Zucchini Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins are delicious, moist, easy to make (hello, one bowl!), and surprisingly healthy! Your kids will love them!
For another delicious kid-approved muffin recipe, you must try my lemon blueberry muffins!
about this recipe
These muffins make an excellent snack or delicious addition to school lunches or even breakfast!
- I have yet to meet a kid that doesn't love a muffin, much less chocolate chips! This recipe meets both criteria while not overdoing it in the added sugar department. So, it's a win-win for both parents and kids!
- This recipe calls for just enough chocolate chips to give the taste kids love but not so much that they are overly sweet.
- Made with whole grain flours.
- These muffins are high in fiber, so your kids will be full longer (and so less likely to ask for snacks all day long).
- When there is ample supply of zucchini in the summer months, consider grating zucchini to freeze and use later in recipes like this - it's so easy.
- This recipe is easily doubled, so you can make them for a crowd or stick some in the freezer - huge time savings!
- Zucchini Contains fiber, vitamins (like vitamin C, vitamin B-6, and folate), and minerals (like potassium and manganese).
- Bananas Bananas are full of fiber and potassium. They also serve as a fabulous sweetener, especially over-ripe bananas.
- Flour White whole wheat flour and oat flour are used to provide the perfect consistency and flavor. Both are made from whole grains, which means they are excellent sources of fiber. White whole wheat flour is unbleached. It has the same nutritional value as whole wheat flour, but because of the variety of wheat used to make it, white whole wheat flour has a milder flavor, a lighter color, and a softer texture.
- Milk Contains protein, calcium, and vitamin D. If your child has a milk allergy, a milk alternative can be used instead but know that the consistency may be affected.
- Olive oil I use extra virgin olive oil. It contains healthy fats.
- Egg Eggs are a source of protein and it provides structure to the muffins.
- Sugar Included for structure and flavor. I use organic cane sugar (it's tan in color).
- Baking soda and baking powder Added for leavening.
- Salt Used for flavor and to help activate the baking soda. Do not leave out the salt.
- Chocolate chips Because you can't have a chocolate chip muffin without chocolate chips! And, well, kids love chocolate chip everything!
Here's a quick overview of the steps to make these easy and delicious muffins. For the full list of ingredient and instructions, scroll down to the recipe.
- Preheat oven and either grease or line the muffin tins to keep the muffins from sticking.
- In a medium mixing bowl, mash the overripe bananas.
- Add grated zucchini and continue to mash.
- Add liquid ingredients and mix well.
- Add all other ingredients except chocolate chips and mix just until all dry ingredients are incorporated.
- Finally, add chocolate chips and mix.
- Evenly distribute batter in the lined or greased muffin tin.
- Bake and enjoy!
Expert tips and FAQs
- Use either use a fork or a kitchen utensil like a hand-held meat or potato masher to mash the over-ripe bananas. It's easy!
- Grate the zucchini as you would grate a block of cheese. I use a box grater. A food processor or mandolin would work as well. Just be sure to wash the zucchini and trim both ends off first
- If using freshly grated zucchini, you do not need to ring it out first.
White whole wheat flour can be substituted with All-Purpose flour. Making this substitution will reduce the fiber content of the muffins. You can use whole wheat flour instead but the muffins will be more dense.
Either make your own oat flour (from rolled oats, using a high speed blender) or you can use all-purpose or additional white whole wheat flour in place of the oat flour. A combination of white whole wheat flour and oat flour are used in order to optimize the texture of these muffins.
Oat flour softens these muffins that would otherwise be a little denser if made with white whole wheat flour alone.
Zucchini Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
- 2 small over-ripe bananas
- 1 cup zucchini grated
- 1 cup white whole wheat flour
- ¾ cup oat flour
- ¾ cup milk I use skim milk
- ¼ cup olive oil* extra virgin
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp baking powder aluminum-free
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ⅓ cup sugar
- ¼ cup chocolate chips semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
- ½ tsp salt
- Preheat oven to 375° Fahrenheit.
- Place the bananas in the bottom of a medium mixing bowl and mash well.
- Add the grated zucchini to the banana and mix well.
- Add all other ingredients to the mixing bowl. Mix well.
- Divide batter evenly into a lined muffin tin (12 muffins).
- Bake for 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.