Healthy Chocolate ‘Brownie’ Muffins

  • Servings : 22
  • Prep Time : 10m
  • Cook Time : 20m
  • Ready In : 35m

If you follow me on twitter, Instagram or Facebook, then you’ll know that I’ve been struggling for a name for this recipe (!) .. the problem is that I set out to make ‘healthy chocolate muffins’ however the recipe ended up more like ‘healthy brownies in a muffin shape’ (!). I’m therefore really looking forward to reading the comments from those of you who make this recipe to see what you think – the mixture would work great in a silicone/baking paper lined metal loaf tin or silicone muffin cases alike (the mixture may not work in paper cases as it’s rather runny)!

These ‘brownie muffins’ come in at under 130 calories, with regular brownies ranging from 400-600 calories a slice (plus they’re around 24g fat)! So if you want to have your cake and eat it too then follow this recipe! I’ve swapped sugar for xylitol (40% fewer calories than sugar and doesn’t rot your teeth!), butter for vegetable (rapeseed) oil (high in healthy MUFA fat), and I used wholemeal flour to make these muffins not only lower in calories, sugar and fat but more nutritious too!

You can use self-raising flour or regular flour in this recipe – just see my note below if you use the latter! Thank you to Total Sweet for inspiring this recipe 🙂

P.S Please don’t expect a 100% true brownie taste.. these are ‘healthier guilt-free versions’ .. chocolatey bites of goodness, do let me know what you think!


  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup (225g) xylitol
  • 3/4 cup (90g) cocoa
  • 1/3 cup (85ml) vegetable oil
  • 1 cup (250ml) apple juice
  • 1 3/4 cups (260g) wholemeal self-raising flour*
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (optional)
  • 1 cup (250ml) boiling water
  • Pinch salt
  • Optional - chocolate chips

*if you don’t have wholemeal or white ‘self-raising flour’ use spelt flour with 1 tsp baking powder and 1.5 tsp baking soda!

Healthy chocolate muffins


Step 1

Pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees C and whisk the eggs with an electric whisk for 5 minutes before adding the xylitol and mixing in.

Step 2

Use a spoon to mix in the cocoa (otherwise the powder will go everywhere!).

Step 3

Whisk/mix in the oil and apple juice and then the flour. Finally add the boiling water and whisk/mix well. Add your chocolate chips now if using!

Step 4

Fill silicone muffin cases* or greased regular muffin cases 3/4 full and bake for around 20 minutes until cooked all the way through.

Step 5

Allow to cool on a wire rack & enjoy! These muffins can be frozen too & taste delicious warmed in the microwave & served with a dollop of yoghurt!


*I got my silicone muffin cases from Amazon!

Healthy Chocolate Brownies

UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who sends me pictures of my recipes on Twitter & Facebook – here are a selection!!

Chocolate BrowniesMy banana loaf also gets a feature! TY Sarah (her 8 year old loved the muffins!)

Healthy Muffins

Chocolate Brownie Muffins

Healthy chocolate muffinsMy oat & blueberry muffins also get a feature!

Chocolate brownie muffins

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Comments (9)

  1. posted by Anita on January 8, 2014

    I absolutely love this recipe! They may not taste exactly like a mega-calorie full-fat brownie but they are a brilliant (and guilt-free!) substitute! They keep really well, in fact they taste a bit more chocolatey after a day or two, and they are delicious when warmed up in the microwave as well. Definitely give it a try for a chocolate treat!

    • posted by Nics Nutrition on January 9, 2014

      Aw thank you for your great comment Anita (& picture!). So glad you like them 🙂 x

  2. posted by Yesenia on March 28, 2015

    I was wondering if you can substitute it for coconut sugar or honey because they don’t sell xylitol were I live.

  3. posted by Lauren on July 27, 2015

    How long do you de-frost them in the microwave for?

    P.s. I love this recipe so much! I make them all the time X

    • posted by Nics Nutrition on July 27, 2015

      Aw yay! Ermmmm I suppose it depends on the strength of your microwave – 1-2 mins on defrost setting?? 30 – 60 secs to then warm? xx

      • posted by Lauren on July 27, 2015

        Yep I tried it, 1 min 30 seconds for mine! Thank you! Xx

  4. posted by L on December 3, 2015

    How much Splenda would you use in substitute for xylitol?


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