Fruit AND vegetables on Monday? This is huge.

Whole Wheat Zucchini Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins I

I desperately need it too, after a weekend that severely lacked nutrition (ummm except for frozen yogurt – twice – which is 100% healthy) and I will gladly take it in carb form other than… real form. Much more interesting eating green veggies this way.

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What this weekend didn’t lack was really cold white wine, a Saturday spent grocery shopping (which uh, might be my favorite date – I’m easy) and an excellent night’s sleep because I just might have “forgot” to wake up my husband after he fell asleep on the couch and then covered him in a blanket, tip-toed out of the room, turned on a repeat of Fashion Police along with the ceiling fan on high and enjoyed a looooong, solid stretch of interrupted shut eye. I love playing that game.

And the next day? We seriously researched king-sized beds and are currently trying to figure out HOW we can fit a mattress up the steps and the actual headboard in our room. I’m up for all sorts of trickery with this.

Whole Wheat Zucchini Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins I

I’m also attempting to figure out how I can manipulate this entire situation into a fully decorated Anthropologie bedroom paradise.

Whole Wheat Zucchini Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins I

And apparently putting vegetables in my MUFFINS.

I might be losing it?

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I haven’t made many baked goods with zucchini in them because, well… I’d think the reasons were obvious. But last week I had some super delicious zucchini lemon bread and I didn’t think that there was any way I could top it sooooo… I took the easy way out and made muffins. And added chocolate because that makes everything – especially vegetables – better. Oh and brown butter glaze. If you want it.

But who wouldn’t?[/donotprint]

Whole Wheat Zucchini Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins I


Whole Wheat Zucchini Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Yield: 12 muffins

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes


2 cups whole wheat pastry flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1 large egg

1/3 cup packed brown sugar

1/3 cup low-fat milk

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled

1 1/3 cups freshly grated zucchini

1/3 cup mashed banana (1 small-medium banana)

1/2 cup mini chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Set aside. Line a muffin tin with liners.

In a large bowl, whisk egg and brown sugar together until smooth and no lumps remain. Add in vanilla extract, butter and milk, whisking again until smooth, then stir in zucchini and mashed bananas. Gradually add in dry ingredients, mixing until just combined. Fold in chocolate chips. Fill each muffin liner 2/3 of the way full with batter (I use a 1/4 cup measure to get the muffins to be of equal size).

Bake for 15-17 minutes, or until tops are no longer wet and become slightly golden. Remove and let cool until comfortable to the touch. Top with brown butter glaze if desired.

adapted from my banana spice muffins

Whole Wheat Zucchini Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins I

Softest muffins ever. No seriously.

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123 Responses to “Whole Wheat Zucchini Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins.”

  1. #
    Michelle — August 27, 2012 @ 2:14 pm

    I almost fell out of my chair, but then I saw the mount of chocolate chips and all was right in the world.


  2. #
    Bethany @ Accidental Intentions — August 27, 2012 @ 2:19 pm

    Zucchini + banana + whole wheat flour = health food. I approve.


  3. #
    Heather — August 27, 2012 @ 2:19 pm

    If you want a king bed that will be a snap to get in your bedroom, get a sleep number bed! My boyfriend and I purchased one recently and I am in LOOOOOOVE! Plus, it comes in pieces so the bed can get into any room easily. On top of that, the bed is SUPER comfortable. Expensive, but we’ve never looked back!


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    Anna-Leigh — August 27, 2012 @ 2:20 pm

    I like how there is no butter in the recipe – I was surprised and can’t wait to try them out. Thanks!


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    Anna-Leigh — August 27, 2012 @ 2:22 pm

    uh, there is and I can’t read…would it substitute ok with coconut oil you think?


    • Shannon — June 24th, 2013 @ 4:14 pm

      I tried coconut oil and omitted the banana. Also substituted maple syrup 1/3c for the br sugar. Worked really well!


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    carrian — August 27, 2012 @ 3:19 pm

    Oh loverly, how is it that as much as I’ve been to your site I still sing “How sweet it is to be loved by you” every darn time?! That song pops in my head every time I see, “How sweet” pop up. ANYWAY, these look fabulous and we desperately need to use our zucchini. Muchas gracias!


    • Jess_G — August 27th, 2012 @ 4:25 pm

      Ha! I was doing the same thing!


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    Stephanie @ Food and Fitness 4 Real — August 27, 2012 @ 4:27 pm

    Love that I can sneak some veggies into these muffins and my kids will steal eat them right up. Because of the chocolate chips. And the fact that they are muffins, which look a lot like cupcakes. Every kid loves cupcakes.


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    Ala — August 27, 2012 @ 4:29 pm

    I am so making these next time I eat too much homemade cookie butter straight from the jar, per my favorite food negation theory I may also make too much delicious brown butter glaze…in which case, I’ll have to make more zucchini muffins, and so on…


  9. #
    Danielle — August 27, 2012 @ 7:06 pm

    I made these today and were AMAZING!!! Any idea the calorie count in one??


  10. #
    Kristen — August 27, 2012 @ 9:27 pm

    All that King Size bed talk in Oregon has me thinking the same things!
    Love these muffins – I haven’t gone veggies in my breakfast crazy yet, but I just might :)


  11. #
    vann — August 27, 2012 @ 10:25 pm

    question! i made these tonight and mine were delicious but stuck to my cupcake liners really bad. does the type of liner ever cause sticking for you? I used pretty thick, decorative paper cupcake liners from a novelty store. what do you think? thanks!


  12. #
    Honey What's Cooking — August 27, 2012 @ 11:00 pm

    looks really good and healthy. delicious.


  13. #
    Jordan — August 27, 2012 @ 11:00 pm

    OMG! I swear I literally just asked my husband if he thought I could combine zucchini bread with bananas and if it would taste okay. Aaaaand here we are! Im so excited bc it seems you’ve done that hard work for me (creating the recipe!)


  14. #
    Julia {The Roasted Root} — August 27, 2012 @ 11:01 pm

    I have about 10 pounds of zucchini from my garden that I still need to use up, so this recipe looks WONDERFUL! I need to pretty much quadruple the batch and then some…and give tons of muffins away to friends/family/neighbors. Think I’ll definitely be everyone’s best friend after giving away these bad boys!


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    Liz @ Tip Top Shape — August 27, 2012 @ 11:04 pm

    This looks great!! Could you use regular white flour in this or would it completely ruin it?


    • Jessica — August 28th, 2012 @ 7:00 am

      You can definitely use it!


  16. #
    Paige Nicole — August 27, 2012 @ 11:58 pm

    i have some frozen bags of pureed zucchini that i would loove to use up over having to fresh grate this year’s crop – think the consistency difference would change the muffin?


    • Jessica — August 28th, 2012 @ 7:00 am

      I think as long as you let it completely thaw and slightly pat it dry, it should be fine.


  17. #
    Lisa — August 28, 2012 @ 6:43 am

    Hi Jessica
    Go for a king tempurpedic! the box springis actually two twins, and will easily fit, and they will be able to fold the mattress to fit also. WE LOVE OUR BED, and swear it saved our marriage. He actually snores a lot less, and I don’t feel it when he gets up 85 times to go to the bathroom.
    I would love a couple of your muffins right now while in bed having my coffee


  18. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — August 28, 2012 @ 6:57 am

    I looove the look of these! Zucchini banana chocolate chip anything sounds good to me!


  19. #
    Helen — August 28, 2012 @ 7:11 am

    2 XL twins will get upstairs, no problem! That’s what we had to do the week we moved in because our queen wouldn’t fit up the stairs. We don’t have a headboard though.


  20. #
    Di-licious — August 28, 2012 @ 8:01 am

    I love the fact that there only one banana needed…I never manage to keep three bananas from the fruit bowl with a 4 year old in the house, let alone let them get ripe enough for baking with! And zucchini too! Yum :-)


  21. #
    Jen @ Savory Simple — August 28, 2012 @ 8:07 am

    These are gorgeous!


  22. #
    Angela @ AnotherBitePlease — August 28, 2012 @ 8:37 am

    Wow these look so good. That brown butter glaze steals the show…I do love putting zucchini in breads…sometimes I just get tired of eating it grilled plain ya know with no sugar :-)


  23. #
    Micah — August 28, 2012 @ 8:39 am

    Puh-lease tell me you know about! If not, go there immediately and look at the amazing prices and home stuff!! I absolutely just bought a wrapping cart station in red from there and you would have thought it was a new LV I was so excited! Oh and this is in reference to the whole, “Anthropologie bedroom paradise,” situation.


  24. #
    Jennifer — August 28, 2012 @ 9:22 am

    I love zucchini muffins! Great new recipe to try!


  25. #
    Court Star @ StarSystemz — August 28, 2012 @ 11:50 am

    Great way to hide a veggie! Those look YUMMY so glad I found my muffin tins! Love and Shine CourtStar


  26. #
    Londa — August 28, 2012 @ 7:05 pm

    We bought this when we purchased our weekend beach condo and love it! I like it so much I bought one for the quest suite and am considering a queen one for the 3rd bedroom. Getting it up the stairs would not be a problem and I swear it is the best nights rest you will ever get.


  27. #
    Marsha Lee — August 28, 2012 @ 11:16 pm

    What a delicious sounding recipe! Your site is gorgeous. I wanted to nominate you for a “Super Sweet Award” The details of the award will be on my site later this evening. Congratulations! :)


  28. #
    Ross @ TheFaceBaby — August 29, 2012 @ 2:46 am

    Whole wheat AND vegetables AND fruit …and this is a dessert-ish treat? Mama Cass needs to make these yesterday!


  29. #
    79 — August 29, 2012 @ 8:53 am

    These do look good …… and that dripping ice is just brilliant


  30. #
    Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen — August 29, 2012 @ 11:38 am

    Yum! I need to have these muffins!!


  31. #
    amanda — August 29, 2012 @ 1:45 pm

    This looks AMAZING!!!!! can’t wait to try!


  32. #
    DeLynn — September 2, 2012 @ 12:34 pm

    These were amazing! I made 2 batches last night with and without the glaze. I actually used the glaze on another chocolate zucchini muffin that I made and it was fabulous!


  33. #
    Margaret @ Have A Good Run — September 3, 2012 @ 10:06 pm

    Just made these. Holy smokes. Changed my life. And they ARE the softest muffins EVER.


  34. #
    Melissa — September 6, 2012 @ 8:12 pm

    These muffins are so yummy! I made them (without the glaze) for the weekend at the cottage and they were a HUGE hit! Even the banana haters loved them. I’ll be making these over and over again :)
    P.S. I cut one in half and topped it with some peanut butter. Wow!


  35. #
    Sierra — September 9, 2012 @ 7:30 pm

    Just got done making these, they are wonderful!


  36. #
    Kim — September 20, 2012 @ 11:13 am

    Made these for my kids who hate muffins. I grind my own fresh whole wheat flour in my grain mill which made it warm and fresh! My kids tried to lick the chocolate chips off to avoid eating the muffin at first and when that didn’t work and they finally bit into it. They ate four in one sitting!!! They loved these! Thanks for sharing!


  37. #
    Caroline — September 26, 2012 @ 1:34 pm

    I made these for my family this past weekend. My 20 month old son isn’t the best eater, but he’ll try everything. I am happy to say the past 2 mornings he ate almost the whole muffin! Thanks for sharing such a great recipe!


  38. #
    Scout — October 7, 2012 @ 6:01 pm

    I cut down slightly on the chocolate chips and these muffins were pretty darn BAD…and not in a good way. Perhaps the only thing that saves them is the entire 1/2 cup. Maybe add more.


  39. #
    Meira — October 25, 2012 @ 2:52 pm

    Just made these in mini-form

    Smells amazing… Can’t wait to see my little cousins’ faces when I tell them what is in their deelish treat!


  40. #
    Jennifer — December 28, 2012 @ 8:30 pm

    I doubled the recipe and make a dozen muffins and a loaf of bread. The bread is still cooking but the muffins are done and delicious!! I think my kids will love them as well. Any idea on health info?


  41. #
    Jen Papaya — July 24, 2013 @ 12:03 pm

    Do you think these would be good with pecans instead of chocolate chips? (I know…. the blasphemy)


  42. #
    Ashleigh H. — November 25, 2013 @ 5:47 pm

    This is my go-to baking recipe. I seem to always have zucchini and bananas on hand, and I love these muffins! Thank you so much for this simple and delicious recipe.


  43. #
    Meerkatann — June 29, 2014 @ 8:48 pm

    Does it have to be pastry flour? I have whole wheat flour …


  44. #
    Karly — August 17, 2015 @ 2:23 pm

    What is this frosting??


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