Olive Oil Mini Muffins with Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt

I hope summer’s treating you well. I hope you’ve been driving around with your windows down listening to summer music.

Have you been listening to She & Him and singing along to the Avett Brothers? Blaring Lady Gaga for the dance-y days?

I hope your car never gets too hot and that your parking spot’s always in the shade. I hope you eat things like this for breakfast because they’re called muffins even though they might be cupcakes.

These guys are tasty without the dark chocolate glaze, they really are. But sometimes muffins need to be treated right because, after all, muffins are people too. Don’t ever forget it.

Olive Oil Mini Muffins with Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt
 {makes about 2 dozen}
Recipe adapted from Cooking Light


muffins –

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1/4 t salt
  • scant 1/2 cup light sour cream
  • 2 T extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 T skim milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg white
  • dark chocolate chunks

dark chocolate glaze –

  • 3 T heavy cream
  • heaping 1/2 cup dark chocolate*, chopped
  • sea salt for garnish
* Or dark chocolate chips are perfect-o also.


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray 2 (dozen) mini muffin pans with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Whisk together the dry ingredients: flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Make a well in the center.
  3. In another bowl whisk together the sour cream, olive oil, milk, egg and egg white until mixed completely. Pour into the well in the dry ingredients stir just until moistened.
  4. Divide batter 1 teaspoon at at time into the prepared muffin tins (mine made about 23 mini muffins). Top each muffin with a couple chocolate chunks or chips. Press them into the batter lightly. Bake for 10 minutes or until cakes spring back lightly when touched. Remove from pans and allow to cool on a wire rack.
  5. Make glaze. Place the cream and chocolate in a heat proof bowl. Microwave for about 30 seconds. Whisk until smooth. Dunk your mini muffins in the glaze and sprinkle with a teeny bit of sea salt. If the glaze firms up microwave for about 15 seconds and continue dunking. Chill in the fridge when you’re not eating them.

This morning we went to Eastern Market!
I bought chocolate, Jake bought peppers.

9 thoughts on “Olive Oil Mini Muffins with Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt”

  1. i think you must be a mind reader b/c i’ve been thinking about chocolate chip muffins a lot these days…and these are pretty much that but with glaze…omgz.

    also, that tray is my favorite and your glitter nails are amazing. oh, and i can’t wait to go to the eastern market sometime!

  2. Ooh I hope you make some! I bet yours would be the prettiest ones.

    And thanks man! This tray totally loves you back.

    I really can’t wait for our Detroit adventure. Eastern Market is pretty much amazing.

  3. I totally AM listening to She & Him and the Avett brothers. The Eastern Market is on my to-do list, too! So much awesome exists in this blogpost and I didn’t even talk about the muffins, yet.

  4. Awesome Kimberly! Those bands are summer goodness, for real. Ooh you have to go to Eastern Market! There are so many treasures there.

    Oh, and these muffins are tasty! Jake totally doubted the flavor combo and then loved them. <3

  5. Oh man, I love She and Him and the Avett Brothers too! I wish I had an Eastern Market…Also, your muffins are cute and tiny. I like tiny things <3

  6. Rebecca – I love tiny things too! We have a lot in common. 🙂

    Thanks Esther. That means so much! Music and muffins are two of the most important things!

  7. LOVE this post. These are seriously dressed up muffins…funny because Erik and I have been having this ongoing conversation about cupcakes vs muffins. We were at a birthday party and someone brought ‘cupcakes’ for the birthday girl. However, these ‘cupcakes’ had no icing…which to me, is a muffin. Don’t you think? (Erik agrees). I don’t think you can call a cupcake without the two components – cake and icing (or a topping of sorts). A muffin, on the other hand, can be graced with a topping, like yours, if it’s really really lucky. And these muffins are super lucky! 😉

  8. Thanks Zoe!

    And I totally agree with you about the muffin/cupcake debacle. A birthday cupcake with no frosting?! That’s a shame, fo realz.

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