Home > Breakfast > Gluten Free Zucchini Muffins Gluten Free Zucchini Muffins June 25, 2020 | 40 Comments SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Jump to Recipe This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy. These healthful Gluten-Free Zucchini Muffins are made with natural, nutritious ingredients and no refined sugars. They’re tall, moist, flavorful, and loaded with zucchini! Add our healthy zucchini bread or lemon zucchini bread to your list for a future baking project. Gluten-Free Zucchini Muffins A few years ago, I published a healthy zucchini muffin recipe that we are completely obsessed with. However, it’s not gluten free, so naturally, there was a need for another zucchini muffin recipe…right? I wasn’t sure, but when a reader emailed me and asked for a gluten-free version of zucchini muffins, I knew it was time to start experimenting! These muffins are free of refined sugar, relying on mashed ripe banana, pure maple syrup and medjool dates for sweetness. The other two main ingredients are oats and, of course, zucchini; both are adding loads of nutrition to these muffins. The one ingredient that might not be considered super nutritious are the chocolate chips. I like using dark chocolate which has important and essential fats your body needs (source). To keep Gluten-Free Zucchini Muffins completely refined-sugar free, use sugar-free chocolate chips (homemade or store-bought) or replace the chips with equal amounts of dried currants or coarsely chopped nuts. Working with dates Here are the exact dates I use for these zucchini muffins. Use a high- powered blender or food processor. The stronger the blender, the easier it will be to blend the dates into a paste; without a high-powered blender, you may need to blend a bit longer and scrape down the sides more frequently. I use a small Blendtec jar for making these muffins. Measure the coconut oil when melted. Measure 1/3 cup of melted (not hardened) coconut oil and pour it over the dates. The oil will help the dates blend easier. Scrape everything out of the blender. The blended date mixture is thick and sticky, so take your time scraping it all out into a bowl. Every bit of this mixture is important to the finished batter. Soften dates if needed. Here’s a quick way to revive stale or hard dates. If the dates are too hard, they won’t blend up very well. Before blending, make sure to remove any pits from the dates to avoid any damage to your blender. More tips Ensure all ingredients are in fact gluten free: While the ingredients in these Gluten-Free Zucchini Muffins are naturally gluten free, make sure to check all your ingredient labels to verify they weren’t processed in a facility with gluten. Grate the zucchini on the large holes of a grater for these muffins. If the zucchini is excessively wet, wring it out a few times with paper towel or cheesecloth (I rarely need to do this). Use an overripe banana. I like to use a banana with a peel that is browned all over; this is when bananas are the sweetest and contribute the most sweetness and flavor to these muffins. Keep mixing. The batter will seem like it’s not coming together at first but keep mixing. As the batter is stirred, the moisture from the zucchini will release and everything will come together. Generously grease the muffin tin. I don’t recommend muffin liners; the batter sticks to the liners. Add extra chocolate chips on top. While completely optional, a few extra chocolate chips placed on top of the muffins before baking not only makes these muffins look more appetizing, it also ensures there is chocolate in every bite! Gluten-Free Zucchini Muffin storage Once cooled, store the muffins in an airtight container or resealable bag at room temperature. These muffins are best eaten within 2-3 days. Honestly, we like them the best on day 2; the flavors from the spices have intensified nicely. To freeze*/thaw: Cool muffins completely before storing. To freeze: Wrap Gluten-Free Zucchini Muffins individually in plastic wrap and then place all the wrapped muffins in large freezer bags. To thaw: Set out at room temperature or heat frozen muffins in the microwave. *There is some loss of texture and flavor when freezing and thawing these muffins. More nutritious snack recipes Healthy Pumpkin Muffins gluten free Healthy Chocolate Cookies with peanut butter Gluten Free Banana Pancakes with oats and chocolate chips Healthy Chocolate Ice Cream made with sweet potatoes! Gluten Free Apple Muffins with almond butter QUICK TIPUse a good nonstick muffin tin for easy muffin removal. I can’t say enough good things about this muffin pan; these Gluten-Free Zucchini Muffins always come out perfectly! FOLLOW ALONG! Subscribe to my newsletter and follow along on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram for the latest updates, recipes and content. Healthy Zucchini Muffins 5 from 9 votes - Review this recipe These healthful Gluten-Free Zucchini Muffins are made with natural, nutritious ingredients and no refined sugars. They're tall, moist, flavorful, and loaded with zucchini! SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Healthy Zucchini Muffins 5 from 9 votes - Review this recipe SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe These healthful Gluten-Free Zucchini Muffins are made with natural, nutritious ingredients and no refined sugars. They're tall, moist, flavorful, and loaded with zucchini! Course Breakfast, Snack, Vegetarian Cuisine American, Vegetarian Keyword Gluten Free Zucchini Muffins Prep Time 30 minutes Cook Time 23 minutes Total Time 53 minutes Servings 12 muffins Calories 178kcal Cost $4.64 Ingredients2 cups (195g) old-fashioned oats7-8 whole coarsely chopped fresh medjool dates (remove pits), 3/4 cup (117g)1/3 cup (67g) melted coconut oil3 tablespoons mashed banana (~3/4 a large banana)1/4 cup (85g) pure maple syrup2 cups (252g) grated zucchini (See Note 1)2 large eggs1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt1 teaspoon baking soda1/4 teaspoon baking powder1 teaspoon ground cinnamon1/4 teaspoon nutmeg1 and 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1/2 cup (93g) dark chocolate chips1/4 cup (40g) mini chocolate chips InstructionsPREP: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Generously grease 12 cavities of a muffin tin with nonstick spray (muffin liners won't work well).BLEND OATS: Add 2 leveled cups of oats to a blender or food processor. Blend until the oats resemble flour -- a fine powder. If needed, stir and continue blending to break up larger chunks of oats. Pour powdered oats into a large bowl.BLEND OTHER INGREDIENTS: Remove the pits and coarsely chop up the dates. Measure to get 3/4 cup and then add into the now-empty blender that you used for the oats. Pour the melted coconut oil on top of the dates. Mash a banana to get 3 tablespoons of mashed banana and add that the blender. Blend, scraping down the sides as needed, until you get a thick paste. Scrape all of this paste out of the blender and add to the bowl with the oats.FINISH BATTER: In the same bowl, add the maple syrup, grated zucchini (See Note 1), 2 eggs, salt, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla extract. Stir with a wooden spoon or electric hand mixer until you have a thick batter (it will seem very dry at first, but keep stirring). Add in the chocolate chips and stir until incorporated. Divide the batter evenly among the prepared muffin tin -- the batter should fill exactly 12 cavities about 3/4 the way full. If desired, sprinkle a few more miniature chocolate chips on top of the muffins.BAKE: Bake for 22-26 minutes or until no longer gooey/wet looking on top and the sides are lightly browned. Remove from the oven and let stand in the pan for 3-4 minutes before gently removing (use the tines of a fork to gently coax out the muffins) and setting on a cooling rack to finish cooling.ENJOY: Enjoy muffins warm; these muffins are even better the second day! Store muffins in an airtight container at room temperature. Best enjoyed within 2-3 days. Freeze leftover muffins. Video Recipe NotesNote 1: Grate the zucchini on the large holes of a grater. If the zucchini is excessively wet, wring it off a few times with paper towel or cheesecloth (I rarely do this unless it's dripping wet). Nutrition FactsCalories: 178kcal We do our best to provide accurate nutritional analysis for our recipes. Our nutritional data is calculated using a third-party algorithm and may vary, based on individual cooking styles, measurements, and ingredient sizes. Please use this information for comparison purposes and consult a health professional for nutrition guidance as needed. DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE? I love hearing from you when you've made one of my recipes! Tag me on Instagram at @ChelseasMessyApron or leave me a comment below.