Zucchini Muffins with Chocolate Chips


These low salt muffins are packed with fresh zucchini and chocolate chips for a delectable low sodium treat. Grated zucchini gives these muffins a moist texture while the cinnamon and nutmeg provide a comforting flavor. This recipe truly is part fall treat and part summer-time snack.

One of the best parts of this recipe is everything is made in two bowls and there’s no mixer required. Just a wooden spoon and a spatula! These low sodium muffins are insanely easy to make.

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Low Sodium Zucchini Muffins with Chocolate Chips

Low Sodium Zucchini Muffins with Chocolate Chips

Yield: 12 muffins
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

These low salt muffins are packed with fresh zucchini and chocolate chips for a delectable low sodium treat.


  • 1 and 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons of sodium-free baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup of vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup of packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup of shredded zucchini


  1. Spray a 12-count muffin pan with a non-stick spray that has flour or line with paper liners. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, add flour, no salt baking powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Whisk together until combined. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk the oil, brown sugar, granulated sugar, egg, vanilla, and zucchini together until combined.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Gently whisk until just combined; do not overmix.
  5. Fold in chocolate chips.
  6. Spoon the batter evenly into the 12 muffin cups, filling each all the way to the top.
  7. Bake the muffins for 5 minutes at 425°F then, keeping the muffins in the oven, reduce the oven temperature to 350°F. Bake for an additional 13-16 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. (Total baking time should be about 18-21 minutes)
  8. Cool in muffin pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Remove muffins from the pan and let them cool completely on the wire rack.


  • The baking temperature starts out at 425 for five minutes before getting dialed back to 350. This should give you a nice tall muffin top. Just don’t forget to turn it back to 350! If you don’t, you’ll have zucchini charcoal muffins.
  • The easiest way to shred your zucchini is using a box grater. Once you are done shredding, very lightly blog the zucchini with a couple of paper towels. Do not squeeze the moisture out, just give it a light blot to rid some of the excess moisture.
  • If you are so inclined, add a cup of chopped unsalted walnuts or unsalted pecans (my personal favorite) to your muffins.
  • Are you someone that likes a muffin with a sugary top? Well, just before you place the muffins in the oven sprinkle a bit of sanding sugar over the batter of each muffin. This large crystal sugar will create a crunchy sweet topping that you would find on a store-bought muffin.
  • These muffins store great! Place the muffins in a single layer in an airtight container and leave them on the counter for up to three days. Since they don’t have salt in them, they won’t last too long at room temperature. Beyond three days, you should store them in the refrigerator.
  • If you want to freeze a batch for later, place the muffins in a single layer on a baking sheet and place them in the freezer until they are frozen all the way through. Then wrap each muffin individually in plastic wrap. This will prevent freezer burn. Place all wrapped muffins in a resealable freezer bag for convenient storage.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 12 Serving Size 1 Amount Per Serving Calories 242Total Fat 14gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 10gCholesterol 16mgSodium 5mgCarbohydrates 30gFiber 1gSugar 24gProtein 2g

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