Get the best of both worlds with these incredibly moist chocolate pumpkin zucchini muffins. We created 1 base batter with zucchini and pumpkin and removed a little of it and mixed in cocoa powder to get that zucchini chocolate + pumpkin swirl.
This recipe is made with white whole wheat flour and coconut sugar, but we also tested it with all-purpose flour and brown sugar to make it more accessible. We definitely found that if you do use white whole wheat flour, they will be a bit denser thanks to the whole grains.
What You Need for these Muffins
The base of these muffins is made from white whole wheat flour, eggs, pumpkin puree, shredded zucchini, brown sugar, and maple syrup. You’ll also need cocoa powder, coconut oil, and almond milk.
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- Add-ins: feel free to add chopped nuts or shredded coconut to give these more pizzaz.
- Loaf: turn it into a loaf by swirling the pumpkin layer on top of the chocolate in a standard loaf pan. Bake at 350ºF for 50-60 minutes or until fully cooked.
- Make it g/f: use a gluten-free flour blend in place of normal flour.
How to Swirl Muffins
What an easy way to fancy up your chocolate pumpkin zucchini muffins! Mix up your batter per the recipe instructions, adding everything except the cocoa powder. Once you have everything except the cocoa powder mixed thoroughly, remove 1 cup of batter from the bowl.
Then, add cocoa powder to the remaining batter, and stir together completely before scooping into the muffin tins. Fill each muffin cup equally, and then spoon in AMOUNT OF BATTER of the non-cocoa batter to the top of each muffin cup and then swirl with a toothpick.
How to Freeze Muffins
If you have as many zucchini on hand right now as we do, this is a great recipe to make a double or triple batch and then freeze for later enjoyment throughout the fall months. It’s super easy:
- First, let the muffins cool completely.
- Then, place muffins on a baking sheet and place the baking sheet into the freezer.
- Freeze for at least 2 hours.
- Once the muffins are frozen, transfer into a freezer-safe, gallon-size bag. Then, remove as much air as possible and seal.
- Write “Chocolate Pumpkin Zucchini Muffins” on the front of the bag along with an “eat by date” 3 months from the time you made the muffins.
To thaw: remove a frozen muffin from the bag. Then, let thaw on the countertop for 30 minutes OR defrost in the microwave for a few minutes, and enjoy.
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Chocolate Pumpkin Zucchini Muffins
- First, preheat oven to 350ºF and line a muffin tin with muffin liners. We suggest also spraying your muffin liners with cooking spray just in case.
- Next, place dry ingredients (except for the cocoa powder and chocolate chips) into a medium bowl and mix.
- Then, in a large bowl crack 2 eggs and whisk. Add maple syrup, 3/4 cup almond milk, and pumpkin puree and mix again.
- Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix. Then, add in melted coconut oil and mix again.
- Remove 1/2 cup of muffin batter without cocoa powder from the bowl. Set it aside for later.
- Finally, add the cocoa powder, chocolate chips, and the last 1/4 cup of almond milk to the bowl. Mix well until combined.
- Fill each muffin cup about 3/4 of the way full with the chocolate batter. Then, scoop 1 teaspoon of the non-chocolate muffin batter on top of each muffin.
- Take a toothpick or knife and swirl the two layers together.
- Then, place in the oven at 350ºF and bake for 18-22 minutes or until the center is fully cooked.
- Let cool for 5 minutes and then remove from the muffin tin to continue cooling.
Tips & Notes
- This recipe yields 14 muffins, requiring 2 muffins to be baked separately if your muffin tin yields the traditional 12 muffins.
- Don’t forget to remove the moisture from your zucchini: Once you shred your zucchini, simply place it into a paper towel and wring out the moisture over the sink. You’ll be surprised how much moisture shredded zucchini actually holds! This is a crucial step as it will prevent your zucchini muffins from being overly moist/soggy.