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Chocolate Zucchini Muffins (Gluten Free)

These gluten free chocolate zucchini muffins are made with chickpea flour and naturally sweetened with bananas. Healthy chocolate zucchini muffins are great for babies, toddlers, or those looking for a healthy chocolate muffin with veggies.

We love all muffins in this house. These healthy double chocolate muffins give that afternoon boost without a ton of sugar and taste great.

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins in baking pan with zucchini skin, banana and chocolate chips in baking pan slots

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This isn’t my first time making a chickpea flour muffins recipe. My gluten free strawberry muffins are a huge hit, made with chickpea flour, and we often switch out the strawberries for other seasonal fruits.

If you’re a blueberry fan, you’ll love these dairy free blueberry muffins

But these gluten free chocolate zucchini muffins are delicious in their own right. They are sweetened with bananas and a little bit of brown sugar.

With both bananas and zucchini, they are great healthy muffins for babies or toddler muffins. Healthy chocolate muffins with veggies are hard to come by.

I like to switch these zucchini banana chocolate chip muffins off with my healthy baby french toast recipe for fun weekend eats.

toddler eating gluten free chocolate zucchini muffins

If serving as a baby muffin recipe, just nix the brown sugar and chocolate chips, as babies shouldn’t have any added sugars. You could also add spinach puree baby food as a topping.

Camryn loves to help me in the kitchen, and I love including her in the muffin process. Having kids in the kitchen with you is one of my tips for intuitive eating for kids because they learn what they like and spark curiosity by helping.

Gluten Free Chocolate Zucchini Muffins Ingredients

Here’s what you need to make these healthy double chocolate zucchini muffins.

Personally, I think these gluten free chocolate chip muffins have the perfect amount of sweetness without overdoing it. These dairy free zucchini muffins are so versatile and easy to adjust, based on your allergies, taste preferences and nutrition needs.

For example, not dairy free? Try butter for the coconut oil. Need a vegan gluten free zucchini muffin? Use a flax egg for the egg.

gray mixing bowl with flour for chocolate zucchini muffins

I love them as one handed nursing snacks. I trialed a modified dairy free (or I should say limited dairy) eating style with both Camryn and Hannah for short periods, because there were some symptoms that seemed like a dairy allergy for nursing. 

I don’t think I ever got to the bottom of it but for those who are looking for gluten free dairy free zucchini muffins, this recipe works for you.

Chickpea flour, or garbanzo bean flour, is a gluten free flour, but it is also high in protein and flour, making these a great option for high protein muffins. I love them slathered with peanut butter!

chocolate zucchini muffins on white countertop with bowl of more muffins in background

Let me tell you, chickpea flour does not taste like chickpeas, so you wouldn’t even know these chickpea flour banana muffins are made with garbanzo flour. And your kids won’t either

From a nutrition standpoint, one cup of chickpea flour offers: 

  • 20 grams of protein
  • 10 grams of fiber
  • Micronutrients like iron, folate, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese and copper

These nutrients make these gluten free chocolate chip zucchini muffins a great snack for athletes! One of the biggest challenges that my athletes face is having easy to pack, portable and quick healthy snack options.

Dairy free zucchini muffins are great for that, especially since dairy can be aggravating to some people and those with sensitive stomachs (more on that in this runners stomach post). 

white bowl with chickpea chocolate muffins and a glass of milk in the background

How To Make Healthy Double Chocolate Muffins

These gluten free banana zucchini muffins with chocolate only require only about 15 minutes to bake. Once you do the prep work, just toss them in the oven and take in the smells. 

Plus, there’s two forms of chocolate with heart-friendly cocoa powder and the chocolate chips, and these healthy double chocolate muffins are far from underwhelming.

To chop the zucchini, I first peel the zucchini and then use this onion chopper to get it into smaller cube shapes. You could also shred it for smaller pieces.

diced zucchini on a wooden cutting board

First, combine your wet and dry ingredients separately, and then combine them together in a medium bowl.

bowl of eggs, mashed bananas, zucchini and coconut oil

It’s exciting to see these chocolate chickpea flour banana muffins coming to life. 

batter mixed in gray mixing bowl for chocolate zucchini muffins

Pour the batter in a greased muffin tin or use these awesome silicone baking cups

The zucchini hides nicely in these but if you do want a green muffin color, these green tea muffins are a fun option!

FAQ

baking pan with colorful silicone baking cups filled with batter for chocolate banana chickpea muffins
Are these completely flourless zucchini muffins?

If you’re looking for flourless zucchini muffins, these do use chickpea flour (it’s a staple in my monthly Thrive Market orders) instead of your typical all purpose or whole wheat flour.
So they aren’t completely flourless muffins, but most people just want gluten free muffins when they search for that term. However, gluten free and flourless are not one in the same.

Are chocolate chickpea muffins sugar free?

No, these chocolate chickpea muffins are not sugar free, but the cocoa powder is so bitter that I felt these healthy chocolate zucchini muffins needed a sweetener. So, while there’s not a ton of added sugar, there is some. Of course, you can always omit it!

I used brown sugar, but you could also try coconut sugar, honey or maple syrup! The bananas also add a nice natural sweetness too, especially if they’re riper,

How to store chickpea flour muffins

These tasty chocolate zucchini muffins that are gluten free and made of chickpea flour will be fine for a few days in an airtight container on the counter or in the fridge. They are freezer friendly, so they also make for great snacks to save for later.

gray plate with flourless chocolate zucchini muffins with gray and blue striped napkin underneath

white bowl with chocolate chip mmuffins and a glass of milk in the background

Gluten Free Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Yield: 12 muffins
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 16 minutes
Total Time: 26 minutes

These Gluten Free Chocolate Zucchini Muffins are made with chickpea flour and naturally sweetened with bananas. Chocolate chickpea muffins are great as baby muffins, toddler muffins, or a high protein muffin snack!

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine all dry ingredients (chickpea flour through brown sugar).
  3. In a large bowl, combine zucchini, mashed bananas, eggs, ACV, vanilla and coconut oil. 
  4. Pour dry ingredients into wet and stir until combined and moistened.
  5. Pour batter into a greased muffin tin. Bake for 16-20 minutes (mine took about 17), or until tops are set, browned and a toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Let cool on a wire rack before enjoying!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 123Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 173mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 2gSugar: 8gProtein: 4g

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  1. Hi, I just tried your strawberry chickpea muffins and they are delicious! I wanted a chocolate version and I found this. Does this muffin have the same texture as the other muffins? Or maybe more moist or drier? thanks!

  2. If I make any kind of muffin in chocolate form, it’s guaranteed to get eaten by our whole family! We all love chocolate! Great, healthy recipe!!

  3. I have a bag of chickpea flour waiting to be used. I’ll be making this for my boys over the weekend. Looks delicious. And so healthy!

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