Zucchini in Chocolate Cupcakes? It’s a Thing… and They’re Delicious! (Gluten Free & Vegan)

Gluten Free Chocolate Cupcake Recipes

This summer, my little garden has produced a massive amount of zucchini. Half of my meals have had zucchini in them, but this dessert is over the top with zucchini and I would never have guessed they could turn out so delicious.


  • 1 c. almond meal
  • 1.5 c. coconut flour
  • 2/3 c. unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 c. coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 c. maple syrup
  • 1 dropper of liquid stevia
  • 1 tsp. organic vanilla extract
  • 2 organic zucchinis, pureed
  • 1/4 c. water
  • 1/3 c. organic unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon

Frosting Ingredients:

  • 2 avocados
  • 1 organic zucchini
  • 1/3 c. carob powder
  • 2 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 dropper of liquid stevia


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin pans with liners.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the applesauce, melted coconut oil, vanilla, maple syrup, liquid stevia, water, and pureed zucchini.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the almond meal, coconut flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
  4. Gradually add the dry mixture to the wet mixture. Ensure that the batter is well mixed.
  5. Fill each muffin liner 3/4ths full and bake for 20-25 minutes and allow to cool on a wire rack before frosting.
  6. While baking and cooling cupcakes, prepare the frosting.


  1. 1. Cut open ripe avocados and dice them. Place them into a food processor or blender.
  2. 9. Slice and dice 1 zucchini and place it with the avocado in the food processor.
  3. 10. Puree the avocado and zucchini until smooth.
  4. 12. After pureed, add carob powder, maple syrup, and stevia to the processor and puree until uniform and all ingredients are mixed well.
  5. 13. Apply the frosting mixture to each cooled cupcake with a silicon spatula or brush.

These cupcakes are best if eaten within 2 days of baking. This recipe should yield 18 cupcakes.

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Naomi Teeter

Health Coach at Inspire Transformation
Nutritionist & Health Coach Naomi Teeter helps her clients lose weight and keep it off through the same proven methods she’s used to maintain a 125 pound weight loss for the last 6 years. She is the author of Inspire Transformation: Transformative Tactics and Inspire Transformation: The Cookbook. She is also the creator of the popular8 Great Ways to Lose Weight 4-week program and Jackpot Weight Loss program.

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