double chocolate banana-zucchini muffins

July 31, 2012

in Breakfast & Muffins

Last week, I suggested eating cake for breakfast. Today I’m sharing double chocolate muffins. What’s gotten into me? Though these muffins may resemble cupcakes, they are lightly sweetened with honey and a ripe banana. Grated zucchini ups the health factor (even if you aren’t a zucchini lover, give these a try – the cocoa disguises the squash remarkably well), and helps ensure a springy texture.

With a rich cocoa flavor and a melt-in-your-mouth chocolate chip topping, breakfast just got an upgrade. How do you feel about starting the day with chocolate?

Double Chocolate Banana-Zucchini Muffins
1 1/4 cups flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup low-fat buttermilk
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/3 cup honey
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 large ripe banana, mashed
1 cup grated zucchini
1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350°F and line a 12-cup standard muffin pan with baking cups; coat baking cups with cooking spray. Whisk together flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the center of the mixture. Combine buttermilk, egg, honey, oil, vanilla, banana, and zucchini in a medium bowl; add to flour mixture and stir just until combined.

Fill each baking cup 2/3 full of batter, then sprinkle chocolate chips evenly over muffins. Bake for 15 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let muffins cool in pan on a wire rack for 2 minutes before removing from pan to serve warm or cool completely. Store leftover muffins in an airtight container at room temperature up to 2 days.

Yield – 12 muffins (serving size: 1 muffin)
Calories – 150
Carbs – 26

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53 Comments

1 Valerie July 31, 2012

I am absolutely in love with the idea of starting each day with chocolate. :D
These muffins look delightful! (And “healthy” too!)

P.S. Your cupcake liners are adorable!

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2 Liren July 31, 2012

You *know* I’m all for starting the day with chocolate! Sometimes you just have to :) But with these I wouldn’t feel guilty in the slightest, with the banana and zucchini!

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3 Suzanne July 31, 2012

I agree with Liren, I wouldn’t feel one bit guilty either, with only 150 cal. a pop I might just eat two! Great recipe Laura :)

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4 Annamaria @ bakewell junction July 31, 2012

Looks wonderful… Had to pin it.

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5 cassie July 31, 2012

These definitely look melt-in-your-mouth amazing. I’m all about cake for breakfast, but I’ll take a chocolate muffin any day too!

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6 Liz July 31, 2012

Mmmmmm….I love how the zucchini and banana transform these from cupcakes into a treat you could legitimately eat for breakfast! They look divine!

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7 fabiola@notjustbaked July 31, 2012

I have been craving chocolate but not knowing what to make. I totally agree with the ladies, these are guilt free! And a nice way t get my chocolate fix:)

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8 Jen L | Tartine ans Apron Strings July 31, 2012

eating cakes for breakfast? why not! i have no hard and fast rules for breakfast – to me, it’s an important meal, so why not eat something I really like? Hehe. I think Patty of Patty’s Food made these muffins also last week, so I’m having choco-zucchini muffin overload…but I’m loving it!!!

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9 Jennifer @ Mother Thyme July 31, 2012

I will definitely be making these this week! These look fantastic!

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10 the wicked noodle July 31, 2012

Oh my gosh, I love so many things about these muffins I don’t know where to start! DOUBLE chocolate, both banana AND zucchini, plus buttermilk in the batter (which I’m sure makes them sooo super moist)?!

SWOON!!

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11 Rowena @ Apron and Sneakers July 31, 2012

I wouldn’t mind starting my day with a cupcake (or two!) like this. Sometimes, we just have to spoil ourselves and indulge in chocolate. But then there are the banana and zucchini!

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12 Charles July 31, 2012

I’ve got nothing against zucchini, but I still haven’t actually got around to trying it in cakes – something I’ll need to try soon I think. I’m curious how it changes the texture of the cake. It sure looks delicious from the outside Laura!

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13 Kate July 31, 2012

Looks fantastic and moist. A perfect way to use up that zucchini.

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14 Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef July 31, 2012

I could start AND end the day with chocolate and what better way to start than with a few of these muffins. :)

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15 Marina@ Picnic at Marina July 31, 2012

It looks great, although I still prefer my zucchinis in savory dishes, but it’s just me… :)

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16 Patty July 31, 2012

Yummy! I like the idea of starting my day with a chocolate muffins, I think the zucchini part of it is very healthy! Lovely photos;-)

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17 Carol | a cup of mascarpone July 31, 2012

These look amazing, Laura! I can’t wait to try them! I love zucchini in baked goods…makes it so moist, and with chocolate, too…oh my!!! What a treat with morning coffee! Your photos are lovely too, so bright and happy!

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18 Lisa { AuthenticSuburbanGourmet } July 31, 2012

Certainly not a bad way to start the morning with a bit of chocolate! Loving these muffins!!

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19 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts July 31, 2012

I have zucchini and banana that need to get used up, these just might be breakfast tomorrow!

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20 Suzanne Perazzini July 31, 2012

In Italy where I lived, they eat cake for breakfast. When we go back there to visit family, we easily slip back into the habit of walking up to the pastry shop in the morning and bringing back amazing cakes for breakfast. It doesn’t seem to hurt the Italians.

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21 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella July 31, 2012

Hehe last night I dreamed of cooking with zucchini! And now here is your recipe with brilliant timing :D

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22 Alina August 1, 2012

Absolutely divine! I love those muffins!

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23 The Café Sucré Farine August 1, 2012

Only 150 calories? Wow, these look amazing and I love those cupcake papers, so cute! Your photos, as always are beautiful and so….. enticing!

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24 Jen @ Savory Simple August 1, 2012

Yes to chocolate for breakfast!

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25 Baker Street August 1, 2012

Chocolate, Banana and Zucchini!!! These would be perfect for breakfast!

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26 Sawsan (Chef in disguise) August 1, 2012

Starting the day with chocolate sounds like the perfect begining for any day :)
I love using zucchini in cakes, it makes them super moist so I can only imagine how good these muffins must be

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27 Anna @ hiddenponies August 1, 2012

I am ALL about chocolate for breakfast, and it’s just an extra bonus if it’s healthy! These look perfect!

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28 Patricia Scarpin August 1, 2012

I have never baked with zucchini – these muffins look delicious, Laura!

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29 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com August 1, 2012

Best treat for anytime of the day. Perfect excuse for more, with zucchini in it ;)

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30 Jessica@AKitchenAddiction August 1, 2012

I’m all about starting my day with chocolate!

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31 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious August 1, 2012

Dude, how did you know that I had a ripe banana and zucchini to use up?!

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32 Jen @ The Scrumptious Pumpkin August 1, 2012

These look so delicious – I would eat them any time of day :) Love the idea of a guiltless chocolate chip muffin!

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33 Nami | Just One Cookbook August 1, 2012

Oh yes that sounds perfect! This recipe doesn’t sound heavily sweetened at all and that’s what I like about your recipes. And I have to say your cupcake liners with ladybugs are SUPER adorable. You know how to make our heart melt not with your recipes but even with cupcake liners. ;-)

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34 anh@anhsfoodblog.com August 1, 2012

Yum! This is my kind of baked food. :)

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35 Lora @cakeduchess August 1, 2012

The banana and zucchini make it a healthy way to start the day, I say! And that chocolate makes it a little decadent and a wonderful pick-me-up:)super recipe and super morning treat. xx

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36 Cathy @ Noble Pig August 1, 2012

I love them and I have no problem starting my day with chocolate. Those ladybugs are adorable too!!

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37 Deborah August 1, 2012

I’m totally all over chocolate for breakfast!

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38 Terra August 1, 2012

I am the weird one….I am not a huge chocolate fan….I know, I know, don’t judge me!!! :-) Your recipe does sound lovely, my hubby would adore it for sure:-) Beautiful, Hugs, Terra

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39 Jenn and Seth August 2, 2012

chocolate for breakfast? of course! these look so delicious, i’m making them soon!

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40 Jennie @themessybakerblog August 2, 2012

These muffins look amazing! I’m a huge fan of zucchini bread, but you’ve taken zucchini to a whole new level. I can’t wait to try this recipe.

BTW, those muffin liners are just darling!

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41 elena-sweetlife August 2, 2012

I’d like to start each day with a muffin like that! Never tried zucchini and banana together but sounds very good!

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42 roz August 2, 2012

What a great addition of chocolate to an already favorite zucchini bread recipe! Satisfies my chocolate addiction in such a new way! Ciao amica con baci, Roz

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43 Riley August 2, 2012

These look scrumptious! I would be a lucky girl if I could start my day with one of these!

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44 Spencer August 2, 2012

Looks absolutely delicious! I reckon I could eat about 100 of them. How awesome.

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45 Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking August 2, 2012

is there something better than having chocolate for breakfast? Loving these chocolate muffins, all I need is a glass of milk.

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46 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective August 2, 2012

I think these would wake me right up tomorrow morning! And their healthy, right? Zucchini…

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47 carrian August 2, 2012

I love a fantastic muffin. These are gorgeous. Wish I could come learn photography from ya. Lovely, lovely photos

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48 Amy (Savory Moments) August 3, 2012

These looks delicious! I love your cute lady bug cupcake papers, too!

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49 Lan | angry asian August 3, 2012

i personally love starting the day sweet and if it’s with chocolate, i’m all for it. since it’s summer time, i’m all about the smoothies which can combine both. when it’s cooler and i can bear to have the oven on, chocolate muffins might have to make an appearance.

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50 Steph August 3, 2012

Ohh, those look quite “healthy” for breakfast XD
I can’t wait to try baking a batch myself!

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51 Magic of Spice August 23, 2012

Chocolate and coffee are the ultimate way to start my day as far as I am concerned :) These look and sound so delicious!

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52 Amy June 3, 2014

Could you replace the buttermilk with Greek yogurt?

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53 Tutti Dolci June 3, 2014

Hi Amy, yes! You may just want to add a splash of milk to thin it out a bit.

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