Sourdough Chocolate Muffins

Soft, moist, and extra chocolatey, these decadent sourdough chocolate muffins are everything delicious you could want in a baked goody!

They’re such a fun take on regular chocolate muffins and unbelievably easy to bake — no wait times like other sourdough recipe!

sourdough muffins on wire cooling rack

Sourdough Chocolate Muffins

I know what you’re thinking… “Sourdough and chocolate? Those don’t mix, do they?!” Trust me, they can and they DO, if done in the right way. Think of your favorite dark chocolate bar and that almost-tart flavor from the bitter pure chocolate. These muffins have a hint of that tartness thanks to using sourdough starter (or discard) in them. If you are maintaining a sourdough starter and don’t want to waste the discard OR have a ton of starter and don’t want to wait to make bread… These yummy chocolate muffins are your answer!

I love to use two 12-cup muffin tins instead of one, and just fill them halfway to create smaller muffins and more of them! It helps for big families (hello!) to make them last longer, and to not waste as much food when little ones can’t finish the big muffins. I hope you love these treats of muffins as much as we do!

sourdough muffin dough in the muffin tin before baking

Sourdough Chocolate Muffin Ingredients:

These sourdough chocolate muffins are a fun baking project with simple ingredients!

Sourdough starter: Or discard — either works to bring the sourdough flavor.

Milk: Milk is the liquid that brings together the batter.

Light oil: You can also use melted butter. This makes the muffins really moist and soft!

Sour cream: Plain Greek yogurt also works; use full fat for super moist muffins!

Egg: An egg helps the batter to rise as it bakes.

Sugar: Sugar adds sweetness to balance the robust sourdough and cocoa flavors.

Vanilla: Vanilla extract brings some warmth to the muffin flavor.

Cocoa powder: This is what makes the muffins brown and chocolatey!

Flour: Flour is needed to create a bread-y, muffin texture.

Baking soda: Soda helps the muffins to puff up as they bake.

Sea salt: Sea salt acts as a balancer among all the sweet and bold flavors.

Chocolate chips: These add bites of extra chocolate throughout and on top of the muffins!

collage of step needed to make muffins

How to Make Sourdough Chocolate Muffins:

Chocolate sourdough muffins are the easiest and I know you’ll love them as much as we do!

  1. Grease a 12-cup muffin tin; preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Whisk together the starter or discard, milk, oil, sour cream, and egg.
  3. Add the sugar and vanilla; stir well to combine.
  4. Add the cocoa, flour, baking soda, and sea salt; stir until just combined.
  5. Fold the chocolate chips into the batter.
  6. Divide the batter evenly among the muffin cups.
  7. Sprinkle the tops of the muffins with a few chocolate chips.
  8. Bake the muffins about 20 minutes.

top down view of muffins on a cooling rack

Tips for The Best Sourdough Chocolate Muffins:

Be sure to follow these tips for the best muffins!

  • Don’t over-mix the batter: Mixing the batter too much can lead to dense, tough muffins. Mix until just combined.
  • Fill 2 muffin tins halfway: This creates 24 smaller muffins instead of 12 big ones, which can help them last longer with big families!
  • Check with a toothpick: Because these muffins are dark, it’s hard to tell when they “look” done. After about 20 minutes of baking, insert a toothpick into the center of one muffin. If it comes out clean, they’re finished baking.

How to Store Muffins:

Muffins make great on-the-go breakfasts or snacks! Store them in an airtight container or bag in the fridge for up to 5 days, and enjoy cold, at room temperature, or reheated in the microwave for 30 seconds!

chocolate sourdough muffins with chocolate chips on top

Other Sourdough Recipe You’ll LOVE!

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sourdough muffins on wire cooling rack

Sourdough Chocolate Muffins


  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 20 min
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 12 muffins 1x

Description

Soft, moist, and extra chocolatey, these decadent sourdough chocolate muffins are everything delicious you could want in a baked goody!


Scale

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (225g) sourdough starter or discard
  • ¼ cup (85g) milk
  • ¼ cup (56g) light oil or melted butter
  • ¼ cup sour cream or plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon (4g) vanilla extract 
  • ⅓ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon (5g) baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon (6g) fine sea salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (175g), divided

Instructions

  1. Prepare a 12-cup muffin tin by greasing the cups well. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. (205 degrees C.).
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add the starter or discard, milk, oil, sour cream, and egg. Use a fork to whisk well to fully combine.
  3. Add the sugar and vanilla, and stir well to combine.
  4. Add the cocoa, flour, baking soda, and sea salt. Stir until just combined.
  5. Add almost all of the chocolate chips to the batter, reserving a few to sprinkle on top of the muffins before baking if desired. 
  6. Fold the chocolate chips into the batter.
  7. Divide the batter evenly among the muffin cups. If using, sprinkle the tops of the muffins with reserved chocolate chips.
  8. Bake the muffins until the tops are firm and the middles cooked through, about 20 minutes.
  9. Cool the muffins for 5 minutes in the muffin tin before removing them to cool on a wire rack. Eat warm or at room temperature.

Notes

  • I’ll often grease a second muffin tin and bake 24 smaller muffins for about 15 minutes instead of 12 large muffins. This makes them go farther in a bigger family and helps to reduce toddler waste when they can’t finish a bigger muffin. Plus, the smaller muffins fit nicely in lunch boxes. 
  • You can use sour cream or plain Greek yogurt for this recipe. I prefer to use the full fat versions. Reduced fat sour cream or plain Greek yogurt leads to a muffin that is drier in texture.
  • Category: snack
  • Method: bake
  • Cuisine: sourdough

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I’m Melissa, and I want to help you feed your family wholesome food.

As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.