Skinny Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes

Zucchini season is coming.

(Bonus point for you if you read that in Ned Stark’s voice. I mean, we should totally be besties)

Which is like Winter is coming, only better, because this way you get to eat all the zoatmeal, grilled zucchini, zoodles, ratatouille AND better yet, zucchini chocolate cupcakes!

Skinny Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes: hands down to THE BEST cupcakes I've ever had. And they're healthy!

Is there anything better than seeing your garden overflowing with all those veggies, ready to be used for chocolaty purposes?

I don’t think so, my friend.

These little babies here (the cupcakes, not the zucchinis. Dad picked one which was seventy times the size of my head yesterday, so there’s no way I can call them “little babies”), are the way I’ll be using this three-tons worth of summer produce. Who’s complaining? Not me or my brothers, for sure.

Skinny Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes: hands down to THE BEST cupcakes I've ever had. And they're healthy!

Cupcakes, all day, all night.  From Monday to Sunday. For breakfast, lunch and dinner <<<< Now, that’s a life I’d love to lead.

Skinny Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes: hands down to THE BEST cupcakes I've ever had. And they're healthy!

 Funny thing with my brothers is that they are the pickiest eaters you’ll ever come across. They won’t ever touch a veggie – they won’t even look at veggies. The mere sight of a green pepper scares them. I think they’d rather starve before having to eat a tiny piece of zucchini.

God, they’d make such terrible vegans, seeing as all thing legumes are grains are on their black list too. I don’t know how we can be family, because veg and legumes is all I eat. Preferibly in the form of cupcakes and chocolate protein bars.

Skinny Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes: hands down to THE BEST cupcakes I've ever had. And they're healthy!

But, see? I told you they were awful when it comes to eating healthy food.

Though, thing is they LOVED these. Man, they demolished the whole batch in mere seconds. Boom, two minutes and the cupcake tin was as empty as my soul when I finished the last season of GoT. Nothing. Nada. Rien de rien. Zero cupcakes in the box.


Skinny Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes: hands down to THE BEST cupcakes I've ever had. And they're healthy!

I proceed and laughed at their faces as they’d wiped the crumbs of their mouths and then told them what was in them, which went kind of like this:

-Brother #1: don’t dare tell me what’s in here because I really want to eat the whole batch and I don’t want to know that they’re made of chickpeas, beans, cauliflower or that sort of healthy poo you put in our food.

-Me: Zu……….

-Brother #2: *yells as he swallows the cupcake down*: DON’T TELL US

-Me: ….. chi………..


-Me: …………………………………………………… ni

-Me: *laughs and leaves the room*

#evil, I know.

Anyway – those two veggie haters ADORED the cupcakes.

Skinny Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes: hands down to THE BEST cupcakes I've ever had. And they're healthy!

“One Cupcake to rule them all, One Cupcake to find them, One Cupcake to bring them all (to the kitchen), And in the darkness bind them “

Veggie lovers or veggie haters, I can assure you that if you make a batch of these and bribe people with them, YOU WILL RULE THEM ALL.

I shall call these “precious” instead of “Skinny Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes” from now on, who’s with me?

((If you got this reference as well……….. seriously, why aren’t we bff? You should come round for movie watching and tea drinking))

Sorry I got so carried away. I shouldn’t be allowed to write at 1am butttttttttt, it’s the only time when I can use my laptop without burning my tights.


Skinny Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes: hands down to THE BEST cupcakes I've ever had. And they're healthy!

But I really mean it. Fudgy, moist and chocolaty – these cupcakes are the way to rule the world. The frosting is also finger-licking good (not that I had to make extra because I ate half of it with a spoon or something, what are you on about?), and way less sweet than a traditional one.

Seriously, I love the idea of cupcakes, because they’re pretty and you know I’m all in for adorable food and stuff BUT I cannot face the idea of eating one because… oh well, they’re way too sweet for me!

This version though, is not likely to win a beauty contest (cupcakes? more like cupcacas, I’d say. Pssh: caca = poo in Spanish. See what I did there? Ok, I’ll stop now), but is way less sweet than the real deal, and therefore healthier – hello, do  hear cupcakes for breakfast???

Put an ugly cupcake in your life. It’s guaranteed to make you 324794 times happier.

And I totally didn’t make up that fact.

Skinny Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes
Yields 12
Fudgy, moist and chocolaty. Hands down these are the best cupcakes I've ver had! Bonus points that they're healthy!
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  1. 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  2. 1 cup all purpose flour
  3. 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  4. 1/2 cup brown sugar
  5. 1 tsp. stevia (not the strong version!)
  6. 1/2 tbsp. instant coffee granules
  7. 1 tsp. cinnamon
  8. a pinch of salt
  9. 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  10. 2 eggs
  11. 1 cup 2% greek yogurt
  12. 2 cups grated zucchini
  13. 1/4 cup 2% buttermilk
  14. 1/4 cup olive oil
  15. 100 grams dark chocolate (optional, but not really)
For the frosting
  1. 8 oz. light cream cheese
  2. 1/2 cup hot cocoa powder
  1. Preheat oven to 180ºC (375F)
  2. Grate the zucchini. You may use a food processor for this.
  3. Whisk together flours, cacao powder, sugar, salt, cinnamon and baking powder.
  4. The stir in eggs, yogurt, buttermilk, oil and zucchini and mix with a wooden spoon or similar until combined. Batter will be rather thick!
  5. Chop chocolate and add chunks to the batter. Mix to combine.
  6. Bake at 180ºC for 15-20 minutes or until you insert a toothpick in the center of the cupcake and it comes out quite clean (you might touch a chocolate chunk and that's why it might not come 100% clean!)
  7. Let them cool before you frost them!
  8. For the frosting, mix cream cheese and hot cocoa powder with a whisk until smooth.
  9. Let it chill on the fridge for at least one hour before you frost the cupcakes.
  1. Remember to soften cream cheese before you mix it with the hot cocoa powder.
  2. Feel free to use whichever brand of cocoa powder you prefer. I used the plain version, but you can go with sugar free, white chocolate, caramel, orange-chocolate, etc....
earthly taste

Now tell me, which are your favorite ways to use up all of these summer zucchinis? I need more ideas! 😉

Hope you guys have a wonderful week,



  • Reply Medha @ Whisk & Shout July 7, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    These look ridiculously amazing. Like, so amazing I’m almost sad because they’re not my breakfast (lunch? brunch?) RIGHT NOW.

    • Reply Consuelo July 8, 2014 at 9:55 am

      So am I! 😉 Thanks! x

    • Reply Bonnie August 13, 2014 at 10:40 pm

      I am looking forward to making these, but would like to know the nutrition value. I am doing weight watchers and would like to add these to our menus. Thanks for posting this .

      • Reply Consuelo August 22, 2014 at 8:09 pm

        Sorry I don’t count calories and therefore don’t have the nutritional info for my recipes. But feel free to use one calorie calculator online! xxx

  • Reply Samina | The Cupcake Confession July 7, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    hahahaha!!!!! I love how your brothers didn’t want to know the magic contents of this heavenly blissful cupcakes! 😀 I soooooo need to start watching Game of Thrones!!!!!!!! I’m loving these cupcakes!!!!!! They are healthy, filled with zucchinis and loaded with the most delicious cream cheese frosting EVER! Chocolate overload minus the guilt is ALWAYS a good thing! ALWAYS! My family too won’t survive as vegans! They loveeee their meat and I, on the other hand love my veggies!!!! 😀

    • Reply Consuelo July 8, 2014 at 9:55 am

      You definitely need to watch it hahahaha ;–) Thank you sooo much! xx

  • Reply Nora (A Clean Bake) July 7, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    I think this is my NEW favorite way to use up summer zucchini! Usually I make zucchini bread or just eat it raw, but these cupcakes look too good to pass up!!

    • Reply Consuelo July 8, 2014 at 9:54 am

      I love it raw too 😉 Thanks Nora! xx

  • Reply Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor July 7, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    My garden is overflowing with squash and zucchini during this time of the year. I love making chocolate cake with zucchini! It is a great way to hide the veggies 🙂

    • Reply Consuelo July 8, 2014 at 9:51 am

      So do I! 😉

  • Reply Norma July 7, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    When you have brothers our job is to torment them. I want a zucchini cupcake now! These look scrumptious.

    • Reply Consuelo July 8, 2014 at 9:51 am

      Yes indeed 😉 Thanks Norma! xx

  • Reply Mike@TheIronYou July 7, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    Skinny and cupcakes are two words I don’t usually associate…apparently I was wrong. Great recipe and great pictures Co!

    • Reply Consuelo July 8, 2014 at 9:50 am

      Thanks Mike! 😀

  • Reply Shikha @ Shikha la mode July 7, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    Hey, I’m not trying to judge a pastry by its looks – that would be just awful, because it looks so delishhhhhhh!

    • Reply Consuelo July 8, 2014 at 9:50 am

      Thanks girrrrl! 😀

  • Reply Leah Short (@SoHowsItTaste) July 7, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    That frosting…oh my! I wouldn’t care what was in these beauties. I could eat a dozen!

    • Reply Consuelo July 8, 2014 at 9:49 am

      Thanks Leah 😀

  • Reply Sugar and Cinnamon July 8, 2014 at 1:21 am

    Hehehe I got all those references before you even hinted what you were referencing! These cupcakes look so good!! Seriously why don’t we live in the same country. We could make delicious healthy cupcakes and watch Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings all the time!!

    • Reply Consuelo July 8, 2014 at 9:49 am

      We should totally live in the same country omg that would be sooooooooo cool! 😀

  • Reply Jessica @ Sweet Menu July 8, 2014 at 5:21 am

    Aw these are so cute! Love chocolate cupcakes and you’d never guess the secret ingredient by looking at them!

    • Reply Consuelo July 8, 2014 at 9:47 am

      Thanks Jessica 🙂

  • Reply blahnikbaker July 8, 2014 at 5:44 am

    Zucchini and chocolate is always amazing!! Love how moist these look 🙂

    • Reply Consuelo July 8, 2014 at 9:47 am

      Thanks Zainab 🙂

  • Reply Monet July 8, 2014 at 5:59 am

    Um yes, this has to be the BEST way to get in your summer veggies! So tempting! So good!

    • Reply Consuelo July 8, 2014 at 9:47 am

      Thanks Monet 🙂

  • Reply Kelly July 8, 2014 at 6:11 am

    Haha, too funny about your brothers but at least you got them to eat their veggies 🙂 These cupcakes look amazing and that frosting is totally calling my name!

    • Reply Consuelo July 8, 2014 at 9:46 am

      At least I did 😉 Thanks! xx

  • Reply ashley July 8, 2014 at 7:05 am

    I love zucchini season!! Great looking cupcakes!

    • Reply Consuelo July 8, 2014 at 9:45 am

      Thanks Ashley! xx

  • Reply Johlene July 8, 2014 at 10:51 am

    These are so adorable! Love all the photos! I love zucchini in cake.. thanks for the recipe 🙂 xoxo

  • Reply Monica July 8, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    Now this is my ideal way of eating zucchini! Looks wonderful! I love how you can “sneak” zucchini into baked things w/o the fellas noticing. When I made zucchini cookies with walnuts, my son had no idea. : )

  • Reply shashi @ July 8, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    I am all for “Cupcakes, all day, all night. From Monday to Sunday. For breakfast, lunch and dinner ” – specially “precious” ones like these! I love treats that have veggies hidden in them – and Consuelo – these sound amazing – they look sinfully decadent!

  • Reply Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner July 8, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    Love zucchini anything and these cupcakes look so delicious! That frosting is especially calling out to me! 🙂

  • Reply huntfortheverybest July 8, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    great healthy cupcakes!

  • Reply Ashley July 8, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    I love baking with zucchini! I was hoping to plant zucchini in our garden this year but it didn’t happen. That’s okay – I’ll just buy crazy amounts at the store instead 🙂 Especially since I need to make some chocolatey cupcakes – these sound awesomeee

  • Reply danguole July 8, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    I love that photo of you holding the box o’ cupcakes! SO CUTE.

  • Reply Christine @ Cooking with Cakes July 8, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    PANCAKES are coming….. aka I need a chocolate zucchini pancake recipe from you asap, mmmmkay?

    these look faboosh!

  • Reply Alyssa @ My Sequined Life July 8, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    Ahhh swoon, drool, cry, the whole shebang! These look so so incredibly delicious. And chocolate-y. And deceptively skinny. Your brothers should just trust that they won’t eat a bad morsel that’s made by you…regardless of the stealthy veggies. 🙂 Give in to the zucchini!! That’s most certainly what I would do!

  • Reply Joanne July 9, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    The zucchini overload is starting here…but I’m welcoming it! My favorite way to sneak zucchini into my brother is in chocolate desserts. These look so yummy!

  • Reply steworastory July 9, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    Girl, you are killing it with this recipe! I best by picky husband would down one of these without knowing there was a single vegetable in it!!!!

  • Reply Aimée / Wallflower Girl July 9, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    These look so heavenly and it’s hard to believe they’re so healthy too. PS. I am so jealous over your food styling abilities… You’re making me want to go prop shopping 🙂

  • Reply Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen July 11, 2014 at 12:20 am

    Love these cupcakes Consuelo! Zucchini seems to be everywhere this time of year so I try to use it in lots of recipes. Just made some zucchini chocolate chip pancakes 🙂

    • Reply Consuelo July 11, 2014 at 12:10 pm

      Ohh that sounds fab! Thanks Christin! xx

  • Reply Davida @The Healthy Maven July 11, 2014 at 1:26 am

    I’ve learned never to disclose the vegetables hidden in my baked goods! And my friends and family have learned to expect it and never to ask! Loving the recipe and especially the pictures!

    • Reply Consuelo July 11, 2014 at 12:08 pm

      Thanks Davida! xx

  • Reply Julie @ This Gal Cooks July 11, 2014 at 3:31 am

    I need one of these on my plate STAT! These look so good, Consuelo! And “Winter is Coming” in Ned Stark’s voice. 😉

    • Reply Consuelo July 11, 2014 at 12:05 pm

      Hahaha thank you! xx

  • Reply Sara {Home is Where The Cookies Are} July 16, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    Geez Girl! You’ve been posting like crazy while I’ve been lazing at the beach! These look sooooooooooo good. I love zucchini in baked stuff, and on the grill, and in salads, and in eggs, and in lasagna. . . . you know. Everyhwere. Cocktails, anyone? 😉

    • Reply Consuelo July 17, 2014 at 2:50 pm

      Hahaha I’ve been a tad busy indeed 😉 Thanks Sara!

  • Reply Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ July 17, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    I’ve smitten with your photography and composition! I’m sure that shooting chocolate zucchini cupcakes helps however, I can see you put lots of creativity and passion into it!

    • Reply Consuelo July 17, 2014 at 1:23 pm

      Awh thank you so much girl! You’re too kind! 🙂

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  • Reply C August 10, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Where was the coffee supposed to be combined??

    • Reply Consuelo August 22, 2014 at 8:09 pm

      Dry ingredients! xx

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  • Reply Nic August 26, 2014 at 11:24 am

    eeeer WOW!!!! I am definitely giving these a go this weekend! One question….do you peel the zucchini before grating it? Or can you leave the peel on? xx

    • Reply Consuelo August 26, 2014 at 12:06 pm

      I usually leave the peel on! Thank you, I hope you like them 🙂 xx

  • Reply Crystal March 20, 2015 at 12:26 am

    This post gave me life! lol Definetely have to try these! Loved all the TV/movie references too hahah

  • Reply Jenn July 3, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    Can you tell me how much sugar I can use if I don’t have stevia? Thanks. Looking forward to devouring these.

    • Reply Consuelo July 3, 2015 at 6:36 pm

      Hi Jenn! I have no idea as I always make them with stevia sorry… maybe 1/4 cup more? Hope you like them! xx

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