Healthy Banana Zucchini Muffins with whole wheat flour, shredded zucchini, ripe banana and studded with dark chocolate chunks for decadence! Made in one bowl and baked in 20 minutes for perfect wholesome snacks and busy mornings.
Love the combination of fruit and veggies in your baked goods? Make healthy zucchini muffins or healthy zucchini banana bread next!
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Healthy banana zucchini muffins are a good reason to turn on your oven this summer. So are lemon zucchini muffins and healthy zucchini bread.
No refined sugar, whole grain, low oil plus filled with fruits and veggies. Sign me up for a double batch!
I know there are many muffins out there but mine are the best! I swear, just check 5 star reviews! The world’s most delicious zucchini banana bread muffins.
These healthy muffins are so moist and fluffy! They will become a regular in your healthy breakfast rotation. The ratio of everything is just spot on.
I promise, you just need to turn on the oven and make them.
Ingredients You’ll Need
The combination of mashed ripe banana, zucchini, plus dark chocolate will have you loving eating veggies for breakfast!
- Bananas: Ripe bananas to overripe. The uglier bananas, the sweeter the muffins.
- Zucchini: Shred on medium size hole grater and pack in the measuring cup. Do not squeeze.
- Dark chocolate bar: 100 grams or 3.5 oz dark chocolate bar. My kids loved banana zucchini muffins with 70% dark chocolate, I found them a bit too sweet and prefer unsweetened chocolate or 90% dark chocolate. You can use 1/2 cup chocolate chips, if preferred.
- Whole wheat or spelt flour: These are only 2 flours I would recommend to use because other flours act differently. Baking is a science and it is best to follow the recipe for favorable results.
- Maple syrup: Any liquid sweetener like honey, agave or brown rice syrup works. As long as it’s not sugar. Dry sweetener will offset the ratios and batter won’t work.
- Egg: Room temperature for best results.
- Oil: Any mild tasting oil works.
- Baking staples: Baking powder, baking soda, vanilla extract, and salt.
How to Make Healthy Banana Zucchini Muffins
Made in one bowl these healthy banana zucchini muffins couldn’t be easier to whip up!
Prep: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and line muffin tin with parchment paper liners.
Chop the chocolate bar by running a chef’s knife through it on a cutting board. You want some small pieces but otherwise keep chocolate to larger chunks.
Also now it’s time to grate zucchini on a medium size hole of a box grater.
Make batter: In a large mixing bowl, lightly whisk the egg. Add bananas and mash well, using a masher or a fork.
Add grated zucchini, maple syrup, oil, vanilla extract, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk to combine, you can also use same masher to stir the liquids. Now add flour and gently stir with spatula until well incorporated.
Last, add your reserved chopped chocolate and give a few more gentle stirs.
Fill muffin tin and bake: Fill tin almost full with batter. I like to use a trigger ice cream scoop as it distributes the batter evenly, quickly and without a waste.
Bake for 22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. Remember all ovens vary, so just check and play it by ear.
Then cool your healthy banana zucchini muffins for 5 minutes in the tin, then on a cooling rack for as long as you can resist. And enjoy!
- Make it egg free: Omit the egg and learn how to make a flax egg or chia egg for vegan banana zucchini muffins.
- Mini muffins: Set the time for 12 minutes, then test. If mini muffins are not done, add 3 minutes and so forth. Mini muffins can take anywhere from 15-18 minutes.
- Loaf: Reduce oven temp to 350F degrees and bake 50-60 minutes for a full sized 9×5 loaf or 25-30 minutes for miniature loaf.
- Oil free: You can try half oil and half applesauce to lower the amount of oil. This has only been reader tested. You may like these almond flour zucchini muffins which contain no oil.
- Yellow summer squash: Could be used instead of zucchini. Carrots could be tried, or make my healthy morning glory muffins instead.
- Swap berries for chocolate: I recommend fresh or frozen blueberries, or just make these healthy blueberry banana muffins.
Can I Substitute the Whole Wheat Flour?
Baking is a science and the only flours I tested in this healthy banana zucchini muffins recipe are whole wheat flour and spelt flour.
You may try to use all-purpose flour or gluten free flour blend with a total amount of 1 cup. You just need a tad less of it than of whole grain flour to avoid dry muffins.
I think you can get away with half whole wheat flour and half white flour, for sure.
White whole wheat and whole wheat pastry flour more likely will work 1:1 ratio. Please let me know if you try.
Coconut flour will not work as it is very “thirsty”. And almond flour is basically ground up almond and has no gluten, so it acts very differently too. Try my reader favorite almond flour banana muffins instead. Also these oat flour banana muffins are gluten free as well.
No. The skin of zucchini is thin and edible. Grating it on medium size hole makes zucchini barely noticeable. However, if selective eaters in your house turn their nose up at green flecks in their banana muffins with zucchini, by all means peel it and your zucchini becomes invisible.
Do not squeeze the water out of your zucchini for this muffin recipe! Shredded zucchini is what keeps these muffins moist. All recipes vary.
Yes! Just be sure to thaw them first and use the extra liquid as well. Got more bananas? Check out these 10 healthy banana snack recipes!
Previously grated and frozen, yes. Just thaw it a bit or completely and use the liquid as well.
How to Store
I like to store muffins covered with a towel on a kitchen counter for the first 2 days.
Since these are healthy banana zucchini muffins and contain minimal oil and natural sweetener, I transfer muffins to an airtight container and refrigerate for another 3 days.
Refrigeration helps muffins to retain moisture. If there are any leftovers, of course.
How to Freeze
Place cooled muffins in a gallon size Ziploc bag, let as much air as possible and freeze for up to 3 months. Mini quick breads take about 3 hours to thaw on a counter, muffins will thaw in less time.
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Healthy Banana Zucchini Muffins
- 1 large egg
- 3 large very ripe bananas (1 cup) mashed
- 1 cup grated zucchini packed and not squeezed
- 1/4 cup maple syrup or honey
- 3 tbsp any mild tasting oil
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour or spelt flour
- 3.5 oz dark chocolate bar coarsely chopped
- Cooking spray I use Misto
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and spray non-stick 12 muffin tin with cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk the egg. Add bananas and mash well.
- Add zucchini, maple syrup, oil, vanilla extract, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk to combine.
- Now add flour and gently stir until well incorporated. Do not over mix otherwise muffins will be tough. Add chocolate chunks and give a few more gentle stirs.
- Fill each tin almost full with batter (I used trigger ice cream scoop) and bake for 22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let muffins cool for about 5 minutes and transfer to a cooling rack to cool off more.
- Store: Store in a cold dry place for a few days or freeze for up to 3 months.
- Bananas: Make sure they are very ripe. The uglier bananas, the sweeter the muffins. If using frozen, thaw and use liquid.
- Zucchini: Grate on medium size hole of box grater to “hide”, on larger to show off. Do not peel or squeeze. If using frozen shredded, thaw and use the liquids.
This is now my go-to recipe! I love that it uses both banana and zucchini. It even translates well into gluten-free. Just use oat flour!
So happy to hear Heather! Glad you enjoy them!
I love this recipe! I wanted something with a healthy twist for breakfast or as a snack for my toddler. This recipe is spot on.
The muffins came out fluffy and moist. I made a small modification by adding 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon and a scoop of vegan protein powder for some extra nutrition.
So glad it all worked out and your little one enjoyed them!
Amazing. Used a medium, while zucchini. Was very moist. Added 2 extra min. Of cooking time. Kids devoured. Thanks, Olena!
So glad you enjoyed it!
Just made these. The flavor is ok, but the texture was way too wet. I used all purpose flour so measured 1 cup, and had to add an extra 1/4 cup. Still, after baking them they came out done on the outside, with wet “spots” on the inside…
Almost everything in the recipe is liquid, other than the 1 cup of flour…??
Original recipe calls for whole wheat flour. Making it with all-purpose is up to you. I do say I have not tested it but it may work in the post. Yes, recipe is correct. Zucchini and bananas are not liquids, they do bake. I think the problem was either your oven runs lower and they needed more bake time, you didn’t follow the recipe somewhere else, or if you used garden zucchini which is more watery.
I tried using 1 cup of all purpose flour and it turned out delicious! Thank you so much, I love all of your recipes!
So glad it turned out great for you and thank you!
These turned out so pretty I got down a glass jar to put them in to show them off on the counter. It’s so nice to have home baked stuff that’s actually healthy on the counter!
That’s awesome on the display Terry! Glad you enjoyed them!
These we fantastic! I used Cup4Cup gluten-free flour – 3/4c all-purpose and 1/2c whole grain (was running low). I also used very ripe plantain for about 80% of the banana, as I needed to use it up.
I made them in mini-muffin pans and baked them for 11 minutes. So good
Glad you enjoyed it and it all worked out!
So glad you enjoyed it!
If they take 15-18 minutes, why test them at 12? =)
Oven temps can vary as well as if you gas, electric etc! 🙂
Ok, This muffin is not just healthy but very tasty! My daughter who is an severe picky eater… Ate it and asked for more! I even made it with spelt flour and husband and I are seconds! So good!!