Chunky Monkey Zucchini Banana Muffins

You recognize by now how a lot I like muffins. A lot in order that I’m the (considerably) self-proclaimed Muffin Queen. What’s so good about muffins, you ask? They’re transportable, straightforward to make, freezer pleasant, and completely DELIGHTFUL.

What may very well be higher than somewhat chunky monkey zucchini banana muffin (banana, walnuts, coconut and chocolate)?

THE BEST SNACK EVER aka time to make your youngsters eat their veggies. Or possibly simply time so that you can eat your veggies? Heh. I like them for dessert with somewhat Soom chocolate tahini on high. These muffins pack in fruit, a veggie, heart-healthy fat, complete grains and fiber. They’re dairy free and may simply be made gluten free too!

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Let’s speak elements in these zucchini banana muffins

These wholesome banana zucchini muffins are naturally sweetened with ripe bananas and honey, they usually make the right on-the-go breakfast! Right here’s every part you’ll have to make them:

  • Zucchini: Be sure to shred it after which squeeze it with a paper towel of extra moisture. That is crucial!
  • Bananas: Use ripe bananas and be sure you mash after which measure it out to three/4 cup. They assist to sweeten the recipe with out including a ton of further sweeteners.
  • Cinnamon: Not solely does cinnamon assist to control blood sugar, but it surely additionally provides a scrumptious taste to those muffins.
  • Olive oil: I like utilizing somewhat olive oil on this recipe. You actually solely want to make use of 2 tablespoons to maintain the muffins moist, since banana and zucchini do the job! Please word you could additionally use melted butter.
  • Honey: I like utilizing honey to naturally sweeten these zucchini banana muffins. I sometimes use manuka honey, which gives many well being advantages.
  • Almond milk: To maintain these dairy free, I sometimes use unsweetened vanilla almond milk.
  • Walnuts: I like walnuts on this recipe as a result of they add a scrumptious crunch, omega 3 and supply heart-healthy advantages.
  • Chocolate chips: You should use dairy free chocolate chips should you’d like. I choose dark chocolate.
  • Unsweetened coconut: I like the feel somewhat coconut provides the muffin.

zucchini banana muffin batter in a bowl

Really helpful ingredient swaps

I at all times counsel following the recipe as-is in order that they prove precisely how they need to, however right here’s what I can advocate for substitutions:

  • To make vegan: sub pure maple syrup as an alternative of honey and use 1 flax egg as an alternative of an everyday egg. Remember to additionally use dairy free/vegan chocolate chips.
  • To make gluten free: I counsel utilizing chickpea flour or a 1:1 all goal gluten free flour.
  • For the olive oil: be at liberty to make use of butter or vegan butter.

unbaked banana zucchini muffins in a muffin tin

Can I take advantage of frozen bananas?

Yep! Simply make sure you thaw your bananas fully and drain off the surplus liquid in order that the zucchini banana muffins don’t come out too moist.

healthy zucchini banana muffins in a muffin pan

Suggestions for baking with zucchini

  • Use the small aspect of your grater so that you just get little shreds of zucchini. Nobody will be capable to inform there’s a veggie of their brownies!
  • Squeeze out your zucchini shreds as a lot as potential to get all the extra liquid out.
  • Measure the shreds earlier than you squeeze the moisture out.
  • Be at liberty to shred a bunch of zucchini and freeze it for later! Comply with my suggestions and tips right here.

zucchini banana muffins on a beige board

Make it into zucchini banana bread

Be at liberty to attempt my well-known Wholesome Zucchini Bread, or use this recipe to make zucchini banana bread:

  1. Merely make the muffin batter as directed.
  2. Pour right into a greased 9×5 inch loaf pan.
  3. Bake for 50-60 minutes or till a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clear. Straightforward!

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Storing & freezing these zucchini banana muffins

  • To retailer: let the muffins cool fully, then hold them in an hermetic bag or container within the fridge for optimum freshness (particularly throughout summer time months).
  • To freeze: wrap muffins individually in freezer-safe bags or retailer them in a big freezer bag. While you’re able to get pleasure from them, reheat for 30-45 seconds within the microwave or just thaw them at room temperature.

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Chunky Monkey Zucchini Banana Muffins

zucchini banana muffin with a bite taken out

Wholesome zucchini banana muffins filled with shredded zucchini, banana, heart-healthy walnuts, coconut and darkish chocolate chips. These scrumptious muffins pack in each fruits and veggies, making them the right wholesome snack! Freezer-friendly and a good way to make use of up zucchini!


  • Dry elements:
  • 1 1/2
    complete wheat pastry flour or white complete wheat flour
  • 1
    baking soda
  • 1/2
  • ¼
  • Moist elements:
  • ¾
    mashed ripe banana (about 2 small to medium ripe bananas)
  • 2
    olive oil (or sub melted coconut oil)
  • 1/4
    honey (or sub pure maple syrup)
  • 2
    vanilla extract
  • 1
  • 1
    heaping cup shredded zucchini (from 1 medium zucchini, shredded and squeezed of extra moisture)

  • cup
    unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or any milk)
  • Combine ins:
  • ½
    chocolate chips, dairy free if desired

  • cup
    chopped toasted walnuts (or sub pecans)

  • cup
    tremendous shredded unsweetened coconut


  1. Preheat oven to 350 levels F. Line a 12 cup muffin tin with muffin liners and spray the within of the liners with nonstick cooking spray. That is crucial to creating positive the muffins don’t persist with the liners.

  2. In a big bowl, whisk collectively the dry elements: complete wheat pastry flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.

  3. In a separate massive bowl, combine collectively the next with a picket spoon: mashed banana, olive oil, honey, egg, vanilla extract, shredded zucchini and almond milk. 

  4. Gently sir in dry elements till simply mixed. Fold in chocolate chips, walnuts and shredded coconut.

  5. Divide batter evenly between greased muffin liners. Sprinkle the tops with further chocolate chips and coconut, if desired. Bake for 22-27 minutes. Muffins are carried out when a toothpick comes out clear or with only a few crumbs connected.

  6. Enable muffins to chill in muffin tin for 5-10 minutes earlier than transferring to a wire rack to complete cooling. Retailer muffins in hermetic container within the fridge for as much as 5 days. Muffins can be frozen for as much as three months.

Recipe Notes

To bake as bread: Make muffin batter as directed. Pour right into a greased 9×5 inch loaf pan. Bake for 50-60 minutes or till toothpick inserted into center comes out clear.

See the total publish for suggestions, tips, and methods to customise these muffins!


Servings: 12 muffins

Serving measurement: 1 muffin

Energy: 207kcal

Fats: 9.9g

Saturated fats: 4g

Carbohydrates: 29.1g

Fiber: 4g

Sugar: 12.7g

Protein: 3.1g

Recipe by: Monique Volz // Bold Kitchen | Pictures by: Eat Love Eats

This publish was initially printed on July thirtieth, 2018, and republished on April twenty sixth, 2023.