Paleo Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

A batch (or two!) of light and chocolatey paleo zucchini muffins is the very best use for all that delicious summer zucchini! 

A batch (or two!) of light and chocolatey paleo zucchini muffins is the very best use for all that delicious summer zucchini! Sunnysideups.org I LOVE Zucchini.

Every spring when I was growing up, I got to help my dad plant a spring vegetable garden. He’d do all the hard work of digging up the dirt and prepping the soil, but then, once everything was ready, he’d help me and my brothers & sisters do the fun part: the planting! I had my tiny spade to dig a little hole; he’d show me how to sprinkle the plant food in the hole I’d dug, and then he’d hand me the fragile baby plant to set down into the soil. I’d pack the soil all around the plant, and then usually would have to run for my life, screaming, as my big brother chased me around the yard with his hands full of creepy earthworms. Yuck.

Besides the worms part, the garden-planting weekends were among my favorite times of year growing up, and they’re some of my favorite memories I share with my dad. I had so much fun “helping” him plant (honestly I probably got in the way more than I really helped! But it was so fun anyways), and now that I have my own family, I can’t wait til the kids are home and the backyard is ready so we can all plant a vegetable garden too!

A batch (or two!) of light and chocolatey paleo zucchini muffins is the very best use for all that delicious summer zucchini! Sunnysideups.org

Zucchini plants always did really well growing in our garden every year, and they’ve always been one of my favorite vegetables to eat. I love grilling them, baking with them, and just eating them plain! I love how versatile they are…they are delicious in savory dishes and they taste phenomenal in sweet desserts and baked goods too!

Today’s recipe is fabulous if you’re looking for a way to use all that yummy fresh zucchini that’s around this time of year. And whether you’re into eating paleo or not, these muffins will be a hit the entire family will love! There’s all that yummy chocolate, and even better, all that good-for-you protein and fiber from the coconut flour! Coconut flour (which you can find at most major grocery stores, Amazon or Vitacosticon) is my go-to grain-free flour, because it keeps baked goods so light and moist, and I love how a little bit of it goes a really long way (there’s only 5 Tablespoons of it in this entire 10-muffin recipe!).

A batch (or two!) of light and chocolatey paleo zucchini muffins is the very best use for all that delicious summer zucchini! Sunnysideups.org

The kids won’t even notice that there’s vegetables in these tasty muffins, so don’t spill the secret! Prep time takes only about 10 minutes (or less!), so you can have a batch of these whipped up in a flash! These Paleo Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins are awesome for breakfast, snacks, or even for dessert!

Enjoy your weekend, enjoy your zucchini, and enjoy these muffins!!

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Paleo Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins
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Serves: 10
 
A batch (or two!) of light and chocolatey paleo zucchini muffins is the very best use for all that delicious summer zucchini!
Ingredients
  • 5 Tablespoons Coconut Flour
  • 3 Tablespoons Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt
  • 4 Large Eggs
  • ⅓ cup Maple Syrup
  • 3 Tablespoons Melted Coconut Oil OR Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup Shredded Zucchini (about 1 medium), drained and well squeezed of excess moisture
  • ½ cup Mini Chocolate Chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Prepare a muffin pan by greasing or spraying with nonstick cooking spray (or use silicone muffin cups). Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk to combine Coconut Flour, Cocoa Powder, Baking Powder, Cinnamon, and Salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk Eggs. Add Maple Syrup, Oil, and Vanilla, and whisk to combine. Whisk in Zucchini.
  4. Pour dry ingredients into the bowl of wet ingredients, and whisk until combined. Stir in chocolate chips.
  5. Spoon batter into 10 of the prepared muffin cups (each should be a little more than ¾ full. Don’t worry, they won’t overflow!) Fill the empty muffin cups half full with water to prevent any pan warping.
  6. Bake muffins for about 12-15 mins, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs attached.
  7. Allow muffins to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes before carefully removing to cool completely on a wire rack (Carefully running a plastic knife around the edges of each muffin before removing each one makes them come out of the pan a little easier).
  8. Store muffins in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  9. Makes 10 muffins.

 More delicious Paleo breakfast baked goods:

Paleo Classic Zucchini Bread

PaleoZucchiniBread

Paleo Banana Nut Muffins

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Paleo Pumpkin Bread

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Comments

  1. says

    I need to find some coconut flour so that I can give these a try. We’re pulling zucchini out of our garden faster than I can use it. This recipe came at the perfect time!! Plus, there’s chocolate involved…which means the whole family will love these muffins!! Yummed!

    • Anna BradleyAnna Bradley says

      Good idea Sandi–they’ll never guess they’re eating veggies! :) Thanks so much & enjoy!!

  2. says

    Hey, Anna — look over there! What’s that?!
    *STEALS THE MUFFINS WHEN YOU AREN’T LOOKING!*
    Amazing recipe, anything with double chocolate in its title is instant win for me.
    I’ll have these muffins sunny side up, left side up, right side up, top side up, upside down, up and to the right, up and to the bottom right — I’ll have them ANY WAY because, well, they look amazing>
    Great job!! YUMMED AND FIVE STARRED the Sh*t outta this! <3

  3. says

    I attempted to be strictly paleo for a while and though I gave it up, I still love paleo baking and this is the next thing I’m making when I pick up zucchini! Looks great.

    • Anna BradleyAnna Bradley says

      Thanks Marissa! I don’t eat paleo all the time either–I’m totally with you–the baking is the best part! :) Enjoy!

    • Anna BradleyAnna Bradley says

      Aw yay! Thank you Kathrin! These are some of my favorites, and I’m so glad you like them too! Happy New Years!

  4. Sarah says

    Thanks for the recipe! Just hoping I can use almond meal instead of coconut flour? What do you think?

    • Anna BradleyAnna Bradley says

      Hi Sarah! Thank you so much! Almond meal has very different properties than coconut flour does, so the results will turn out quite different than when making them as the recipe suggests. If you do happen to try it, tho please let me know how it turns out!!