Healthier Chocolate Raspberry Muffins

These Healthier Chocolate Raspberry Muffins are a quick snack or a great grab and go breakfast. What makes these healthier? Less fat and sugar, more fruit! 

half a chocolate raspberry muffin on a plate in foreground, a muffin and a few raspberries in background

Did you know that today is National Muffin Day? Yep, sure is! I haven’t been great about keeping up with food holidays lately – just too much on my plate at the moment, if I’m going to be honest – but my breakfast and snack game needed an upgrade and this was some great motivation to change things up! 

If you ask me what my favorite breakfasts foods are, it would be bagels (usually with a smear of cream cheese but sometimes a veggie bagel sandwich) and bacon. But those aren’t the healthiest options nor will either keep me very full during my epically long mornings lately. My day has been starting before 5am more often than not, so I’ve been shooting for some sort of egg-based breakfast that has more staying power…. it’s just too bad I’m not a fan of eggs. 

overhead shot of chocolate raspberry muffins in a muffin pan

While these Healthier Chocolate Raspberry Muffins won’t work for my breakfast alone, they certainly made me more excited about breakfast (or afternoon snack). They’re just barely sweet with bites of sweet and tart raspberries throughout. They won’t blow your diet (anyone still working on a clean eating New Year’s resolution?) but they will satisfy your sweet tooth.

What makes these muffins healthier than others? 

  • Less butter: These muffins use less butter than most, replacing some of the butter (or other fat) with unsweetened apple sauce. 
  • Less refined sugar and more natural sugar: Crushed raspberries and unsweetened apple sauce mean more natural sweetness and less refined sugar. 

half a chocolate raspberry muffin on a plate in foreground, a muffin and a few raspberries in background

Interested in other muffin recipes?

Ashley from Cheese Curd in Paradise got a bunch of us together to share some fun new #NationalMuffinDay recipes. Check them out! 

overhead view of two chocolate raspberry muffins on a clear plate

Like this recipe? You might also enjoy my Raspberry Chocolate Chip Muffins or Strawberry Muffins with Crumble Topping. Both are two of my all-time favorite muffin recipes. 

Make these muffins? Leave a comment and rate the recipe! Or, tag @booksncooks and #booksncooks on Instagram and show me! 

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Healthier Chocolate Raspberry Muffins

These Healthier Chocolate Raspberry Muffins are a quick snack or grab and go breakfast, featuring less fat and sugar than most muffins.

Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 Muffins
Calories 113 kcal
Author Liz

Ingredients

  • cooking spray
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 c. unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/3 c. granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 5 Tbs. butter melted
  • 1 c. raspberries
  • 1 ½ c. all-purpose flour
  • 4 Tbs. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F. Spray a 12-cup muffin tin with cooking spray and set aside.

  2. In a medium bowl, stir together applesauce, sugar, vanilla, and melted butter until combined. Add raspberries and fold in.

  3. Stir in remaining (dry) ingredients until well combined. Raspberries will get crushed - that's ok!

  4. Portion into prepared muffin tin. Muffin cups will be quite full.

  5. Make for 18-20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool in tin for 5 minutes. Remove muffins from tin and set on a wire rack to cool completely.

This recipe was rewritten but barely adapted from Emily Bites

These Healthier Chocolate Raspberry Muffins are a quick snack or grab and go breakfast, featuring less fat and sugar than most muffins.

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