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Delicious One-Bowl Chocolate Chip Muffins

on April 2, 2020
last updated May 6, 2024
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These One-Bowl Chocolate Chip Muffins give you a crispy muffin top and melty chocolatey goodness with each and every bite.
One-Bowl Chocolate Chip Muffins with a mug of coffee

Craving something chocolatey for breakfast? I feel you. My favorite One-Bowl Chocolate Chip Muffins are one of those baked goods that can pass as breakfast with no judgment.

(For the record, my mom grew up eating chocolate chip cookies for breakfast, so whatever you choose to kick-start your day with is great in my book!)

These delicious muffins with chocolate chips are not only moist and chocolatey, but they are super easy to whip up, requiring just one bowl and 9 ingredients. And just when you think this simple muffin recipe can’t get better? They’re ready in under 30 minutes!

Close up of chocolate chip muffin with bite taken out

Although eating just one of these muffins is nearly impossible. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

I’m telling you, the only time you’ll use the word one when referring to these muffins will be when you’re raving about how they only require one bowl to make them! Unless you’re muttering to yourself “okay, just one more…” of course.

…Come on, I can’t be the only one who absolutely loves a one-bowl baking moment! More enjoying, less cleanup!

Green tip: Speaking of cleanup, if you have a dishwasher-use it! Comparing dishwashing to handwashing, using an efficient dishwasher uses 1/6th the amount of water to get your dishes clean!

One-Bowl Chocolate Chip Muffins Ingredients

Here’s everything you need:

  • All-purpose flour. Or, for a heartier muffin, use 1 cup all-purpose flour and 1/2 cup whole wheat flour. This ratio will not compromise your muffins’ consistency and adds some nutritional value.
  • Baking powder. This gives us that light and airy texture. If you don’t have baking powder, you can substitute 1 teaspoon of baking soda in a pinch.
  • Granulated sugar. Or cane sugar, or even tightly packed brown sugar.
  • Oil. You can get away with using any oil. I usually use coconut oil because it is always in my pantry, but canola, vegetable, peanut, and grapeseed oils work, too.
  • Egg. You can substitute a flax egg to make these vegan.
  • Vanilla extract. For flavor.
  • Milk. You can use cow’s milk or any unsweetened nondairy milk.
  • Chocolate chips. I love to use dark chocolate morsels because they’re a little bit bigger and give you an amazing chocolatey bite!
One-Bowl Chocolate Chip Muffin Ingredients - Chocolate chips, oil, milk, Granulated sugar, egg, all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt

One-Bowl Chocolate Chip Muffins Tips & Tricks

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

My favorite thing about this easy muffin recipe is it’s not at all finicky. It’s my go-to when I want to whip something up really quick to satisfy my baked goods craving. It’s just so versatile and non-fussy (why hello one-bowl baking, I’m back again!).

This recipe also works beautifully with blueberries! Simply substitute fresh blueberries for chocolate chips. Sometimes I make the batter and do half chocolate chip, half blueberry.

Overhead shot of 6 One-Bowl Chocolate Chip Muffins

Don’t Forget to Line or Grease

The last thing you want is to make this tempting batter, pour them into the tin, smell its deliciousness wafting from the oven, wait anxiously for them to cool, and then NOT be able to remove them!

Always grease your muffin tin completely with butter, oil, or nonstick spray. You could also opt for muffin tin liners!

Green tip:  Consider filling your own reusable oil sprayer to avoid extra pesky aerosol cans, that aren’t always recyclable.

Start with Your Dry Ingredients

With a one-bowl recipe, the order in which you add your ingredients matters the most. First, we will mix the dry ingredients together, then add the wet ingredients.

Mix together your flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.

Adding flour to chocolate chip muffin batter

Then Add Your Wet Ingredients

Next, add your oil, egg, vanilla extract, and milk. It’s best not to overbeat the egg into the batter, so use your hand mixer on a lower setting to combine the wet ingredients with the dry.

Mix just until the batter is smooth, but no longer than necessary to avoid overbeating it.

Adding vanilla extract to chocolate chip muffin batter

Let Your Hair Down

I can’t think of a time while baking that I’ve measured my chocolate chips! This recipe calls for 1 cup of chocolate chips, but if you like your muffins super chocolatey, go for it! Add as much as feels right!

As there’s no such thing as too much chocolate in my book, the last thing we add to the batter is the chocolate chips. Simply, fold them in with a spatula.

I like to hold back a couple of handfuls to add on top of the muffins right before they head into the oven.

Adding chocolate chips to large mixing bowl

Fill ‘Em Up

These muffins will rise slightly, so fill each cup most of the way. While most of your rise will happen outside the muffin tin in the form of a delicious muffin top, you don’t want any batter spilling over.

Leave about 1/2-inch space in each little muffin tin cup. I love to use a cookie scoop to drop batter into my muffin cups.

Green tip:  Check out these reusable silicone baking cups to reduce waste! They’re easy to clean and perfectly nonstick.

The Cherry on Top

Everyone knows the muffin top is the best part, and these One-Bowl Chocolate Chip Muffins are no exception. After filling your muffin tin, use your hands to sprinkle a little bit of sugar on top.

It’ll caramelize in the oven and give you the muffin top of your dreams! Forget the cherry on top, I want sugar on top!

Sprinkling sugar on top of one-bowl chocolate chip muffins just before the oven

Making Them Vegan

I often make these One-Bowl Chocolate Chip Muffins vegan by using a flax egg, almond or coconut milk, and vegan dark chocolate chips. This works GREAT here. Just make sure if you’re using sweetened non-dairy milk, that you reduce the amount of sugar by a teaspoon.

There is no such thing as too much chocolate, but there IS such a thing as too sweet.

Small disclaimer—you do have to mix your flax egg in a separate bowl. So, we would have to call these Two-Bowl Vegan Chocolate Chip Muffins. 😉

Green tip: Industrial dairy production has a huge impact on the environment, especially because of the amount of land it takes to sustain and its high amount of greenhouse gas emissions. Reducing your fairy consumption is one great way to improve your ecological footprint.

Storing Your One-Bowl Chocolate Chip Muffins

These One-Bowl Chocolate Chip Muffins should be covered or stored in an airtight container to keep them fresh longest. At room temperature, they will stay fresh for up to 4 days before they start to dry out.

You can also freeze these muffins for up to 6 months, allowing them to thaw overnight when you are ready to enjoy them.

Bunch of One-Bowl Chocolate Chip Muffins with coffee

One-Bowl Chocolate Chip Muffins Frequently Asked Questions

What makes a muffin moist?

Oil helps make muffins moist. To avoid a dry muffin, cream your sugar and fat together first, and be careful not to overbeat the eggs into the batter.

Is oil or butter better for muffins?

A lot of muffin recipes use butter as the main source of fat in the batter to get a buttery flavor on the muffin.

I find that oil makes muffins moister when used instead of butter.

You’ll also find recipes that call for both butter and oil, but taste testing them side by side, I didn’t find using both butter and oil was much better than using just oil in order to warrant adding an extra ingredient.

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Why You Should Make These One-Bowl Chocolate Chip Muffins

  • They’re quick and easy. One bowl and in less than 30 minutes. The quickest way to get your chocolate fix.
  • They’re customizable. Sub blueberries, switch out the flour, and make them egg and dairy-free without compromising on flavor.
  • That muffin top. The caramelized sugar on top. Oof!
  • Minimal cleanup. One bowl to mix makes one bowl to clean. You’re welcome.

For other chocolatey recipes, check out these Fudgy Chocolate Chip Brownies, this Boozy Chocolate Mousse, and this Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake.

One-Bowl Chocolate Chip Muffins with a mug of coffee

Delicious One-Bowl Chocolate Chip Muffins

4.7 from 6 votes
Marley Goldin
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These One-Bowl Chocolate Chip Muffins give you a crispy muffin top and melty chocolatey goodness with each and every bite.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Total Time 26 minutes
Servings 12 servings


  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup oil (coconut, vegetable, canola, peanut, or grapeseed)
  • 1 large egg (or flax egg for vegan)
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup milk (cows or unsweetened nondairy milk)
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (semi-sweet or dark)
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  • Preheat oven to 400°F and line or grease a muffin tin.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt until well-combined.
  • Add the oil, egg, vanilla extract, and milk and use a whisk or hand mixer to mix on low, just until smooth. You should have a smooth, thick batter.
  • Fold in about 1 cup chocolate chips (you honestly can’t have too many!).
  • Fill muffin tins ⅔ of the way, leaving some space for them to rise during baking.
  • Add the rest of the chocolate chips on top and sprinkle sugar on top for a crispy muffin top (optional).
  • Bake for 15-17 minutes and enjoy!

Pro Tips

  • You can use 1 + 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, or for a more hearty muffin, use 1 cup all-purpose flour and 1/2 cup whole wheat flour. This ratio will not compromise your muffins’ consistency.
  • Granulated or pure cane sugar can be used for this recipe. I’ve also made them with brown sugar, which makes them taste slightly more earthy. My favorite is cane sugar, especially for sprinkling on top!
  • The chocolate chips can easily be substituted for fresh blueberries for a lighter treat.
  • These can easily be made vegan by substituting an egg for a “flax egg” and using any non-dairy milk. I typically use almond milk for this recipe anyway. It adds an extra little note of nuttiness.
  • Need more muffins to fill your basket? Check out the selection of my best muffin recipes for every type of diet and occasion!

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Course Dessert, Snacks
Cuisine American
Diet Vegetarian
Keyword 30 Minutes or Less, Chocolate, Easy, Muffins, One-Bowl
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4 thoughts on “Delicious One-Bowl Chocolate Chip Muffins”

  1. 3 stars
    I picked this recipe because it was a universal base ( I split the pan between chocolate chip and blueberry). The only snag was that both step 2 and 4 mention adding the oil. I had added all the oil first. By the time I came to the 4th step, I had no oil and the batter was way too thick. I had to add more milk to get a thinner consistency. They turned out a bit too dense for my liking, but tasted ok.

    1. Hi Sia!

      Thank you so much for taking the time to leave your feedback and catching my typo in step 4! I’ve updated accordingly. I’m sorry they were too dense for your liking, but glad to hear the taste was good 🙂

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