Healthy Double Chocolate Cherry Muffins

I have been dreaming of a healthy chocolate muffin for ages.  Actually, to be exact, a healthy chocolate cherry muffin.  The double chocolate part that was attained by adding a few mini chocolate chips wasn’t a necessity, I admit.  But more chocolate?  It was really a no brainer.  Obviously more chocolate is always better.  Not healthier I suppose, but you can’t have everything!

Except with these muffins.  Because they really ARE healthy.  And tasty.  And chocolatey.  So I’m happy.

 

Healthy Double Chocolate Cherry Muffins - A double chocolate cherry muffin that is as tasty as it is healthy. Chocolate for breakfast anyone?

 

Originally I was actually envisioning a healthy black forest cake style muffin, and I still really want to make that happen, but these aren’t really it.  I used dried cherries for the cherry part, instead of the pie filling type cherries that are more reminiscent of black forest cake.  So, not black forest cake, although I am definitely still planning on making that a thing.  But let’s be honest, you add cherry pie filling to a muffin and it’s no longer a healthy muffin, but more of a black forest cupcake.  Dried cherries are just healthier.

And easier.  These chocolate cherry muffins come together and are in the oven in under 15 minutes.  My oven was barely preheated by the time they were ready to go in.  You can’t beat that.  It’s one of the reasons I love making muffins so much.  So fast and easy, and so many options.  Plus you can make them as healthy or as decadent as you like.  We all know I lean toward making them as healthy as possible, but I figure if I’m making muffins, I want to be able to eat them for breakfast.  And snacks.  And pretty much whenever I get the hankering for a muffin.  And I want to do that guilt free!

 

Healthy Double Chocolate Cherry Muffins - A double chocolate cherry muffin that is as tasty as it is healthy.  Chocolate for breakfast anyone?

 

These healthy double chocolate cherry muffins are the perfect grab and go breakfast, or a great snack to toss in your kids lunchbox.  They’re quite healthy, using whole wheat flour, only 1/4 cup of brown sugar and 1/4 cup of oil for the entire batch, and unsweetened cocoa powder provides the chocolatey taste.  There IS a little more sugar in the mini chocolate chips and dried cherries, I admit, but there’s only a quarter cup of each, just enough for a taste without overloading the muffins.

Chocolate for breakfast anyone?

 

Healthy Double Chocolate Cherry Muffins - A double chocolate cherry muffin that is as tasty as it is healthy. Chocolate for breakfast anyone?

 

I’ve also shared this Healthy Double Chocolate Cherry Muffin Recipe over on Food Fanatic, so make sure to check it out there!

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Comments

  1. says

    Chocolate and cherry is such a good combo! These muffins look delicious! And I kinda wish I had one for a snack right now because I am getting hungry for dinner! haha

    • stacey says

      Hahaha, that’s always when I want a snack – exactly when I’m telling my kids it’s almost supper and they can’t have one! :) Thanks Ashley!

  2. says

    I need to add this recipe to my muffin collection! I always forget that I own the 500 muffins book.. I should pull it out!

    • stacey says

      Yeah, me too, I’m not actually a big fan of the pie filling. So I DID enjoy these, they just weren’t really the black forest cake that I started off to make! Thanks Courtney!

    • stacey says

      I’ll be honest, I can never get enough chocolate, let alone chocolate muffins. It’s nice when it’s still healthy though, they don’t often go together! :)

    • stacey says

      My absolute favourite thing to bake too Kristine – so many combos, so fast, and such great snacks! Thanks!

  3. says

    Fantastic pics, Stacey! These look so happy. And I’m glad you were able to find a healthy fix for your cherry chocolate craving!

    • stacey says

      It’s always nice when you can manage to curb a chocolate craving with something healthy – that doesn’t always work! Thanks Mir!

  4. says

    You had me at double chocolate, Stacey! These look incredible! I love finding new healthy muffin recipes, especially ones that involve chocolate. And I’m loving the cherry flavor, too! I think this would make the perfect breakfast or snack!

    • stacey says

      Thanks Gayle! The words double chocolate always convince me I need it! :) Especially when combined with healthy!

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