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Mini Chocolate Chip Muffins

Every time I go to our local big box store, I always walk by a giant stack of Little Bites muffin boxes. And while I almost never have the urge to do copycat recipes, this one stuck with me—because I just knew I could make an equally tender little muffin that the kids would love.

And with the inclusion of yogurt and a little less sugar, and a super simple method, these are exactly the kind of homemade snack that makes me excited. (Especially since I love to snack on these too!)

My three kids all adore these muffins. They’re a great preschool snack, after school snack, or snack to go with lunch and are one of my all-time most popular kids muffin recipes.

(Know that you can swap in blueberries for the chocolate chips if your kids prefer blueberry mini muffins, or check out my Sprinkle Muffins.)

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Ingredients You Need

Here’s a look at what you’ll need to make this recipe so you know what to pick up at the store and have on hand for baking.

ingredients in chocolate chip mini muffins
  • All purpose flour: I use regular all-purpose flour here to ensure that the muffins are light and fluffy after baking.
  • Baking powder and baking soda: A combination of both of these ensures that the muffins are tender and rise properly.
  • Maple syrup: You can use maple syrup, honey, or granulated sugar to sweeten these muffins just a smidge for the kids.
  • Plain Greek yogurt: I love baking with yogurt and like the consistency of the muffins using Greek yogurt. If you only have regular style yogurt, that is totally fine. You’ll just want to add a smidge more flour. See the Notes at the end of the recipe for the details.
  • Eggs: Large eggs help to hold the ingredients together and bake tender muffins.
  • Unsalted butter: I prefer to bake with unsalted butter so that I can control the amount of added salt.
  • Vanilla extract: Vanilla extract adds that classic vanilla flavor that pairs so well with chocolate chips.
  • Chocolate chips: I prefer to use mini chocolate chips in these mini muffins, but regular size ones will work too.

TIP: See the Notes at the bottom of the recipe for allergy variations to make these without eggs, dairy, and gluten.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Here’s the general process for making this recipe so you know what to expect. Scroll down to the bottom of the post for the full how-to on the timing and amounts.

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  1. Stir together the wet ingredients.
  2. Stir together the dry ingredients, then mix in the wet. Add the chocolate chips.
  3. Divide among a greased mini muffin pan.
  4. Bake! These muffins bake quickly, so set that timer and avoid over baking for the best results.

Use a small knife to help transfer the cooked muffins to a wire rack to cool fully. (Note that I do not recommend using paper cupcake liners with these as they will likely stick. Nonstick spray is a better option.)

baked mini chocolate chip muffins on rack

Frequently Asked Questions

How long can I store these muffins?

You can store them, once cooled, in an airtight container for up to 3 days at room temperature. They hold well for up to 5 in the fridge, but you may want to warm them briefly to serve from the fridge as they firm up when cold.

How are these different from store-bought Little Bites?

They have less sugar, twice as much protein, and you have the ability to control more of the ingredients.

What should I serve these with?

We usually have them for breakfast or snack with cut up fruit, though they’d also work with a smoothie, a cheese stick, and a smoothie—among other lunch snacks.

mini chocolate chip muffins on blue plate

How to Store

  • Once cooled, store in an airtight container for up to 3 days at room temperature. Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Warm slightly to serve from the fridge as they will firm up when cold.
  • You can also freeze the muffins in a freezer bag with as much air removed as possible for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature or in 15 second increments in the microwave.

Best Tips for Success

  • I like using whole milk Greek yogurt in this recipe. You can use regular style yogurt if you prefer. If using regular yogurt, add 2 tablespoons additional flour to ensure that the muffin batter isn’t too runny.
  • You can use an equal amount of sugar instead of maple syrup if that’s what you have.
  • Dairy-free: Use a nondairy Greek style yogurt like the plant-based options from Siggis and a neutral oil like canola in place of the butter.
  • Egg-free: Omit the eggs. Add ½ cup milk and use ¾ teaspoon baking soda.
  • Gluten-free: Use cup for cup style of gluten-free all purpose flour like the one from King Arthur Flour.
  • Note that I do not recommend using paper cupcake liners with these as they will likely stick. Nonstick spray is a better option.)

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Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins (Little Bites Copycat)

Moist tender Mini Chocolate Chip Muffins that taste as good as store bought, but have a little extra nutrition? Sign. Me. Up. These muffins are seriously delicious and are a must-make if you have fans of Little Bites in your house!
5 from 131 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Breakfast
Calories 175kcal
Servings 12 (Makes 24 mini muffins)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup whole milk plain Greek yogurt
  • cup maple syrup (or sugar)
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter (melted and slightly cooled)
  • 2 eggs (lightly beaten)
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 24-cup mini muffin pan with nonstick spray.
  • In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • In another bowl, stir together the yogurt, maple syrup, eggs, butter, and vanilla.
  • Gently stir the yogurt mixture into the flour mixture.
  • Stir in the chocolate chips.
  • Divide batter among the prepared muffin tin, filling about to the edge. (You'll use about 1 ½ tablespoon in each mini muffin cup.)
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the edges are lightly golden brown and a cake tester inserted into the center comes out cleanly. Do not over bake.
  • Remove from oven, and let cool in the pan for 2 minutes. Run a paring knife around the edges to loosen, if needed, then carefully transfer muffins to a wire rack to cool fully.

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Notes

  • Once cooled, store in an airtight container for up to 3 days at room temperature. Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Warm slightly to serve from the fridge as they will firm up when cold.
  • You can also freeze the muffins in a freezer bag with as much air removed as possible for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature or in 15 second increments in the microwave.
  • I like using whole milk Greek yogurt in this recipe. You can use regular style yogurt if you prefer, just add 2 tablespoons additional all-purpose flour to ensure that the batter isn’t too runny.
  • I prefer mini chocolate chips since they are more evenly distributed through the muffins but you can use regular ones if you prefer. If you use regular size chocolate chips, I would use 1 cup.
  • Dairy-free: Use a nondairy Greek style yogurt like the plant-based options from Siggis and a neutral oil like canola in place of the butter.
  • Egg-free: Omit the eggs. Add ½ cup milk and use ¾ teaspoon baking soda.
  • Gluten-free: Use cup for cup gluten-free all purpose flour.

Nutrition

Serving: 2muffins, Calories: 175kcal, Carbohydrates: 23g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 40mg, Sodium: 155mg, Potassium: 67mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 13g, Vitamin A: 184IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 68mg, Iron: 1mg
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This post was first published April 2021.

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  1. 5 stars
    These were so easy and so delicious. I ran out of Greek yogurt and substituted about 1/3 cup sour cream – easy swap. They are now in everyone’s lunch box for school/work today. these will definitely be in our rotation. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    These are really good my whole family enjoys them. It makes way more than 24 mini muffins though. I just filled up a 24 mini muffin and a 6 regular mufin tray. Yesterday when I made them it was the same thing. I find it takes longer than 12 minutes for the minus as well. But other than that, they are great and easy and versatile.

  3. 5 stars
    Holy delicious, Batman! I make 1-2 recipes from this page every week for my toddler and this is BY FAR my absolute favorite. I ate 3 of these right out of the oven with my coffee 🙂 Soooo good!

  4. 5 stars
    We’ve made these more times than I can count and they are always loved by kids and adults alike. Today we added purred chickpeas (puréed in food processor with the eggs) for an added bonus of fiber and protein. They held their consistency and came out great! No other adjustments were made. Thanks for creating such a hit for our family!

  5. 5 stars
    These were good! My 4 year old and 11 year old both loved them. My only complaint is that this recipe makes way more than 24 mini muffins. I have a standard size mini muffin pan and filled each one to the top and got about 40, which is more than i needed. If i had known it made that many, i would have halved the recipe.

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