If you are needing a quick and easy dessert option, these vegan chocolate chip muffins are a favorite in our house. With no egg or milk, apple sauce is the secret ingredient binding the dry ingredients and adding to the moist texture.

Vegan chocolate chip muffins piled up with sprinkles of dairy free chocolate chips

They are healthier than most chocolate chip muffins – only 3 SmartPoints on Weight Watchers Freestyle.  You know you have a winner when these are requested by your husband.

Top down view of hand holding vegan chocolate chip muffins

Did you know that 16 Ghirardelli chocolate chips are only 4 points?  So, I thought what if I created a recipe that incorporated chocolate chips into a chocolate muffin.  What would happen?  Well, deliciousness, obviously.

Ingredients you will need for this recipe

Ingredients for vegan chocolate muffins include apple sauce, cocoa powder, all purpose flour, salt, brown sugar and dairy free chocolate chips

FAQs about this recipe

Do you need eggs for this recipe?

No! This recipe doesn’t include eggs. The applesauce actually helps to bind everything together like eggs do with baking.

Is brown sugar healthier than white sugar?

No, they are nutritionally similar. Brown sugar does have additional minerals that white sugar doesn’t have, but using brown sugar doesn’t give you any more health benefits.

What’s the difference between brown sugar and white sugar?

Brown sugar is essential white sugar with molasses. The molasses allows the brown sugar to retain moisture, which results in baked goods that are both soft and dense (like these muffins).

White sugar is used in baked goods when you want the result to rise.

When I was trying to lose weight, I struggled with having chocolate/sugar cravings. Part of the struggle is because there aren’t a ton of healthier dessert options out there. At least not many that taste good.

Image shows pulled apart moist looking chocolate muffin

Even on my site, there aren’t a ton of dessert options. It’s not that I don’t like dessert – or chocolate. I absolutely do.

It’s because it’s hard to find ways to cut back on sugar within desserts (at least I’ve struggled with it), while still maintaining a delicious recipe.

Plate of chocolate muffins

But that didn’t happen with these chocolate chip muffins. I also had huge success when I made this chocolate pudding, or these pumpkin snickerdoodles. But I had the most fun making these muffins.

What is your favorite chocolate treat?

Multiple chocolate chip muffins are on a white surface. There are fingers holding one of the muffins.

Vegan Chocolate Chip Muffins

Dash of Herbs
If you are needing a quick and easy dessert option, these vegan chocolate chip muffins are a favorite in our house. Apple sauce is the secret to making these moist and adding flavor
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Dessert
Servings 12 servings
Calories 57 kcal


  • 3/4 cup white all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar packed tightly
  • 4 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup plain applesauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 16-24 dairy free chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the flour, brown sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.
    Image of the cocoa powder getting poured into a glass bowl over the flour.
  • In a smaller bowl, mix together water, applesauce, vinegar and vanilla extract.  
    Chocolate chip muffins dry batter getting the eggs poured in.
  • Pour the smaller liquid ingredients into the larger bowl. Mix to combine.
    Chocolate chip muffins batter after it has been mixed up. The spatula is in the frame.
  • Stir in chocolate chips.  
    Chocolate chip muffins process of chocolate chips being added to batter.
  • Pour batter mixture into prepared muffin pan. Bake for 18-20 minutes.
    chocolate chip muffins batter getting poured into muffin tins.


Calories: 57kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 99mgPotassium: 44mgFiber: 1gSugar: 13gCalcium: 14mgIron: 1mg
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  1. Thank you Edye. I appreciate you reaching out and loving the recipes. This is so exciting and everything I hoped to achieve. 🙂

  2. I just discovered your blog and love it! Thanks for all the great recipes <3

    Edye // Gracefulcoffee.wordpress.com

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