Berry-filled Healthier Chocolate Muffins


These Berry-filled Healthier Chocolate Muffins are so flavorful and the perfect sweet snack, dessert or breakfast. Made with wholesome ingredients and so easy to prepare!

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Ingredients you’ll need for these Berry-filled Healthier Chocolate Muffins:

Strawberries and raspberries – for a zesty and sweet filling.
Cacao powder – not cocoa powder, that usually has added sugars.
Backyard eggs – although we eat mostly plant-based, we still eat some backyard eggs from time to time. As long as the chickens are happy, we’re happy!
Banana – these muffins are perfect for using bananas that are overripe to avoid wasting.
Instant coffee – that I love to add to chocolate recipes to enhance the chocolate flavor.
Vanilla extract and a syrupy sweetener like honey, maple or agave.
Unsweetened plant-based milk – preferably oat, soy or almond for their neutral flavor.
Oat flour and/or whole wheat flour and/or all-purpose flour.

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Tropical Healthy and Vegan Panna Cotta
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Healthy-ish Santa Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Healthy Apple and Red Berries Crisp

Berry-filled Healthier Chocolate Muffins

These Berry-filled Healthier Chocolate Muffins are so flavorful and the perfect sweet snack, dessert or breakfast. Made with wholesome ingredients and so easy to prepare!
Servings 16 muffins
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


Berry filling

  • 1 cup and a half of strawberries and raspberries can be frozen

Liquid ingredients

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 2 backyard eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 to 1/2 maple syrup honey, sugar-free syrup or agave syrup
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened plant-based milk
  • 1/2 cup of creamy and runny almond or peanut

Dry ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cacao powder
  • 1 to 2 tsp instant coffee
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup oat flour or whole-wheat flour
  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour can sub oat or whole-wheat flour for a more wholesome version of the muffins
  • Pinch of salt


  • Add one cup and a half of strawberries and raspberries to a pot.
  • Put the pot to heat in low to medium heat, and let the berries reduce until they get into a jam consistency.
  • After about 10 minutes, it should be ready. Turn off the heat and reserve!
  • Preheat the oven to 180ºC or 350ºF.
  • In a big bowl mash 2 very ripe bananas.
  • Add the rest of the liquid ingredients and mix well by hand or in a blender.
  • Add the dry ingredients and involve without overmixing.
  • Prepare your muffin trays with muffin paper cups or grease them with some vegan butter and sprinkle with some flour.
  • Fill a third of the tin with the chocolate batter, then add half to a teaspoon of berries in the middle and fill the pan with the dough up to 2 thirds for the muffin to have space to grow.
  • Garnish with lots of dairy-free chocolate chips on top.
  • Place in the oven for 18 minutes or until they’re cooked inside.
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas, Dairy-free, Easy, Healthy, Lactose-free, Plant-based, Spring, Vegetarian, Winter

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