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Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes

by Stacey Antine, MS RD and HealthBarn USA

Servings: 12 (1 Cupcake Per Serving)
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Cupcake
Amount per serving
Calories 150
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1.5g 
 Saturated Fat 0g 
 Trans Fat 0g 
Cholesterol 0mg 
Sodium 105mg 
Total Carbohydrate 31g 
 Dietary Fiber 3g 
 Sugars 17g 
Protein 3g 
Vitamin C4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Cupcakes for breakfast? Yes, if they have zucchini! This breakfast treat will be sure to get the whole family up and energized to start their day.


1 cup zucchini, grated
1 cup applesauce, unsweetened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup agave nectar, divided
¼ cup brown sugar
1 cup whole wheat flour
½ cup all purpose, unbleached flour
¼ cup flaxseed, ground
½ teaspoon baking powder, low sodium
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
½ teaspoon ginger, ground
¼ teaspoon cloves, ground
¼ teaspoon nutmeg, grated
½ cup cocoa, unsweetened


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line muffin cups with paper liners.
  2. Put grated zucchini in paper towels and squeeze out as much water as possible. Set aside.
  3. In large mixing bowl, add applesauce, vanilla extract, ¼ cup agave and mix thoroughly.
  4. Add flours, baking soda, baking powder, flaxseeds, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and other spices, and mix well. Add cocoa and mix thoroughly.
  5. Add zucchini mixture and stir thoroughly.
  6. Fill paper liners with chocolate zucchini batter to ¾ full. Bake for approximately 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center of cupcake.
  7. Mix ¼ cup agave with ½ teaspoon cinnamon in small bowl. Before serving, drizzle agave mixture over cupcakes as icing and enjoy!
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Stacey Antine MS RD

Stacey Antine, MS RD

Founder of HealthBarn USA, a leader in healthy-lifestyle educational programs for kids and families. For more information go to




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