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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Yield: 2 dozen muffins

Chocolate Banana Zucchini 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: 197 Total Fat: 6g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 5g Cholesterol: 23mg Sodium: 170mg Carbohydrates: 34g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 19g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 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.