Whole Wheat Chocolate-Coffee Muffins

by Amy on 5 March 2014

Whole Wheat Chocolate-Coffee MuffinsIt’s been super chilly in Nashville the last few days, so Fearless Baby + I haven’t been able to get out as much as usual. So, what have we been doing? Lots of baking + cooking! Now that Baby is crawling, she follows me constantly from room-to-room in the house. When I cook/bake in the kitchen, she’s happy to stay within a few feet of me, playing gleefully at my feet with spatulas, tupperware containers, + spoons. I can’t deny that it’s pretty darn adorable. =)

Yesterday we had an hour until Baby’s morning nap: a perfect opportunity to sneak in a little baking! I remembered these awesome Banana-Chocolate-Coffee Muffins that my friend Alexandra had shared with me last month, + decided to give them a try. Until I realized I had no bananas. Nor buttermilk. Nor cacao nibs. So, I got creative, substituting applesauce for the mashed banana, chocolate milk for the buttermilk, and more chopped chocolate for the cacao nibs. So, how did my adapted muffins turn out? Really tasty! They have a delicious, earthy flavor from the whole wheat flour, with awesome notes of chocolate + coffee, + an almost fruity flavor from the olive oil. Texture-wise, they were incredibly light, fluffy, + moist. They’re super versatile, just as perfect as an afternoon pick-me-up as they are as an early morning treat. Hope y’all try ’em + love ’em!

Whole Wheat Chocolate-Coffee Muffins

Whole Wheat Chocolate-Coffee Muffins

Makes about 22 muffins, adapted from The Vanilla Bean Blog


2 1/3 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup buttermilk (I substituted chocolate milk)
3/4 cup canola or olive oil (I used olive oil)
1 cup applesauce
1/4 cup strong coffee, at room temperature
1 egg
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup sugar
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped (or bittersweet chocolate morsels)
turbinado sugar, for sprinkling


Preheat oven to 350. Grease or line two muffin tins with muffin cups.

Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Whisk together, and make a well in the center. Combine the oil, milk, applesauce, coffee, vanilla, maple syrup, sugar, and egg. Whisk the wet ingredients together and pour over the dry ingredients. Stir the ingredients together until almost mixed (there will be a few dry streaks}. Add the chocolate bits/morsels and finish mixing until just combined, being careful not to overmix.

Scoop the batter into the prepared pans, filling each muffin cup about two-thirds full. Sprinkle with turbinado sugar. Bake until the muffin edges are golden brown and a toothpick inserted comes out with the very tiniest bit of crumb, 16-20 minutes.

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1 alexandra March 5, 2014 at 8:10 am

Daang, friend. These look so tender + moist! Usually substitutions trip me up and turn out a less than savory baked good but these look pretty perfect!

2 amy March 5, 2014 at 8:11 am

Thank you so much for your inspiration! The ones you dropped off with us were SO good + while these were different because of the substitutions, they were still awesome. Muffins: the gifts that keep on giving! =)

3 Leah | So, How's It Taste? March 5, 2014 at 8:13 am

These really do sound delicious!

4 Jennie @themessybakerblog March 5, 2014 at 9:25 am

I love using whole wheat in muffins. Baby Fearless sounds adorable with those spatulas. I bet she grows up loving the kitchen. Chocolate milk in a muffin–so creative.

5 amy March 5, 2014 at 9:34 am

I don’t use whole wheat nearly as often as I should, considering how much I love the flavor + the health benefits over regular flour. I really need to start incorporating it more!

6 Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health March 5, 2014 at 10:37 am

the baby is already following mama’s footsteps :)

7 Kloesunny @ Kloe's Kitchen March 5, 2014 at 12:20 pm

These look like the perfect way to start my morning! Thanks for sharing!
~Kloesunny ♥

8 sarah k @ the pajama chef March 5, 2014 at 3:38 pm

chocolate milk & coffee in a muffin?! whoa- delish! and i am so over this weather too!

9 Choc Chip Uru March 5, 2014 at 4:10 pm

I want these muffins right now, for breakfast 😀

Choc Chip Uru

10 Kirsten March 5, 2014 at 4:48 pm

I used olive oil in muffins last month (and the month before, and in December too–I love those orange date olive oil muffins!) and it’s delicious. I’m sure that these tasted delicious too–and love that your lil helper was right alongside you.

11 ATasteOfMadness March 5, 2014 at 6:57 pm

I just saw this on Pinterest and HAD to come check it out. This looks SO good! The perfect morning muffin 😉

12 Kelly March 6, 2014 at 7:19 am

Aaw, so cute that fearless baby is following you around – so sweet and fun :) These muffins sound so good, love that you used what you had on hand with great results – love it when that happens :) They look so light and fluffy – wish I had some for breakfast today :)

13 danielle March 6, 2014 at 9:34 am

These sound great – I love that you subbed chocolate milk for buttermilk! My kids and I spent the week baking instead of going out in the nasty weather too.

14 Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction March 6, 2014 at 11:48 am

Great idea to use chocolate milk in muffins!

15 Anna (Hidden Ponies) March 6, 2014 at 6:27 pm

Haha, I love when I go to make a recipe and realize I have basically none of the ingredients :) Glad it turned out so well – these look fantastic!

16 Amy (Savory Moments) March 7, 2014 at 5:41 am

I love when a cooking experiment turns out to be a delicious success! These look yummy and chocolate and coffee together are so good.

17 Lesley Eats March 7, 2014 at 5:33 pm

Chocolate milk! Ha! You gotta do what you gotta do. :)

18 whatjessicabakednext March 8, 2014 at 3:26 am

Delicious- loving the fact they’re whole wheat! :)

19 Adri March 10, 2014 at 1:24 pm

Ooh, I love it – baking with olive oil! Brava! These sound great, and I applaud your flexibility- what smart substitutions! I can not wait to see Fearless Baby with her hands in the flour…

20 Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel March 18, 2014 at 12:13 pm

Yum! I love the idea of adding coffee to breakfast…. a little extra pick me up!! :)

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