double chocolate zucchini protein muffins

double chocolate zucchini muffins

This week is the final week of Meatless Monday A to Z – and we are celebrating with zucchini! Okay, it is the final week of the Inaugural Meatless Monday A to Z, I believe we will be starting all over again, right Heather?

I have had so much fun these last 26 Mondays, being challenged with new ingredients and finding unique ways to use them. Well, most of the time I have created something unique – today I bring you a kinda sorta standard double chocolate zucchini muffin.

double chocolate zucchini muffin

I think they’re pretty darn fantastic, though. Rich and chocolatey, these are a delicious way to end a really fun meatless series. These puff up nicely, have a great crisp exterior around a hearty yet soft middle, studded with melty chocolate (you must enjoy one fresh from the oven!). The cinnamon adds a subtle spicy depth of flavor.

They also have protein, so these stick with you longer than a regular muffin. Win-win.

double chocolate zucchini protein muffins

double chocolate zucchini protein muffins

dairy, egg, soy and gluten free, vegan

makes 12 muffins

2 tablespoons flax seed, freshly ground
1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon warm water
1/2 cup coconut milk (So Delicious carton)
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
2 cups zucchini, grated
2/3 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon maple syrup
3/4 cup gluten free all purpose flour
1/2 cup brown rice flour
3/4 cup chocolate protein powder (Sunwarrior)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 + 1/8 teaspoon xanthan gum
1 tablespoon cinnamon
pinch sea salt
1 cup dark chocolate chips (I used dairy free 70%)

Grind flax seed in blender, coffee grinder. Place 2 tablespoons flax in a bowl, add water and stir. Place in refrigerator to set into gel (this equals / replaces two eggs).

Combine coconut milk and apple cider vinegar, set aside.

In large bowl, combine flours, protein powder, baking powder, xanthan gum, cinnamon, salt, and chocolate chips. Add grated zucchini, coconut oil, maple syrup, flax mixture, and coconut / acv mixture, stir to combine.Β Pour into prepared muffin cups, 3/4 full. Top each muffin with a few more chocolate chips.

Bake at 350 for 25 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.

double chocolate zucchini protein muffins

more recipes with zucchini:


roasted sweet potato and asparagus pasta


zucchini bread french toast


garlic cream risotto with summer vegetables


miso roasted veggie tacos


cherry zucchini crumb muffins


What is your favorite way to use zucchini?

Visit Heather to see other zucchini creations:




  1. says

    Yum! I wish I was creative like YOU! You just keep on being creative for me when it comes to food and recipes πŸ˜‰

    Hope all is well love! Been thinking of you and your dad! <3

    • Kristina Sloggett says

      thanks so much – Dad is in surgery right now… *thinking good thoughts*. I will keep on keepin’ on with creativity in the kitchen! XO

    • Kristina Sloggett says

      these will definitely do it – they’re pretty rich and chocolatey! my sweet tooth is pretty active right now too… πŸ˜‰

  2. Lora @cakeduchess says

    I should join the next round of MM posts so I will be inspired to get more creative. Love this protein packed muffin with chocolate-yum!!

    • Kristina Sloggett says

      oh, Lora, please do! I would love it if you joined in, this really has been so much fun. We usually know about a month ahead of what the next several Mondays worth of ingredients are, so there is generally plenty of time to plan. Plus it is just fun! I hope you will join in!

  3. says

    These muffins sound like they would make an amazing breakfast–especially if you’re prone to running late and not eating much breakfast at all. I, uh, wouldn’t know anything about that, of course… :)

    • Kristina Sloggett says

      hmm… I do know what you mean… πŸ˜‰ and yep, I ate one of these as I was driving to the hospital early this morning – a perfect portable!

    • Kristina Sloggett says

      yes, zucchini bread french toast, it is a thing. a very good thing. these are pretty chocolatey, in the best way possible πŸ˜‰

  4. says

    I was thinking about chocolate with zucchini, but never got a chance to try it – thanks for creating a recipe for me!! And YES, there will be a bigger & better Round 2 (if that’s even possible, right?!). And I’m going to plan better so I’m not always creating recipes at 9:30PM on Sunday night. :)

  5. says

    I could SO go for one of these muffins right now, my mouth is watering — they look amazing. LOVE that you snuck protein in there too. Genius! A healthy muffin, who knew?? πŸ˜‰

  6. says

    And again… Love!!! A few years ago I had a zucchini plant that produced just about a zucchini a day. Last years though? I think I got 1 zucchini… not sure what happened, but it was sad! These are totally going on my menu! And that french toast too!

    • Kristina Sloggett says

      the French toast NEEDS to happen here again too… I hope your zucchini is back this year – one year we had so many I was thinking about sneaking them into neighbors mailboxes… πŸ˜‰

  7. says

    Maple…cinnamon…AND chocolate?!?! AND they look like the most densely chewy cupcakes-masquerading-as-muffins I’ve ever seen? [OK, that I’ve seen in the past, say, few weeks, anyway.] You’ve outdone yourself again, m’dear.

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