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Healthy Cherry Muffins

Healthy Cherry Muffins made with fresh cherries and dark chocolate chunks! This muffin recipe is easy to make and uses good-for-you ingredients like yoghurt, oatmeal, and wholegrain rye flour. It's a cherry muffin the whole family will love!
Course muffins
Cuisine American
Keyword cherries, chocolate, muffins
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 12 muffins
Calories 220kcal


  • 1/4 cup room temperature butter
  • 1/4 cup light brown muscovado sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 large bananas mashed
  • 3/4 cup cooked oatmeal cooked and cooled
  • 1/2 cup plain yoghurt
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 cup wholegrain rye flour
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp fine-grain salt
  • 1 cup pitted and halved cherries measure after cutting in half
  • 3 ounces chopped dark chocolate


  • Preheat your oven to 350°F / 180°C. Line a 12-cup muffin-tin with parchment paper or muffin cases. 
  •  In a large bowl combine butter and sugar until fluffy, using an electric mixer.
  • Add the egg, mixing until well incorporated, and then add mashed bananas, oatmeal, yoghurt, and maple syrup. Mix well. 
  • Add the flours, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, folding the mixture together until just combined.
  • Add the cherries and chocolate as well, folding through the muffin batter. 
  • Spoon mixture into prepared muffin tins. 
  • Bake for 35 - 40 min, rotating the pan once half way through. The muffins are done when golden on top, and when a knife inserted into the middle has only a few moist crumbs clinging to it.
  • Cool the muffins on a wire rack for at least 5 minutes before you dig in. 


Nutrition values are an estimate only.


Calories: 220kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 198mg | Potassium: 308mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 175IU | Vitamin C: 2.8mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 1.9mg