I thought about coming up with something innovative and intriguing to do with zucchini for this post.

zucchmuffin2 I’ve reached the end of my alphabetical blogging challenge, you see, and I figured I should end it with a “bang”.

Yet in the end I went with the tried and true- a recipe for zucchini muffins.

These do have a twist, though, as they’re zucchini muffins without gluten or sugar.

Since I’m giving away a signed copy of The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook by Elana Amsterdam at the end of the month, I wanted to highlight one more recipe from this great book. You have until midnight on October 31st to enter the giveaway: you can find the rules here.

Note that Elana’s recipe in the book is actually for zucchini bread and her recipe calls for pecans and currants. I did have either of these on hand. So I made half of these plain (my daughter prefers them this way) and half with my favorite addition to zucchini bread: chocolate chips. Those without the chocolate chips are a nice gluten-free treat that’s perfectly sweet. Those with the chocolate chips are just…perfect.


I used organic semi-sweet chocolate chips to please my husband and son- feel free to use 70% or more dark chocolate chips for a slightly healthier version. If you don’t want to use any refined sugar at all in your muffins, look for grain sweetened chocolate chips made by Sunspire.

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    Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella — October 27, 2009 @ 4:19 am

    This is a clever way to use zucchini and bravo for getting it to be gluten and sugar free too!

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    Lauren — October 27, 2009 @ 10:45 am

    Wow! These look great =D. Congrats on completing your challenge – you did a fantastic job!!

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    drwinnie — October 27, 2009 @ 10:47 am

    Thanks Lauren- was fun. Your sweet comments helped to keep me going!

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    Heather — March 5, 2011 @ 12:36 am

    I made these tonite and they were awesome! I ommited the nuts and currents ect.. and kept the chocolate chips and added in 1/2 cup of unsweetened raw cocoa powder and it turned out great..very chocolately.. i see why you flour the pan though..my muffins were sticking a little..

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    Marcy — January 16, 2013 @ 2:49 pm

    I tried these- my mix was way too dry, not sure what I did wrong so I added some greek yogurt and a dash of milk… they were still good even if a bit dry. Next time I would add a full1/2 cup of yogurt and maybe some cocoa powder (everything is better with chocolate)!

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    Tamara — July 31, 2013 @ 8:13 am

    My mix was way too dry as well and I followed the recipe exactly. I began adding applesauce, ending around 1/3 – 1/2 cup. If I make the recipe again, I will also reduce the flour to probably 1 1/2 cups. Also, I used mini bread tins and ended up with 3 loaves that were great to give to the neighbors and co-workers.