Healthy chocolate muffins (95 calories)


So I’ve been trying this thing called “eating healthy” over the past week and have been on the hunt for healthy CHOCOLATE recipes. I just can’t give up my sweet tooth. I blame my grandpa. I found a recipe for healthy chocolate muffins that I think you will adore. Especially for less than 100 calories. They are great for that sweet craving!

I made them with my kids the other day (lets not talk about the chocolate dumped all over the floor) and they LOVED them. They gobbled these bad boys right up. They really are deceptively delicious. My husband even said they were really good. Now they don’t quite compare to a chocolate cupcake with buttercream …but come on… we’re talking HEALTHY people. Try them. You will thank me. Your family will too. ;)



Healthy chocolate muffins (95 calories)


  • 1 3/4 cup of old fashioned oats
  • 3 egg whites
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt (or regular plain low fat yogurt)
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1-1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1-1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 cup truvia baking blend (or baking stevia)
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (I used the mini chips)


1. Line a muffin pan with foil cupcake liners, or you can also spray a muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray.

2. Heat oven to 350 degrees.

3. Mix all of the ingredients together in a blender (except for the chocolate chips) on LOW. Blend until mixture is smooth. Do not over blend.

4. Place mixture in cupcake liners. I filled mine about 3/4 the way full. Once the batter was in the liners, I placed the chocolate chips on top.

5. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

*Tip: At 12 minutes, take muffins out and place a few more chocolate chips on top to get the "muffin top."

Adapted from Dashing Dish

Enjoy your healthy chocolate muffins …your hubby and kids will never know they are “healthy.” ;)

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Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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  1. Eva Scott posted on January 7, 2013 at 5:32 am (#

    These look delicious!!

  2. Michelle posted on January 7, 2013 at 7:49 am (#

    Those chocolate muffins sound super easy and super delicious! My family would never know that they were good for you! At my house it is all about taste!

  3. Sandy posted on January 7, 2013 at 8:17 am (#

    Can’t wait to give these a try – thanks so much for sharing the recipe :)

  4. cj posted on January 7, 2013 at 10:04 am (#

    How can you use one cup of stevia? Isn’t one teaspoon stevia equal 1 cup of sugar?

    • Jamielyn posted on January 7, 2013 at 11:22 am (#

      Hey CJ! It would need to be the baking stevia. Hope that helps!

  5. Kristy @ Sweet Treats & More posted on January 7, 2013 at 12:18 pm (#

    These look awesome! I can’t ever give up the sweets either!

  6. Heather posted on January 7, 2013 at 10:59 am (#

    Thought I would share another healthy and super easy recipe…
    1 box of spice cake mix
    1 can pumpkin puree (15 oz)

    Mix spice cake mix and pumpkin puree together and bake as directed (do not add eggs or any ingredients listed on box)
    Optional add-ins: chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, dried cherries, dried cranberries, nuts…my kids love them with chocolate chips and they haven’t seemed to notice that I am using dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate…dark is suppose to be healthier


    • Jamielyn posted on January 7, 2013 at 11:19 am (#

      Sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing! :)

    • Michelle posted on January 7, 2013 at 8:42 pm (#

      The comment about the spice cake mic and can of pumpkin is delicious!!! another good one to try is the can of pumpkin and a chocolate cake mix. It is very thick when you mix it, but you don’t ad anything else. I usually make mini muffins because they are filling. I have also drizzled alittle chocolate on top to give it something extra. :)

  7. kim@hungryhealthygirl posted on January 7, 2013 at 12:13 pm (#

    These look super delish…I’m all about chocolate and if you can make it healthy, even better!

  8. katie posted on January 7, 2013 at 1:28 pm (#

    I’m so glad you enjoy the muffins! They are one of my favorite recipes!

    xo Katie from Dashing Dish

    • Jamielyn posted on January 7, 2013 at 7:02 pm (#

      Thanks for stopping by Katie! I adore your website and all your yummy recipes! xo

  9. Sara posted on January 7, 2013 at 2:20 pm (#

    Hello, I live in the middle of nowhere and only have sugar on hand. Would it still be the same amount for sugar? Thank you for your help.

    • Jamielyn posted on January 7, 2013 at 7:00 pm (#

      Hi Sara! Yes, I think sugar would be fine. Probably would make them even better. ;)

  10. Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen posted on January 7, 2013 at 3:11 pm (#

    They remind me of the chocolate mini muffins we got for breakfast at school, but I’m sure yours are MUCH better!

  11. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. posted on January 7, 2013 at 4:48 pm (#

    I love these! Happy new year!

  12. Melissa posted on January 8, 2013 at 8:25 am (#

    Love this chocolate muffin recipe!! =) looks so yummy, and healthy!

  13. Crystal posted on January 8, 2013 at 8:24 pm (#

    I’m trying to eat healthy too. Can’t wait to try then! Thanks so much!

  14. Jaime ♥ Raising up Rubies posted on January 9, 2013 at 7:52 am (#

    yum.mee. i pinned these! you had me at greek yogurt :) ♥

  15. Renea posted on January 9, 2013 at 6:54 pm (#

    Only 95 calories? Count me in! They look wonderful, too.

  16. Amel posted on October 3, 2013 at 9:19 am (#

    these look super delicious and healthy ! if i don’t have baking stevia and also applesauce what can i use instead ?!

    • Jamielyn posted on October 8, 2013 at 1:58 pm (#

      You could use sugar and vegetable oil…stevia and applesauce just make it a healthier recipe! :)

  17. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on December 25, 2013 at 10:03 pm (#

    Girl these are AMAZING! For 95 cals, I am just floored! Wow, you totally outdid yourself! They’re so chocolaty & moist and fluffy looking. Love it. Pinned!

  18. Kim posted on December 30, 2013 at 8:19 pm (#

    Is the 3/4 cup of cocoa correct? These baked totally flat and tasted of cocoa powder. I even used sugar instead of the Stevia. Since I had just baked puffed banana muffins prior to this batch, I know it’s not my soda or powder.
    Has anyone else made these with the same results?

    • Jamielyn posted on January 9, 2014 at 2:23 pm (#

      That’s so odd Kim! Mine were chocolately but didn’t taste like cocoa powder and were fluffy. If you make them again, maybe try adding more batter to the cupcake liner…they tend to go flat if there isn’t enough batter. I typically fill mine 2/3 full.

  19. Christa posted on January 17, 2014 at 12:16 pm (#

    Hello can you please tell me is it 1 1/2 tsp of baking powder and baking soda or just 1/2 tsp. THE – DASH makes it a bit confusing : ) as in the Oats it looks like 1 3/4 Cup but there is NO DASH! Sorry for the confusion!

    • Jamielyn posted on January 31, 2014 at 3:56 pm (#

      Hi Christa! Yes it is 1 1/2 tsp. of baking powder! Sorry for the confusion. :)

  20. Jenny posted on March 19, 2014 at 7:34 pm (#

    We love your site and recipes so much we choose to feature your healthy chocolate muffin recipe on our Easter roundup here, Thank you!
    -The Happy Gal

    • Jamielyn posted on March 20, 2014 at 1:13 pm (#

      Thanks for the feature Jenny! :)

  21. Jenna+D posted on March 27, 2014 at 9:10 pm (#

    Hello there, I was SUPER excited to try out this recipe. Though, I’m pretty disappointed. I followed the recipe precisely, except I don’t think I used enough stevia. (I had packets of stevia and liquid form, so I wasn’t sure of how much to use.) But, no one mentioned the fact that they were going to stick so badly to my cupcake liners, or any precautions I could’ve taken to make them not stick so bad. As well as the fact that 15 minutes was not near enough time. I cooked for 15 straight, took them out, noticed they were not cooked enough, put back in for an additional 5, and still stuck + were not cooked enough. What could I have done wrong?

    • Jamielyn posted on May 14, 2014 at 12:26 am (#

      Hi Jenna! I’m sorry these didn’t turn out for you! Next time, I would make sure to measure 1/2 of stevia. I’ve never used the liquid form, but that may have been the reason these didn’t cook well and stuck to the liners. This recipe has always baked in 15-16 minutes and they have come out of the cupcake liners! I hope it works better for you if you try these again! :)

  22. Chelsea posted on July 6, 2014 at 4:41 pm (#

    How many muffins does this make to get them at 95 calories each?

    • Jamielyn posted on July 23, 2014 at 10:28 pm (#

      Hi Chelsea! It makes about a dozen muffins. :)

  23. Jessa posted on July 26, 2014 at 3:52 pm (#

    I made these to a T and they turned out chewy and flavorless. :( I’ve had better luck just modifying a good, regular muffin recipe.

    • Jamielyn posted on September 22, 2014 at 1:34 pm (#

      Hi Jessa! Since there is no sugar in this recipe, they won’t be your typical chocolate muffin. But when I made them they turned out moist and chocolately! I have substituted sugar in these and they definitely come out more sweet! :)

  24. Aspen posted on August 31, 2014 at 11:53 am (#

    What could I substitute for yogurt? Thanks!

  25. Aspen posted on September 16, 2014 at 7:47 pm (#

    My muffins were HORRIBLE! They sank right to the bottom and there is NOTHING to hold it together! Are you leaving out an ingredient?

  26. Patty posted on November 5, 2014 at 10:49 am (#

    I made these muffins and they turned out moist, delicious! I was a little hesitant about trying this recipe after reading comments from many people who had trouble with it, but I followed it exactly and had no problems.

    • Jamielyn posted on November 6, 2014 at 12:21 am (#

      I’m so glad you liked them Patty! Thanks for leaving a comment! :)

  27. Silvia posted on February 5, 2015 at 11:20 pm (#

    What is the carb count?

  28. Suzette posted on April 2, 2015 at 9:34 am (#

    I made these yesterday in my food processor. After adding all of the ingredients and giving it a whirl, I was really concerned because the mixture was very liquidy. However, I am not one to quit in the middle of things, so I crossed my fingers and proceeded. I was pleasantly surprised when I pulled them out of the oven and saw that they had baked up nicely…..YAY!! I let them cool completely and then decided to try one. I had used unbleached baking cups and the paper pulled away from the muffin with no problem. Well, let’s just say that you can definitely tell these are healthy….LOL! I do like them but would prefer them a little sweeter (I had used 1/4 cup evaporated cane juice and 1/4 cup coconut sugar). I think next time I’ll use 1/2 cup evaporated cane juice. Hubby tried one after dinner but didn’t care for it. I had another one this morning for breakfast and like that I didn’t have to feel guilty. :-) Thank you for this recipe!

    • Jamielyn posted on April 19, 2015 at 12:48 am (#

      I’m glad you liked these! They definitely are not like my chocolate cupcakes, but I like that I don’t feel guilty eating them! :)

  29. michelle posted on May 4, 2015 at 3:42 pm (#

    how much tsps would the 3 egg whites be? i have liquid egg whites?

    • Jamielyn posted on May 11, 2015 at 3:44 pm (#

      6 Tablespoons of egg whites.

  30. Helyn wilson posted on June 13, 2015 at 11:24 am (#

    Love the muffins, but following your recipe, i get around 138 cal per muffin not 95.

    Thanks for the great chocolate taste!

  31. Shelina posted on January 31, 2017 at 8:05 pm (#

    Is there a substitute for the applesauce? Can’t wait to try 
    Thank you! 

    • I Heart Naptime posted on February 1, 2017 at 7:45 am (#

      If you have baby food around – like peaches or apricots – that would work in a pinch!