Healthy & Delicious Chocolate Chunk Muffins

I found this recipe the other day and had to try it. It did not only look scrumptious, but also quite healthy (with 58-116 calories per muffin depending on size), and that is a difficult combination to find. To top it all off, it was a legitimate knock off of Triple Chocolate Chunk VitaTop Muffins from Whole Foods. This recipe is healthy not only because it is low in calories and fat, but also because it does not call for a questionable sugar substitute (such as Splenda). These muffins are moist, filling, chocolately with just the right amount of sweetness. They’re the perfect breakfast for those with a sweet tooth (like me). So, enjoy yourself some Chocolate Chunk Muffins.



  • 1 3/4 cups of oats
  •  3 egg whites
  •  3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt/plain low fat yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar/1-1/2 Tbsp. vinegar
  • 1-1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1-1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 cup sugar substitute (such as Truvia)/1/4 cup + 2 tbs stevia
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips/any chips you’d like

I personally used low fat yogurt, vinegar and Truvia in my recipe (because I already had those ingredients), but I’m sure the other ways are delectable as well. I will be making this again, and will try some variations, so if you’re curious how it turns out, come back for an update.



  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Line 12 or 24 muffin pans with liners or grease them/spray with non-stick cooking spray
  3. Mix together all wet ingredients in a large bowl (egg whites, applesauce, vanilla extract, yogurt, tartar/vinegar and water)
  4. Mix in all dry ingredients except the chocolate chips (oats, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar substitute)
  5. Once the texture is smooth and consistant, mix in half of the chocolate chips
  6. Pour mixture into muffin pans
  7. Bake for 10 minutes
  8. Ater 10 minutes, remove the muffins from the oven and top them with the rest of the chocolate chips.
  9. Bake for an additional 5 minutes.
  10. Remove from oven and enjoy!

As I mentioned, the larger muffins have 116 calories per muffin, while smaller muffins have 58 calories per muffin. Although the calories are low, the taste is not. Chocoholics, you now have a breakfast!
Recipe originally @Healthy is Always Better

  • Joyce - May 2, 2012 - 10:08 am

    This picture totally convinced me! I have to try this recipe. Thanks! By the way I’m loving the whole design and colors of your site!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley Orwitz - May 2, 2012 - 7:19 pm

    2 hours, a trip to the supermarket, and a full stomach later, I can vouch by saying these are more than awesome 🙂

    Thanks for the recipe Claire!!ReplyCancel

  • Furniture - May 3, 2012 - 8:10 am

    Mouthwatering indeed! This really looks really yummy! Nice post.ReplyCancel

  • Claire - May 3, 2012 - 2:52 pm

    @Ashley haha I’m glad you liked them! I loved them too, and I didn’t feel and remorse after eating them b/c the calories are so lowReplyCancel

  • Chelsea @ Naturally Sweet Recipes - May 3, 2012 - 5:39 pm

    Nice work! This looks so yummy and like they are those Cosco’s jumbo muffins!ReplyCancel

  • Robin - August 23, 2012 - 6:33 pm

    I have made these twice and although pretty good they never looked even close to your picture. They did not fluff up at all and we’re pretty flat even though I filled the cups to the top. Any suggestions?ReplyCancel

  • Denise - November 12, 2012 - 6:15 pm

    Very chocolate-y and yummy. However, I had the same problem as Robin. They don’t rise much and definitely don’t look like your picture. Any hints? Thanks for posting!ReplyCancel

  • Claire - January 22, 2013 - 11:16 am

    @Chelsea & @Robin ~ is this possibly a problem of altitude?ReplyCancel

  • Kami - March 16, 2013 - 8:36 am

    If I want to make these with granulated sugar, do I double the amount of Truvia? That seems like a lot of sugar, but I think that’s the conversion.ReplyCancel

  • Tracy - April 26, 2013 - 6:45 pm

    Hi there,
    I was so excited to try these but unfortunately they did not turn out. I used Cream of Tartar and Greek yogurt and they are not only flat but not good at all! I also had to leave them in for almost double the amount of time. So I’m not sure if you have tried this variation yet but I would love to hear your advice on these. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Megan - April 28, 2013 - 7:04 pm

    Okay, this may be a dumb question but do you use whole oats or oat flour?ReplyCancel

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