. Pour vanilla extract into the cup of milk.
  • Add about 1/3 of flour mixture to mixing bowl and mix on low until just combined. Don't overmix. Add half of the milk and mix until just combined. Add another 1/3 of the flour mixture and mix until barely combined. Add the remaining milk and blend. Finish the rest of the flour mixture, making sure to not overmix.
  • Fold in zucchini and chocolate chips and divide batter into muffin cups. Bake in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until tops are barely golden brown and spring back when touched. Let cool and remove from pan. Enjoy!


*store leftovers in an airtight container