Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins from What’s Baking in the Barbershop?!

by simplylife on July 30, 2012

I cannot tell you how thrilled I am to introduce Colleen, from What’s Baking in the Barbershop?!  Colleen has become my blogger-turned-real-life-friend and I feel so fortunate to have met her (and tried her baked goods 🙂 )!  You NEED to check-out her blog for some great recipes like Oreo-Stuffed Chocolate Stout Cupcakes with Kahlua Cream Cheese Frosting (yup, I’ve been lucky enough to try those and they taste as amazing as they sound!), Chocolate Oreo Ice Cream and Dark Chocolate Marbled Peanut Butter Banana Bread!

Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

First of all, I have to say that I am so excited to be guest posting for Simply Life! I love Gina’s blog and am continually impressed by the healthy, delicious meals she makes…as well as her beautiful, appetizing photos! It is an honor to be sharing one of my own recipes on Simply Life today!

There is a good chance that many of you have been enjoying the wonderful vegetable of zucchini this summer. And there’s also a good chance that you might have a lot of zucchini on hand. If you’re looking for something new and different to make with this abundant summer veggie, I highly suggest trying these double chocolate zucchini muffins. They’re great for breakfast…or they’re great for dessert, let’s be serious. These muffins are extra chocolate-y, thanks to the addition of both cocoa powder and chocolate chips. The zucchini also helps keep the muffins incredibly moist, a quality that I love in a muffin!

The original recipe I followed is from King Arthur Flour for Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread. More often than not, if I’m following a new recipe for a quick bread that I haven’t tried before, I make the recipe into muffins instead of a loaf. Why might that be? Well, it’s a selfish reason really. If I make the recipe into muffins, I can taste test at least one muffin to make sure it’s a good recipe. 😉 I typically give away the baked goodies that I make, and I can’t very well slice a piece of bread to taste from a loaf that I’m giving to someone else, now can I? Exactly. So, muffins it is!

Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins


2 large eggs
1/3 cup honey
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 and 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups shredded, unpeeled zucchini, gently pressed
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a muffin pan, or line the pan with cupcake liners. In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs, honey, oil, brown sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Add the salt, baking soda, baking powder, cocoa powder, and flour, mixing until well combined. Stir in the shredded zucchini and chocolate chips. Hint: be sure to gently squeeze the shredded zucchini, using a paper towel or a kitchen towel, to remove excess water before adding the zucchini to the muffin batter.

2.  Pour the batter into the muffin pan, filling the cups 3/4 of the way full. Bake regular-sized muffins for 18 to 22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean (and if making mini muffins, bake them for about 10 to 12 minutes). Let cool for 3 or 4 minutes in the muffin pan before removing to a cooling rack to cool completely.

For me, this recipe made 12 regular-sized muffins and 12 mini muffins. If you wanted to make all larger muffins, it would probably make approximately 16 large muffins. If making this recipe into a loaf, it makes one 8.5” by 4.5” loaf.

Thank you again to Simply Life for inviting me to guest post today!

~What is your favorite way to bake with vegetables?

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  • Deepa

    ummm too much distraction here 😉 the pics are not allowing me to go through the recipe ..Drooling here…

  • Colleen

    Thanks again for the opportunity to guest post! 🙂

    • Simply Life

      So glad you were up for it! Thanks!

  • Amy (Savory Moments)

    Oh yum! I love using zucchini in summer baked goods like this. All the chocolate only makes it look even more yummy!

  • Gina (Candid RD)

    These look AMAZING!! I love adding zucchini to my baked goods. Even though they are a vegetable, they have the perfect texture and neutral flavor for baked goods. Yum yum.

  • Belinda @zomppa

    Also a great chance I could fall in love with this dish!!

  • Amy B @ Second City Randomness

    When I do zucchini bread or muffins, my friends can barely even tell it’s in there! Total win.

  • sarah

    Awesome guest post! These look fabulous!!

  • Jolene (

    I like baking with pumpkin (is that a vegetable?), but I haven’t baked with zucchini before. I have loved any zucchini loaf that I have ever tried though.

  • Errign

    I also like to do muffins instead of quick breads, so they’re already portioned and I can taste-test!

  • Jeanne Eddy

    Beautiful Colleen – so nice to see you guest-blogging! Very cool! I can’t wait to make these muffins!

  • Emily

    Delicious!! These don’t look at all soggy, as sometimes my zucchini treats end up!

  • sharron

    jeanne I love zuchinni mufins,or pumpkin my favorite ! I like to use veggi’s to roast and make a garlic,wine sauce with lots of asiago cheese over angel hair pasta . My favorite quick dinner .

  • Sarah

    These look delicious! I love cooking carrot cake, but I saw a really interesting recipe using beetroot that I want to give a go, it was pink!

  • Colleen

    Great post! I love zucchini bread but have never tried it with chocolate. Looks and sounds incredible.

  • Zoe

    I’m also an great fan of Colleen’s blog. These chocolate muffins look delicious and nice to know there are hidden vegetables inside these delicious treats – Another great sneaky mummy’s recipe 😀

  • sweetbasil

    Fantastic post! Love zucchini so I must try this!

  • meri

    I’m not too creative, usually its just pumpkin or sweet potato or banana in my baking. I’d be interested to try baking with beets though, I know its very common.

  • Spencer

    Looks delicious! I love the combination of chocolate and zucchini. Its so good.

  • christinefreshlocalandbest

    I would be more than happy to receive a gift of this fab zucchini bread any day in cupcake format or sliced. It looks so good.

  • Joanne Bruno

    Zucchini plus double chocolate sounds like an excellent muffin option to me!

  • Natalie O

    Yum! 1 can pumpkin + 1 box cake mix = deliciousness!

  • Gloriadelpilar_1994

    I love muffins and this look awesome and delicious!

  • GlamKitten88

    Oh, goodness. Do NOT get me started. This looks amazing!
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

  • Yummychunklet

    I love how zucchini can be thrown into so many yummy baked goods. These look great!

  • Shannon ~ My Place In The Race

    Mmmm, I love zucchini bread. I bet these are amazing!

  • Mom to Simply Life

    How very fortunate my daughter is to have you guest post as well as get acquainted with you. Your creations all sound amazing and I think your thought process of muffin making verses loaf baking is ingenius. These muffins look so inviting and what a very creative person you are!

    • Colleen

      Thank you so much for your nice comment!! 🙂

  • prairiemomma

    I was gifted a large duke from my neighbour and I am making your recipe tomorrow. THANK YOU for adding the mini muffin times, I always make minis for my kids.

  • Michelle

    Awesome my girls could not wait for them to be out of the oven the smell that filled the morning air was heavenly! I used special dark cocoa and incorporated 1/2 white whole wheat flour in with the regular flour. Absolutely delecious and can not wait to share with family and friends:) Thanks for sharing and I loved the mini muffins – always perfect for little ones!

    • Simply Life

      Oh I’m so glad you liked them! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

    • Colleen

      I’m so glad you made them and enjoyed them!! It’s always nice to hear when people actually make the recipes posted 🙂
      And great idea to try the dark cocoa and white ww flour!!

  • Val

    These muffins are FABULOUS! I baked them for our weekday rushed mornings breakfast-on-the-run, but they likely won’t last that long. Thanks for a delicious recipe. Val, Alberta, Canada

    • Simply Life

      Oh I’m SO glad you liked them!!! Thanks for sharing!

    • Colleen

      Awesome! Thank you, Val, for sharing that you made these!! They are a great breakfast for those busy mornings – I agree!

  • Teresa

    Very delicious and chocolatey! Love these muffins. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  • Marlene

    My grandson is type I diabetic so I will be making these with white whole wheat flour and splenda brown sugar tonight. I will let you know how they turn out.

    • Simply Life

      Oh great! I hope you like them!

  • Megan Hyde

    i’ve made these several times–even made them for preschool snack (tough audience). LOVE them and so do my husband and 4 year old (AND the preschool). tonight i didn’t have nearly enough chocolate chips, so i put in chopped fresh cranberries with a smattering of chips, and i didn’t have zucchini due to the winterness of it all, so i used some spaghetti squash i had frozen. they worked quite well, although in hindsight i would chop the spaghetti squash a bit better, b/c it didn’t disappear quite like the zucchini did. thanks for he yummy recipe!

    • Simply Life

      Oh I’m SO glad you like it! THANK YOU so much for sharing this!!!

  • Carolyn Melech

    These are in the oven baking for a playdate as I type. I used coconut oil in lieu of the canola, and the taste of batter I had was absolutely heavenly! I cannot wait to get these bad boys out of the oven! Thanks for a great recipe 🙂

    • Simply Life

      Oh great! I love your idea of using coconut oil- thanks so much for sharing!

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