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Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins | Vegan & Gluten-Free

by Capri Lilly

These decadent Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins are packed with double the chocolate and incredible nutrients from the zucchini! These moist chocolatey muffins are vegan, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free giving you a healthy, delicious treat that everyone will love! 

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These Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins check off the list of all of everything I hope for in my treats! They are:

 

Refined Sugar-free: perfectly sweetened with maple syrup and coconut sugar!

Gluten-Free: using my favorite All-Purpose Gluten-Free Flour, Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 GF Flour

Vegan: No eggs (or animal byproducts) here! Instead, flax egg and applesauce are used to bind the ingredients together! 

Just a little bit healthier: By adding shredded zucchini, you get the amazing nutritional benefits from the zucchini, including antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that improve digestion and heart health! The best part is that you cannot taste the zucchini in the muffins one bit AND they help to make these muffins moist and fluffy!

What do you need to make these Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

  • Flour: To keep these muffins gluten-free I use Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 GF All-Purpose Flour. If you are not gluten intolerant, you can substitute with regular flour. You’ll also need a bit of almond flour. This helps to make the muffins extra fluffy and absorb any excess moisture. 
  • Zucchini: Using a cheese grater, you can shred the zucchini until you have about 2 cups of shredded zucchini. Usually, I use about 1-2 zucchinis depending on the size.
  • Cocoa Powder: You can use Dutch Processed Cocoa Powder or Raw Cacao Powder. Both options work great in this recipe
  • Flax Egg: Flax Egg is very easy to make. You simply mix 1 tablespoon of ground flax with 2.5 tablespoons of water and let it sit for 10 minutes (this gives you one flax egg). After it thickens, it is ready to use! (To note: For non-vegan option, you can always substitute 1 flax egg for 1 egg)
  • Applesauce: Helps bind the ingredients together and keep the muffins moist
  • Sweetener: Maple syrup and Coconut Sugar. (can sub brown sugar for coconut sugar)
  • Spices and such: Salt, vanilla extract, coconut oil, baking powder, baking soda, apple cider vinegar
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Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins Before Baking

How to make zucchini muffins

Making Chocolate Zucchini Muffins is super easy! 


First, you will grate the zucchini until you get 2 cups of shredded zucchini. Then, using a paper towel or cloth squeeze as much moisture out of the zucchini as you can. You should get about ¼ of a cup of liquid after squeezing out the excess moisture.

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Next, all you do is mix the liquid ingredients together in a medium-sized bowl and mix the dry ingredients together in a separate bowl. Then you will slowly incorporate the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix until the batter is formed.

To Note: The mix should be thick, but spoonable. If there is excess moisture in the mix, add 1 tablespoon of almond flour at a time up 3 tablespoons. If the mixture is too dry, add 1 tablespoon of almond milk at a time up to 3 tablespoons. 

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How to Store your Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

These healthy chocolate muffins store well if kept in an airtight container and placed in the fridge. You can enjoy these Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins for up a week! 

 

Also, if you want to freeze them for a later date, these zucchini muffins freeze extremely well. Simply put them in a freezer-proof bag and they can be stored for up to 2 months. When you are ready to enjoy them, thaw them in the microwave for ~30 seconds or leave them on the countertop. You’ll be happy to see they taste just as great as when you first made them!

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Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins Fresh Out of the Oven!

What to eat with these Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

These Chocolate Zucchini Muffins are perfect for a sweet treat to start your day! Have one (or two!) for breakfast with your coffee or a smoothie. I also encourage you to save some for dessert! They are the perfect light dessert if you are looking for something to satisfy your chocolate cravings!

Here are some of my favorite smoothies: 

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I hope you enjoy the recipe! Paired with coffee, it’s the perfect way to start your day or topped with ice cream, it’s the perfect way to finish it! 

 

If you make these Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins, don’t forget to rate the recipe and let me know what you think in the comments below! I love hearing from you!

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Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins | Vegan and Gluten-free

These decadent Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins are packed with double the chocolate and incredible nutrients from the zucchini! These moist chocolatey muffins are vegan, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free giving you a healthy, delicious treat that everyone will love!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American, Gluten-Free, Gluten-Free Dessert, Healthy Options, Vegan
Keyword: chocolate, gluten free dessert, gluten free zucchini muffins, gluten-free, healthy, healthy zucchini muffins recipe, muffins, vegan, vegan zucchini muffins
Servings: 10 muffins
Calories: 166kcal
Author: Capri Lilly

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup All Purpose Gluten-Free Flour (like Bob's Red Mill 1:1 GF Flour)
  • 1 tbsp Ground Flax
  • 2.5 tbsp Water
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 3 tbsp Coconut Sugar
  • 1/4 tsp Sea Salt
  • 2 cups Grated Zucchini
  • 1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Maple Syrup
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 cup Coconut Oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup Applesauce
  • 3 tbsp Almond Flour
  • 1/3 cup Cocoa Powder or Raw Cacao Powder
  • 1/3 cup Chocolate Chips (ensure vegan if necessary)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Place muffin liners into a standard, 12-muffin pan. Set aside.
  • Prepare the flax egg: Combine 1 tbsp ground flax with 3 tbsp purified water, mix well, and let sit for 10-15 minutes.
  • Using a grater, shred 2-3 zucchinis until you have 2 cups of shredded zucchini. Set aside.
  • Combine all the dry ingredients (except the almond flour) into a large mixing bowl.
  • Using a paper towel or clean cloth, gently squeeze the liquid from the zucchini. (You should have 1/4 cup liquid drained). In a separate large mixing bowl, combine the liquid ingredients and zucchini and mix well.
  • Slowly add the dry mix to the zucchini mixture. After the ingredients are fully combined, add 1-3 tablespoons of almond meal as needed to absorb any excess moisture.
  • Fold in your choice of mix-ins. Then evenly distribute batter among muffin tins, filling about 3/4 of the way full.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the middle of the muffin comes out clean.
  • Remove from the oven and allow the muffins to cool inside the muffin tin for 10 minutes then remove muffins and transfer to wire rack to finish cooling for 5-10 minutes.

Notes

  • Store muffins in an airtight container on the kitchen counter and Enjoy for up to 3 days.
  • Store the muffins in an airtight container and place in the fridge to enjoy for up to a week
  • Muffins can be frozen; individually wrap muffins in ziploc bags or store them in a large freezer bag. Reheat for 30-45 seconds in the microwave or thaw them at room temperature.

Excited to Try More Delicious Gluten-Free Desserts

Make undeniably delicious gluten-free desserts that don’t make you compromise texture or taste! Try out my Double Chocolate Chip Cookies | Vegan + Gluten-free or my Double Chocolate Avocado Bread—so rich & tasty! And if you love this recipe, you’ll love my Blueberry Pecan Zucchini Muffins



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