by Olena

Healthy Chocolate Muffins

by Olena

Healthy chocolate muffins recipe with greek yogurt, applesauce, whole wheat flour, cacao powder and honey. Kids absolutely love these fudgy and nutritious muffins.

I had no plans to post these healthy chocolate muffins as I was preparing them for kids’ and Alex’s lunch boxes for the week. I guess I was wrong: 12 muffins were gone in 4 hours between 4 of us and in the morning kids were super upset none made to their lunch boxes. I remade muffins yesterday and 5 muffins were gone still piping hot – my oldest one had a friend over and between 2 of them they ate 5 muffins. Seriously, what’s up with these muffins?!

They are that GOOD! Indulgently fudgy, moist and chocolate chip loaded, and yet healthy with Greek yogurt, applesauce, cacao powder, whole wheat flour, honey or maple syrup. I had a vision for fluffy and moist chocolatey muffin and thought Greek yogurt would be perfect for that. I usually use applesauce from my own apple trees when baking my healthy banana muffins and chocolate coconut flour muffins, but this time I decided to add Greek yogurt.

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How to Make Healthy Chocolate Muffins

Healthy chocolate muffins recipe with greek yogurt, applesauce, whole wheat flour, cacao powder and honey. Kids absolutely love these fudgy and nutritious muffins.

Lightly whisk the eggs.

Healthy chocolate muffins recipe with greek yogurt, applesauce, whole wheat flour, cacao powder and honey. Kids absolutely love these fudgy and nutritious muffins.

Add applesauce, yogurt and maple syrup.

Healthy chocolate muffins recipe with greek yogurt, applesauce, whole wheat flour, cacao powder and honey. Kids absolutely love these fudgy and nutritious muffins.

Whisk to combine.

Healthy chocolate muffins recipe with greek yogurt, applesauce, whole wheat flour, cacao powder and honey. Kids absolutely love these fudgy and nutritious muffins.

Add cacao powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

Healthy chocolate muffins recipe with greek yogurt, applesauce, whole wheat flour, cacao powder and honey. Kids absolutely love these fudgy and nutritious muffins.

Healthy chocolate muffins recipe with greek yogurt, applesauce, whole wheat flour, cacao powder and honey. Kids absolutely love these fudgy and nutritious muffins.

Whisk thoroughly until smooth and no lumps. This step eliminates the need for 2 bowls with dry and wet ingredients.

You will see chocolate mixture rising and bubbling – it’s chemical reaction between acid in applesauce and baking soda. All good.

Healthy chocolate muffins recipe with greek yogurt, applesauce, whole wheat flour, cacao powder and honey. Kids absolutely love these fudgy and nutritious muffins. Healthy chocolate muffins recipe with greek yogurt, applesauce, whole wheat flour, cacao powder and honey. Kids absolutely love these fudgy and nutritious muffins.

Healthy chocolate muffins recipe with greek yogurt, applesauce, whole wheat flour, cacao powder and honey. Kids absolutely love these fudgy and nutritious muffins.

Add flour and gently mix with spatula just enough to combine. Do not over mix, let batter sit for a few seconds, then stir again.

Healthy chocolate muffins recipe with greek yogurt, applesauce, whole wheat flour, cacao powder and honey. Kids absolutely love these fudgy and nutritious muffins.

Add chocolate chips and give a few gentle stirs to incorporate.

Healthy chocolate muffins recipe with greek yogurt, applesauce, whole wheat flour, cacao powder and honey. Kids absolutely love these fudgy and nutritious muffins.

Distribute batter evenly between 12 openings of a tin.

The way these healthy chocolate muffins disappear in my house, I always bake a double batch. Always. Can always freeze.

Healthy chocolate muffins recipe with greek yogurt, applesauce, whole wheat flour, cacao powder and honey. Kids absolutely love these fudgy and nutritious muffins.

Now listen up carefully and don’t ignore this advice: bake on a third-fourth rack from the bottom (farther away from heat). This way muffins rise slower forming a nice dome. See the back tin? I baked those on the bottom, they are more flat.

Another OMG from this recipe I have to share is this BPA-free silicone muffin tin. Seriously, muffins pop out easily even hot. And to clean it is a walk in the park. And it doesn’t take much storage space – you can fold it. Seriously, I was impressed and it’s hard to impress me. I mean I’m 36, not 16 anymore.

Make these muffins and let me know what your kids (husband) think! And may I suggest muffins for grown ups – chocolate quinoa muffins?!

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Healthy Chocolate Muffins

5 from 1 reviews

Healthy chocolate muffins recipe with greek yogurt, applesauce, whole wheat flour, cacao powder and honey. Kids absolutely love these fudgy and nutritious muffins.

  • Author: ifoodreal.com
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 12 muffins

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and spray silicone muffin tin with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk eggs for 15 seconds. Add applesauce, yogurt, maple syrup and whisk to combine. Add cacao powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; whisk thoroughly until smooth and no lumps.
  3. Add flour and gently mix with spatula just enough to combine. Do not over mix, let batter sit for a few seconds, then stir again. Add chocolate chips and give a few gentle stirs to incorporate.
  4. Distribute batter evenly between 12 openings of a tin (I used regular ice cream scoop) and bake on a third-fourth rack from the bottom (farther away from heat) for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. Let muffins cool for about 5 minutes and transfer to a cooling rack to cool off completely.

Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months.

Notes

*One time I ran out of eggs and used 1 large egg + 3 tbsp ground flax seed diluted in 6 tbsp warm water which makes a vegan egg replacer. Very moist and fudgy results – try that.

 Did you make this recipe? Please give it a star rating in the comments.

About Olena

I don’t believe in diets, neither I think we were born to eat. This website reflects my healthy relationship with food – I like simple whole foods meals with a bit of lean protein, heavy on veggies and a sprinkle of complex carbs.

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  1. These were absolutely DELICIOUS! I loved these and so did my husband. He wouldn’t stop eating them. Same with my kids. They would be all gone in one day!

  2. Hi Olena!
    I just pulled these out of the oven, they turned out fantastic. I did not have applesauce so I used 1/2 cup coconut oil, and upped the greek yogurt to 1 cup. I know… more calories… but still nutritious! Thank a ton for the recipe!

    1. Hi Sarah! Good!!! Re: calories. I finally got over the fear of too many calories. As long as I am eating healthy who cares about calories? Seriously?! If I don’t eat extra calories in this chocolate muffin, I will catch up on them somewhere else – my body knows better how many calories I need by sending hunger cues to my brain. Duuuh. And even when you treat yourself to fries or pizza, whatever, as long as we eat healthy majority of time. Our body is not a calculator. Unless you want to compete in a fitness competition of course which makes you a super brave person lol. So enjoy!!!

      1. So true! Nope, definitely not doing a fitness competition. LOL. I’m on the mindset of eating healthy calories and not empty calories! I’m a breastfeeding mama too so I know I definitely need them! Looking forward to making more of your recipes!

  3. Oh my! What a delicious treat! I absolutely loved the way these turned out. The drizzle is a must. Thanks for the great recipe. I’ll be making them again for sure!

  4. These are amazing. I just made them! I used paper baking cups and they stuck pretty good. We didnt mind they were so good. Thank you!

    1. Yay! Spray paper cups with cooking spray well next time. Because all my healthy muffins do not contain much oil I either use silicone muffin tin, cooking spray or parchment paper cups. Never stick. And the key is to let muffins cool down almost completely (silicone tray needs less cooling time). I used paper cups from $ store before and everything sticks to them.

  5. These are amazing! My son is a very picky eater and would request 2-3 of the for breakfast! Thanks for sharing! Do you think this recipe would work as a basic muffin recipe (minus the coco powder) to add other “fillings” and “toppings” to? They were just the best whole wheat recipe I have tried so far.

    1. Hi Andrea. Glad to hear that.:) If you are kind of good with baking yes you could do that. However, because you are removing cacao powder it might be too much honey. If you reduce honey, you might need to add a tad bit less flour or maybe not. Just keep that in mind. You might also like these Blueberry Muffins. Easy with any toppings.

  6. Wow! Love love these, I just made these muffins for my husband’s co-workers and they LOVED THEM! They asked my husband what else I could make for them. So now they want more muffins which is great. I love to make them. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  7. I made this for my company potluck today. I used oat flour because that is all I had on hand. It was so good and a hit at work. Thanks again for another yummy clean treat.

  8. Oh my gosh, these are A-MA-ZING!!!! Instead of all that flour, I used only half a cup and the rest was chocolate protein powder… so so good. Thank you for this recipe!!! <3

  9. Chocolate muffins are a win win in my book. I like to make my own “sweets” for my kids too. I was super excited when I saw this post. These will have to wait until after love day. I’ve got everything ready for that whole berry coffee cake you posted for tomorrow. 🙂

  10. I saw your newsletter in my inbox this morning with this recipe and knew I had to make them right away for a valentine’s treat for the kids. And me 🙂

    1. Haha. I know it might sound a bit insane to have muffins for Valentine’s but these are so indulgent…Sometimes simple is best. Most times. Enjoy!:) I think I will end up with another dessert experiment on my Valentine’s Day.