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When you’re craving something chocolatey but don’t want to go overboard by consuming something high in calories and fat, try these Double Chocolate Chip Muffins. They’re made without any oil but with applesauce instead, but still loaded with double the chocolate flavor with only 150 calories per muffin!
Did you know that cocoa is the highest endorphin-producing food in the world?! This double chocolate chip muffin recipe is rich and indulgent, but with a few healthy swaps to get the most out of that cocoa. It’s so easy to make a batch of these fluffy muffins with no special equipment!
Healthier muffin recipe
This chocolate muffin recipe doesn’t use unusual ingredients that you would have a hard time finding. It’s healthy swaps like applesauce instead of butter and whole wheat and oat flour instead of just all-purpose white flour. Those little swaps won’t have too much of an effect on making this an indulgent treat. But they certainly affect the calories and fat – only 155 calories and 4g of fat!
How to make double chocolate chip muffin
- Measure the dry ingredients in a large bowl (whole wheat flour, oat flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon).
- Whisk the dry ingredients together.
- In another large bowl, measure the wet ingredients (milk, egg, applesauce, maple syrup and vanilla extract).
- Now whisk the wet ingredients together.
- Next, pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and gently stir together.
- Add in the chocolate chips. They may sink to the bottom, and that’s perfectly normal.
Spoon the mixture into a muffin tin lined with parchment paper and bake them in the oven. You can fill the muffin liners pretty close to the fill line. I like adding a few extra chocolate chips on top since the others tend to sink down.
When they come out of the oven, you can let them rest in the muffin tin for a few minutes, but then allow them to cool on a wire wrack for best results. It will ensure that nothing gets stuck to the muffin liners. Then enjoy your double chocolate chip muffins -with a warm glass of milk, if I may suggest 😉
Tips for making chocolate chip muffins
- Use parchment paper muffin liners for easiest removal. I always have these on hand, so no muffin batter sticks to the liner, and clean up is a breeze!
- Don’t over-mix the batter when combining the wet and dry ingredients. This will cause the muffins to come out tough or bake unevenly.
- Add chocolate chips on top. The double chocolate chip muffin batter will be somewhat thin compared to other muffin batters, so the chocolate chips may sink to the bottom. Be sure to add some on top after scooping into the muffin tin so they’re more evenly distributed.
- Replace applesauce with any other fruit puree. The applesauce gives it moisture and it’s used instead of oil or butter, normally found in muffin recipes. Feel free to switch to another fruit puree though like pumpkin puree or mashed bananas.
Frequently asked questions
How long do these muffins keep?
I like to serve these muffins warm, a few minutes after they are out of the oven, but you can store them for 4-5 days. Let the muffins cool completely and then place them in an airtight container. Feel free to reheat in the oven or microwave if you like to enjoy them warm.
How do you know when the chocolate chip muffins are done?
The muffins are done when the tops have risen and has some cracks across the top of them. Insert a toothpick into the center of a muffin; and if it comes out clean, they are ready. They take around 28 minutes to bake, but check them a few minutes before the time is up since every oven is different.
Are these muffins healthy?
Let’s be honest, muffins are a treat, but these ones have no added refined sugar or butter or oil. They are made with whole wheat flour and oat flour. These muffins are a great way to enjoy your favorite baked goods but with fewer calories and fat.
For more muffin and bread recipes
- Blueberry Banana Muffins
- Cranberry Lemon Muffins
- Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
- Sweet Potato Muffins
- Strawberry Banana Bread
Make a batch of these double chocolate chip muffins next time you’re craving a chocolate treat. They have an indulgent taste without affecting that waste line too much. It’s a healthy treat made with easy healthy swaps.
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This Double Chocolate recipe was originally published on March 9, 2017. I’m re-sharing it with more step-by-step photos and a video tutorial. Here’s the original photo 🙂
Double Chocolate Chip Muffins
- 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
- 3/4 cup oat flour
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup milk
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup applesauce
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- Heat oven to 375°F. Grease 12 muffin cups or line with baking cups.
- In a large bowl, whisk the dry ingredients together (whole wheat flour, oat flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon)
- In another large bowl, mix the wet ingredients together (milk, egg, applesauce, maple syrup and vanilla extract)
- Slowly pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix together without over-mixing. Fold in the chocolate chips.
- Spoon the mixture into the prepared muffin tin filling all the way to the top. It will fill 12 muffin cups.
- Bake for 25 to 28 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool for a few minutes before removing from pan. Serve warm.
- Instead of regular milk, you can use any plant-based milk.
- I tested this recipe with a mix of whole wheat white flour and oat flour. You can sub all the oat flour for regular whole wheat flour. But don’t use only oat flour.
- Substitute the egg for a flax egg to make it vegan.
- To make this gluten-free, use an all-purpose gluten-free flour mix. Do not substitute only almond flour or only coconut flour.
- Replace maple syrup with any other liquid sweetener.