Chocolate Zucchini Muffins (Healthy, Low Calorie)

Hide some veggies in your kids muffins. Chocolate Zucchini Muffins are a healthy breakfast or snack. No one will realize zucchini is in them.

Even my daughter loved these! Chocolate Zucchini Muffins - Low Calorie Low Fat Healthy Breakfast or Snack Recipe Food Done Light is 1-year-old

I started this blog one year ago yesterday on the first day of Kindergarten for my daughter.  My thoughtwas if she was brave enough to try a new adventure then so was I.  I really had no clue what I was doing.  Looking back at all I have learned over this year it amazes me I managed to get the blog up and running.  What I didn’t know could fill pages and pages of this blog.  I was so naive.  Thanks to  Online Blog Conference and a wonderful support group they set up, I’ve stumbled my way through.

I hope you have seen this blog evolving and hopefully improving.  I’ve really tried to improve my photography.  Boy, I am not a natural photographer.  It is such a struggle for me and makes me want to hit my head against the wall.  I see gorgeous pictures and food styling and wonder why I can’t do that.  It’s just not my thing.  Hopefully the quality of the food and recipes make up for that.


Today’s recipe is for my little 1st grader.  Chocolate Zucchini Muffins are the perfect after school snack filled with vegetables.  These delicious little nuggets are a Marcus Samuelsson recipe. I love Chef Samuelsson.  I follow him on Google Plus (BTW, you can follow me on Google Plus, too – here)  He has such a flair for fusing flavors and ingredients.  When I grow up, I want to cook just like Chef Samuelsson.

These deliciously chocolaty, zucchini filled muffins freeze beautifully.  I can defrost them in the microwave in a few seconds then they are ready to eat.  The only problem, I can hear them calling me to eat them.  If you have that problem, “food calling itis”, just make them smaller and you can enjoy them more often.  They would be just as delicious mini size.

Even my daughter loved these! Chocolate Zucchini Muffins - Low Calorie Low Fat Healthy Breakfast or Snack Recipe

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Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12 to 18
Calories 181 kcal
Author Christie Daruwalla


  • 1 cup unpacked brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 egg plus 2 egg whites, room temperature
  • 1 over ripe banana mashed
  • 6 ounces Fage 0% fat Greek yogurt room temperature
  • 1/4 cup ground flax-seed
  • 2 cups grated zucchini
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose unbleached flour, 150 grams
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour 90 grams
  • 1/3 cup dark cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together sugar, oil, egg, egg whites, banana and yogurt.
  3. In another large bowl, mix together flax, zucchini, flour, wheat flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda and cinnamon.
  4. Mix dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Then stir in vanilla and chocolate chips.
  5. Depending on the size of muffins you want to make 12, 15 or 18 spray one 12 cup muffin tin or two tins with cooking spray. If making 12 muffins, fill the cups full, 15 muffins is about 2/3 full and 18 is about 1/2 full.
  6. If making 12 muffins, cook for approximately 25 minutes, 15 muffins will be approximately 20 minutes, 18 muffins approximately 15-20 minutes. *Personally I like the size with 15.
  7. Place muffin tins on wire racks for 5 minutes. Then place muffins directly on rack to cool completely.

Recipe Notes

If you make 12 muffins, each muffin has: Calories 226 Fat 8 grams Carbs 35 grams Fiber 4 grams Protein 7 grams If you make 15 muffins, each muffin has: Calories 181 Fat 6 grams Carbs 28 grams Fiber 3 grams Protein 5 grams If you make 18 muffins, each muffin has: Calories 151 Fat 5 grams Carbs 24 grams Fiber 3 grams Protein 4 grams

I calculated 7  Weight Watcher Smartpoints per muffin when you make 15.

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Zucchini Muffins
Amount Per Serving
Calories 181 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Total Carbohydrates 28g 9%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 13g
Protein 5g 10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Happy Healthy Eating,


Adapted from Chef Marcus Samuelsson’s Healthy Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

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  1. Charlotte Moore says
    YUM!!! I may have to try these using yellow squash. Do not have zucchini. We like dark chocolate. I think you do a great job with your pics.
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Thanks so much Charlotte. I think they would be great with yellow squash. Let me know how they turn out.
  2. Congratulations on your 1 year blog anniversary! Today is my 2 year blog anniversary too. My how the time goes by quickly. Best wishes to you and the years to come with your blog.
  3. These look delicious, Christie! I've bookmarked them to try soon. Love the idea of chocolate and zucchini in a muffin. That they are relatively light and healthy is the icing on the cake :-)
  4. BobbiJo Pentney says
    Awesome, I have tonnes of zucchini and I love adding the extra health benefits.
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Bobbi Jo, I loved the "hidden" zucchini in this recipe. I love zucchini in anything but for those that don't this is perfect.
  5. Wowwww These muffins look and sound fantastic! Happy blogiversary my friend ❤
  6. I just found your blog via Chef in Training's link up...and I'm loving it! I just wanted to say that I think your blog is lovely and your pictures well done. I too am not a natural at pictures and keep learning. I've been so thankful for PicMonkey- sure makes it easier- but I still have lots to learn. Anyway, I never would have known you've just been blogging for a year by looking at your blog, so kuddos! And I'm looking forward to visiting more.
  7. Oh yum...those look delicious!! Congratulation on the blogiversary :)
  8. You are so clever using Zucchini and Yogurt! And they look divine. I had to "pin" and like because muffins & cupcakes are my favorite things!
  9. Congrats on one year blogging - and what a way to celebrate with these yummy muffins! Beautiful pictures, too! :)
  10. My son would love these little muffins! I love the zucchini in them.
  11. yum, I bet the yogurt makes them super moist!


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