Single Serving Healthier Chocolate Chip Muffin.

 Chocolate chip muffin time.

*skinny chocolate chip muffin time to be exact.

Single Serving Healthy Chocolate Chip Muffin (recipe for only 1 healthy muffin!)

I know what you’re thinking.  The words “skinny” and “chocolate” in the same recipe title is just plain ironic. But I promise. This is not a joke!

After a weekend of a few too many of these, I wanted to bake up something light, yet wonderful enough to share with my readers.   Today’s skinny chocolate chip muffin recipe makes ONE large, bakery size muffin.  It’s a lower fat muffin using light butter.  You could always make it sugarfree by using Splenda, but I stuck with sugar.

What is crazy about this muffin is that it does NOT taste “light” at all.  And the muffin only takes about 20 minutes start-to-finish.  A quick, completely guilt-free breakfast or snack just for you.

Plus, you only have to dirty one bowl. 😉

Single Serving Chocolate Chip Muffin

Yield: 1 muffin

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  • 3 Tablespoons white whole wheat flour (or all-purpose flour)
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • dash of salt
  • 1 and 1/2 Tablespoons semi-sweet chocolate chips (or milk chocolate)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 Tablespoon butter or coconut oil, melted (I used Land O' Lakes light butter)
  • 1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon milk (almond milk, soy milk, or cow's milk will work)
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin tray with 1 liner. Set aside.
  2. Mix flour, baking powder, salt, and chocolate chips together in a small bowl. Add vanilla, melted butter, milk, and sugar. Mix everything together until just combined. DO NOT overmix.
  3. Pour batter into prepared muffin liner. Bake for 17 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Enjoy!

Additional Notes:

Adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie

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If you like these muffins, check out my Skinny Double Chocolate Muffins!

Skinny Double Chocolate Chip Muffins



73 Responses to “Single Serving Healthier Chocolate Chip Muffin.”

  1. #
    barbarabakesposted March 21, 2012 at 8:51 am

    Love the idea of a one muffin recipe. A great way to not over eat.


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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Dessertsposted March 21, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    I love muffins! This is a great recipe for 1.


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    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crustposted March 21, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    What a great recipe! Great for those muffin days you don’t want to turn into muffi -top days.


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    Chung-Ah (@damn_delicious)posted March 23, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    A skinny chocolate muffin for one person? Yes! I’m always wasting so many muffins because I make a whole batch for one person but now I can’t make these and be set! :)


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    Chelsea Mayposted July 9, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    LOVED this! just made one and took pictures of the process. (you know for important reasons like making my best friend jealous.) Absolutely delicious!


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    Cupcake and Talkposted July 26, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    You are an amazing baker. I love your recipes. Thank you.


    • Sallyreplied on July 26th, 2012 at 9:53 pm

      Thank you so much!


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    Cassandraposted October 15, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Made this for breakfast and loved it! Because I was short on time, I popped it in the microwave for 1.25 minutes and it was perfect.


    • Sallyreplied on October 15th, 2012 at 3:35 pm

      That’s a great idea Cassandra – the microwave! Thanks for the tip :)


  8. #
    Vivienposted October 30, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Just used your recipe to surprise my boyfriend when he comes home.
    If the result is only half as tasty as the batter was, he must love it!
    Thank you so much for sharing! <33


    • Sallyreplied on October 30th, 2012 at 4:56 pm

      Hi Vivien. :) I hope there was enough batter left to make the muffin! It’s very tasty and you’re so sweet to bake it for him!


  9. #
    Amandaposted January 3, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    I used unsweetened applesauce instead of butter and sugar instead of Splenda- it’s in the oven right now- hopefully they turn out alright…? :)


    • Sallyreplied on January 3rd, 2013 at 1:16 pm

      Let me know how it turns out Amanda!


      • Amandareplied on January 3rd, 2013 at 3:13 pm

        It was wonderful! :) Nice and refreshing with a cup of green tea!

        • Sallyreplied on January 3rd, 2013 at 3:29 pm

          Lovely! Glad to hear that Amanda!

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    Madiposted January 6, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    I just finished eating it and it was delicious! Thank you!


    • Sallyreplied on January 7th, 2013 at 6:04 am

      Glad you liked it, Madi! I just made this for myself the other day. I could make these everyday, in fact. Thanks for letting me know!


  11. #
    Paula @ Paula's Plateposted January 11, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    Hi Sally!
    I was craving some chocolate tonight after dinner and gave this recipe a try…as expected, it was delicious! I used 1/2 tbls canola oil rather than light butter and cooked it in the microwave for 60 seconds. YUM YUM YUM! Chocolate craving quenched without leftovers. Love it!


    • Sallyreplied on January 12th, 2013 at 8:42 am

      Paul I’m so glad you made this muffin! I have to make it again soon. I love single serve recipes like this. I’ll try oil sometime. Thank you for reporting back!


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    Maarjaposted February 20, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    You absolutely made my day when I {re}discovered the idea of a single serve muffin!! :) Although I adjusted the recipe and made a double size savory muffin, I still give credit to you. Got up 6am just to bake it and make picture before work. So excited :)! Thanks soo much for the inspiration, Sally!!


    • Sallyreplied on February 20th, 2013 at 5:30 pm

      That’s great! Thanks Maarja, so glad you enjoyed your version. :)


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    staceyleeposted February 24, 2013 at 11:12 am

    This was delicious! I didn’t have any chocolate chips so just grated in some 100% cocoa bar and it came out perfectly! The texture was amazing, definitely making this again.


    • Sallyreplied on February 24th, 2013 at 5:50 pm

      mmm I should try that next time Stacey Lee! I love adding new things to this muffin recipe.


  14. #
    Emilyposted February 28, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Could you use while wheat flour for this recipe? Also, do you know how would it turn out with applesauce as a substitute for the butter?


    • Sallyreplied on February 28th, 2013 at 1:42 pm

      Hey Emily! Yes, whole wheat flour is a great substitution. I’ve never tried to replace the butter with applesauce in this specific recipe before. I have done so in other muffin recipes, so I assume you’d be fine. Let me know how you like it!


  15. #
    Alyssaposted April 5, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Hey Sally :)
    I think this recipe looks amazing! So amazing i think that I want more than one, do you have a recipe that makes a batch rather than a single serving? I was going to attempt to guess the measurements but your the master so I figured Id come to you :)


  16. #
    Tracyposted June 5, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    I love this recipe!! I make it ALL THE TIME. I usually use a little bit of honey instead of the sugar and applesauce instead of butter. Turns out fine without any sweetener at all, too! I always microwave my muffin (about a minute), so I usually can have a chocolatey snack in about 3 minutes!! Probably the best recipe ever: no sugar & low fat, chocolatey, no 11 leftover muffins, and super duper fast/easy. Thanks so much for modifying and posting Katie’s recipe, Sally!


    • Sallyreplied on June 5th, 2013 at 6:32 pm

      I have to try it with honey next time! I’m so glad you like it. Thanks Tracy!


  17. #
    Emmaposted June 16, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    Hi! I love this recipe it turned out super delicious! I was just wondering how many calories it was?


    • Sallyreplied on June 16th, 2013 at 4:59 pm

      Hi Emma! I’m unsure – I do not keep track of nutritional info on my website. Glad you loved it!


  18. #
    Kelseyposted June 20, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    Hello Sally! I’ve made this muffin a few times and every time its turned out flat! :-( I think it may be that my baking powder is old, but can you think of anything else that could have gone wrong?


    • Sallyreplied on June 20th, 2013 at 8:04 pm

      I can’t – I would purchase new baking powder since that is your leavener. BP expires after 6 months and I actually replace mine every 3 months to be safe. I’ve ruined a lot of recipes with expired leaveners!


  19. #
    Stephanie B.posted October 8, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    LOVE this recipe! Thank you for posting. Baking my own little treat up right now. I make myself one of these tasty muffins at least once a week!! Using milk chocolate chips this time around, I’m sure it will be delicious as always!!


    • Sallyreplied on October 8th, 2013 at 9:21 pm

      I’m sure it will be wonderful with milk chocolate chips. I haven’t made this muffin in several months and now you’re convincing me to make one for breakfast tomorrow. :) Thanks Stephanie! Happy you love it.


  20. #
    BananaRoRo12posted October 22, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    OMG, this is the best muffin I have ever had, the perfect 20 minute treat!


    • Sallyreplied on October 22nd, 2013 at 8:51 pm

      Happy you like it!


  21. #
    Ravenposted November 10, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    I just tried this and LOVED it!
    Rather than heating up my huge oven for a single muffin, I put the mix in a ramiken and cooked it in my countertop toaster oven. It turned out perfect, and bc of using a ramiken, it turned out more like a muffin top- I was very pleased with this variation.


    • Sallyreplied on November 11th, 2013 at 8:13 am

      I have to try it in a ramekin next, Raven! Thanks so much for reporting back.


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    Alysposted December 21, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    330 degrees? is that supposed to be 350 degrees? Also should I assume its Fahrenheit?


    • Sallyreplied on December 21st, 2013 at 4:23 pm

      It should read 350 degrees – I apologize, Alys. I recently reformulated my recipes and some things got a bit wonky. I thought I fixed the few errors. Thanks for bringing this to my attention! Yes, Fahrenheit.


  23. #
    Yvetteposted February 6, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Super Love this recipe. Been making my muffins almost everyday since I found this. It’s my “me time” after putting my baby for his afternoon nap. I use this as my base and just mix other ingredients if i ran out of choc chips :) thank you so much for this recipe!!!!


    • Sallyreplied on February 6th, 2014 at 12:25 pm

      Sounds like the perfect recipe for you, Yvette. Sometimes I make it with mixed berries. So good!


      • Yvettereplied on February 6th, 2014 at 12:35 pm

        Dates and cranberries are my fave. And oatmeal too! Perfect for my milk supply since am still nursing :) thank you!

  24. #
    Karyn Anneposted February 10, 2014 at 2:58 am

    Hi, can’t wait to try out the recipe. I was wondering, I know you don’t have the nutritional facts but do you think it is less than 300 calories?


    • Sallyreplied on February 10th, 2014 at 8:31 am

      I’m not sure. Maybe try adding it up?


  25. #
    Leopard Girlposted February 12, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    I LOVE THIS RECIPE! :) I have tried it with both all purpose flour and whole wheat and they are both amazing! I’ve been wondering if you could use oil in place of the melted butter, would the result be just as great? Thanks for the fantastic recipe!


  26. #
    Claudia Roitmanposted March 13, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    I truly love your blog. I am your Nº 1 fan in Venezuela. Your muffin recipes are to die for and they rise so pretty!! I am obsessed with your recipes. As I am dieting I have tried your blueberry Banana low-fat muffins and they were a hit in my house, and today I decided to make your choc chip muffins (the one with one serving) Thanks God I doubled the recipe because those were divine. It is the first time I have perfect and delicious muffins that resemble bakery muffins. I just bought through your new Book and I cannot wait to read it and make all of your creations. You truly rock!!


    • Sallyreplied on March 14th, 2014 at 10:15 am

      Hi Claudia! It’s always so cool hearing from readers all over the world. Thank you so much for saying hi! I’m glad that you are loving my muffin recipes. Thanks for buying my cookbook, too!


  27. #
    Jeanneposted March 16, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    Just love ideas like one-muffin recipes! Thought I’d suggest using baby-food prunes instead of the oil or applesauce. I’ve used these prunes in other chocolate recipes and they might give the muffin a darker flavor that would accent the chocolate better.


  28. #
    Tinaposted April 7, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    I did this recipe twice and it did not rise at all. My baking powder is still good, I tested it…what am I doin wrong?


    • Sallyreplied on April 7th, 2014 at 6:32 pm

      That’s very concerning – the only thing I can think of is to purchase new baking powder. I can’t imagine why the muffin won’t rise at all.


  29. #
    Martaposted April 16, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Hello from Barcelona (Spain) Sally! Made two of these muffins at the same time, they’re in the oven right now! For my muffin I used chocolate chips and for my boyfriend’s used butterscotch morsels, as he loves it! I’ll let you know how these turn out. Thank you for the recipe!


  30. #
    Annieposted April 30, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    This turned out awesome! I made it into two smaller muffins so it would turn out better in the toaster oven.
    Such a clever recipe! And infinitely better than microwaveable mug brownies. 😉
    Thank you!!


  31. #
    Jamieposted May 11, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    i was confused that there was no egg
    but i have trusted you from the beginning so i put it in the oven and it turned out so nicely
    making it in a ramekin makes it into a nice cake


  32. #
    Kimposted May 20, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Hi Sally!

    I baked your Triple Chocolate Cake yesterday for my brother’s birthday party (my fourth time making it!!). I wanted something sweet today, but a little lighter on the calories. I am SO glad I found this recipe! I’ve made so many of yours, but this is one I can make every day without worrying about left overs!

    I made it with vanilla greek yogurt instead of coconut oil because I use coconut oil in my cofee, so I wanted to lighten up the fat cals even more. I used whole wheat pastry flour, too. I microwaved it for a minute and it was amazing! I can’t wait to make it tomorrow in the oven!!

    In case any one is still wondering, this recipe (with greek yogurt and 1% milk) has 245 calories, 5.6g fat, 46.7g carbs, and 7g protein.

    You’re amazing!! So is your cookbook!!!


  33. #
    Awesomewoohooposted June 1, 2014 at 8:48 am

    I just baked it!!! It was really good although i thought the batter was runny!!! I put lesser sugar but it was still sweet :))) i love it!!


  34. #
    Anna Roseposted August 9, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    Hi ! :)
    Making these as we speak
    Doubled the measurements to make one for mum too ♡
    Used coconut oil and stevia instead of butter and sugar. Also used gluten free flour for my mum :)

    The batter seemed very oily in the bowl, but they’re in the oven now so I hope they turn out as great as everybodies saying !


  35. #
    Kathposted October 27, 2014 at 11:50 am

    I made one so yummy I ended up making 3 more☺️


  36. #
    Emmaposted November 24, 2014 at 7:19 am

    First day at home on maternity leave, REALLY wanted something warm and muffin-y for breakfast, but didn’t want to go to the hassle of baking a whole batch. This recipe is perfection. Thank you Sally!


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    Jessicaposted November 24, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    Considering this for breakfast next morning…is it possible to add oats and peanut butter? If so, what should my measurements be?


    • ashleigh.kayleereplied on May 18th, 2015 at 6:00 pm

      Yes ☻


  38. #
    Melposted January 31, 2015 at 2:00 am

    Hi, if I make two muffins and bake them together, do I need to change the baking time or just do the same thing?? thanks


  39. #
    Lana B.posted February 7, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    Just whipped this up with my two year old and our little family is ridiculously impressed! Thanks for sharing such a delicious and easy recipe, can’t wait to cruise around your website!


  40. #
    Alyssaposted February 25, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    The coconut oil took the muffin to a whole new level, a subtle taste, not completely unlike almond extract….maybe i’ll sub almond for vanilla next time.


  41. #
    Katieposted March 31, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    You really should put how EASY it is to make this muffin in the description! love this and would love more “smaller batch” recipes!


  42. #
    Kathyposted May 14, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    What size muffin tin did you use?


  43. #
    AquaBuddyposted May 18, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    Totally going to make this. I want to eat your photos….


  44. #
    Rachel Eliasposted July 31, 2015 at 8:17 am

    I used blueberries instead of chocolate chips and put a muffin liner in a ceramic mug. I’m so excited to try other fillings! So yummy. 


  45. #
    Robynn - Robynn's Road To Real Foodposted October 15, 2015 at 10:20 am

    I made this just now for my dad, to give him a little surprise when he gets home! It’s in the oven, I can’t wait to see how it turns out, and what his reaction will be! Thanks for the great recipe!!


  46. #
    Meganposted December 6, 2015 at 10:20 pm

    Hi Sally, 
    I was wondering if this is your only single serving muffin? I saw you have a Master Muffin Mix, and I was wondering how you could turn that into a single muffin?
    Thank you for your time!


    • Sallyreplied on December 7th, 2015 at 5:08 pm

      This is the only recipe I have for a 1 muffin recipe– sorry! Try a quick google search. I think there are many out there :)


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