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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


  • 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 granulated 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!

Recipe 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



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

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

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

  4. 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! 🙂

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

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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

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

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

    • 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. 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!

    • 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!

  12. 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!!

  13. 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.

  14. 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?

    • 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. 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. 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!

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

  18. 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?

    • 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. 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!!

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

  21. 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.

  22. 330 degrees? is that supposed to be 350 degrees? Also should I assume its Fahrenheit?

    • 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. 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!!!!

  24. 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?

  25. 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. 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!!

    • 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. 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. Hello!
    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?

    • 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. 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. 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!!

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