oatmeal chocolate chip cookie muffins

by Amy on 12 June 2012

apologies for the lack of recent posts, but i spend the better portion of last week up in Boston for work. that’s where I was born + raised, + most of my family still lives there, so I also got to spend some always-welcome quality time with my parents while I was in town. It was a fantastic trip!

while i love traveling, there’s something wonderful about coming home. after a bunch of days of eating delicious-yet-decadent restaurant food, i love getting back into the kitchen, cooking up healthy homemade meals + baking homey, comforting treats. this time, i didn’t want to run out for ingredients, so i had to get creative, baking something that utilized ingredients already in the house. i had both oats + chocolate chips on hand, stumbled across this recipe + knew i had to try it!

i made some substitutions to use ingredients i already had handy + to also healthify the original recipe a bit, + the resulting muffins turned out absolutely amazing! these muffins are super chocolatey, moist + flavorful, with a great texture + bite from the oats. Β when my husband sampled one, he actually said, ‘these are healthy? no way, they taste way too good to be healthy.‘ and that is exactly what i wanted: a healthified muffin that doesn’t taste like one. =)

oatmeal chocolate chip cookie muffins

makes 12 muffins, adapted from how sweet eats


1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup rolled oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup applesauce
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup milk (any kind will do – i substituted coconut water because i had it in the house, + it worked great!)
1 cup chocolate chips

for the oat topping:
1/4 cup rolled oats
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
pinch of cinnamon


preheat oven to 350 degrees.

in small bowl, combine the ingredients for the oat topping: 1/4 cup of rolled oats, 1 tablespoon of white sugar + a pinch of cinnamon. set aside.

add the remaining 1 cup of oats to a bowl + add 1/2 cup of milk. let soak for 5-10 minutes, while you prepare the first few steps of the muffins.

in a large bowl (or the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment), combine egg + brown sugar + whisk until smooth + caramel in color. add in vanilla + applesauce, whisking well. add flour, oat/milk mixture, baking soda, salt + cinnamon + mix. add remaining milk + combine until smooth. fold in chocolate chips.

line a muffin tin with liners (or spray with non-stick spray) + pour about 1/4 cup batter into each liner. sprinkle the tops with the oats/sugar topping. bake for 15-18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.

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1 sarah k @ the pajama chef June 12, 2012 at 10:52 am

i remember seeing this recipe before, and love that you healthified it. :) all the chocolate chips make the muffins look so decadent… a perfect transition from restaurant cooking to home cooking!

2 amy June 12, 2012 at 10:53 am

i might have been a little heavy-handed with the chocolate chips. =) i couldn’t resist!

3 Elina (Healthy and Sane) June 12, 2012 at 10:59 am

They look like the perfect snack! :)

4 Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray June 12, 2012 at 11:35 am

Yummmm! I love the idea of muffins for breakfast…but often I feel so guilty acting on that dream. πŸ˜‰ These look like treats I could totally justify early in the morning.

5 Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl June 12, 2012 at 12:48 pm

So glad you had a great trip and got to spend some time with family! These muffins look wonderful–I LOVE all of the chocolate chips popping out of ’em! YUM.

6 Cassie June 12, 2012 at 1:29 pm

i love these amy. i’m down for anything that resembles oatmeal cookies.

7 Kelly June 12, 2012 at 2:46 pm

Yum! I think the family would love these. I wonder if I could slip in some whole wheat flour, maybe 1/2, just to step up the healthiness a notch… This is great, thanks!

8 amy June 12, 2012 at 2:49 pm

hey kelly! the original recipe actually offered a substitution for whole wheat pastry flour, so you could definitely do that! =) i would’ve done that, too, but i was lazy about not wanting to go to the store + didn’t have any on hand.

9 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious June 12, 2012 at 2:50 pm

So glad you had a wonderful trip! And I totally bookmarked these when I saw it over on Jessica’s blog. Seeing these here makes me want to go home and make these ASAP though :)

10 Rachel @ Baked by Rachel June 12, 2012 at 2:53 pm

I didn’t know you were in the area! And I absolutely need a muffin in my life. :)

11 Erin @ Texanerin Baking June 12, 2012 at 3:39 pm

I’m happy your trip went well and you got that nap. :) These look super yummy but I’m wondering how they’d be with raisins. I’ve never put raisins in a muffin but I like the thought of an oatmeal raisin cookie muffin. I’ll let you know if I try it out! And I agree, it’s so nice to come home after a trip and make something to eat. Normally trips equal ham and cheese baguettes for every meal. Blaaaa.

12 amy June 12, 2012 at 3:54 pm

erin, i think you could definitely substitute raisins (or even current, dried cranberries, etc.) in lieu of the chocolate chips. i like oatmeal raisin cookies, too, so i’ll be excited to hear how they turn out!

13 Elizabeth @ The Waspy Redhead June 12, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Glad you had a good time in Boston – I bet it’s nice and cool up there at this time of year. (compared to our sweltering locals at least).

14 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts June 12, 2012 at 4:30 pm

I will be making these very soon! I have almost depleted my muffin supply in the freezer, and this looks amazing!

15 sally @ sallys baking addiction June 12, 2012 at 6:05 pm

Hi Amy! These muffins look SO good. ANd not a drop of oil or butter – can’t beat that!

16 Ally Garner June 12, 2012 at 7:00 pm

You had my attention (& bookmark) with the oat topping. Holy yum! Also really love that you used applesauce (with cinnamon & sugar) and only 1 cup chocolate chips. And your muffins look filled with chocolate! They look amazing Amy!

17 Tracey June 12, 2012 at 8:37 pm

Oh wow, look at all the chocolate in those muffins. That’s my kind of breakfast! :)

I didn’t know you were originally from Boston, I live in RI!

18 amy June 12, 2012 at 8:45 pm

yes! i spent my first 18 years up in Massachusetts + spent a lot of time in Rhode Island – we have family there. we’ll have to compare new england notes one of these days. =)

19 Julie @ Table for Two June 12, 2012 at 8:53 pm

look at all those chocolate chips just shoved up in that muffin! i love it!! and what’s even better is exactly what Derek said: a healthy muffin that doesn’t taste like one! best ever. i’m glad you enjoyed your time in Boston and got to see family! So fun to go home sometimes, although I see my parents way too much since they live 40 mins away πŸ˜‰

20 Jen @JuanitasCocina June 12, 2012 at 9:10 pm

I’m sorry. did you say you might have been heavy-handed with the choco chips? Is that even possible?


21 Rikki June 12, 2012 at 9:50 pm

I love Boston! It is by far my favorite city and I’m hoping to move there some day soon. That’s awesome that you grew up there. I hope your trip went well [:

I’ve always love oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and I’m in awe at them in a muffin form. This would make a perfect breakfast for me… it has the sweetness I crave in the morning AND it’s healthy. It’s a win-win!

22 Baker Street June 13, 2012 at 12:45 am

Oh I love muffins for breakfast and these look so good! Love the oodles of chocolate chips you added.

23 Choc Chip Uru June 13, 2012 at 5:16 am

Healthy and resonating deliciousness πŸ˜€

Choc Chip Uru

24 Kathryn June 13, 2012 at 6:58 am

These are some great looking muffins, I love that the oats add some real heartiness.

25 angela@spinachtiger June 13, 2012 at 8:06 am

I love anything made with oats….and chocolate! Looks like yummy breakfast or snacking.

26 Megan {Country Cleaver} June 13, 2012 at 8:15 am

Well any thing with chocolate chips is bound to be delicious!!

I love traveling and coming home and relaxing to baking and tv reruns – sounds like Boston was pretty lovely.

27 Ashley June 13, 2012 at 8:17 am

I love Boston! But home always does have an exceptional comfort to it.
These muffins look bonkers good! And like the perfect thing to nestle back into home life with.

28 natalie@thesweetslife June 13, 2012 at 9:10 am

i LOVE this recipe–i usually make it in bread form when i have bananas and buttermilk to use up (which is almost every week!) I can eat the whole thing in like 3 days :)

so glad you had a good trip–Boston is one of my favorite cities!

29 amy June 13, 2012 at 10:30 am

love the idea of making in into a loaf of bread rather than a muffin, natalie! will have to try that next time. =)

30 Marta @ What Should I Eat For Breakfast Today? June 13, 2012 at 10:58 am

I like to have a muffin or two for a breakfast. And it sounds healthy as it’s form oatmeal. Chocolate will be just a nice distraction :)

31 claire @ the realistic nutritionist June 13, 2012 at 1:19 pm

These look DELIGHTFUL!! :)

32 amanda June 13, 2012 at 1:22 pm

i will be making these very soon! i struggle with quick, healthy breakfast foods that my kiddos will eat. if i give them a muffin with chocolate in it, i’m thinking they’ll be very happy campers.

33 Jed Gray (sportsglutton) June 13, 2012 at 1:29 pm

These look absolutely awesome Amy!! My kind of muffin!

34 Baking Serendipity June 13, 2012 at 1:52 pm

Home cooked meals always taste better after being away and eating out in restaurants for too long. These muffins look fantastic!

35 Food Stories June 13, 2012 at 2:57 pm

Absolutely love your picture … that thing is totally loaded with chocolate :-)

36 Renee June 13, 2012 at 3:29 pm

Oh. My. chocolate-loving-heart. Goodness.

37 Chris June 13, 2012 at 3:32 pm

They really look delicious! Well, and somehow they look healthy, too!

38 Shawn @ I Wash...You Dry June 14, 2012 at 9:28 am

Did you see all those chocolate chips?!? Holy yummy! That looks so tasty!

39 lesley eats June 14, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Coconut water, not coconut milk? Interesting!

40 amy June 14, 2012 at 1:35 pm

yup! i didn’t have any milk (cow, coconut or otherwise) in the house, but i did have coconut water (this kind), so that’s what i used + it turned out great!

41 Katie B. of HousewifeHowTos.com June 14, 2012 at 3:22 pm

Glad you had a nice time in Boston, Amy! This recipe looks like another winner, and I love the thought of having them on hand for healthy snacks as well as breakfasts. Bet they don’t last two days around here with my guys.

42 Jen Laceda | Tartine and Apron Strings June 14, 2012 at 10:28 pm

perfect little snacks or breakfast item! can’t go wrong with choco chip and oatmeal!

43 Elizabeth June 15, 2012 at 8:02 am

Any muffin with oats and chocolate chips is bound to be good!

44 Meghan June 18, 2012 at 8:37 pm

Cookie muffins sound good to me! They look great Amy!

45 ErinsFoodFiles June 21, 2012 at 4:48 pm

hmm… i think i have every ingredient already to make these! they look delish!

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