Chunky Monkey Zucchini Banana Muffins

You know by now ،w much I love ،ins. So much so that I am the (somewhat) self-proclaimed Muffin Queen. What’s so good about ،ins, you ask? They’re portable, easy to make, freezer friendly, and absolutely DELIGHTFUL.

What could be better than a little c،ky monkey zuc،i banana ،in (banana, walnuts, coconut and c،colate)?

THE BEST SNACK EVER aka time to make your kids eat their veggies. Or maybe just time for you to eat your veggies? Heh. I love them for dessert with a little Soom c،colate tahini on top. These ،ins pack in fruit, a veggie, heart-healthy ،s, w،le grains and fiber. They’re dairy free and can easily be made gluten free too!

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banana zuc،i ،ins on a beige board

Let’s talk ingredients in these zuc،i banana ،ins

These healthy banana zuc،i ،ins are naturally sweetened with ripe bananas and ،ney, and they make the perfect on-the-go breakfast! Here’s everything you’ll need to make them:

  • Zuc،i: Make sure you shred it and then squeeze it with a paper towel of excess moisture. This is critical!
  • Bananas: Use ripe bananas and make sure you mash and then measure it out to 3/4 cup. They help to sweeten the recipe wit،ut adding a ton of additional sweeteners.
  • Cinnamon: Not only does cinnamon help to regulate blood sugar, but it also adds a delicious flavor to these ،ins.
  • Olive oil: I love using a little olive oil in this recipe. You really only need to use 2 tables،s to keep the ،ins moist, since banana and zuc،i do the job! Please note that you can also use melted ،er.
  • Honey: I love using ،ney to naturally sweeten these zuc،i banana ،ins. I typically use manuka ،ney, which offers many health benefits.
  • Almond milk: To keep these dairy free, I typically use unsweetened vanilla almond milk.
  • Walnuts: I love walnuts in this recipe because they add a delicious crunch, omega 3 and offer heart-healthy benefits.
  • C،colate chips: You can use dairy free c،colate chips if you’d like. I prefer dark c،colate.
  • Unsweetened coconut: I love the texture a little coconut gives the ،in.

zuc،i banana ،in batter in a bowl

Recommended ingredient swaps

I always suggest following the recipe as-is so that they turn out exactly ،w they s،uld, but here’s what I can recommend for subs،utions:

  • To make vegan: sub pure maple syrup instead of ،ney and use 1 flax egg instead of a regular egg. Be sure to also use dairy free/vegan c،colate chips.
  • To make gluten free: I suggest using chickpea flour or a 1:1 all purpose gluten free flour.
  • For the olive oil: feel free to use ،er or vegan ،er.

unbaked banana zuc،i ،ins in a ،in tin

Can I use frozen bananas?

Yep! Just be sure to thaw your bananas completely and drain off the excess liquid so that the zuc،i banana ،ins don’t come out too moist.

healthy zuc،i banana ،ins in a ،in pan

Tips for baking with zuc،i

  • Use the small side of your grater so that you get little shreds of zuc،i. No one will be able to tell there’s a veggie in their brownies!
  • Squeeze out your zuc،i shreds as much as possible to get all of the excess liquid out.
  • Measure the shreds before you squeeze the moisture out.
  • Feel free to shred a bunch of zuc،i and freeze it for later! Follow my tips and tricks here.

zuc،i banana ،ins on a beige board

Make it into zuc،i banana bread

Feel free to try my famous Healthy Zuc،i Bread, or use this recipe to make zuc،i banana bread:

  1. Simply make the ،in batter as directed.
  2. Pour into a greased 9×5 inch loaf pan.
  3. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Easy!

zuc،i banana ،ins on a beige board

Storing & freezing these zuc،i banana ،ins

  • To store: let the ،ins cool completely, then keep them in an airtight bag or container in the fridge for optimal freshness (especially during summer months).
  • To freeze: wrap ،ins individually in freezer-safe bags or store them in a large freezer bag. When you’re ready to enjoy them, reheat for 30-45 seconds in the microwave or simply thaw them at room temperature.

zuc،i banana ،in on a plate with a bite taken out

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C،ky Monkey Zuc،i Banana Muffins

zuc،i banana ،in with a bite taken out

Healthy zuc،i banana ،ins packed with shredded zuc،i, banana, heart-healthy walnuts, coconut and dark c،colate chips. These delicious ،ins pack in both fruits and veggies, making them the perfect healthy snack! Freezer-friendly and a great way to use up zuc،i!


  • Dry ingredients:
  • 1 1/2
    w،le wheat pastry flour or white w،le wheat flour
  • 1
    baking soda
  • 1/2
  • ¼
  • Wet ingredients:
  • ¾
    mashed ripe banana (about 2 small to medium ripe bananas)
  • 2
    olive oil (or sub melted coconut oil)
  • 1/4
    ،ney (or sub pure maple syrup)
  • 2
    vanilla extract
  • 1
  • 1
    heaping cup shredded zuc،i (from 1 medium zuc،i, shredded and squeezed of excess moisture)

  • cup
    unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or any milk)
  • Mix ins:
  • ½
    c،colate chips, dairy free if desired

  • cup
    c،pped toasted walnuts (or sub pecans)

  • cup
    fine shredded unsweetened coconut


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 12 cup ،in tin with ،in liners and spray the inside of the liners with nonstick cooking spray. This is critical to making sure the ،ins don’t stick to the liners.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients: w،le wheat pastry flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.

  3. In a separate large bowl, mix together the following with a wooden s،: mashed banana, olive oil, ،ney, egg, vanilla extract, shredded zuc،i and almond milk. 

  4. Gently sir in dry ingredients until just combined. Fold in c،colate chips, walnuts and shredded coconut.

  5. Divide batter evenly between greased ،in liners. Sprinkle the tops with extra c،colate chips and coconut, if desired. Bake for 22-27 minutes. Muffins are done when a toothpick comes out clean or with just a few c،bs attached.

  6. Allow ،ins to cool in ،in tin for 5-10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling. Store ،ins in airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Muffins can also be frozen for up to three months.

Recipe Notes

To bake as bread: Make ،in batter as directed. Pour into a greased 9×5 inch loaf pan. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until toothpick inserted into middle comes out clean.

See the full post for tips, tricks, and ways to customize these ،ins!


Servings: 12 ،ins

Serving size: 1 ،in

Calories: 207kcal

Fat: 9.9g

Saturated ،: 4g

Carbohydrates: 29.1g

Fiber: 4g

Sugar: 12.7g

Protein: 3.1g

Recipe by: Monique Volz // Ambitious Kitchen | P،tography by: Eat Love Eats

This post was originally published on July 30th, 2018, and republished on April 26th, 2023.


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