chocolate chip & cranberry muffins

Muffins are the ultimate comfort food for me. I’m most likely to reach for one when I want to break out of my usual breakfast routine (granola with berries or dried fruit). Muffins are an especially nice way to begin a new week! Cinnamon adds warmth to these vanilla muffins, which are brimming with ruby-red dried cranberries and gooey chocolate chips.

This is my first time pairing chocolate with cranberry, and I was pleasantly surprised by the result – I love the balance of sweet and tart. I’m sharing this recipe as part of November’s Chocolate Party; scroll down below the recipe to see more chocolate and cranberry treats.

Chocolate Chip & Cranberry Muffins
1 3/4 cups flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon 
2/3 cup low-fat buttermilk
2 Tbsp plain nonfat yogurt
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup dried cranberries, chopped
1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips

2 Tbsp cranberries
2 Tbsp semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375°F and line a 12-cup standard muffin pan with baking cups; coat baking cups with cooking spray. Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon in a large bowl; make a well in the center of the mixture. Combine buttermilk, yogurt, vegetable oil, egg, and vanilla in a medium bowl; add to flour mixture and stir just until combined. Fold in cranberries and chocolate chips.

Fill each baking cup 2/3 full of batter, then sprinkle evenly with cranberries and chocolate chips. Bake for 15 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let muffins cool in pan on a wire rack for 2 minutes before removing from pan to serve warm or cool completely. Store leftover muffins in an airtight container at room temperature up to 2 days.

Yield – 12 muffins (serving size: 1 muffin)
Calories – 170
Carbs – 28

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  1. says

    Mm, I don’t think I had cranberries and chocolate before – sounds like a great combo though. Does this mean you’re back from Italy now? I hope everything went ok Laura :)

  2. says

    i love having muffins for breakfast. they take the thinking out for me – plus, at that early in the morning, i’d prefer to grab my coffee & a muffin to go anyway! i love the chocolate chip and cranberries you added in this – perfect melody of flavors :)

  3. says

    Loving all of the chocolate party recipes! These muffins look so delish. I can only imagine how your house smelled while these were baking. Hope your trip to Italy was great and that you were able to visit with family even during a challenging time.

  4. says

    I have to agree with you I reach for comforting muffins too, I just love them. These muffins look pretty with the red berries and chocolate in them.

  5. says

    You know, come to think of it, I don’t know if I’ve ever had chocolate and cranberry together, either. I think these sound wonderful, though!!

  6. says

    Your food styling and photography, as well as the recipe for the muffins are just so perfect! Everything is all good in this post and I love the red color theme! Chocolate chips and craberries pop up from muffins. I wish to have a few muffins for myself for tomorrow breakfast… :)

  7. says

    I love muffins – I try to bake a batch every weekend so that I’ll have a mid-morning stack to nosh on at work (I’m like a farm animal – I have to constantly graze). These adorable muffins must be so moist from the buttermilk and yogurt – yum!

  8. Lora @cakeduchess says

    Muffins are a great way to start the week:)I would love one of these tonight -they look delicious, Laura:)

  9. says

    I love your cranberry-studded cupcakes! Never knew until this month’s chocolate party how well cranberries paired with chocolate! Have a lovely Thanksgiving!


    • says

      Oooops, sorry for the typo above! My husband was handing me a cupcake at the same time that I was typing . . . I truly meant to write “muffins”! My bad!

  10. says

    I totally agree – Muffins are the ultimate comfort food! And we are so in sync, Laura! Cranberry and chocolate chips – Yum! Love your pictures. The polka dot plates are too cute! :)

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