Chocolate Cherry Muffins

Cherry season! I plan on making at least 6 meals with cherries since I have a huge bag of them. This will be the first. If you hate cherries, well the joke is obviously on you.

Yep. I knew it. I’m not into country music. Nope. I’ve listened to many, many country songs in my day. And used to actually love it when I had a boyfriend many years ago that listened to it incessantly. But after going to the Jake Owen concert, I can say I’m not into country. I mean, don’t get me wrong, he was great. He’s super entertaining, has a great teeth and a really good looking family. But I felt out of place at the concert. It could have been the teenagers dry humping to country music in their cut off plaid shirts or maybe the smell of cow poop in the midnight Greeley air, but it didn’t suit my fancy. I tried, it didn’t work. We even got to go backstage and drink adult beverages with the band, but I still wasn’t into it. We even had to pay a random guy, who turned out to be a band teacher at the local high school, to take us back to our hotel since there are about 2 taxis in the entire city of Greeley. How do college students get home after parties? I don’t get it.

After that delightful experience in Greeley, we went up north one more night to go to a friends house warming party. They have this gorgeous house, huge backyard AND a yellow lab puppy. So Jackson and her went absolutely insane for each other. Meaning Jackson was humping her face half the time, and she let it happen. When he wasn’t humping, they were absolutely adorable. They both were so exhausted but didn’t want to admit it to the other one. So one would lie down while the other one was walking away but quickly get back up if there wasn’t any movement that moved their way. They played, they fought, they tried to hump. They’re pretty much destined to be together. And Jackson even has another doggy date with a different girl puppy tomorrow. This one is a frenchie too. He’s such a slut.

After playing for probably 5 hours on Saturday night, Jackson did NOTHING on Sunday. Along with me and the boyfriend. Seriously, we didn’t do anything. I’m not one to sleep in very long, I usually get to 8am at the latest and it’s usually when I’m sick, but we both slept in until 11am on Sunday. It.Was.Awesome. Then we proceeded to watch as many episodes as possible of Orange is the New Black. And eat waffles. The one productive thing we did was grocery shop. That was it. We completely wasted our Sunday but man was it worth it. I woke up this morning ready to attack the day.

Speaking of attacking the day, guess what’s coming up soon?? Soon we are going to be heading on another book tour!! We haven’t finalized all of our stops yet, but I do know that I will be heading to Houston, Texas on July 15th at 7pm at Blue Willow Bookshop! Where my Houston people at?? Come visit us, grab a book, and bring some questions you have about paleo, cooking, and Jackson. Jackson’s name always comes up at these events.


Chocolate Cherry Muffins

  • Yield: 11 1x




  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix together all dry ingredients in a medium bowl: coconut flour, tapioca flour, coconut sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and baking powder.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, applesauce, coconut oil and vanilla extract.
  4. Add dry ingredient to wet ingredient and mix together until well mixed.
  5. Fold in chocolate chips and fresh cherries.
  6. Use an ice cream scoop to scoop mixture into amuffin tin. My mixture made 11 full muffins.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes.

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I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


104 thoughts on “Chocolate Cherry Muffins”

  1. How exciting! Can’t wait! If you are looking for a great box just around the corner from Blue Willow check out CrossFit Memorial Houston!

  2. Totally hit up Austin when you guys are here!! I know it would be a big hit! Crossfit Round Rock would love to have you!

  3. I think you should check out North Dakota on your tour! I would loveee to get a signed book from you! 🙂

  4. Ok, I need to buy tapioca flour stat. These and your fluffy blueberry pancakes from The Paleo Kitchen need to happen in my kitchen soon.

  5. I just ate about a million cherries this weekend. Cherry season is my favorite. I wish I would have baked them in something!

    Jackson makes me want a dog. Then I remember I’m going to have a baby, and one can only handle so much poop at a time. But I just want to hug him and play with him and all that cute puppy stuff.

  6. I’m going to have to move out of the Midwest if I’m ever going to get a signed book. That’s just one more reason to get out of here! 😉

  7. I can’t wait to make these! Cherries and chocolate – THE BEST.

    I hope you guys make it out to Atlanta on this trip!

  8. I doubled the recipe, and I’m making mini muffins for a group of 40 people tomorrow! They smell redonk good in my oven right now.

  9. You totally read my mind! I was just thinking on the drive home from work how amazing some chocolate cherry muffins would be! I have a batch of your chocolate espresso muffins in the oven right meow 😉

  10. Greeley. Bahahahahahaha. I went to a Kelly Clarkson there years ago. Like 10 years ago when I was 20. And I drank Jack Daniels and got in a fight with everyone. Seriously. Everyone. Then I tried to walk home even though I had no idea where I lived (Jack will do that to a person). My friend (that I was fighting with along with everyone else) paid 2 random people to take her home. She’s still alive to this day.

    Gotta love these memories of Greeley. Good thing I live in Denver now. Hoping to catch you out and about someday to sign my cookbook!

    Anyway, these cookies sound awesome!

  11. oh yummmmmmmmmmmmmm.

    If i don’t want to use cocoa powder (so i can have a whiter dough), should i add more tapioca/coconut flour?

  12. LOVING your new cookbook!
    Will you make a stop here in Denver, since it’s “home”? (I didn’t see it on the last email I checked)
    Always look forward to trying your recipes!

  13. Hi, quick question about the apple sauce. I’m British living in Switzerland, so unfamiliar with any brands from the US, so what should I look for/avoid when it comes to apple sauce? Or do you make it yourself? Thanks xx

  14. Hi, Juli! I absolutely love you and your blog! thanks for being awesome. I am waiting on your new book; so flipping excited right now! Is there a substitution for the coconut sugar? If not, I’m on the hunt. Thanks! 🙂

  15. My boyfriend and I decided this weekend to get our s**t together and stop gorging on sugar (we do this in cycles, honestly). Then I saw this recipe and couldn’t help myself. These muffins rock! I’ve found with a couple of your muffin recipes that they don’t rise as much as I expect. How full do you fill your muffin tins?

    1. Agreed! Nobody ever comes here on book tours! It’s always the edges–East, West, North, South… What about the people in the middle?

      But, anyway, these are fantabulous! Thank you:)

  16. So I just felt happy and sad all at the same time.
    Cherries make me happy, you coming to Houston ….makes me happy. Realizing its on a Tuesday night… makes me sad 🙁 I’ll never get there in time with our lovely traffic and having to work late.

  17. Hi Juli, It’s my first time swinging by. I saw this recipe posted on FB by a friend. I, too, LOVE cherries and have a huge bag in the fridge as I type. One question: how important is “coconut sugar”? Would regular sugar work? I’d like to try these for the holiday weekend!

  18. Mmmmmmm, these look mighty tasty! Might have to whip up a batch once the cherries from our sour cherry tree are ripe. Also gotta add, thanks for developing paleo/primal recipes for baked goods that DON’T include tree nut ingredients. One of our little dudes has an allergy and I hate ever having to say, “sorry buddy. This has nuts in it.”

    BTdubs, the new cookbook is fantastic! Bravo to you and George!

  19. Ahhh!! This looks so good. Going to make some this weekend. Since getting The Paleo Kitchen cookbook, I’ve made the plantain guacamole dip like 12 times. It’s so good, i’m going to make it 12 times more. haha

  20. These look great! One question do you have a favorite coconut sugar brand? I’ve been looking in stores but can’t seem to find it. I plan on checking amazon next! Thanks for your help!

  21. Do we sub equal parts arrowroot for the tapioca flour? Can’t wait to make these for my birthday on Thursday! Love the new cookbook 🙂

  22. Feel your pain on the country music. I’m originally from the northeast and living in the Midwest. It’s like emo music with cows and trucks. Recipe looks bomb, as always. Thanks for all you do.

  23. Yuuuum! I’m thinking of using blueberries since my fridge is ridiculously full of them! In place of the oil, do you think I could use 1/4 cup coconut oil and 1/4 cup more applesauce? I see the recipe calls for applesauce already. Just in the mood for a little less oil for baking. Any advice?? Thanks 😀

      1. Made these for my family who recently went gluten free with me and they LOVED them! They are so tasty. Thanks so much!

  24. 1) Chocolate + cherries = THE BEST. Cannot wait to make these.
    2) Just started reading my copy of The Paleo Kitchen. It is amazing. I send you 2183918914 virtual high fives.
    3) I also hate country music. There’s no inner twang for this girl.

  25. Off the charts! My favorite paleo muffin recipe and I have tried a lot. Well done!

    Your Morning Glory muffins are my go-to, btw. But I will definitely be making this chocolate cherry ones as often as I can justify it.

  26. I made these today!! Freakin’ tasty! (of course I didn’t have coconut sugar so I had to substitute it with white sugar) I added a few more sliced cherries 🙂 Yum

  27. Leona Collier (Denver)

    I just made these for my hubby and kids and they are a hit!! We are new to Paleo, so I am working hard to get my family switching over. The only substitution I made was your suggestion of arrowroot flour in place of tapioca since that is what I had.
    They are a hit!! My picky 3 year old asked for a second one as she was finishing her last bite and my husband (who so far dislikes any healthy baking) loved it!!
    Well done, love your blog, love your new cookbook! Keep your delicious recipies coming please!!!

  28. God bless you Juli! New to Paleo and not knowing my boundaries on what I should and should not eat, then I was recommended to your blog and posts…..oh happy day! I can’t wait to try out some of these nummy yummies you have here. ❤❤

  29. These were absolutely amazing! Dangerously good.. I made some homemade applesauce for them with the peels still on and it turned out fabulous. I ate one and a half today and then unloaded the rest on my family and unsuspecting yoga studio front desk folks. I think that’s my only complaint…they’re *too* good. Moderation is key. I used coconut palm sugar; Hopefully that was okay. I love your recipes and your book (although I’ll admit I’m a bit daunted sometimes being a really new cook). In any case; THANK YOU! =)

  30. I’m looking forward to trying this recipe when I get back to my own kitchen. I bet they’d be great any time of year with dried cherries when fresh aren’t available. Looks oh-so-yum!

  31. Yep, once again those of us in Sounthern AZ get skip right over! Nobody loves those of us down here in TUCSON AZ who would love to come see you without having to drive to Phoenix (over 2 hrs for some us)

  32. Well poo…. Hate when my entire comments do post their entirety. Don’t worry folks I was actually praising Juli.

    I think she is awesome!!

  33. These muffins were phenomenal. I didn’t have fresh so I used dried, but they came out great. They would make an awesome cupcake with frosting. Love all your recipes. I have both of your books. Please come do a book signing in Pittsburgh. Would love to meet you. Yours was the first blog I stumbled upon when I switched to paleo because my son was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes. Your first cookbook was the first paleo book I bought too. Keep up the good work!

  34. Hey Julie, I modified the recipe partially because I didn’t have the full amounts things and partially because I didn’t think it would need the all that added oil. I doubled the recipe then put 3/4 cup coco powder (it was all I had), 1.5 cups quartered cherries (vs 1 and 1/3rd), left out all the oil, and put 2.5 cups of applesauce vs just two cups. They came AMAZING! My husband LOVED them. I was curious why you put the oil in? Usually oil is used to add moisture but I figured that with all the apple sauce there would be plenty! Either way they were amazing!

  35. Oh yeah, I used mini chocholate chips too by accident and they seemed to add to the richness of the muffin!

  36. These are the best paleo muffins I have ever tried!!! Cherry and chocolate is one of my favorite combos…I had to use arrowroot flour because I didn’t have tapioca!! They came out great!!! I would love to see you come to Florida on your book tour…. If the book has this recipe in it I definitely need to get it for my collection!!! Just yummy!!!

  37. I made them and they were amazing! Only one problem I forgot the applesauce. I was wondering why they were kinda dry. No worries I have enough cherries I can make them again later this week.

  38. I made these last night – SO SO SO GOOD! wow! I used butter instead of coconut oil (same amount listed).

  39. Wow, are these great!!! I didn’t have time to make apple sauce, so defrosted some frozen bananas, which worked great. I also ran out of vanilla, so used spiced rum. Came out fantabulous!

  40. My daughter made and LOVED these muffins – finally got her to send me the link – what can I put in these now that cherry season is over – would thawed frozen cherries work?

  41. Thanks for your quick reply!
    One more question – can I use canola oil instead of coconut oil? (I’m on a gluten free diet – but not Paleo)

  42. I have to say that i am new to this whole paleo thing and I love to read your blog. You are quite the realist and really helps with newbies like me when i am trying to better myself inside and out. Thank you for that!

    So… i made these last night…. HOLY smokes Batman.. by far a favorite and a keeper! Even my 10 year old loves it.

  43. I love this recipe! I made these muffins today with a bit of an autumn twist, and used cranberries instead of cherries. They’re delicious!

  44. Can dried cherries be used in this recipe or do they have to be fresh? Not familiar with cooking with dried fruit. Thanks!

  45. I am making these for a co-worker’s birthday but would love to have some sort of icing on them. Is there anything you can recommend? Thanks.

  46. Will these freeze well? I would love to have these in the freezer and pull out when I can no longer get fresh cherries! I’ve been told that some paleo baked goods don’t freeze well.

  47. My daughter has allergies to wheat and eggs. This recipe sounds so good. I know usually you switch eggs with applesauce but since it already calls for applesauce, what can I use to replace the eggs?

  48. Rebecca- I’ve used chia seeds as an egg replacer in other baked goods. I have not tried it on this recipe, but it could be an option?

  49. These are delicious! I just made them into 30 mini muffins (350 degrees for 14 minutes), following the recipe exactly except that I used dried cherries instead of fresh. Super good. Thank you! (Also made your plantain biscuits yesterday and enjoyed them v. much.)

  50. Hello ! I just made these chocolate cherry muffins and they are the best thing I have ever eaten IN MY WHOLE LIFE. I stuck with your recipe. Life-altering. Thanks for sharing.

  51. Hi there – I’m on a low FODMAPS diet and have to avoid apples – could I use pureed banana instead?

  52. I’m so late to this recipe, but made it over the weekend and they turned out DELICIOUS! I subbed arrowroot flour for tapioca flour (in equal amounts) and used frozen cherries that I microwaved and drained. The recipe made 9 larger muffins for me. Only thing I would change is to add more cherries next time!

  53. So delicious! Not to sweet and the cherries pack a bigger bunch than I anticipated. Also, I love any opportunity to use my really good cocoa powder. I’ll definitely use more cherries next time!

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