This healthy Gluten-Free Vegan Flourless Chocolate Zucchini Muffins recipe is easy to make with only 8 clean, real food ingredients and without traditional ingredients like white flour, eggs or oil!
I know you probably won't believe me, but what if I told you that you could still enjoy a moist and delicious chocolate muffin that was both vegan AND gluten-free?
Well, today I will make all your dreams come true because not only are these muffins vegan and gluten-free, but they are made without traditional muffin ingredients like white flour, eggs, oil or refined white sugar.
And even though they are gluten-free, they are also flourless, which means there is NO flour in the recipe at all - not even grain-free flour like almond flour, coconut flour or oat flour!
They are based off my Vegan Flourless Zucchini Brownies post all the way back from 2012, which I tweaked slightly for this recipe.
Are These Gluten-Free Vegan Flourless Chocolate Zucchini Muffins Kid-Friendly?
I'm going to say yes, based on a true story and real-life experience.
You will be able to add 1-2 zucchini's to this recipe without anyone even noticing - especially kids.
And I know this for a fact!
The first time after I made them, my youngest son came into the kitchen and asked what I was making.
When he saw the muffins, he asked if he could have one and I said, "Why...sure!".
Not only did he eat that muffin, but he also ended up eating the rest of them over the next couple of days.
He would have ~never~ touched them if he knew they had zucchini in them, so I can officially say these are "kid-approved" muffins.
Are These Gluten-Free Vegan Flourless Chocolate Zucchini Muffins Healthy?
In my opinion, yes!
Let's look at the ingredient list of traditional store-bought and homemade chocolate muffins to compare:
S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) Homemade Chocolate Zucchini Muffins Ingredients:
Typical Ingredients: 1/4 cup vegetable oil, 2 large eggs, 2 cups white flour, 1/2 cup cocoa powder, 4 teaspoons baking powder, 3/4 cup brown sugar, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, 1 cup zucchini
S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) "Healthier" Garden Lites Zucchini + Carrots Frozen Chocolate Muffins Ingredients:
Ingredients: Zucchini, Carrots, Sugar, Egg Whites, Whole Eggs, Cocoa Powder, Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips (Organic Cane Sugar, Unsweetened Chocolate, Cocoa Butter), Corn Starch, Brown Rice Flour, Sorghum Flour, Leavening (Baking Powder), Potato Starch, Flaxseed Meal, Canola Oil, Soluble Corn Fiber, Salt
S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) Walmart Marketside Triple Chocolate Muffins Ingredients:
Ingredients: Sugar, Enriched Wheat Flour (Wheat Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Water, Soybean and/or Canola Oil, Eggs, Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips (Sugar, Chocolate Liquor, Cocoa Butter, Dextrose, Soy Lecithin, Salt, Natural Flavor), Buttermilk (Skim Milk, Dry Buttermilk, Salt, Bacterial Culture), Cocoa Processed with Alkali, Milk Chocolate Chips (Sugar, Dry Whole Milk, Cocoa Butter, Chocolate Liquor, Chocolate Liquor Processed with Alkali, Dextrose, Milkfat, Soy Lecithin, Salt, Natural Flavor), Whey (Milk), Food Starch-Modified, Leavening (Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Monocalcium Phosphate), Artificial Flavor, Xanthan Gum
My healthier version is made with clean, real food ingredients and is vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, egg-free and Medical Medium compliant.
Can I Make These Gluten-Free Vegan Flourless Chocolate Zucchini Muffins Paleo?
Yes! Just substitute the peanut butter with a paleo-approved nut butter, like almond butter.
What Ingredients Are Needed To Make Gluten-Free Vegan Flourless Chocolate Zucchini Muffins?
Here is a list of the basic ingredients need to make this recipe:
5 Fast Facts About Zucchini:*
- low-calorie food – 94% water
- high in manganese
- helps lower blood pressure
- helps lower cholesterol
5 Fast Facts About Peanuts (Peanut Butter):*
- excellent source of vitamin E
- high in folate
- contains tryptophan which helps fight depression
- good source of fiber
- excellent source of vegan protein
5 Fast Facts About Maple Syrup:*
- contains manganese and zinc
- super high in anti-oxidants
- helps with inflammation
- 1/4 cup contains more calcium than the same amount of milk
- 1/4 cup contains more potassium than a banana
5 Fast Facts About Cacao Powder:*
- super high in anti-oxidants
- promotes cardiovascular health
- contains essential fats
- can help to decrease blood pressure
- contains over 300 compounds including protein, calcium, copper, zinc, and iron
5 Fast Facts About Flax Seeds:*
- high in omega-3 essential fatty acids
- contains soluble and insoluble fiber
- super high in lignans
- provides anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits
- provides cardiovascular benefits
5 Fast Facts About Himalayan Pink Salt:*
- contains 84 minerals
- unrefined, unprocessed, raw
- promotes stable pH balance in cells
- controls water levels in the body
- aids digestion and facilitates better nutrient absorption
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Tips To Make Gluten-Free Vegan Flourless Chocolate Zucchini Muffins:
Tip #1: You need to make sure after you've processed the zucchini through the food processor that you take a few minutes to squeeze as much liquid from the shredded zucchini as possible. Zucchini is 95% water so any excess water left behind will affect the outcome of the recipe. I take out a handful at a time from the food processor and squeeze it as tight as possible in my fist to allow the excess water to drain into a small bowl underneath.
Tip #2: When preparing the zucchini, you will need 1 1/2 cups ~after~ it's shredded and squeezed of excess water. I can get 1 1/2 cups shredded zucchini from 1 large zucchini, so you will need approximately 1-2 zucchini for the recipe, depending on their size.
Tip #3: You can make these Paleo-Friendly, Lectin-Free and Medical Medium compliant by substituting the organic peanut butter with organic almond butter.
Want More Healthy Gluten-Free Vegan Flourless Muffin Recipes?
Check out these:
- Gluten-Free Vegan Flourless Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Blender Muffins
- Gluten-Free Vegan Flourless Lemon Blueberry Blender Muffins
- Gluten-Free Vegan Flourless Chocolate Blender Muffins
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Hi, I'm Karielyn! I'm the published cookbook author of CLEAN DESSERTS and content creator of The Healthy Family and Home website since 2012. I specialize in creating easy, healthy plant-based recipes that are gluten-free + vegan and made with clean, real food ingredients that you can feel good about eating.