It’s kind of a biiiiig week my pals.

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Not huge, but sorta big. It’s coming up on that little anniversary of “omg we’ve been married for four years and haven’t killed each other” type of thing. I guess that’s big, right? Sweet.

And the thing is, we don’t have a ton of memories IN the kitchen. We have a lot of memories of me kicking him out of the kitchen, because uh, he sort of destroys everything that resides in the kitchen. Seriously. I’m not being mean. Please send help for our pots and pans. And whatever you do, do NOT give him any ground turkey and put him near a stovetop. Ugh.

Mini Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Muffins I

We also share a lot of memories of me ruining dinners I attempted and then still serving him a lot of dry chicken and unseasoned pasta or clumped-together rice or watery soup. And him being totally cool about it. Yeah, basically take like all of those country songs that talk about new wives trying to make dinner and new grooms suffering through them and yeeeeeah… that. Oh but the best part is that it happens, like, all the time since it is my job.

And um, one of the greatest memories we shared in the kitchen was when I tried to make us cute mini red velvet cakes that turned into burnt burgundy sludge and resulted in a lovely bonding experience over oven cleaning. Don’t recommend that. Just a heads up.

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These muffins were not birthed from any idea I had, instead they came straight from my husband’s brain. Or at least from his phone, where he found himself typing “hey could you make some whole wheat chocolate chip muffins?” Sometimes he gets these crazy sweet teeth which are highly unusual because it is not a stretch to say if given the choice he would most likely go for the filet over the cupcake. The chicken leg over the cheesecake. The nuggets over the milkshake. Errr, well… maybe the nuggets dipped IN the milkshake.

Actually, wait. Nevermind.

That’s something I would do. And something that would totally skeeve him out.

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But needless to say, when his teeth get sweet I am all over that. I love not having to eat cake alone. I love eating ice cream straight out of the container, TOGETHER. I love discovering him back in the kitchen after said ice cream was put away, standing over the sink with a big spoon in the pint. I love finding the empty container in the trash can the next morning, and NOT because I put it there. It’s so… comforting.

Now that’s memorable.

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Mini Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Muffins

Yield: makes about 3 dozen muffins

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes per batch

Total Time: 30 minutes


2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
1/3 cup loosely packed brown sugar
1/4 cup coconut oil, measured in solid form then melted
2/3 cup + 3 tablespoons milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2/3 cup dark chocolate chips
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a mini muffin tin with liners or spray with nonstick spray. I actually lined mine and then gave them a quick spritz of coconut oil spray. In a bowl, combine flour, baking powder, soda and salt, mixing well to combine. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together egg and sugar until smooth. Add in melted coconut oil along with vanilla extract, mixing well. Add in milk and whisk until combined. Stir in the dry ingredients mixing until just combined. Do not overmix! Slightly lumpy batter is good. Fold in chocolate chips until mixed throughly.

Place about 1 1/2 tablespoons batter in each muffin liner, filling them 3/4 of the way full. Bake for 7-8 minutes, or until tops are set. Remove and let cool for a few minutes, then serve immediately.

[muffins adapted from these banana spice muffins]

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Ooooh and these are butter free. Pop ’em like candy.

[This post is sponsored by Nestlé® Toll House® Morsels, the perfect special ingredient for all of your family’s favorite treats!]

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92 Responses to “Mini Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Muffins.”

  1. #
    chelsey @ clean eating chelsey — October 9, 2012 @ 7:02 am

    No butter? You’re a new woman.


  2. #
    Kim in MD — October 9, 2012 @ 7:15 am

    Yum! I would almost consider these healthy, with the whole wheat flour and lack of butter. I think I’ll make these for breakfast today!

    Happy Anniversary (this week), Jessica!


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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — October 9, 2012 @ 7:17 am

    Ahhh, how are you celebrating your anniversary? My 6 years is coming up on the 22nd. Your muffins are perfect and I love that there is no butter! Good girl!!


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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — October 9, 2012 @ 7:23 am

    Oh yay!! That sounds like a big week to me! Happy Anniversary Jess!! And what lovely muffins you have here…mini’s are the best.


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    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — October 9, 2012 @ 7:41 am

    Congrats on your anniversary week Jess! I’m sure that for every kitchen fail you’ve had, there have been 5 other super amazing dishes that Mr How Sweet would say make the disasters worth it. These muffins look delicious. Minis are always so much cuter than regular muffins… or I guess since it’s October and we’re getting close to Halloween, these would be know as ‘fun size’. Either way, I want one!


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    Amanda — October 9, 2012 @ 7:50 am

    Happy anniversary! Mine ruins pots as well. Like when he mixed the instant mashed potatoes with a butter knife……in a non stick pan. He also boils meat. Yup. Boils.


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    Villy @ For the love of Feeding — October 9, 2012 @ 8:02 am

    Happy Anniversary! “Mini” is always a very tricky word!!


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    RavieNomNoms — October 9, 2012 @ 8:04 am

    These would be Fantastic right now for my breakfast. Can you please send me 2 dozen? Maybe I’ll share with some coworkers, but I will most likely just eat them all myself haha ;-)


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    Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit — October 9, 2012 @ 8:30 am

    Happy Anniversary to the two of you! I’ve caught Kevin (my hubby) over the sink with the spoon… oh that guilty looking face, I loved it!


  10. #
    Alicia Greenrabbit — October 9, 2012 @ 8:32 am

    Men can so boring when it come to the never ending ideas what to mix with chocolate. I mean really ,whats wrong with chocolate dipped Parmesan garlic pita chips! Ha,ha!


  11. #
    Alicia Greenrabbit — October 9, 2012 @ 8:32 am

    P.S. Happy Anniversary!


  12. #
    Abby@ Totes Delish — October 9, 2012 @ 8:33 am

    Happy Anniversary! This is the story of my relationship as well, my mister would rather eat any meat over dessert, who even are these people?!


  13. #
    NancyC — October 9, 2012 @ 8:42 am

    That’s right, you’re my Anniversary twin! Happy 4th to you and Mr. How Sweet. We’re on the big 8th anniversary!


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    Kerry @ Snark and Pepper — October 9, 2012 @ 8:43 am

    Happy anniversary to you and Mr. How Sweet!

    And I LOVE using coconut oil in place of butter (did I really say that?). I think I’ll attempt a gluten-free version of these with coconut flour and almond flour to really bring out the coconut taste.


  15. #
    Alexis @ Hummusapien — October 9, 2012 @ 9:01 am

    Everything gets like ten times better when it’s mini. You can eat double the amount and they’re just so darn cute!

    Love the use of coconut oil instead of butter! Mmmmmmm


  16. #
    Abbie — October 9, 2012 @ 9:15 am

    Mmmmmm. Me and Mine celebrate 4 years too on Friday!!! What’s your actual date? Congrats!


  17. #
    Meg @ Peaches and Cake — October 9, 2012 @ 9:22 am

    Haha I LOVE this post! I feel the SAME way about my husband. Whenever he even takes the slightest interest in food I am all over making whatever he requests. Often I make baked goods and he barely even touches them but when I make something that he likes, like cinnamon raisin bread recently, and he inhales it, it feels soooo good, haha especially cuz I’m like YES it wasn’t all ME who ate that! lol


    • Erin@LawStudentsWife — October 9th, 2012 @ 2:05 pm

      Meg, I read this and started CRACKING up, because I have the exact same feeling with so much of what I bake. Example: cheesecake. The hubs will have 1 slice to make me happy. Four nights later, said cheesecake is gone, and we both know who is responsible….
      Had better luck w/ banana bread this weekend. I”ll have to try your cinnamon raisin!


  18. #
    Shafeeqa @ Crushland — October 9, 2012 @ 9:38 am

    omg HEALTH cupcakes! : ))


  19. #
    robyn — October 9, 2012 @ 9:41 am

    look great-and no butter to boot…these will help that marriage last even longer am sure of it!


  20. #
    sarah — October 9, 2012 @ 9:45 am

    Baking Question (from a baker):
    I love your blog. So much. Your food is always amazing and I can so often relate to your words! You crack me up. ;)
    BUT, how do these not end up dry if you don’t replace the bananas with another liquid? Inquiring minds…


    • Jessica — October 9th, 2012 @ 9:59 am

      There is a little more liquid in these muffins than the banana ones, so I think that helps but I think the main issue is that these are so mini and aren’t baked very long. If I made them into regular size and tried to bake for 15 minutes, I bet they would be slightly drier and I’d need more milk or butter!


      • sarah — October 9th, 2012 @ 10:01 am

        Got it! So if I make them full sized, maybe I’ll make banana whole-wheat mini chocolate chip muffins. WIth glaze. ;) Thank you!

  21. #
    Nikki Dinki Cooking — October 9, 2012 @ 9:49 am

    Now THATS how you start the day!!


  22. #
    Melanie — October 9, 2012 @ 9:51 am

    Oh, I can’t wait to try these! I FINALLY invested in some coconut oil. won.der.ful. There are not too many things that are useful in the belly & on the skin!


  23. #
    Heather (Heather's Dish) — October 9, 2012 @ 9:53 am

    has it seriously been 4 years already? i feel like just yesterday y’all were in your first year and we were talking about newlywed stuff! crazy!


  24. #
    Ashley — October 9, 2012 @ 10:01 am

    Coconut oil…mmmmm Love these! So cute too and such a sweet story. Happy almost 4 year anniversary!!! I can’t believe we’re almost at 4.5!! And I believe you and I are at TWO! Remember when we went to the botanical gardens and then I fed you a gourd filled with vegetables….ahhhh, true love.


  25. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — October 9, 2012 @ 10:23 am

    Congrats on coming up on the BIG 4 year anniversary!


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    Carly @ Snack Therapy — October 9, 2012 @ 10:31 am

    Love that picture of all the muffins rolling around all over each other. I find it adorable. And congrats on four years without murdering one another. That’s definitely something to celebrate!


  27. #
    allie@sweetpotatobites — October 9, 2012 @ 11:03 am

    happy anniversary! you are right, these are healthy with the whole wheat and all that good stuff. perfect little muffins i think.


  28. #
    Heather of Kitchen Concoctions — October 9, 2012 @ 11:25 am

    I love everything about this post, your writing, the photos, and the recipe! Congrats on 4 years!


  29. #
    Claire @ Live and Love to Eat — October 9, 2012 @ 11:45 am

    Love the simplicity of the photos – they look amazing.


  30. #
    Sarah — October 9, 2012 @ 12:07 pm

    Does Coconut Oil measure like butter or veg oil? I’ve never used and I don’t have it on hand…So instead of 1/4 c coconut oil, can I just use either of those two other options? I’m assuming yes, but the “measured solid form then melted” thing is making me question quantities. Thanks lady.


    • Jessica — October 9th, 2012 @ 1:12 pm

      Coconut oil is sort of like crisco or shortening in it’s solid form. If you want to use butter, I’d still use 1/4 cup (maybe even a 1/3?) and melt it – that’s what I did in the banana muffins linked in the recipe so you could follow those directions! Not sure about the veg oil as I’ve never tried muffins with it. The coconut and butter are solids are room temp, where the veg is liquid.


  31. #
    Karly — October 9, 2012 @ 12:11 pm

    No butter? Who are you and what have you done with Jessica?

    These look amazing.


  32. #
    Edith — October 9, 2012 @ 12:37 pm

    Aren’t they just the cutest little muffins ever!!!
    My boyfriend and I are the same, it’s called shared responsibilities, I do the cooking and he does the eating…


  33. #
    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — October 9, 2012 @ 12:42 pm

    Waiiiiit. There’s no butter in these? I’d ask what happened to Jessica, but this new Jessica just bribed me with whole wheat muffins, so I’m not really sure how I feel about all this, except that I really want a muffin.


  34. #
    The Spatularettes — October 9, 2012 @ 12:47 pm

    The whisk. Anthropologie clearance table?
    I figure if my worst impulse buy when I stop at Anthropologie “just to look” is a $5 whisk, then I’m doing pretty good!


    • Jessica — October 9th, 2012 @ 1:10 pm

      Yes! My husband actually bought it for me.


  35. #
    Jess @ OnSugarMountain — October 9, 2012 @ 12:54 pm

    Beautifully written post: congrats on almost 4 years of marriage! That must be so exciting (I’m still in college so that’s not quite on the menu yet heehee)

    I also am absolutely in love with that photo that looks like muffins tumbling down from the heavens. Gorgeous.


  36. #
    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — October 9, 2012 @ 1:08 pm

    Hmm, these look great! I have had coconut oil sitting in the back of my pantry for a while now, so I should probably make these.

    Congrats on the almost-anniversary! My boyfriend and I will have been together 8 (!) years in Feb and somehow we haven’t managed to kill each other either–haha. It’s always something worth celebrating! :)


    • Jessica — October 9th, 2012 @ 1:09 pm

      8 years!! Holy cow.


  37. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — October 9, 2012 @ 1:11 pm

    Happy Anniversary! And I love that he actually had an idea for you. When I ask Scott, what would you like me to make. Is there anything at all that sounds good to you…from sweet to savory, I get nothing! It’s like blind arrows in the dark with trying to guess what he may like. At least he’s not picky but I love that Mr. Sweet gives you some guidance :) And that you used coconut oil, sans butter, in these!


  38. #
    joelle (on a pink typewriter) — October 9, 2012 @ 1:13 pm

    YES, exactly what I needed to see this afternoon. Looks beyond necessary for me to make!


  39. #
    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — October 9, 2012 @ 1:35 pm

    No butter??!! Are you feeling ok?!?! hahah These look a-maze-ingggg


  40. #
    Erin@LawStudentsWife — October 9, 2012 @ 1:58 pm

    These make me even more excited that I sprung for the jumbo-jar of coconut oil at Whole Foods last week. Can’t wait to put it to use on these babies!
    And as the wife of a man who takes the chicken leg over the cheesecake, I totally share your thought on not wanting to eat cake alone.
    PS. nugget dipped in a milkshake = yes please. It’s like fry in the frosty on a whole new level


  41. #
    Maggie — October 9, 2012 @ 2:06 pm

    Your blog is THE BEST! I was late to the game, but I’m officially addicted. Thank goodness you’re so good and update so often. :)


  42. #
    Alessandra — October 9, 2012 @ 2:20 pm

    I have a ton of regular whole wheat flour I’d like to use up…could I use that in this recipe? Do I need a different amount? Also, can I use regular whole wheat flour in your whole wheat mini chocolate chip cookies? HELP! :)


    • Jessica — October 9th, 2012 @ 2:30 pm

      I really don’t like to use all regular whole wheat flour because it produces such a dry and gritty texture, but you can mix 50/50 all-purpose and regular whole wheat!


      • Alessandra — October 9th, 2012 @ 2:36 pm

        Ok good to know! This will work for both recipes? Once I use this stuff up, I’ll hunt down the whole wheat pastry flour. Didn’t know it existed!

        • Jessica — October 9th, 2012 @ 2:37 pm

          Yep it should work for both!

  43. #
    Mia — October 9, 2012 @ 2:21 pm

    Happy anniversary!!!

    I just sent the boy I date an angry text about the state of the very nice stainless steel pots I gave him for his bday a couple years ago. His reply was “I didn’t do that. You did when you made those quesadillas.” Ummm…I destroyed an entire set of pots making quesadillas?! No, that was him.

    But I digress. Again, happy anniversary!!


  44. #
    Julia — October 9, 2012 @ 2:32 pm

    I love that these use whole wheat. I am always looking for new yummy muffin recipes-can’t wait to try these!


  45. #
    dervla @ The Curator — October 9, 2012 @ 2:33 pm

    aww happy anniversary, Jessica! Love anything baked with whole wheat flour, it gives is a nutty sweet quality. Whole wheat chocolate chip cookies (from Kim Boyce) are the best!


  46. #
    Meghan — October 9, 2012 @ 2:59 pm

    Happy Anniversary! My one year wedding anniversary is next Monday. These look like the perfect breakfast treat to wake up my husband too. Thanks for sharing!


  47. #
    Katie — October 9, 2012 @ 3:24 pm

    Eee! Happy almost anniversary. Our husbands seriously need to be friends.


  48. #
    Jessica — October 9, 2012 @ 4:08 pm

    I seriously do not understand those savory over sweet peopple…. I mean come on, pasta instead of chocolate cake? WHAT?


  49. #
    Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles — October 9, 2012 @ 4:10 pm

    I’m all over this! …..It’s been pinned and I’m already in love— speaking of love, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!! :)


  50. #
    Katie @ Blonde Ambition — October 9, 2012 @ 4:17 pm

    Butter-free….what up!

    Happy anniversary! After just over a YEAR of dating, my boyfriend made me a meal for the FIRST TIME a couple of weeks ago. Here’s to us (and you and Mr. How Sweet) finding more time together in the kitchen!



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