Honestly Healthy Double Chocolate Chip Muffins

I’ve been baking for years now, but have never tasted any of my baked goods. Until Thursday.

Yep, you read that right. Tray after tray of mouthwatering cookies coming out of the oven, fresh hot aromatic garlic bread, delicious potato knishes…and I don’t taste it. I enjoy them through the enjoyment of my family and friends, but not on my own. It’s kind of sad, really, but I have been dieting longer than I have been baking.

Occasionally, even a hard core dieter needs a dessert, and that’s when I would turn to my local bakery. They sell whole wheat, sugar free, low fat muffins that are… well, ok. Barely. I didn’t buy them often, so I wasn’t all that concerned. Until last week, when I went to buy one and discovered they had raised the price. It was only by a quarter, but that 25 cents was enough to remind me why I don’t like their muffins to begin with.

That was the last straw. I walked out of the bakery and went home to bake my own healthy muffins. After searching the internet for a proper 100% whole wheat, 100% sugar free and honestly low fat muffin recipe, I came up empty. And, being the intrepid baker that I am, I set out to make my own.

Did I mention it was 12:30 AM? Did I mention I was capping off two of the most long and stressful weeks I had ever encountered? Did I mention that I had barely slept the night before? Well, now I did. Yeah, I am insane. But I wanted muffins. And once the idea popped into my head, I knew it couldn’t leave until I knew whether or not it would work.

It did. In the most gorgeously delicious way possible.

If you are trying to shed a couple of pounds, give these muffins a whirl- you’ll thank me later.


1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

1/4 cup (that’s it!) canola oil

1/4 cup agave syrup

2 eggs

1/2 Tbsp vanilla extract

1 cup chocolate flavored Soy Slender soy milk (or skim milk)

1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour

2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

18 packets splenda (or the equivilant of 3/4 cup sugar substitutes such as xylitol or truvia)

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup sugar-free chocolate chips, plus extra for sprinkling on top


Preheat oven to 350. Line a muffin pan with paper muffin liners.

Mix together the applesauce, oil, agave, eggs, vanilla and skim milk/soy milk until well blended. In a small bowl, mix together the flour, cocoa, splenda, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir into liquids just enough to incorporate all ingredients. Gently fold in chocolate chips.

Fill muffin cups until the top. Sprinkle some chocolate chips over the muffins. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.

Best served warm- but try not to eat all 12 straight out of the oven! Stick the leftovers in the freezer and pop them in the microwave to warm up for a quick, last minute treat.


(Slightly based on this recipe by Erin, adapted from The Kitchenarian)


  1. Leah says

    I would never eat this because of my life long fruit celibacy, but they look great! I am Also very impressed with this site, so clean and organized.

  2. says

    This is the first of your recipes I did not print out! Agave? Soy Slender? Whole wheat? Sugar free chocolate chips??
    But I have to say…those muffins actually look good!

  3. says

    A blogger and recipe after my own heart! These look totally amazing.

    But I can’t believe you don’t usually eat your own baking. Have you ever tried putting carrot into choc muffins? A great way to lower the calories (it’s what I’ve done when I’ve over indulged and need to be good!).

    • says

      Hi Aimee,

      Thanks for stopping by, commenting and subscribing! I’m so new to food blogging, and it’s so nice to have people who like my blog!

      It’s pretty tough to bake all kinds of delicious things without tasting them, but I’ve lost almost 80 pounds, so that makes it all worth it.

      I haven’t tried adding veggies to my muffins- but I should. I know some people add zucchini with great success too. I love how this recipe came out, and I’m going to use it as a jumping board for other recipes.


  4. says

    I’m really intrigued by this recipe! They really do look good! My mom makes muffins with applesauce instead of oil all the time, and I love the texture that it creates!

  5. A says

    I make a banana bread that uses Greek yogurt instead of oil…perhaps you could even replace the little bit of oil in this recipe?

  6. says

    They came out good, and best of all they satisfied my need to nosh AND kept me feeling full/satisfied all afternoon (well, I ate mine piecemeal) Thanks! Need more healthy nosh please!

  7. Leez says

    Hi there! I discovered your blog through a friend of mine and wow am i impressed!! I am a huge foodie and love to bake, cook and concoct all sorts of edible creations! In this recipes, you wrote 3/4 c. of sugar substitute. Can use 3/4 c. splenda or do I need to use alot less??

  8. Chaya says

    I want to try this, but don’t want to give sugar substitutes to my young children. Would I use 3/4 c. white sugar? Or more agave?

  9. Shmeina-K says

    1. Nutritiondata.com or myfitnesspal.com can help with the numbers.
    2. I don’t know about getting the agave syrup or soy slender milk. Any ideas on substitutes for either if these that would keep them large?
    3. I like vanilla better than choc. Is there some way to make these vanilla w choc chips? Would I just leave out the coach powder?
    If you have the time and can also email the answer to me it would be great.

  10. Chaya says

    Hi Miriam!
    I tried these today and they were really yummy! Thank you so much! I actually used vanilla rice milk and it was still super chocolatey. Also I got 16 regular-sized muffins out of it. Only thing: 15 min was not enough baking time. I had to bake for 25 min (just fyi). Keep these wholesome recipes coming please!

  11. Shoshana says

    Hi! Just found this blog and loving it!! I would like to try this muffin recipe but I’m not a fan of agave so I don’t wanna buy a whole bottle of it for one recipe. Any chance I can substitute maybe honey?

  12. Tanya G says

    Hi Miriam- I googled healthy chocolate muffins and whose picture looked the best- yours. So I came to your website and thought it looked familiar- yup my classmate from good old BYM. I made them and they are delicious! I love your website.

    • overtimecook says

      Glad you liked! The bake time can differ depending on the size of the muffins and how full you made them. Glad you enjoyed!

  13. Baila says

    I can’t find soy slender but would still like to keep these sugar free. Any way to substitute for that? Or should I just try a different recipe?


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