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Chocolate Muffins

I have some good news. Relieving news. “I’m Exhausted, but in a Happy Way” kind of news: I finished writing my cookbook yesterday! Yahoo! It’s off to the publisher for edits and photography, and it will be available for purchase a year from now. I can’t wait to share it with you. PHEW. So you see, I’ve been a little busy 🙂 Please welcome my last guest poster- another good friend and fabulous food blogger: Catherine McCord from the  very popular website Weelicious focuses on educating kids and involving them in the cooking process. Catherine has loads of kid-friendly, healthy recipes on her site, and she includes how-to videos too! Today, Catherine is sharing a recipe for Chocolate Lovers: Chocolate Muffins. Take it away Catherine!


If there’s such thing as an “easy sell” in our house, nothing pleases everyone more than absolutely anything I make whose name starts with chocolate. In fact, my kids’ cheers of joy usually drown me out before I can even get the whole word out of my mouth.

Take these Chocolate Muffins for instance. Recently, my two little angels were in the midst of a quarrel at the kitchen table and I was starting to lose my patience from all the bickering. Using my best diversionary skills I announced to them, “I made chocol…”. They were sold before they even knew what it was that I made — amazing, the power chocolate in any form has over my kids. After each of their first bites, there was peace in the world (at least momentarily)….and something delicious in their tummies.

These chocolate muffins are light as a feather, but also pack a rich punch of chocolate. The next time you’re trying to grab everyone’s attention, just whip up a batch of these and watch what happens!

Catherine encourages parents to be honest -– no sneaking veggies! –- and to include kids in the cooking process by exposing them to food from the moment it comes out of the ground to giving them age-appropriate tasks in the kitchen. This hands-on experience inspires them to ask questions and gets them excited about what they’re going to eat. You’ll notice a change in kids’ eating habits and as they grow, they’ll instinctively make healthier food choices.

Thanks so much, Catherine for sharing your delicious recipe for chocolate muffins with us!  You can visit Catherine on her website:, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.  And you can look forward to Catherine’s first cookbook: Weelicious, which will be published by Willam Morrow in Sept. 2012.  Her book will include over 150 fast, easy and fresh recipes for the entire family. One family, one meal. It will offer tips on how to make kids great eaters while making a moms life easier in the kitchen at the same time!

Yield: 12 regular-sized or 24 mini muffins

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 18 minutes

Chocolate Muffins


  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 large egg, beaten


  1. Preheat the oven to 400° F. Grease 12 regular or 24 mini muffin tins.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the milk, oil, and the egg. Add the dry ingredients and stir just until combined.
  4. Fill the muffin cups 2/3 full.
  5. Bake 18 – 22 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Nutritional Information per serving: Serving size: 1 regular-sized muffin Calories per serving: 155 Fat per serving: 6.9g Saturated Fat per serving: .9g Sugar per serving: 9.1g Fiber per serving: 1.7g Protein per serving: 3.2g Cholesterol per serving: 15.7mg Carbohydrates per serving: 22.2g WW POINTS per serving: Points Plus Program: 4 Old Points Program: 3
SOURCE: (recipe shared from Catherine McCord of

51 Responses to “Chocolate Muffins”

  1. postedMar 1, 2012 3:23 AM
    Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    Congrats on the cookbook progress, that must feel amazing! Can’t wait to see the finished product:-)

  2. postedMar 1, 2012 3:59 AM

    Hello, dessert for breakfast! YUM!

  3. postedMar 1, 2012 4:01 AM

    What makes these muffins and not cupcakes?

  4. postedMar 1, 2012 6:23 AM

    Wow! Congratulations on the book and those muffins look delicious 🙂

  5. postedMar 1, 2012 6:55 AM

    Wow Congrats on the cookbook! I can’t wait to buy it! Your muffins look delish!!

  6. postedMar 1, 2012 7:23 AM

    Go Lori!! You can breathe a little easier now!!

  7. postedMar 1, 2012 7:59 AM
    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

    Congrats on finishing the book and sending it all off. What a big, big step, relief…just everything!

    And on these muffins and your work with weelicious…you are just movin’ and shakin’….love it!

  8. postedMar 1, 2012 9:25 AM

    Congrats on completing your book! What an exhausting but rewarding process. Can’t wait to see it.

  9. postedMar 1, 2012 10:23 AM

    Congratulations on the book! What an incredible accomplishment. My son and I made these muffins today. They were the perfect treat on this snowy March 1st.

  10. postedMar 1, 2012 12:06 PM

    These look scrumptious! I love how they are nice and small. A good snack for the kiddos after school. And without tons of frosting, like a cupcake.

  11. postedMar 1, 2012 6:46 PM

    Congrats on finishing your recipe book! I’m a big fan of your recipes 🙂

  12. postedMar 2, 2012 1:31 AM
    Christina @ The Hungry Australian

    Congratulations on finishing your book!

    Catherine’s chocolate muffins look great, too. Love the red wrappers.

  13. postedMar 2, 2012 6:29 AM

    I have made chocolate muffins for about 45 years now. We made them when we were kids growing up and I made them for my children, and now my grandchildren. They always love them and my granddaughter (and her mother, my daugher) won’t eat any other kind of muffin!

  14. postedMar 2, 2012 9:04 AM

    I LOVE muffins, we have them all the time in my house! These look wonderful, the wrappers are cute too!

    Congrats on finishing your book; can’t wait for it to come out!

  15. postedMar 2, 2012 12:54 PM

    Congratulations on finishing your cookbook Lori!
    These muffins sound incredible and I bet they would convert to gluten free pretty easily.

  16. postedMar 2, 2012 1:53 PM

    Can’t go wrong with the cupcake papers! 🙂

  17. postedMar 2, 2012 1:54 PM

    OOPS! A big Congratulations on your new book!

  18. postedMar 2, 2012 2:51 PM

    Deeeeelicious! Oh chocolate, the fastest way to my heart. 🙂

  19. postedMar 2, 2012 11:22 PM

    Lori, congratulations! I’m sure it was grueling and exhausting but you’re finally done.

    I absolutely cannot wait until your book comes out. A year is just too long!!

  20. postedMar 3, 2012 12:46 PM

    Congratulations!! A while year to wait —:-((.

  21. postedMar 4, 2012 2:05 AM

    Congratulations Lori on finishing the book!! That must feel awesome and I guess also a great way to celebrate with these delicious chocolately cakes. Mmm. I had not heard of weelicious before but will check it out!

  22. postedMar 4, 2012 7:01 AM

    congrats on finishing your recipe book Lori! i’m a huge fan of all of your amazing recipes and can’t wait until it is published in a year! the chocolate muffins look incredible. i’d love to smear them with peanut butter. yum!

  23. postedMar 4, 2012 3:28 PM

    What makes these different then a cupcake is that they’re much lighter and don’t have as much sugar as many cupcake recipes.
    So proud of Lori! Can’t wait to see the book, what an achievement!!

  24. postedMar 5, 2012 4:49 AM

    I made these last week and we really enjoyed them! I added in ground cinnamon and vanilla extract 🙂 Thank you for a great recipe!

  25. postedMar 6, 2012 2:15 PM

    Mmmm, made these today! Everyone loved them and couldnt believe how very moist they were.

  26. postedMay 20, 2013 1:18 PM

    muffins are really dry and not very tasteful at all….

  27. postedJun 11, 2013 9:07 AM

    I just made these and they are DELISH! I love them, they are not too sweet like a sugar filled cupcake, but a light, semi-sweet chocolaty piece of heaven in a muffin tin. Awesome Recipe 🙂

  28. postedJul 31, 2013 9:05 AM

    Hey 🙂 i made this recipe exactly , but suddenly when i mixed the dry ingredients over the wet ones, the batter was very dry , can u tell me what i did wrong 🙁

  29. postedAug 1, 2013 2:07 PM

    Maybe I did something wrong, so don’t let my comment discourage you from trying these. But from my personal experience, they were quite tasteless. But again, might have been my fault. Good luck!

  30. postedAug 10, 2013 12:52 AM

    Hi Cath

    Thank you so much for your yummy recipe. I tried it yesterday for a customer. They loooooved them. It’s very easy to make and a true winner!

  31. postedJun 11, 2014 10:46 PM
    fred couzens

    Chocolatey – yes, Sweet – no.
    I used a sugar substitute in the same amount as white sugar. (The substitute says to use in the same amount as regular sugar.) The muffins were not sweet at all. If using the recipe again, I’d double or even triple the amount of
    sugar substitute to make it sweet enough.

  32. postedJun 16, 2014 7:31 AM
    Crafts and Confections

    Could I substitute water for milk? I just ran out and don’t have anymore. (Oops 😉

    • June 16th, 2014 @ 8:15 PM

      I don’t think that’s an even sub!

  33. postedAug 12, 2014 6:27 PM

    These muffins were very good. I substituted oil for equal parts unsweetened applesauce. I also added half a bag of semi- sweet chocolate chips.. The muffins came out moist with little bites of sweet chocolate. The receipt as is produced dry, tasteless muffins for me..

  34. postedDec 1, 2014 5:18 PM

    Look so good I am going to make Thea’s for breakfast tomarow 🙂

  35. postedAug 16, 2015 7:23 AM

    This batter was positively gummy. Like glue. This is not a good recipe to post. I’m an experienced baker, and I followed it to the letter. I think it should be tested before posted. 

    • August 21st, 2015 @ 6:11 PM

      They come from a cookbook author… so they were tested. In reading the comments, it appears that some have enjoyed them and some have not. Sorry they did not work out for you.

  36. postedOct 5, 2015 10:02 PM

    I decided to try a different recipe than usual to see how they were. They are very dry. I won’t use this recipe again but if I did i’d fix it forsure. ????

  37. postedJan 21, 2016 8:09 PM

    The batter was very thick and the muffins came out really dry. I went back to the original source and on the weelicious website she lists baking soda in the recipe. It is not listed here. Just baking powder. Perhaps that makes the difference.

  38. postedFeb 21, 2016 11:33 AM

    When do I add in the baking soda?

    • February 22nd, 2016 @ 12:58 PM

      along with the baking powder 🙂

  39. postedMay 17, 2016 2:49 PM

    The kid and I wanted a fun recipe to bake after school, and we decided to try this one. Unfortunately, the final product was NOT good. They’re dry, and really, really lacking in flavor. I think with some recipe doctoring (maybe adding some vanilla, cinnamon, and/or chocolate chips, and probably at least doubling the sugar) they could probably be pretty alright, but the recipe as is, for us, anyway, was a dud.

  40. postedJun 11, 2016 2:20 AM

    I wish I’d read the comments before making these! They’re flavourless and absolutely awful. I got half-way through one before just throwing them all in the bin.

  41. postedSep 7, 2016 1:49 PM

    Best recipe! Thank you. Putting this in my favs.

  42. postedNov 15, 2016 11:43 AM

    Wish I’d read the comments more thoroughly before wasting my cocoa! Dry and bitter, these “chocolate” muffins don’t taste anything like any chocolate I’ve ever had. They left a bad taste in my mouth. My very *unpicky* 4 year old son doesn’t even like them. I’m going to frost them, maybe then they’ll be tolerable.

  43. postedNov 19, 2016 7:35 AM

    these were fantastic…..
    i replaced 1 cup of the flour with a mixture of seed meals (chia, flax, pumpkin, quinoa)
    i do this with all my baking ….. but some recipes dont hold up under the pressure 🙂 but these came out perfect the texture is flawless ….. and the kids (7 and 8) love them
    definitely making these again and again…
    thank you for the recipe

  44. postedNov 19, 2016 7:47 AM

    just read some other comments…. that the recipe was dry….
    i usually add a little extra liquid to compensate for the seed meals and an extra egg to increase the protein content of the recipe…..

  45. postedNov 20, 2016 8:49 AM

    I just made these and they were very dry and not sweet at all. I don’t have a very strong sweet tooth but these were even too bitter for me! I thought I had messed up my sugar amounts but I had followed the recipe exactly. I would recommend skipping this recipe if you’re looking for a sweet muffin. 

  46. postedDec 17, 2016 10:37 AM

    Thanks for the great recipe! These turned out really moist, and my kids really enjoyed them! 

  47. postedMar 12, 2017 5:09 AM

    most muffin recipes i tried were too sweet, so I wanted to give this one a try, cause it has less sugar- in many recipes the amount of sugar and flour is the same which I find insane. But these muffins turned out too dry and not sweet enough for me. I think they would be great with choclate chips to add sweetness, or a grated apple for moisture. I think I`m going to try again and at least add some more sugar and less flour next time. Otherwise they were very easy to make, which is definitely a plus. The muffins tasted like when people try to make things more healthy, bud the sad truth is, that the best parts about cakes are all unhealthy- sugar, eggs and butter/oil. it`s okay to cut back on them a bit, but it`s a very fine balance between healthier and tasteless. it also depends on individual prefrences- people who daily consume less sugar will find this okay, but I guess for most people like myself it`s unsatisfying.

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