Fluffy Whole Wheat Blend Chocolate Chip Muffins

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    There's a secret to these fluffy whole wheat blend chocolate chip muffins! They're healthier but there's no sacrifice in taste!

    For many of us, it’s the first day back to work today after a full two weeks of holiday celebrations. Let me tell ya, it is definitely hard to get back in the groove! I’m so used to staying up late and waking up at 8 or 9 in the morning and lounging around the house doing absolutely nothing. I can definitely get used to it but that also comes with a slightly expanded waistline that needs tending to :) It’s been a nice break but it’s a brand new year with a whole lot of new possibilities in store and another year to chase that dream and take that risk you’ve been waiting to take!

    I’m definitely ready for 2015 and can’t wait for what’s in store. Most importantly, I can’t wait until my cookbook is out! This is the year! It seems like just yesterday I was beginning to brainstorm on it. Crazy how time flies. Oh my gosh, speaking of how fast time flies, I was recently added to a group on Facebook for my 10-year high school reunion. CRAZY!! I’m kind of excited for it, to be quite honest. Also, where I grew up is a lot different than elsewhere in the country where high school friends go off to college and do their own thing and move to another state. Since we live in the DC-area, it’s different because while we all go away for college, we all tend to come back because of all the job opportunities in the area. Not to mention, a bunch of us also went to the same colleges so we all kind of still saw each other and still see each other in town. It’s interesting – it’s like we never really left. It’ll be fun to catch up with everyone and see who’s become moms/dads, wives/husbands, etc.

    There's a secret to these fluffy whole wheat blend chocolate chip muffins! They're healthier but there's no sacrifice in taste!


    There's a secret to these fluffy whole wheat blend chocolate chip muffins! You're going to love these healthier muffins!


    There's a secret to these fluffy whole wheat blend chocolate chip muffins! You're going to love these healthier muffins!

    I thought since this is the first full week of January, many people are probably looking for a slightly healthier alternative to sweets. I absolutely adore this recipe. The key to a fluffy muffin is lots more leavening agents than normal while having it still taste fine, and a higher oven temperature. Typically we bake muffins at 350 or 375 degrees Fahrenheit but with these, to get that poof and airy inside, I upped it to 400 degrees. Sound really high but it definitely yields far greater results than normal! I also made this into a whole wheat blend instead of completely whole wheat. I discovered that if it was full whole wheat – it was just too dry for our tastes. By doing half whole wheat and half all-purpose, I was able to create a more moist and fluffy muffin without completely ruining the health-factor. Unfortunately, I do not do any sort of calorie counting and/or nutrition facts on my blog (various reasons why), so if you’re looking for that information, I suggest a Google search.

    There's a secret to these fluffy whole wheat blend chocolate chip muffins! You're going to love these healthier muffins!

    Fluffy Whole Wheat Blend Chocolate Chip Muffins

    There's no sacrifice in taste for these healthy and fluffy muffins! 
    Prep Time: 15 mins
    Cook Time: 17 mins
    Total Time: 32 mins
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 10 -12
    Calories: 260kcal
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    • 1 cup whole wheat flour
    • 1 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 tablespoon + 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
    • 1 large egg
    • 1/4 cup coconut oil, measured solid then melted
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste
    • 2/3 cup + 3 tablespoons milk
    • 1 cup mini chocolate chips


    • Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and line a 12-cup muffin pan with muffin liners.
    • In a medium bowl, whisk together flours, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
    • In a large bowl, whisk together dark brown sugar and egg. Then add in the melted coconut oil. Whisk until incorporated. Next, add in the vanilla bean paste and milk. Whisk until incorporated.
    • Pour the dry ingredients into the bowl of the wet ingredients and using a spatula, stir mixture together until just incorporated. Fold in the mini chocolate chips. Do not overmix.
    • Divide batter evenly amongst the prepared muffin pan, filling each muffin cup about 3/4 of the way full.
    • Bake on the middle rack in the oven for 15-17 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
    • Let cool for 10 minutes then place muffins onto a wire rack to cool completely.
    • Muffins are best eaten the day of or kept in an airtight container for up to 3 days.


    Depending on how full you fill each muffin cup will depend on how many muffins you get. We got 10 with ours because I tend to fill mine to the brim but if you did about 3/4 cup full, you should get a dozen. You can certainly choose to not use whole wheat flour in this recipe. It will still work out but I personally think you should try the whole wheat flour blend :)
    Heavily adapted from How Sweet Eats
    Nutrition Facts
    Fluffy Whole Wheat Blend Chocolate Chip Muffins
    Amount Per Serving (1 muffin)
    Calories 260 Calories from Fat 117
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 13g20%
    Carbohydrates 36g12%
    Fiber 2g8%
    Sugar 19g21%
    Protein 5g10%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. 

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  • Christie says:

    These look so tasty! I love grab and go muffins for breakfast. Adding whole wheat flour makes them more hearty! Pinned. Yum

  • Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness says:

    GAH! I can’t wait for your cookbook – so pumped for you!
    I took the past 3 weeks off and I am sort of excited to get back at it. But, that’ll probably last until tonight.
    So, I’ll eat ALL these muffins to comfort me. I mean, they’re whole wheat so that’s ok right? :) Pinned!

  • Jenny Flake says:

    Beautiful healthier muffins! Heaven knows I need it after the last couple months :) Happy New Year!

  • Karly says:

    Gorgeous muffins!

  • Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain says:

    These are the must-make list this week!! And seriously, so pumped of
    your cookbook!!

  • Sommer @ASpicyPerspective says:

    I can’t wait to try these yummy muffins! I look forward to your cookbook coming out! Woohoo!

  • Heather Christo says:

    Great muffins Julie!! So excited for 2015 and your new book!!!

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    It’s funny to hear when people are excited to go to reunions – I’ve skipped all 3 of mine ha. And eeeek the book release will be here before you know it. But in the meantime I want a dozen of these muffins!!

  • Annie @ Annie's Noms says:

    Love these! I’m going to have to try baking muffins at 400 and changing my leavening amounts! I agree with the whole/half wholewheat – I mean, I love wholewheat, but all makes for dry old muffins – YUK!

  • amanda @ fake ginger says:

    I’m so excited for your cookbook, too! These looks fabulous!

  • Maria says:

    Love these muffins and I can’t wait to get your cookbook! Yay!

  • Gaby says:

    These muffins look so tender and delicious! Can’t wait for your cookbook!

  • Aimee @ Simple Bites says:

    Wow! These look incredibly fluffy. Need some for school lunches this week. :)

  • Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough says:

    Yay cookbook! I can’t wait for it to come out… or to bake these yummy muffins. Chocolate + whole wheat flour FTW! :)

  • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet says:

    I know you have been working so hard on the cookbook. It’s going to be super exciting to see it in print!! These muffins look fantastic! My kiddos will love them!

  • A Young Wife says:

    Looking forward to your cookbook! I definitely need a healthy alternative after the two weeks of break. These look like they will hit the spot! Thanks :)

  • Jess says:

    Yum – this is a great way to start of the new year if I ever saw one! I’m with you – I love the relaxed feel of the holidays, but I’m excited for everything 2015 has in store. Happy New Year Julie!

  • Meriem @ Culinary Couture says:

    Definitely making these tomorrow!

  • Kathryn says:

    2015 is going to be such an exciting year for you! I can’t wait to see how it unfolds (and re your earlier post, definitely come back to London!). Happy new year Julie!

  • Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen says:

    Girl, I am SO excited for your cookbook release! But, these muffins? YUM! Just look at that irresistible crumb. :) Wishing you a boatload of blessings in 2015, my friend! xo P.S. Will definitely be pinning!

  • Megan {Country Cleaver} says:

    Julie these are so totally gorgeous!! I am on a muffin binge and these are totally next!!

  • francesca says:

    I just bought a tub of coconut oil which I am adding to absolutely everything… muffins next! Sounds like your break was well-deserved. 2015 is gonna be a big one, I can feel it :)

  • Christine @ Cooking with Cakes says:

    I love a good healthified muffin to start my day, and these definitely fit the bill!! looks awesome Julie

  • Maria says:

    I love these… they sounds delicious!

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com says:

    Yummy muffins!! Happy New Year!

  • Cant wait for your cookbook! These look delicious – and healthy, yes please!!

  • Matea says:

    These muffins look so good! Wouldn’t have thought they had whole wheat flour in them :) and hopefully the kids wont either..ha

  • Maria says:

    I love whole wheat.. these look amazing!

  • Rachel says:

    I’m not the biggest fan of coconut. Is there something that I could sub in for coconut oil that would still be healthy? (Or at least healthier than butter)

    • Julie says:

      You can’t taste the coconut oil at all, if that’s what you’re concerned about!

    • Kristin Trudeau says:

      If it’s pure, cold pressed coconut oil like I use, you won’t taste it. It’s flavorless

  • Melissa Williams says:

    Chocolate chip muffins are the best muffins ever! Long live muffins!!

  • Kristin Trudeau says:

    Can I substitute pure vanilla extract for the vanilla paste?
    I need a good, healthy muffin recipe for my kids.
    I want to look for your cookbook!

    • Julie says:

      Yes, you can! You can find the cookbook on Amazon if your local bookstore doesn’t have it!

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