Fluffy, tender, and just sweet enough, these easy Chocolate Muffins are a favorite breakfast and snack to share with the kids. Bonus: They bake up in less than 20 minutes and store so well!

Chocolate Muffins

We’ve long made our Chocolate Protein Muffins, Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins, and Chocolate Banana Muffins, but I had a craving for a straight-up Chocolate Muffin…so here we are. This muffin recipe, which is similar to my Yogurt Muffins, is both easy to make and super delicious.

We love these healthy muffins for their chocolate flavor but also because they are satisfying with the inclusion of yogurt and eggs for protein. They’re great on their own served warm or cold and pair nicely with diced berries or banana as an easy meal or snack.

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What’s the secret to making moist muffins?

In this recipe, there are a few things that create very moist muffins. First, there’s a full cup of yogurt which adds a lot of moisture and fluffiness in the baked muffins. And the all-purpose flour keeps them light, too.

From there, stir the batter together gently. And transfer the baked muffins from the pan to a wire rack so they can cool fully on a wire rack. If they cool in the pan, they will likely continue to bake and may be tougher.

Ingredients You Need

Here’s a look at the ingredients you need to make this muffin recipe, including dry ingredients and wet ingredients.

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  • Whole-milk plain yogurt: Full fat yogurt is best if possible. This helps the muffins be super moist and super tender.
  • Eggs: Large eggs help the muffins cook through and stay moist. See the Notes at the end of the recipe for the egg-free options.
  • Vanilla extract: Adding vanilla extract balances the flavor of the cocoa powder nicely.
  • Maple syrup: Or you can use honey for kids over age 1 or sugar to save a little money on groceries.
  • Unsalted butter: This needs to be melted and cooled, slightly so we can stir it into the batter. I prefer unsalted butter so I can decide how much salt to add.
  • All-purpose flour: This helps the muffins stay tender and light.
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder: I typically use SACO, Hershey’s Special Dark, or Trader Joe’s brand.
  • Baking powder and baking soda: A combination of these helps the muffins rise nicely and bake through properly.
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips: You can use full size or mini chocolate chips. You could even use chocolate chunks. We stir these into the batter for extra chocolate flavor to make double chocolate muffins. (You can also use berries or diced fruit instead if you prefer.)

Step-by-Step Instructions

Here’s a look at how to make this recipes so you know what to expect. Scroll down to the end of the post for the full recipe, including the amounts and timing.

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  1. Preheat the oven. Grease a muffin pan. Stir together the yogurt, eggs, melted butter, and vanilla in a large bowl.
  2. Add the flour, sugar, chocolate chips, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Gently stir or whisk the mixture together.
  3. Divide batter among the muffin tin. (I prefer to use classic nonstick Pam instead of muffin liners as muffins without a lot of oil can stick to liners. If you want to use them, parchment ones may work better.)
  4. Bake until a cake tester or toothpick inserted into the center comes out cleanly. Remove from oven, then transfer muffins to a wire rack to cool fully.

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of cocoa powder do you use in this chocolate muffin recipe?

I prefer Hershey’s Special Dark, SACO, or Trader Joe’s store-brand.

Can I make these without the chocolate chips?

Sure. You can trade in 1 cup of diced strawberries or bananas, or blueberries, to add more flavor in place of it if you prefer.

How do I make Chocolate Mini Muffins?

Follow the recipe and simply reduce the baking time to about 12 minutes.

What’s the difference between a chocolate muffin and a chocolate cupcake?

The main difference in my recipes is that chocolate muffins have more nutritious ingredients including yogurt and less added sugars so they are less sweet.

chocolate muffins on wire rack with hand.

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 (they firm up a bit when they’re cold so warming slightly returns them to their softer texture).

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

  • To make as mini muffins, divide batter in a greased 24-cup mini muffin pan and bake for 12-14 minutes.
  • Dairy-free: Use a nondairy Greek-style yogurt, like the plant-based options from Siggi’s, and a neutral oil, like canola oil or vegetable oil in place of the butter. (If the batter is very thick, add a few tablespoons of nondairy milk.)
  • Gluten-free: Substitute cup-for-cup gluten-free flour in place of the wheat flours.
  • Egg-free: Omit the eggs. Reduce the yogurt to ¾ cup. Add ¼ cup additional milk. Proceed with the recipe.
  • I prefer dutch process cocoa powder from brands including SACO, Hershey’s Special Dark, and Trader Joes.
  • Coat nonstick pans with nonstick spray (I use classic Pam) to ensure they don’t stick.

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Fluffy Chocolate Muffins

Fluffy, tender, and just sweet enough, these are delicious Chocolate Muffins to share with the kids. See the Notes for allergy swaps.
5 from 95 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 24 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Breakfast
Calories 201kcal
Servings 12

Ingredients

  • cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder (sifted if at all lumpy)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup whole-milk plain yogurt
  • cup maple syrup (or honey for kids over age 1)
  • 2 eggs (large)
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter (melted and cooled, slightly)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chocolate chips (I prefer mini or to chop up full-size to evenly distribute the chocolate)
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Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 12-cup standard muffin pan with nonstick spray.
  • In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, cocoa powder, chocolate chips, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • Add the yogurt, maple syrup, eggs, butter, and vanilla.
  • Gently stir or whisk together.
  • Divide batter among the prepared muffin tin, using a heaping ¼ cup batter in each cup.
  • Bake for 14-16 minutes, or until the edges are lightly golden brown and a cake tester inserted into the center comes out cleanly. Remove from oven, then transfer muffins to a wire rack to cool fully.

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 (they firm up a bit when they’re cold so warming slightly returns them to their softer texture).
  • 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.
  • To make as mini muffins, divide batter in a greased 24-cup mini muffin pan and bake for 12-14 minutes.
  • Dairy-free: Use a nondairy Greek-style yogurt, like the plant-based options from Siggi’s, and a neutral oil, like canola, in place of the butter.
  • Gluten-free: Substitute cup-for-cup gluten-free flour in place of the wheat flours.
  • Egg-free: Omit the eggs. Reduce the yogurt to ¾ cup. Add ¼ cup additional milk. Proceed with the recipe.
  • Feel free to replace the chocolate chips with diced berries or other fruit, or to increase the amount of chocolate chips to 1 cup. Up to you!

Nutrition

Serving: 1muffin, Calories: 201kcal, Carbohydrates: 25g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 0.2g, Cholesterol: 41mg, Sodium: 152mg, Potassium: 164mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 183IU, Vitamin C: 0.1mg, Calcium: 70mg, Iron: 2mg
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This post was first published October 2022.

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  1. 5 stars
    Another great recipe! I used 1/4 cup sugar in place of the maple syrup and the dough was a touch dry so I added a splash of milk (maybe 2Tbsp) to get the consistency of your other yogurt mini muffin recipes. It made 34 mini muffins for me. They came out perfect and fluffy and delicious!

  2. 5 stars
    Amazing recipe. My whole family lives these. Especially my husband. We enjoy them as mini muffins. I easily made them vegan when breastfeeding and avoiding dairy for my daughter’s sensitivities. This is a staple!

    1. No, almond flour is not a good 1:1 substitute for wheat flour. You can use an all purpose gluten-free flour though.

  3. 5 stars
    These came out lovely. Wonderfully balanced and soft in both flavor and texture with a gentle chocolate aroma and subtle sweetness. They’re fluffy without being too airy and moist without being too dense. I wouldn’t say they’re indulgent, so don’t skip on the chocolate chips unless you and/or your littles don’t have much of a sweet tooth and want a very light snack 😉

  4. 5 stars
    These were a total hit for a 4yo old that used to eat everything, a super picky mom, and a GF dad. I subbed King Arthur’s 1:1 GF flour, and you’d never know! They were delicious and didn’t last 2 days in our house. Yum! There’s been a request to have these weekly. Thank you for this yumminess!

  5. 5 stars
    These are so so tasty and quick to put together. I used King Arthur 1:1 gluten free flour, and has some extra ripe bananas waiting to be used so swapped those for the yogurt (per Amy’s recommendation on IG) and they turned out perfect. Will make these regularly!

  6. 5 stars
    Another 5 star special! I make this to recipe, but just halve the choc chips (it feels a tad too much otherwise). Also when it’s a tight week I halve the amount of maple with sugar… Because cost of living 😂 but also when I can make it full maple syrup you don’t taste it. Which is wild to me! Great recipe. Thanks, Boss Amy

  7. 5 stars
    These were a big hit this week. To get a nice muffin top, I preheat the oven to 450 and drop to 375 when I put in the muffins.

  8. 5 stars
    This is one of our favorite recipes! It turns out perfect every time and is always so light and fluffy. This time we used peanut butter chips and baked in a 9×9 to make “cake”!

  9. 5 stars
    These muffins were enjoyed by myself, my husband, and my 4-year-old. Highly recommend as they are so easy, made with pantry staples, and are delicious. I like to use muffin liners in my muffin tins but know that these types of muffins tend to stick to the liners so I sprayed my liners with nonstick spray and that worked like a charm.

  10. 5 stars
    Loved these! Subbed for gluten free flour and used mini choc chips. Super fluffy and moist, tasted like Costco muffin but better! Most importantly my two girls (3 & 1) ate them which means it’s a success ☺️

  11. 5 stars
    Amy, thank you for another great recipe! I had to make many swaps for dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free and they still turned out wonderfully! I’m so grateful for your knowledge, truly. It’s so refreshing to have easy swaps that are already staples and in my fridge/pantry. Navigating an allergy world is overwhelming, and you simplified it for me and my kids. Thank you!

  12. 5 stars
    I used Oikos Pro vanilla yogurt (2 containers) and brown sugar because I didn’t have maple syrup….Yum! So good, so fluffy, not overly sweet….adding to my recipes!

  13. 5 stars
    I actually made these for myself! Haha. I will let my kids try the muffins later to see if they like them (I’m sure they will) but oh my goodness these are soooo yummy!!!! So moist and fluffy! And not overly sweet. I did omit half of the maple syrup and sub with two tbsp brown sugar just because I don’t have that much maple syrup but they still taste great. These muffins made my day. Thank you for this amazing recipe!

  14. Could you use low fat Greek yogurt in place of whole milk yogurt? Looking forward to trying this recipe. Loved all your other ones we’ve tried!

  15. 5 stars
    Goodness. I read the instructions incorrectly and added the whole milk yogurt AND whole milk. They still turned out okay, just kinda eggy. So be sure to read carefully everyone lol.

    Second batch that I actually followed the instructions correctly were excellent 🙂 Thank you!

  16. 5 stars
    These hit the magical balance of not being overloaded with sugar and myself, my husband, and my toddler all love them. Every other muffin recipe I make either has loads of sugar or my husband or toddler doesn’t like them. Great texture and not too sweet!

  17. 5 stars
    Delicious! These were so easy to make and my kids LOVED them. Can’t wait to try them again with Hershey’s special dark cocoa powder. Quick to make and bake. Thanks for another great recipe!

  18. 5 stars
    Turned out great, even with plant based substitutions. (Almond/coconut yogurt, Bob’s Red Mill Egg Replacer, and applesauce instead of butter). And my 4 year old loved helping. He said “We should save this recipe!” Thanks for sharing.

  19. 5 stars
    One bowl, not too sweet, ready in a jiffy! I’m based in Japan, set my oven to 190 for 15 min and they came out perfect.

  20. My son loved the recipe but wished for it to be a bit sweeter. I would like it to remain sugar free as I used honey. Can I increase the amount of honey or add very ripe bananas? What do you suggest? Thanks!

    1. You can increase the amount of honey and/or add more chocolate chips to the batter. (Honey is considered added sugar though, to clarify that.)

    1. I haven’t tried mashed banana here but it’s a similar consistency so it might work the same. Let me know if you try it!

  21. Hi there, love all your recipes, make atleast a few a week!
    This is my first time trying these muffins. I think I must have missed a step or something. I made the egg free version and the badder came out super thick almost like dough. I reduced the yogurt to 3/4 cup and added 1/4 cup milk, there are otherwise no liquids right? Aside from the syrup?
    Should I add more milk?
    I did you extra creamy Greek yogurt, could that be the issue?

    1. It’s possible that the batter might have been extra thick if your yogurt was extra thick. Hope they turned out okay!

    1. Yes, but I would add 2 tbsp milk and check them for doneness two minutes earlier than my timing to ensure they are moist

  22. What I meant to say is like do you use the same amount of oil for the butter or do you like reduce the amount or something.

    1. I haven’t tried that here but it might work. I’d check for doneness 2 minutes sooner as they make bake faster

  23. These are very tasty my only comment is that if you use muffin cups in your tin they stick to the paper really bad so maybe use parchment paper ones or just grease the tin and don’t use the muffing cups?

    1. I don’t recommend using paper liners with my muffins as they do tend to stick. You’ll see in the recipe I mention to coat the muffin pan with nonstick spray. That works better in my experience.

  24. Hello there! Would I be able to use applesauce in place of the yogurt? Thank you! Looks delicious and we are going make them today, but we’re all out of yogurt!

  25. Is 1/4 cup butter = 1 stick? I used half a stick and these came out tasty but dry and matte on top. Might switch to 1 stick!

  26. Under “step by step instructions” and “best tips for success,” you mentioned milk. But when I look at the “ingredients” and “instructions,” there is no mention of milk, so I didn’t use any! Can you clarify, was I supposed to use milk in this recipe?

  27. 5 stars
    I absolutely LOVE this recipe. They are so incredibly delicious. The subtle chocolate flavor is just enough and not overpowering. They aren’t overly sweet either which is amazing. But you get all the texture you want from a muffin… huge win in my book!!! Gonna double the recipe next time!! I’m obsessed with your IG page so thank you for sharing your amazing recipes tips tricks and everything in between!!

  28. 5 stars
    I’ve tried many chocolate muffin recepies and this one is the best, without a doubt. Easy to make, fluffy and delicious!

  29. 5 stars
    Delicious! I’m so glad I tried these. I substituted vanilla whole milk yogurt, because it’s all I had, and I think it turned out great!

  30. 5 stars
    We love these muffins. I’ve made them several times before and another batch just came out of the oven. Each time I am so amazing at their fluffy texture – especially because I make them without eggs (using your egg free notes!). Thank you!

  31. 5 stars
    I’m not a great baker but made these with the kids and used 2 8-donut silicone baking things instead of muffins and they were delicious! Thanks

    1. 5 stars
      These are a go to breakfast for us! Do you think they would taste just as good using sugar instead of syrup or honey, realizing I’m out of both this time 😅

  32. 5 stars
    Hi, the recipe it’s so good and I’m going to give it try! Can I ask if the oven it’s fun forced or static?

  33. 5 stars
    So tasty! I used a mix of milk chocolate chips & dark chocolate chunks since I didn’t have any semi sweet chocolate. Great way to get your chocolate fix without so much sugar. My 3 year old and I both loved them!

  34. 5 stars
    I have a small summer squash from my garden that I’d love to grate in to this recipe. Any tips on how to do that? I think there might be too much moisture. Thanks!

    1. Hi- I would grate it and squeeze it very dry with your hands, then pat with a clean kitchen towel. That should remove almost all of the moisture so you can probably add 1/2-1 cup. You will have more muffins (since you’ll have more batter) and they may need an extra minute or two to bake through. But I think it should work fine! Let me know!

  35. 5 stars
    These were fantastic! Just an fyi – I never have full fat yogurt but always have plain Greek yogurt on hand. I did half cup of that, half cup sour cream & had great results!

    1. 5 stars
      This is why I love her site. Great recipes and always someone in the comments helping out! I was just looking to see if someone used Greek yogurt instead!

  36. 5 stars
    My 5 year old (that helped me make the muffins) says: “Her muffins are so good and I like her recipes. They are sooooo good.”

  37. 5 stars
    Wow! This recipe is fantastic. Very easy and minimal mess. We followed the recipe and it worked perfectly. Delicious, moist muffins the whole family enjoyed.

  38. 5 stars
    Made these yesterday with a little ‘help’ from my 3yr old! They were delicious, soft and moist freshly baked and reheated well today.

    I used 1/3 cup sugar and some milk instead of maple syrup, which seemed to work well. We also used your cream cheese frosting for added yum!

    Thanks for a great recipe!!!!

  39. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious, moist and just the right amount of sweetness. I used honey, cacao, and 1/2 c semi-sweet chips because I wanted more chocolate for me 😊 Thanks for the recipe Amy!

  40. 5 stars
    Yummy!!!!!!!Thank you for the yummytoddlerfood, everything will be ok now as my toddler will eat their delicious food with yummy feeling…………….