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Fiona's Gluten-Free Chocolate Zucchini Muffin Recipe

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Fiona's Gluten-Free Chocolate Zucchini Muffin Recipe

Gluten-Free Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

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This recipe for Gluten-Free Chocolate Zucchini Muffins comes courtesy of Fiona Haynes, our Guide to Low Fat Cooking. Fiona cooks for a gluten-free family member and says that even her gluten-eating kids love this recipe.

Fiona makes quick bread with this recipe, great for breakfast or an after school snack. I made muffins because they ar easy to pack for a healthy away-from-home snack.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes


  • 2 cups sorghum flour OR gluten-free all purpose flour mix
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons xanthan gum (don't add gum if using a GF flour mix that contains xanthan gum or guar gum)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup canola oil OR light olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup low fat sour cream (for dairy free version substitute applesauce or tofu for sour cream)
  • 3 cups shredded unpeeled zucchini
  • 3/4 cup gluten-free semi-sweet chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350° F / 176° C

Spray two 8-inch loaf pans OR two 12-cup muffin tins with nonstick cooking spray

Place flour, xanthan gum, salt, baking soda and cocoa powder in a medium bowl. Use a wire whisk to combine.

In a large bowl, place oil, sugars, eggs and vanilla and mix with an electric hand mixer until fluffy. Stir in sour cream (or dairy free substitute) and shredded zucchini. Stir flour mixture into batter until just combined. Fold in chocolate chips.

Divide batter between prepared loaf or muffin pans and bake for 50 minutes for loaves or 25-30 minutes for muffins or until a toothpick inserted in the center of loaf or muffin comes out clean.

Allow to cool on wire rack for 10 minutes before turning out.

Yields about 24 muffins or 8-10 slices per loaf

Reminder: Always make sure your work surfaces, utensils, pans and tools are free of gluten. Always read product labels. Manufacturers can change product formulations without notice. When in doubt, do not buy or use a product before contacting the manufacturer for verification that the product is free of gluten.

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 5 out of 5
Yummmmmy!, Member Scrapper585

I made this recipe in two loaves following the recipe just as it was written (used sorghum flour). I will not even attempt trying any other recipes for chocolate zucchini muffins/bread as these were absolutely perfect. Even the gluten half of my family couldn't tell the difference and relished every morsel. I will most certainly be making this recipe again - am eager to try it in muffin form this time!

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