Double Chocolate Cherry & Goat Cheese Muffins

If my recipe for Wasabi Goat Cheese Stuffed Salmon wasn’t enough to convince you to come visit me and go to my local goat cheese farm, this just might be. Because now I’m about to tell you my favorite flavor that they make: chocolate goat cheese. Oh, yes, it’s true!

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And when I saw that every blogger and their mother was making Eating Well’s Honey & Goat Cheese Filled Fig Muffins, I knew immediately that chocolate goat cheese would make one fabulous variation.

If you’re still not sold on the idea of chocolate goat cheese, think chocolate cheesecake, only tangier. Surely, you enjoy chocolate cheesecake. (And if you don’t, well, you might want to get those issues resolved.) 


I went with a chocolate muffin base made healthier with yogurt, stevia, and flax. And because sweet cherries are irresistible with both chocolate and goat cheese, I threw those in too.

It took a few rounds of experimenting to get the ratio of liquid in the batter to fresh cherries just right, because the fresh fruits adds another layer of moisture. But for you, I did the grunt work. You’re welcome. (You got me – it’s not like I minded eating rounds 1 and 2. A little-less-than-perfect-muffin is certainly not a bad muffin!)

These muffins  are rich and chocolate-y with a tangy punch from the goat cheese, and a perfect way to enjoy summer’s fresh cherries. They are satisfying for breakfast or dessert. Or, breakfast AND dessert in the same day, because they won’t break the calorie bank either. You might want to make these for your friends and family, but you’ll definitely want to make extra to keep in the freezer for your beautiful self.

So, who wants to come visit and take a ride with me for some chocolate goat cheese?

And I have to ask, have you checked out my HIGH INTENSITY giveaway for HIIT Training or Cardio Core Circuit with Cathe? A Double Chocolate Cherry & Goat Cheese Muffin would be the perfect snack to enjoy after a tough HIIT workout!

Double Chocolate Cherry & Goat Cheese Muffins
Printable Recipe

4 oz chocolate goat cheese, softened

1 3/4 cup (210gm) all purpose flour or whole wheat pastry flour
1/4 cup (20gm) cocoa powder
1/4 cup (26gm) ground flax seed
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 large egg
1 large egg, separated
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup (50gm) granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon stevia extract
1/2 cup (114 gm) nonfat plain Greek yogurt
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1 1/2 cups sweet cherries, pitted and chopped

Preheat oven to 400ºF.

Place the goat cheese in a bowl to soften.

Whisk together flour, cocoa, flax seed, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.

In a separate bowl, crack the egg and one egg white; add the yolk to the bowl with the softened goat cheese. Stir together the goat cheese and egg yolk.

In the bowl with the whole egg and the egg white, add the vanilla extract, sugar, stevia, yogurt, almond milk, and olive oil. Whisk to combine.

Stir the dry ingredients into the wet mixture, and gently mix in the chopped cherries.

Spray a 12-cup muffin tin with nonstick spray. Scoop about 2/3 of the muffin batter into the tin. Spoon a little of the goat cheese mixture on top of each muffin, then top with the remaining muffin batter.

Bake for 18 minutes, or until tops are springy and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with just a few moist crumbs.

Nutritional Info
Servings Per Recipe: 12
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 205.1
Total Fat: 10.0 g
Cholesterol: 39.8 mg
Sodium: 163.8 mg
Total Carbs: 22.4 g
Dietary Fiber: 1.8 g
Protein: 6.6 g

I think the combination of chocolate, cherries and goat cheese is pretty high on the indulgence factor, and I especially love any treat that combines indulgence with good nutrition and doesn’t send you on a guilt trip. So, I’m happy to share these with Amy for the 7/20/2010 edition of Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays

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62 Responses to “Double Chocolate Cherry & Goat Cheese Muffins”

  1. 1

    amanda @ fake ginger — July 15, 2010 @ 11:35 am Reply

    WHAT?! Chocolate goat cheese?! I WANT.Your muffins look amazing! I wish I could get my hands on some chocolate goat cheese so I could try them!

  2. 2

    Bridget — July 15, 2010 @ 11:39 am Reply

    Yay, the chocolate goat cheese cherry muffins! I'm totally making these for my husband's supply of "work muffins". I'll use regular goat cheese; he won't miss the extra hit of chocolate. (Chocolate isn't really his thing. He doesn't even like brownies. )

  3. 3

    Katie "Healthy" Heddleston — July 15, 2010 @ 11:40 am Reply

    Those look incredible!!!I remember having chocolate cheese when I was younger, and now I'm wondering if was chocolate goat cheese. So how does one go about obtaining chocolate goat cheese? I want, okay maybe NEED, to make this recipe!PS. Can you make your comment area have a Name/URL option.. ?? It makes me use my gmail and this isn't actually my blog.. that it's linking too. Thanks!!

  4. 4

    Joanne — July 15, 2010 @ 12:11 pm Reply

    I had some TJ's honey goat cheese a while ago that I loved…and since then I've been on the sweet goat cheese bandwagon. So to me, this seems like a natural flavor combination. Love it!

  5. 5

    Lauren (Healthy Delicious) — July 15, 2010 @ 12:15 pm Reply

    I'm on my way! seriosuly though, chocolate goat cheese? Thats sounds like heaven. As do these muffins, which I will be making as soon as I can lay my hands on said cheese.

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    newlywed — July 15, 2010 @ 12:19 pm Reply

    Mmm! The only better than chocolate goat cheese would be chocolate goat cheese muffins…with strawberries! I think a trip slightly west is in order for me!

  7. 7

    Ashlee — July 15, 2010 @ 12:49 pm Reply

    Those looks AMAZING! I need to find chocolate goat cheese asap!

  8. 8

    Dawn — July 15, 2010 @ 1:38 pm Reply

    Ha that is too funny because I was looking at those Eating Well goat cheese muffins but haven't made them yet. I didn't realize that's old news! Yours sound even better combining my TWO fav things….dark chocoalte and goat cheese.Is CHOCOLATE goat cheese even legal?!

  9. 9

    Jennifurla — July 15, 2010 @ 1:38 pm Reply

    I am in love, you are making me want to search this cheese out!

  10. 10

    Shanon — July 15, 2010 @ 2:19 pm Reply

    chocolate goat cheese!?!?!?! who would have thought? these muffins look amazing.

  11. 11

    Kelly — July 15, 2010 @ 3:24 pm Reply

    Yum. I'm so jealous. I don't think I'll be able to find chocolate capri out my way. :-(

  12. 12

    Shannon — July 15, 2010 @ 3:42 pm Reply

    holy heck, i'm in! these look amazing, and i totally need to try :)

  13. 13

    carascravings — July 16, 2010 @ 12:27 am Reply

    What an interesting combo. I would never have thought of that one…but I do really love both of those things, so why not?!

  14. 14

    Cynthia — July 16, 2010 @ 1:00 am Reply

    Chocolate and goat cheese – what a great combo.

  15. 15

    Michelle — July 16, 2010 @ 2:50 am Reply

    Hi! Did you use Stevia extract powder or the fluid form??? I can't find them anywhere in the grocery stores so I started browsing online. Apparently there's the powder kind, and fluid form. Please do tell! They look sooo good and I want to try them soon. Thanks always!

  16. 16

    Cara — July 16, 2010 @ 12:18 pm Reply

    Hi Michelle, I use pure powdered stevia extract, this product to be exact: https://www.nunaturals.com/product/46It is extremely concentrated so you just need a little bit! I keep some sugar in the recipe for volume, but I cut it down and added the stevia to make up the extra sweetness. Enjoy!

  17. 17

    Bridget — July 16, 2010 @ 6:49 pm Reply

    I've been wanting to go visit Westfield farm for ages!! Still not sure why I haven't been yet. I did see that Choc. goat cheese at a shop once, and obviously bought it…SO GOOD! Unfortunately I was not quick enough with using it to bake and it went bad, but that will never happen again, I swear. These look absolutely delicious!

  18. 18

    grace — July 16, 2010 @ 8:55 pm Reply

    i appreciate the sacrifices you made, cara. you're such a thoughtless individual. :)

  19. 19

    Susan — July 16, 2010 @ 10:52 pm Reply

    My favorite things all meshed together. I love it.

  20. 20

    Elina — July 17, 2010 @ 9:25 pm Reply

    Hehe, I saved this recipe before I even read your description. They sound amazing. Also, they sell this brand goat cheese at the Copley farmers market (Tue, Thur). Maybe you want to share this with your readers. I'll be looking out for it (just bought the plain kind last night – boring, I know :) ).

  21. 21

    Jaime and Jen DISH — July 17, 2010 @ 10:05 pm Reply

    OMG, I want to make this! YUMMY!!!

  22. 22

    Kerstin — July 20, 2010 @ 3:50 am Reply

    Oh wow, these look amazing – I'm a huge goat cheese fan and using it in a chocolate muffin is genius!

  23. 23

    ellysaysopa.com — July 21, 2010 @ 1:11 am Reply

    These look so good. Chocolate, cherries, and goat cheese all rolled into one. Yummm. I need to find me some chocolate goat cheese!

  24. 24

    Katie — July 27, 2010 @ 12:14 am Reply

    Chocolate goat cheese?? Where could I find this deliciousness??

  25. 25

    Amy_kirchhoff — March 27, 2011 @ 3:07 am Reply

    Hey! Thank you for the recipe and fantastic website. I stumbled on it yesterday and have saved lots to my Pinterest board so far. I made these tonight…sort of. LOVED them, even w/o the chocolate goat cheese. (I used regular b/c like most others, I can't find the chocolate goat cheese.)http://www.amytriedit.com/2011/02/double-chocolate-cherry-goat-cheese.html

  26. 26

    Katie — March 28, 2011 @ 8:42 pm Reply

    Chocolate goat cheese?? Where could I find this deliciousness??

  27. 27

    ellysaysopa.com — March 28, 2011 @ 8:42 pm Reply

    These look so good. Chocolate, cherries, and goat cheese all rolled into one. Yummm. I need to find me some chocolate goat cheese!

  28. 28

    Kerstin — March 28, 2011 @ 8:42 pm Reply

    Oh wow, these look amazing – I'm a huge goat cheese fan and using it in a chocolate muffin is genius!

  29. 29

    Jaime and Jen DISH — March 28, 2011 @ 8:42 pm Reply

    OMG, I want to make this! YUMMY!!!

  30. 30

    Elina — March 28, 2011 @ 8:42 pm Reply

    Hehe, I saved this recipe before I even read your description. They sound amazing. Also, they sell this brand goat cheese at the Copley farmers market (Tue, Thur). Maybe you want to share this with your readers. I'll be looking out for it (just bought the plain kind last night – boring, I know :) ).

  31. 31

    Susan — March 28, 2011 @ 8:42 pm Reply

    My favorite things all meshed together. I love it.

  32. 32

    grace — March 28, 2011 @ 8:42 pm Reply

    i appreciate the sacrifices you made, cara. you're such a thoughtless individual. :)

  33. 33

    Bridget — March 28, 2011 @ 8:42 pm Reply

    I've been wanting to go visit Westfield farm for ages!! Still not sure why I haven't been yet. I did see that Choc. goat cheese at a shop once, and obviously bought it…SO GOOD! Unfortunately I was not quick enough with using it to bake and it went bad, but that will never happen again, I swear. These look absolutely delicious!

  34. 34

    Cara — March 28, 2011 @ 8:42 pm Reply

    Hi Michelle, I use pure powdered stevia extract, this product to be exact: https://www.nunaturals.com/product/46It is extremely concentrated so you just need a little bit! I keep some sugar in the recipe for volume, but I cut it down and added the stevia to make up the extra sweetness. Enjoy!

  35. 35

    Cara — March 28, 2011 @ 8:42 pm Reply

    Hi Michelle, I use pure powdered stevia extract, this product to be exact: https://www.nunaturals.com/product/46It is extremely concentrated so you just need a little bit! I keep some sugar in the recipe for volume, but I cut it down and added the stevia to make up the extra sweetness. Enjoy!

  36. 36

    Cynthia — March 28, 2011 @ 8:42 pm Reply

    Chocolate and goat cheese – what a great combo.

  37. 37

    carascravings — March 28, 2011 @ 8:42 pm Reply

    What an interesting combo. I would never have thought of that one…but I do really love both of those things, so why not?!

  38. 38

    Kelly — March 28, 2011 @ 8:42 pm Reply

    Yum. I'm so jealous. I don't think I'll be able to find chocolate capri out my way. :-(

  39. 39

    Shanon — March 28, 2011 @ 8:42 pm Reply

    chocolate goat cheese!?!?!?! who would have thought? these muffins look amazing.

  40. 40

    Jennifurla — March 28, 2011 @ 8:42 pm Reply

    I am in love, you are making me want to search this cheese out!

  41. 41

    Dawn — March 28, 2011 @ 8:42 pm Reply

    Ha that is too funny because I was looking at those Eating Well goat cheese muffins but haven't made them yet. I didn't realize that's old news! Yours sound even better combining my TWO fav things….dark chocoalte and goat cheese.Is CHOCOLATE goat cheese even legal?!

  42. 42

    Ashlee — March 28, 2011 @ 8:42 pm Reply

    Those looks AMAZING! I need to find chocolate goat cheese asap!

  43. 43

    newlywed — March 28, 2011 @ 8:42 pm Reply

    Mmm! The only better than chocolate goat cheese would be chocolate goat cheese muffins…with strawberries! I think a trip slightly west is in order for me!

  44. 44

    Lauren (Healthy Delicious) — March 28, 2011 @ 8:42 pm Reply

    I'm on my way! seriosuly though, chocolate goat cheese? Thats sounds like heaven. As do these muffins, which I will be making as soon as I can lay my hands on said cheese.

  45. 45

    Joanne — March 28, 2011 @ 8:42 pm Reply

    I had some TJ's honey goat cheese a while ago that I loved…and since then I've been on the sweet goat cheese bandwagon. So to me, this seems like a natural flavor combination. Love it!

  46. 46

    Bridget — March 28, 2011 @ 8:42 pm Reply

    Yay, the chocolate goat cheese cherry muffins! I'm totally making these for my husband's supply of "work muffins". I'll use regular goat cheese; he won't miss the extra hit of chocolate. (Chocolate isn't really his thing. He doesn't even like brownies. )

  47. 47

    amanda @ fake ginger — March 28, 2011 @ 8:42 pm Reply

    WHAT?! Chocolate goat cheese?! I WANT.Your muffins look amazing! I wish I could get my hands on some chocolate goat cheese so I could try them!

  48. 48

    Amy_kirchhoff — March 28, 2011 @ 8:42 pm Reply

    Hey! Thank you for the recipe and fantastic website. I stumbled on it yesterday and have saved lots to my Pinterest board so far. I made these tonight…sort of. LOVED them, even w/o the chocolate goat cheese. (I used regular b/c like most others, I can't find the chocolate goat cheese.)http://www.amytriedit.com/2011/02/double-chocolate-cherry-goat-cheese.html

  49. 49

    Amy_kirchhoff — March 29, 2011 @ 2:07 am Reply

    Hey! Thank you for the recipe and fantastic website. I stumbled on it yesterday and have saved lots to my Pinterest board so far. I made these tonight…sort of. LOVED them, even w/o the chocolate goat cheese. (I used regular b/c like most others, I can't find the chocolate goat cheese.)http://www.amytriedit.com/2011/02/double-chocolate-cherry-goat-cheese.html

  50. 50

    Kerstin — March 29, 2011 @ 2:07 am Reply

    Oh wow, these look amazing – I'm a huge goat cheese fan and using it in a chocolate muffin is genius!

  51. 51

    grace — March 29, 2011 @ 2:07 am Reply

    i appreciate the sacrifices you made, cara. you're such a thoughtless individual. :)

  52. 52

    Cara — March 29, 2011 @ 2:07 am Reply

    Hi Michelle, I use pure powdered stevia extract, this product to be exact: https://www.nunaturals.com/product/46It is extremely concentrated so you just need a little bit! I keep some sugar in the recipe for volume, but I cut it down and added the stevia to make up the extra sweetness. Enjoy!

  53. 53

    carascravings — March 29, 2011 @ 2:07 am Reply

    What an interesting combo. I would never have thought of that one…but I do really love both of those things, so why not?!

  54. 54

    Kelly — March 29, 2011 @ 2:07 am Reply

    Yum. I'm so jealous. I don't think I'll be able to find chocolate capri out my way. :-(

  55. 55

    Jennifurla — March 29, 2011 @ 2:07 am Reply

    I am in love, you are making me want to search this cheese out!

  56. 56

    Ashlee — March 29, 2011 @ 2:07 am Reply

    Those looks AMAZING! I need to find chocolate goat cheese asap!

  57. 57

    amanda @ fake ginger — March 29, 2011 @ 2:07 am Reply

    WHAT?! Chocolate goat cheese?! I WANT.Your muffins look amazing! I wish I could get my hands on some chocolate goat cheese so I could try them!

  58. 58

    Jennifurla — April 5, 2011 @ 1:23 am Reply

    I am in love, you are making me want to search this cheese out!

  59. 59

    Shanon — April 5, 2011 @ 1:23 am Reply

    chocolate goat cheese!?!?!?! who would have thought? these muffins look amazing.

  60. 60

    Cara — April 5, 2011 @ 1:23 am Reply

    Hi Michelle, I use pure powdered stevia extract, this product to be exact: https://www.nunaturals.com/product/46It is extremely concentrated so you just need a little bit! I keep some sugar in the recipe for volume, but I cut it down and added the stevia to make up the extra sweetness. Enjoy!

  61. 61

    Bridget — April 5, 2011 @ 1:23 am Reply

    I've been wanting to go visit Westfield farm for ages!! Still not sure why I haven't been yet. I did see that Choc. goat cheese at a shop once, and obviously bought it…SO GOOD! Unfortunately I was not quick enough with using it to bake and it went bad, but that will never happen again, I swear. These look absolutely delicious!

  62. 62

    Kerstin — April 5, 2011 @ 1:23 am Reply

    Oh wow, these look amazing – I'm a huge goat cheese fan and using it in a chocolate muffin is genius!

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