Does it get any better than eating chocolate for breakfast? I don’t think so! These
soft and moist vegan chocolate zucchini muffins are baked with grated
zucchini, cocoa powder, almond butter, almond milk and oat flour. Ready to
enjoy in 30 minutes! Yields 12 muffins.
I am SO excited to share these plant-based chocolate zucchini muffins with you. Not only are they filling and nutritious, they have the perfect texture without using butter, oil or any specialty ingredients!
While there are so many great plant-based breakfast ideas to choose from, I love muffins because they are easy to incorporate vegetables into without compromising the flavor or texture. In this moist vegan muffin recipe I used zucchini, but you can also feature veggies in other muffin recipes such as pumpkins in my vegan chocolate and pumpkin muffins and sweet potatoes in my easy vegan sweet potato muffins!
Muffins of course don't need to have vegetables, as vegan blueberry muffins are definitely the gold standard of them all. But why not use them when given the chance?
My kids are obsessed with these gluten free zucchini muffins, especially when I top them with vegan chocolate cream cheese frosting. You'll seriously feel like you are eating dessert!
This recipe comes together using just 10 ingredients (or 11 if adding the icing):
Health Benefits of Zucchini
I love that zucchini is in season in the summertime when we need extra hydration, because it's 90% water! This means it's also low in calories and adds really delicious moisture to baked goods. Since we started a home garden we've been eating zucchini we grow which is SO exciting! You can see all of my favorite zucchini recipes here.
How to Grate Zucchini for Muffins
Zucchini can be grated using a handheld box greater or a food processor. Either method is fine (and are both quick). The food processor is easier but it creates an extra thing to clean so I usually just opt for the grater.
If using a box grater, cut off both ends of the zucchini and slide it up and down the grater on the side with the larger holes until fully grated.
If using a food processor, use the grating attachment and feed the zucchini into the food processor.
When you've finished, squeeze the grated zucchini dry using a fine mesh strainer or a clean towel. It is important to squeeze out as much moisture as possible to get that perfect texture!
How to Make Gluten-Free Oat Flour
This recipe has one cup of oat flour in it. You can buy oat flour but it is really easy and inexpensive to make. Just put your oats into a blender and pulse it until a fine flour forms!
I love baking with oats because they are full of soluble fiber which helps you feel fuller longer. Oats are also higher in protein and healthful fats than most other whole grains, in addition to being lower in carbohydrates. I definitely recommend my easy chocolate chip oat flour cookies!
Vegan Chocolate Cream Cheese Icing
The vegan cream cheese icing is optional but takes it into dream territory! I love the Kite Hill brand for a plant-based cream cheese that whips into a totally smooth, creamy topping. A little bit of maple syrup, unsweetened cocoa powder, plant-based cream cheese and vanilla extract are all you need.
Putting It All Together - Making the Muffins
Once you've grated and squeezed the zucchini dry, the rest is super easy!
First, add zucchini and the wet ingredients (almond butter, almond milk, maple syrup and vanilla) to a mixing bowl and whisk until well combined.
Then add in the dry ingredients (oat flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt) and whisk again until no clumps remain. Stir in some chocolate chips and your muffin mixture is done!
Pour the mixture into muffin cups until they are almost full, but not to the very top. You want to leave some space for it to rise without spilling over.
Bake the zucchini muffins for 20 minutes. To ensure they are fully done once you remove them from the oven, insert a toothpick into the middle of one of the muffins. If it comes out clean, you are all set!
While the muffins cool, use a hand mixer to quickly combine the chocolate icing ingredients (dairy-free cream cheese, maple syrup, cocoa powder and vanilla) in a small mixing bowl and pop it in the fridge until you are ready to use.
Once the muffins have fully cooled, remove them from the muffin tin, top them with the cream cheese icing and enjoy!
Nut-Free Option for Zucchini Muffins
To make a nut-free version of these vegan zucchini muffins, you can substitute sunflower seed butter or pumpkin seed butter in place of the almond butter. The recipe calls for almond milk, but coconut, rice, oat, flaxseed, or hemp milk would all work as well using the same measurements.
Can you Freeze Zucchini Muffins?
Yes, zucchini muffins are freezer-friendly! You can freeze them for up to three months. When re-serving, let them thaw at room temperature or in the microwave.
These muffins can be enjoyed without freezing for up to 5 days by placing them in an airtight container and storing in the refrigerator.
What to Pair with Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins
Our favorite way enjoy these is with a cold glass of homemade oat milk or almond milk. You could even do Chocolate Hemp Seed Milk if you want to go all in on the chocolate! This makes for such a satisfying snack that's VERY kid-friendly. My kids gobbled up three muffins each before I had to make them stop!
These moist vegan chocolate zucchini muffins are refined sugar-free, soy-free, oil-free, butter-free, gluten-free, and can even be made nut-free! They're vegan, which means I made them without eggs or dairy as well.
I love snacks that everyone can enjoy, especially when they contain chocolate! I hope you'll tag me on Instagram if you make these, and be sure to drop a review below!
Does it get any better than eating chocolate for breakfast? I don’t think so! These soft and moist vegan chocolate zucchini muffins are baked with grated zucchini, cocoa powder, almond butter, almond milk and oat flour. Ready to enjoy in 30 minutes! Yields 12 muffins.
For the double chocolate zucchini muffins
- 1 cup shredded zucchini (from about 1 medium zucchini) - packed in measuring cup
- ½ cup raw almond butter (or nut or seed butter of choice)
- ½ cup unsweetened plain almond milk (or plant-based milk of choice)
- ½ cup maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup gluten-free oat flour
- ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon fine salt
- ½ cup vegan mini chocolate chips
Optional Vegan Chocolate Cream Cheese "Icing"
- 4 ounces plain vegan cream cheese (I love Kite Hill brand)
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a 12-cup muffin tin with avocado oil (or line with paper or silicone baking cups and spray the inside of those cups with avocado oil). Set aside.
- Place shredded zucchini in a paper towel or kitchen towel and squeeze out all the moisture. Place in a large mixing bowl.
- Add all wet ingredients to the shredded zucchini (almond butter, almond milk, maple syrup and vanilla). Whisk until well combined.
- Add oat flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt to the mixing bowl and whisk until well combined and no clumps remain.
- Stir in chocolate chips.
- Fill the muffin cups until ⅞ full.
- Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to fully cool to room temperature before touching them.
- While the muffins cool, make the vegan chocolate cream cheese icing: Add vegan cream cheese, maple syrup, cocoa powder and vanilla to a small mixing bowl. Use a hand mixer to combine until smooth and no clumps remain. Place in the refrigerator until ready to use.
- Once the muffins have fully cooled, remove them from the muffin tin. Add the cream cheese icing with a knife and enjoy!
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days. These muffins may be frozen for up to three months.
- Prep Time: 10
- Cook Time: 20
- Category: Breakfast or Snack
- Method: Oven