Recipe: Peanut Butter Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Muffins (Vegan, Low Sugar)



After I posted last week’s Nutella-inspired muffins, a vegan friend asked me for muffins with the flavors of a dark chocolate Reese’s peanut butter cup. I experimented a little and this is what I came up with. I would love to have an even peanutier taste, but these muffins are quite moist and I fear anymore peanut butter would make them dense. I’ve been thinking of ways to work around this, though, so don’t be surprised if another peanut butter muffin recipe finds its way onto this blog in the future.


  • measuring cups and spoons
  • 2 mixing bowls
  • mixing spoon or electric mixer
  • muffin tin with 12 2 ½-inch cups
  • cooling rack


  • 1⅓ cup white whole wheat flour, or whole wheat pastry flour
  • ⅓ cup cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup sugar or xylitol (3 Tablespoons if you’re using sweetened peanut butter)
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ⅔ cup peanut butter (I used smooth, natural peanut butter; use chunky if you want the muffin to have peanut bits you can sink your teeth into)
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1¼ cup hot water
  • ½ cup vegan dark or bittersweet baking chocolate, chopped (optional)


  1. Mix together flour, cocoa, sweetener, and baking powder. Add an optional ½ teaspoon salt if your peanut butter is unsalted.
  2. In a separate bowl, dissolve baking soda in hot water, then stir peanut butter until smooth. Next, stir in applesauce until smooth.
  3. Mix wet and dry ingredients together. Batter should be a bit lumpy.
  4. Stir in chocolate pieces. Do not overmix.
  5. Spoon batter into muffin tin.
  6. Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes, or until tops are firm and inserted toothpick comes out mostly clean.
  7. Cool on rack for at least 10 minutes, then serve.

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