These healthy Orange Chocolate Chip Muffins have incredible orange flavor spiked with chocolate chips and are made with wholesome ingredients!
Heads up! This recipe was first published in 2014. Photos updated 2018. I can’t count how many times I’ve made these since I first published it and they are a household favorite. Enjoy!
Muffins can be funny little things. They walk a tight line between being something nourishing we eat for breakfast and being, well, a dessert. That’s probably why my two little ones request them for breakfast so often.
These muffins actually were inspired by a dessert. Ina Garten’s orange chocolate chunk cake is one of Tim’s favorite desserts, and his dad makes it every time we visit. (Here is smitten kitchen’s version of Ina’s iconic dessert)
I thought I would be a good wife by giving Tim a portable, acceptable-to-eat-for-breakfast version of one of his favorite desserts. Turns out I was being a good wife and mother, as these have become my kids’ favorite muffins to date. Couldn’t have anything to do with the chocolate chips, could it?
The thing is, while these are perfectly satisfying enough to be called dessert, these muffins are much less sinful than the cake version. First, they are made with whole wheat flour instead of the processed white stuff. They have half the fat and more than 100 percent less sugar. I also used low-calorie, unsweetened almond milk, making them dairy-free. (You can use any milk you choose in this recipe.)
Yet. They have that intense orange flavor, paired with chocolate chips that is fabulous. The essence of Ina’s dessert is here. These healthy orange chocolate chip muffins are light, moist, and everything you want a muffin to be.
You really can’t go wrong with this healthy muffin recipe. Feel free to make a double batch and throw some in the freezer. You’ll be glad you did.
I’ve branch out and made another orange-chocolate combo recipe! You’ve got to try this Orange Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal recipe!Print
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