Chocolate Chocolate Cherry Muffins

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These moist, delicious chocolate muffins are studded with with tart cherries and melt-y mini chocolate chips – they are just shy of being dessert for breakfast. Lest you feel guilty, these muffins actually fall toward the healthier end of the muffin spectrum. They have less sugar and less oil than most muffins, so go ahead and enjoy a little dessert for breakfast.

Chocolate Chocolate Cherry Muffins
 
Ingredients
  • 1 ¾ c. all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 c. warm water
  • 1/4 c. vegetable oil
  • 1 T. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 c. mini chocolate chips, divided
  • 1/2 c. dried tart cherries, chopped in large pieces
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners or lightly grease with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together water, oil, vinegar, vanilla, and egg until well-combined.
  4. Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients until just combined.
  5. Stir in 1/4 cup mini chips and cherries until just incorporated.
  6. Scoop batter into prepared tins. I used an ice cream scoopful per tin.
  7. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the muffin comes out clean (it may have a little chocolate on it from the chips, but it shouldn’t have crumbs on it).
  8. Cool in tin for 5 minutes, and then remove to wire rack to finish cooling.
  9. Serve muffins warm or at room temperature.

adapted from Cooking Light’s The New Way  to Cook Light

Comments

  1. says

    What a delicious idea! Chocolate and cherry are the perfect combination and these muffins look so moist and yummy. I hope to try these soon. Thanks!

    • kateheartseating says

      Sometimes you just need a little dessert to get the day going =). Thanks for hosting!

    • kateheartseating says

      Yay!! Thanks so much for the nice comment and for sharing this recipe!! I’ll definitely be back! Thanks for hosting!! =)

  2. says

    Chocolate and muffins are a perfect match with cherries. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe which I’m going to make this week since we are having frigid temps in our area and tea and muffins are in order.

    Thanks so much for sharing this recipe.
    Joanne/Winelady Cooks

    • kateheartseating says

      We have that weather headed our way, too. There’s nothing like baking to warm up the house (and make it smell fantastic). Hope you enjoy the muffins!!! =)

  3. says

    Love the fact that it only uses 1/4 cup oil! Your presentation is beautiful.
    Thank you so much for sharing this at Wednesday Extravaganza – hope to see you there again next week – and don’t forget the voting is today!

    • kateheartseating says

      Thank you so much!! I’ve really been trying to step up my presentation, so I really appreciate you comments. Thanks again, and thanks for hosting! =)

  4. says

    Thank you for sharing your recipe on Foodie Friends Friday Linky party. These look delicious! Please come back today to vote for your favorite recipes!

    Kelly {Adorned Well}
    One of the co-hosts of Foodie Friends Friday Linky Party

  5. says

    What delicious Muffins, wish I had one to go with my coffee this morning. Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

    • kateheartseating says

      Thank you so much! It’s always nice to hear things like that =). Thanks so much for hosting, too!

    • kateheartseating says

      Yup! Just like black forest (one of my fav cakes) without the whipped cream =).

    • kateheartseating says

      Agreed! Chocolate and cherries are so good together! Not that many things are bad with chocolate =). Anyway, hope you enjoy them!!

  6. says

    These look amazing!Thanks so much for sharing at Wednesday’s Adorned From Above Blog Hop.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above
    Bethany @ Whistle and Ivy

  7. says

    I have everything to make these in my party right now. Can’t wait to make them. I managed to bypass chocolate covered cherries the entire holiday season — these muffins just might make up for it. Visiting from Delicious Dishes.

    • kateheartseating says

      I hope you enjoy them!!! They were a big hit in our house. Thanks for stopping by! =)

  8. says

    I don’t think there is a better combo than chocolate and cherry. So so good. Needless to say, I love these muffins. Pinned!

    • kateheartseating says

      I love that combo, too! It’s right up there with salty and sweet for me. Thanks for pinning and for stopping by =)!

    • kateheartseating says

      Chocolate cravings are pretty much a daily occurrence around our house! Hope you enjoy them!!! =)

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