Zucchini Muffins - Double Chocolate Grain Free


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I am a huge fan of zucchini, although here in New Zealand I often call this vegetable courgette. I have a number of zucchini recipes on my site but to date, they are all savoury. 

I know zucchini chocolate cake is very popular, I know zucchini chocolate muffins are very popular, and I get so many requests for gluten free and grain free recipes that I thought I would put my recipe creation hat on and come up with a Chocolate Zucchini Muffin Recipe that is not just chocolate but double chocolate and grain-free to boot!


Zucchini Muffins Double Choc Grain Free, Closeup of muffin in a muffin tray


My family is not a grain-free family there are too many great grains out there for me to consider giving them up.

BUT I do try to cut down on the amount of processed grains we eat, as most of the nutrition in grains is from the unprocessed variety. So while we are not grain-free by any means, we do often have grain-free baking.

These grain-free choc zucchini muffins substitute a traditional grain-based flour for ground almonds (almond flour), which adds loads of healthy fats and protein to this zucchini muffin recipe

Zucchini Muffins Double Choc Grain free sitting on a cooling rack in blue spotted muffin liners

Are Zucchini Chocolate Muffins, Dairy Free?

If you need to live a dairy-free life, the good news is, this does not mean the end of chocolate. Cocoa is dairy-free as is dark chocolate.

Which means this double chocolate zucchini muffin recipe is not only gluten-free but dairy-free too!

Double Chocolate Grain Free Zucchini on a white surface with a packet of dark chocolate drops


Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins, 1 muffin cut in half showing moist fudgy consistency

These muffins are grain free, dairy free, but still moist and fudgy!

Stack of 3 double chocolate zucchini muffins

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Zucchini Muffins Double Choc Grain Free, Closeup of muffin in a muffin tray

Zucchini Muffins Double Chocolate Grain Free

Yield: 10 muffins
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Double Chocolate Grain Free Zucchini Muffins, delicious fudgy gluten-free muffins refined sugar-free and with the added bonus of some hidden vegetables


  • 2 cups ground almond
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ⅓ cup cocoa
  • 100g banana (1 medium)
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup oil
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 ½ tsp baking soda
  • 150g (2  medium zucchini)
  • ¼ cup dark chocolate chips


  1. Prepare a muffin tray, you can either use paper muffin liners or grease a muffin tin
  2. Take out 2 mixing bowls
  3. In the first mixing bowl add the almond, cinnamon and cocoa (you can also add a grind of salt at this point), mix these so that they are evenly distributed
  4. In the second bowl, place the banana and give it a good mash with a fork
  5. Add the eggs, oil, maple syrup, vanilla and baking soda, use a whisk to beat all these ingredients together
  6. Add the wet ingredients to the dry, mix to combine
  7. Grate the zucchini, give the grated zucchini a good squeeze over your sink so that most of the liquid comes out
  8. Fold the squeezed grated zucchini into the muffin batter
  9. Portion the muffin mix into the muffin tray, I typically get 9-10 muffins out of this mixture
  10. Sprinkle with chocolate chips/drops
  11. Bake in a 180 degree Celsius oven for 20 mins (160 degrees Celsius if fan forced) check readiness with a toothpick, it should come out clean


  • typically use a mild oil in this recipe, it has worked with both coconut oil (ensure it is melted/liquid) and rice bran oil. A mild flavoured olive oil would be fine too. If you do not need dairy free melted butter would also be a suitable replacement
  • If you use dark chocolate chips then this recipe should be dairy free (although do check the ingredients list on your dark chocolate chips)
  • You may need to play around with the amount of maple syrup depending on your palate and the ripeness of the banana, I find ¼ cup sufficient and 2 of my kids are happy with that level. My other child only liked the sweeter version I made with ⅓ cup of maple syrup

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1 Muffin
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 260Total Fat: 19.8gSaturated Fat: 3.5gCarbohydrates: 18.7gFiber: 4.4gSugar: 10.3gProtein: 7g

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  1. What woukd happen if I take the ground almond out, do I need to substitute it with something else to make it nut free?

    1. You definitely will need to substitute something else, coconut flour should be a great substitute

  2. If you don't have maple syrup on hand, could you sub it out for other sweeteners? Honey, coconut nectar? Just checking the sweetness before adding more?