I consume an embarrassing amount of peanut butter.

Probably not as much as you though. There are peanut butter lovers and there are peanut butter fah-reaks. I am occasionally the latter, but not always. I don’t necessarily crave peanut butter the same way I crave avocado and bacon and pizza. I blame that on my mom who sort of scarred me for life when she would butter the bread of peanut butter sandwiches twenty years ago. I like butter and I like peanut butter, but I cannot get aboard the butter-on-peanut-butter-sandwiches train. Also, I’m saying this as if it’s in the past. It obviously occurred in the past but she definitely still would butter the bread on a peanut butter sandwich today. I’m not sure who she is making peanut butter sandwiches for right now, but she is certainly still buttering the bread.

Regardless, I eat peanut butter in every form except on untoasted bread for that very reason. Can’t do it.

But! I crazystupidloved these muffins. In fact, the case is that I enjoy peanut butter flavored THINGS more than actual peanut butter. Weird?

I’m totally declaring that a verb too. You know, crazystupidloving things. I think I’ve watched the movie enough times to understand the general concept (which is, hello, ryan gosling) and am now able to thoroughly crazystupidlove certain foods. And shoes too. I always crazystupidlove shoes.

You know my stance on muffins: they are simply cupcakes without hats. So peanut butter? Chocolate chips? Definitely crazystupidlove worthy. You need to get in on this.

The fact is that it’s Friday, these are whole wheat and I’m certain you deserve to make a batch and slather them in butter. You can feel good about it.


Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Muffins

Yield: makes 12-15 muffins

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
1/3 cup loosely packed brown sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1/2 cup peanut butter, melted and cooled
2/3 cup milk
3/4 cup chocolate chunks


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place liners in a muffin tin and set aside. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, powder and salt.

In a large bowl, whisk together egg, yogurt and sugar until smooth. Add in melted butter and peanut butter slowly, whisking constantly until creamy. Whisk in milk. Add dry ingredients and chocolate chips, mixing until just combined with a large spoon. Do not overmix! Using an ice cream scoop, 1/4 cup measure or large spoon, fill muffin liners 3/4 of the way full. Bake for 15-18 minutes, just until tops are set and slightly golden. Remove and let cool, then serve!

[note: I sometimes find that muffins/cupcakes made with peanut butter tend to get a bit dense (maybe since peanut butter is solid at room temp?) after a day or two, so I like to heat these up for a few seconds before eating!

Or you can cover them in more peanut butter…

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140 Responses to “Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Muffins. (…with chocolate chips! of course.)”

  1. #
    Kim in MD — January 25, 2013 @ 8:10 am

    Ha! I love that movie! The muffins look crazystupid delicious!


  2. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — January 25, 2013 @ 8:16 am

    You consume a large amount of PB! ha ha Girl, you need to hang out with me some time! It’s to much, yet I can’t stop myself! No control!!! lol I love it! Your muffins look out of this world! Yum!


  3. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — January 25, 2013 @ 8:24 am

    Yes please! i also don’t think I eat as much PB as the average food blogger, but we recently got PB2 up here in Ontario and I’ve been using it in everything! And on that note about butter and peanut butter sandwiches… I used to eat an equally as odd sandwich as a kid – butter and honey. The thing is, my mum wasn’t making it for me – I thought it was amazing at the time! Now, I can practically give myself a headache just thinking about it!


  4. #
    Mandie @ Oh So Decadent — January 25, 2013 @ 8:27 am

    Yes, yes and yes to all of the above. I tend to fall on the peanut butter fahreak side of that spectrum seeing as anytime I make anything chocolate my first reaction is to somehow incorporate peanut butter. Even though you may not have had the best experiences with peanut butter sandwiches, these muffins still look beyond delicious!


  5. #
    Kelsey K. — January 25, 2013 @ 8:28 am

    I’m studying abroad right now and tried to fit a giant jar of peanut butter in my suitcase but it wouldn’t fit. Thank God we found some PB here! It’s a little more expensive than I’d like, and you’d think being in Italy I’d be 110% satisfied with eating pizza and gelato all day (don’t get me wrong, I am), but I’m definitely still craving some PB goodness. I may have to track down all these ingredients so I can eat an entire batch of these muffins. Because that’s what would happen.



  6. #
    Jennyj — January 25, 2013 @ 8:30 am

    Oh em goodness. My mother used to butter my peanut butter sandwiches in elementary school lunches too way back when! This made me laugh because I remember thinking even as a kid that it was slightly odd…being that there’s already “butter” in the word(s) peanut butter. Butter and peanut butter. We were the picture of health as kids eh?

    By the way I am SO making these muffins. Only thing …I don’t have Greek yogurt in my fridge…think sour cream would work ok?


    • Jessica — January 25th, 2013 @ 9:23 am

      I think it probably will!


  7. #
    luna17 — January 25, 2013 @ 8:38 am

    Hi there, this is the first I’ve seen of your website! My question: are you using mini muffin pans or standard? You probably said which and I didn’t pick it up, but thanks. :)


    • Jessica — January 25th, 2013 @ 9:22 am

      I use standard for these.


  8. #
    Katie — January 25, 2013 @ 8:39 am

    ewww my nana is a butter the bread before making the sandwich person too. as a kid, i liked plain turkey sandwiches, nothing on them. she packed lunches for us when we’d go to the beach, and i’d always bite into a butter and turkey sandwich. NOOOO. never experienced a pb&b sandwich with her though, thank god. just deli meat and butter. these look delish!


  9. #
    Liz @ Tip Top Shape — January 25, 2013 @ 8:41 am

    These muffins definitely look crazystupidlove worthy!


  10. #
    Emily @ Life on Food — January 25, 2013 @ 8:41 am

    They look itty bitty but oh so good. I would be right there with you on the butter and peanut butter combo. Still trying to get my head around that one.


  11. #
    Brie @ Entrée the Giant — January 25, 2013 @ 8:46 am

    PB fa-reak right here. I mean, buy it in a bucket obsessed. Making these as soon as I can tear myself away from the computer screen.


  12. #
    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — January 25, 2013 @ 8:54 am

    You do love your peanut Butter. Although I did just consume the last of my Reese’s Dip yesterday. Talk about pb overload!!!! these muffins will make my oldest daughter happy, she is our PB freak!


  13. #
    Little Kitchie — January 25, 2013 @ 8:54 am

    um, MY MOM DID THAT TOO. Let’s start a support group. Please bring these muffins too.


  14. #
    Taylor — January 25, 2013 @ 8:57 am

    I want one of these right meow! They are exactly what I’m craving for breakfast.


  15. #
    shelly (cookies and cups) — January 25, 2013 @ 9:01 am

    Well I crazystupidlove you for making these!


  16. #
    Alicia Greenrabbit — January 25, 2013 @ 9:03 am

    My mother would butter the bread and then put leftover sliced roast beef on it! Once in a while,like every 10 years ,I’ll make one. It has to be Pepperidge Farm’s white bread too! Boy am I going to be baking today!!!!!!!!!!!


  17. #
    Alissa — January 25, 2013 @ 9:04 am

    Love them!! My favorite peanut butter idea from you is still the spoon full of peanut butter with mini chocolate chips all over it. I use that one about 2-3 times a week


    • Jessica — January 25th, 2013 @ 9:22 am

      hahaha oh yes… it’s the best.


  18. #
    Amanda @ The Dormestic Goddess — January 25, 2013 @ 9:07 am

    Now I’m picturing Ryan Gosling…covered in peanut butter…feeding me these muffins. Perfect Friday.


    • Ali @ Peaches and Football — January 25th, 2013 @ 9:14 am

      Really? You had to put that in my mind? How is a girl supposed to concentrate on anything now??? :)


  19. #
    Ali @ Peaches and Football — January 25, 2013 @ 9:16 am

    These muffins look wonderful. Love the addition of the yogurt for added protein and nutrients as well. I love cooking things when the weather stinks because there’s something homey and fun about a toasty kitchen with yummy smells when it’s cold and windy/snowy outside.


  20. #
    Amanda — January 25, 2013 @ 9:20 am

    I am so excited to see what you crave when you are pregnant. ;)


  21. #
    danielle — January 25, 2013 @ 9:24 am

    Hubby just asked me if I could make some muffins for him to grab on his way out the door in the mornings -I think I found our muffin!


  22. #
    thelittleloaf — January 25, 2013 @ 9:26 am

    I read your blog regularly but haven’t commented in ages… Felt the need to today because I know exactly what you mean. Peanut butter flavour stuff is SO much better than just straight up. I feel exactly the same way about coffee.

    Anyway, these muffins look gorgeous. Yum.


  23. #
    Christina (Sisters Running the Kitchen) — January 25, 2013 @ 9:32 am

    this looks great! def trying this one soon!


  24. #
    Fi Evans — January 25, 2013 @ 9:33 am

    Oh my goodness, two of my favourite things (peanut butter and muffins) combined to create one glorious cake of amazingness. What a genius idea! If they taste half as good as they look I’m going to adore them. Now I just need to find time to make them this weekend…
    Thanks for sharing!


  25. #
    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — January 25, 2013 @ 9:37 am

    I am the peanut butter freak you speak of… and these muffins are speaking to me!


  26. #
    bridget {bake at 350} — January 25, 2013 @ 9:41 am

    I’m so with you….I like peanut butter flavored things, but not necessarily plain PB. Unless it’s a spoonful with chocolate chips.

    I need these muffins.


  27. #
    Madison — January 25, 2013 @ 9:58 am

    I am a peanut butter FAreak (as you call us) and proud of it! Thank you for giving me a recipe to satisfy these needs. :)


  28. #
    Erica {Coffee & Quinoa} — January 25, 2013 @ 10:03 am

    Mmmm totally making these. Chocolate and peanut butter for breakfast is just the best.


  29. #
    Jen — January 25, 2013 @ 10:09 am

    I can’t find pastry flour – regular or whole wheat. What can I use as a substitute?


    • Jessica — January 25th, 2013 @ 10:56 am

      couple options – you can use regular all-purpose, you can use white whole wheat, or you could 50/50 mix regular whole wheat with all-purpose!


  30. #
    Christina — January 25, 2013 @ 10:13 am

    Think I could replace the butter with mashed banana or unsweetened applesauce? To make these even healthier :)


    • Jessica — January 25th, 2013 @ 10:14 am

      I don’t go the applesauce route often enough to be familiar with it, but I think the bananas might work. However when I make banana muffins I still usually use some butter, so maybe just cut it down a bit? You can also use coconut oil!


      • Christina — January 25th, 2013 @ 10:18 am

        I do the applesauce thing often, but I think you’re right to just cut the butter amount in half. Thanks!!

  31. #
    Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots — January 25, 2013 @ 10:16 am

    this look heavenly! I love peanut butter and peanut butter mixed with chocolate makes the world even better!


  32. #
    Zia — January 25, 2013 @ 10:17 am

    omg, I’m defintely a pb freak (I eat a spoonful at least everyday) so these look absolutely wondrous! adding these to my to-make list forr sureee :)

    (I don’t get the pb and butter thing either. it’s just weird. don’t ruin the pb.)


  33. #
    Brianna K. — January 25, 2013 @ 10:18 am

    It is true there are PB lovers and crazy PB people! I definitely fall into the peanut butter “fah-reaks” category. Sweet and savory, my beloved PB goes with everything. :)


  34. #
    Jennifer — January 25, 2013 @ 10:22 am

    I am a little obsessed with all thing peanut butter so yes please to these!

    xo Jennifer



  35. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — January 25, 2013 @ 10:34 am

    My heart doesn’t know how to handle this. But my mouth has a plan.


  36. #
    Ashley — January 25, 2013 @ 10:37 am

    I am also a peanut butter lover and a muffin lover as well. My dad also butters toast BEFORE peanut butter. No thank you. But, one butter combination that is faaantastic is, buttering toast and then putting jelly over top. Seriously so good.


  37. #
    Meg @ Peaches and Cake — January 25, 2013 @ 10:39 am

    Ryan Gosling is definitely worth crazystupidloving over – my Crossfit gym put a picture of him on the celiing at the top of a rope climb to give us more inspiration to make it to the top. Oh and I’m an almond butter freak. Can’t be around it. Toooo good.


  38. #
    Carly @ Snack Therapy — January 25, 2013 @ 10:40 am

    I had a friend in school who would eat butter and peanut butter sandwiches every single day. She claimed that the peanut butter was too sticky and the butter made it less so. Uhh, okay.


  39. #
    valerie — January 25, 2013 @ 10:42 am

    these look completely delicious… re: the peanut butter and butter on bread story, i was completely traumatized in elementary school when on a field trip of some sort (I believe it was Girl Scouts but honestly I have blocked most of it from my memory) someone’s mother made peanut butter and MAYONNAISE sandwiches!!! I was so incredibly disgusted and could not believe anyone’s mother would actually think that was a winning combination. I definitely did not eat the sandwich and clearly the experience scarred me for life. So I totally get your pb & butter disdain.


    • Jessica — January 25th, 2013 @ 10:44 am

      that sounds utterly disgusting to me too, but i think i have had other people tell me about those sandwiches in the comments before! maybe it’s something like peanut butter and pickles? my dad used to eat that a lot. yikes.


  40. #
    Paige — January 25, 2013 @ 10:49 am

    My husband puts butter on his peanut butter sandwiches, too! Which I had never heard of. The first time that I witnessed this, I was like, “What’s the matter with you?”


  41. #
    Donna Klinge — January 25, 2013 @ 10:50 am

    Muffins look great, but I’m stuck on your comment – I crave avocado and bacon and pizza. Have you yet created an avocado bacon pizza??? If so, I’m all over it. :)


  42. #
    Christine @ Cooking with Cakes — January 25, 2013 @ 10:51 am

    Jessica – what brand of flour do you use? Bob’s Red Mill?

    In working with Whole Wheat Flours I’ve found that some bake better than others, so I’m curious to know what you’re baking with :)

    thanks! xx


    • Jessica — January 25th, 2013 @ 10:55 am

      i do use bob’s red mill whole wheat pastry – it’s my favorite and i’ve been using it for years! sometimes i can’t even tell the difference between than and all-purpose.


  43. #
    Holiday Baker Man — January 25, 2013 @ 11:02 am



  44. #
    Vicki @ WITK — January 25, 2013 @ 11:06 am

    That last image with the butter melting over the muffin, ugh, drool.


  45. #
    Jenna — January 25, 2013 @ 11:18 am

    These look delicious. There is no better combo than pb and choc


  46. #
    Jessica H — January 25, 2013 @ 11:29 am

    Oh my gosh, my dad looovvveees peanut butter and butter sandwiches. He eats them at least once a week while everyone else in my family watches on and tries not to gag! Just don’t understand the appeal…


  47. #
    allie@sweetpotatobites — January 25, 2013 @ 11:52 am

    peanut butter and chocolate is the best combo ever in my opinion. these muffins look droolworthy.


  48. #
    Elizabeth H — January 25, 2013 @ 11:57 am

    I am actually obsessed with peanut butter, to the point that I have to ration how much I eat (along with other nut butters). However I’m less crazy about peanut butter and chocolate. I used to LOVE that combo but I loved it a little too much and had some bad experiences with it. At this point, I’d rather just eat peanut butter off of a spoon.


  49. #
    Natalie — January 25, 2013 @ 12:02 pm

    Hey Jessica, You made me think of something with your pb obsession. There was this diner called the Wheel In Drive in. We would stop in the summer on the way to our vacation home. They served burgers with peanut butter on them. At first, I thought it was strange, until I tried it. PB Hamburger and PBShake was my “normal” order! Seriously think you should put a PB Hamburger on your recipe to try list :)


    • Jessica — January 25th, 2013 @ 12:21 pm

      i have heard of this and agree, i need to try it!


  50. #
    Katie @ Veggie and the Beast — January 25, 2013 @ 12:03 pm

    My mom will ONLY eat peanut butter with butter. She will occasionally just put butter on a knife, then scoop it into the peanut butter jar, and lick the combo right off the knife. Woman be crazy.

    Also, I impulse bought Crazy Stupid Love after making two trips to Target last Saturday in the span of three hours (stupid unorganized shopping list). Best decision ever. Ryan Gosling should be in every movie.


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