Healthier Chocolate Muffins

Recipe By Tessa Arias
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January 10th, 2014

These healthier chocolate muffins are ultra rich, moist, and loaded with chocolate but without any guilt!

Yield: 12 muffins

Tessa Arias

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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    Taylor @ FoodFaithFitness — January 10, 2014 at 4:24 am

    Uhmm yes please!! I could eat those Costco Chocolate chip muffins every day forever….except they are 1000 calories so…not.
    Now I have a replacement that I actually can eat everyday forever without my waistline moving an inch. You rock! Pinned.

    P.s I do not use spotify. I use Pandora. I just moved here from Canada and we don’t have programs like this, so I am taking one step at a time. Spotify is my next discovery!

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    Ada ~ More Food, Please — January 10, 2014 at 10:05 am

    Yum! Delicious and guilt-free are always things I’m looking to bake! bookmarking this recipe–thanks for sharing! 🙂
    Also, I used to use Pandora, but I stopped because it would give me random music that I didn’t care for. I started using Spotify recently and prefer it, but I also don’t like how it shares what you’re listening to everyone online.

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    Gaby — January 10, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    I’d be totally lost without good music. Love these muffins, you can’t beat chocolate for breakfast!

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    Tieghan — January 10, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    These muffins look perfect! I would love one at any time in the day!

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    Susan at Savvy Single Suppers — January 11, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    What moves these delectable-looking gems to the muffin side of things rather than cupcakes, Tessa? Sometimes it’s awfully difficult to tell the difference. Cupcakes have frosting, but so do muffins sometimes. I think of muffins as having more grain content & nut &/or fruit add-ins. How do you define the 2 categories?

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      Tessa — January 11, 2014 at 9:26 pm

      I usually define cupcakes as being made by creaming/beating butter + sugar together whereas muffins, if made with butter, usually involve simply stirring melted butter and other liquid ingredients with dry ingredients. Much quicker and easier than cupcakes. Of course there are always exceptions!

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    Buffy — February 3, 2014 at 3:54 am

    Oh friend….these are delectable. I had to given them away because they would no longer be healthy if I ate them all. My teenage son ate his share as well and didn’t notice they were healthy. The folks that received them loved them also and asked for the recipe. Slam dunk or should I say touch down!!

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    Maggie — February 23, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    Holy Moly-these are amazing!!! Hubby was looking for something like Costco’s chocolate muffin and these fit the bill. Many thanks for sharing.

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      Tessa — February 23, 2014 at 10:02 pm

      So happy to hear that!

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    Katie — March 31, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Delicious recipe! Thanks for sharing. I added 1 tsp of cinnamon, 1/4 tsp or more to taste of cardamon, clove, ginger and a handful of candied ginger chopped fine. Addicting is all I can say….

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    Christina — April 6, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    These sound amazing! I’m curious – I have some leftover lowfat buttermilk, can I substitute that for the yogurt? Regardless this looks delicious and I’ll still make it, but it’s nice to use up some leftovers 🙂 thanks!

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    Jess — April 15, 2014 at 9:16 am

    holy flying balls, these cupcakes are awesome!! I am trying to cut down on sweets, but last night I was craving for some chocolate, and I decided to bake these cupcakes! I didn’t have maple syrup, so I used the same amount of brown sugar, added a little more of vanilla (I’m a vanilla freak!) and didn’t have chocolate chips so I had to skip those –bummer! they still turned out AWESOME and deliciously moist. Thank you thank you thank you!

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    Jasmine — February 20, 2015 at 2:29 am

    substitute for applesauce? Thanks!

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      Tessa — February 20, 2015 at 7:42 am

      Applesauce IS the substitute here! It’s used in place of melted butter or oil.

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    Jasmine — February 20, 2015 at 9:08 am

    So can I use 3/4 cup of vegetable oil in place of the applesauce and have the same taste?

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    Cindy — January 17, 2016 at 6:16 am

    They look so yummy! Do you know how many calories are in one muffin?

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