Chocolate Chunk Coffee Muffins

When I was younger, life seemed black and white. Actions were right or they were wrong. Boys liked you or they didn’t. Mood rings where cool or they weren’t. As an adult, life looks more gray. Chocolate Chunk Coffee Muffins: are they breakfast or dessert?

Chocolate Chunk Coffee Muffins. Recipe for double chocolate muffins with twice the chocolate and coffee!

Making judgments as a kid does not involve inquiring about “circumstances” or considering “what-ifs.” Little is relative. If something is super cool (ahem, Lisa Frank), it’s super cool for every one, all the time—except boys. Boys are yucky and have cooties. The fact that my sister liked ketchup and I didn’t (and still don’t) was about as ambiguous as right and wrong became for my elementary-school self.

As an adult, life is wrought with ambiguity. We grow up and learn that what works for us might not work for everyone. Lines are smudged, decisions are bigger and blurrier, and we start paying close attention to circumstances.

I can’t decide if Chocolate Chunk Coffee Muffins would be more appropriate for breakfast or dessert, so I’ve embraced ambiguity and am eating them for both. Every bite of this scrumptious conundrum is glorious, and I encourage you to double munch them right along with me.

Chocolate Chunk Coffee Muffins. Studded with chocolate and laced with espresso, these muffins pack a decadent punch of flavor!

Chocolate Chunk Coffee Muffins. Chocolate muffins with espresso and chocolate chips.Chocolate Chunk Coffee Muffins are supremely moist, sky-high, and bursting with rich cocoa and coffee. The coffee flavor is a double-punch of brewed coffee and espresso powder, making Chocolate Chunk Coffee Muffins an ideal wake up, especially when paired with (can you guess?)—a piping hot cup of coffee in your favorite mug. Yes, breakfast!

The dark chocolate pieces are big, burly, and proud of it. I love microwaving a Chocolate Chunk Coffee Muffin up so that the chocolate melts a little, then smothering the entire oozy shebang with vanilla ice cream. Yes, dessert!

Because the recipe uses bittersweet chocolate, the muffins are not overly sweet by any means. Additionally, swapping Greek yogurt for some of the butter keeps these muffins lighter. Point for breakfast.

But can something that tastes so fabulous when served with ice cream, whipped cream, and dare I suggest a cherry on top be called anything besides dessert?

Chocolate Chunk Coffee Muffins. Moist, double chocolate muffins with chocolate chips and espresso.

I say yes. Chocolate Chunk Coffee Muffins are wonderful for breakfast and dessert alike. Why force a black-or-white decision when we can enjoy them blissfully in multiple meal categories, multiple times a day? Chocolate Chunk Coffee Muffins with a side of vanilla yogurt and berries are a breakfast I dream about when falling asleep at night. Topped with whipped cream and/or ice cream, Chocolate Chunk Coffee Muffins give me the feeling of an indulgent brownie, with less guilt. I’ll take both, please.

Embrace the blessedly aggravating ambiguity of life with Chocolate Chunk Coffee Muffins. With such moist, sky-high, and chocolate-coffee loaded baked goodness to be devoured, why choose anything a second muffin?

Chocolate Chunk Coffee Muffins

Ultra-moist double chocolate muffins loaded with dark chocolate chunks and coffee. A must-bake for all chocolate and coffee lovers!

Yield: 12 muffins

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 18 minutes


4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled

  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped, divided
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon espresso powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup strong coffee, cooled
  • 1/4 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


Muffin Lovin’:

Imperial Sugar compensated me for my time to create this recipe and post. As always, all opinions are my own.


About Erin Clarke

I'm fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food taste incredible. Wearer of plaid, lover of bourbon, and firmly convinced that sweets and veggies both deserve a place at the table. MORE ABOUT ERIN...


  1. I kinda liked the childhood clarity of black and white… grey can be so confusing! But ya know… at least when you’re an adult you can call giant gorgeous muffins whatever you want… then eat them all! These look amazing, love!

  2. I love living outside of the box. Chocolate for breakfast and a treat. Yummm!

  3. True that! I am a black and white person, so I preferred the younger years. However, I’ve learned so much as I’ve gotten older … sometimes, the grey makes harder to pick a side, but it makes it more real, personally. Anyways, these muffins are totally breakfast (because chocolate for breakfast is a must!) buuuut I could take one or two for dessert, too. It is for the team, of course ;)

  4. Where is my delivery?! xo

  5. I am a huge fan of chocolate for breakfast. ;) WANT!

  6. …ok i am heading over for breakfast with extra large coffee and also for dessert later :)

  7. Wow Erin, your muffins are so beautiful.
    I would eat them as well as a dessert or as a breakfast.

  8. GAH!! I want these for breakfast. Nom.Nom.Nom

  9. I guess I’ll just have to eat one for breakfast AND dessert :) Also, your Lisa Frank aside brought back a rush of memories, particularly of the sticker book I kept to catalog all of my Lisa Frank treasures! These look fabulous!

  10. I would love a few of these for breakfast…and then dessert later. Holy yum girl!!!

  11. I’m a muffin fanatic, you had me at chocolate chunk Erin!

  12. Love that you eat these for breakfast AND dessert… because that’s exactly what I would do with them. Too good to only have once a day!

  13. HI Erin, life is confusing for sure but not these muffins. They are gorgeous!

  14. Chocolate for breakfast sounds great to me.. I need like a dozen of these muffins..

  15. A conundrum indeed! I’ll take coffee in any way, shape, or form in the morning, including via these muffins. Then you mentioned Greek yogurt, which I ALSO eat in the A.M., so I say they’re a go for breakfast. Not sure that’s a fully-developed argument but yeah, I’m going with it. These look too good to have to wait until after dinner!

  16. Pretty sure I could find a way to rationalize eating these muffins all day!

  17. Breakfast, lunch or anytime for me. These look amazing!

  18. Heck to the Yes for eating these muffins for breakfast AND dessert..And maybe dinner AND lunch!!! :)

  19. I am pretty sure I would not be able to fall asleep if I knew these sky-high muffins were waiting for me the next morning!! Nothing better than an excuse to have chocolate first thing in the morning. Please consider a home delivery service :)

  20. These are pretty much perfect any time of day. I’ll never say no to chocolate!

  21. Oh it’s pretty clear this can be enjoyed for breakfast, mid-afternoon snack or dessert!! And please lets set up a delivery system?

  22. Ugh, these sound so good. I am limiting my coffee intake though, so I may not be able to try these out, and that is definitely my loss.

    • Baked coffee doesn’t count! At least that’s what I’d tell myself. Power to you Kate (and you can always try swapping the coffee for water or milk. I haven’t tried it this way yet, but I think that it would work just fine.)

  23. Erin, You are a girl after my own heart – chocolate chunk muffins for breakfast AND dessert – love it. I am sure they are awesome with coffee but I am in the midst of drinking a glass of wine and would die for one of those muffins right now!

  24. Oh my, these look heavenly, decadent, and delicious. Perfect for breakfast, dessert, or late night snack! On a side not, mood rings were definitely cool!

  25. I vote for muffins for EVERY meal!

  26. Yum! Chocolate and coffee! What more could I ask for? You know what, I think they fall into breakfast and dessert too! Thanks for sharing. I was just looking for a recipe fro breakfast to make (yeah, at 9:40!) and I will make these!


  27. I’m with you – I’d eat these for breakfast or dessert, paired with a big ole cup of coffee. Great recipe, Erin! Pinned!

  28. Breakfast? Dinner? Lunch? Midnight snack? Dessert? I’ll take these any time of day..

    • I do too Angie! I think if you leave out the espresso powder, you will have just enough coffee to increase the power of the chocolate flavor, without the coffee taste being too strong.

  29. Wow, these muffins look delicious! I can’t turn down chocolate!

  30. I would eat these for breakfast, lunch and dinner. These look too good to only have once a day plus chocolate muffins any time of day is totally acceptable in my book:)

  31. Ketchup disdain for me is pretty black and white. (YUCK.) But these are defintiely a gray area food. Meaning I can eat them ALL THE TIMES.

  32. I just did a reconnaissance in the kitchen and I am excited to say that I have all the ingredients to make these today!!! There shall be dancing and singing of muffin love.

    • Kacey, now I am doing a happy dance just for you! It is truly meant to be. I hope you gobble up every chocolate bite, and I would love to hear what you think about the recipe too. Have a great day!

  33. I most definitely agree chocolate deserves a spot at the breakfast table! Can’t wait to devour these :)

  34. I’m totally in camp ALL THE TIME with these, they look super yummy!

  35. I think this falls squarely on the “dessert for breakfast” label which I love with all my heart.

  36. Well I say eat these for lunch and dinner as well as for breakfast and dessert and be done with it! :-)

  37. I say breakfast… purely so I can eat these 1st thing when I wake up. I love love love chocolate muffins. Pinning!

  38. Holy cow I totally forgot about Lisa Frank until you mentioned it! I can’t tell you how many of her stickers and folders I had! These muffins look awesome, I’m a fan of anything baked with coffee or espresso in it. I would totally double munch these for breakfast and dessert!

  39. Whatever meal they are ‘for’, they look amazing! Love a jolt of caffeine in my baking :)

  40. I love any excuse for chocolate at breakfast!

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