Energizing Espresso Muffins

These espresso muffins are bursting with energy! Pair one with an espresso or a latte for an even bigger caffeine jolt.

You can’t go wrong with espresso muffins. There’s just something about coffee-flavored baked goods that makes them oh-so-comforting, energizing, and delicious!

These espresso muffins are ready in under an hour, and you can make a batch to have on hand for breakfast or snacks all week long.

Ready to learn how to make espresso muffins? Let’s jump right into it!

Ingredients

To make these espresso muffins, you’ll need typical baking ingredients and the following items:

Coffee beans: These are the star ingredient of this recipe! You’ll grind them before mixing them with the other muffin ingredients.

Sour cream: This is a common ingredient in coffee cake recipes, and it adds a nice tang to these muffins. It also add moisture. You could also use Greek yogurt, if you don’t have any sour cream on hand.

Nutmeg and vanilla extract: These bring delicious warm flavor to the muffins.

Dark chocolate chips: You’ll fold in chocolate chips into the muffin mix during the last step.

hand reaching for an espresso muffin off a white plate

Step-by-step instructions

Making these energizing espresso muffins takes no time at all!

First, preheat your oven to 350° Fahrenheit. Finely grind the coffee beans using a coffee grinder or food processor. Then, measure 2 ½ Tablespoons of ground coffee beans, and place them in a large mixing bowl.

coffee beans being ground

Next, add flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg to the mixing bowl.

dry ingredients being mixed into a white bowl

Mix well until smooth.

dry ingredients mixed in a white bowl

In a separate mixing bowl, combine the wet ingredients: eggs, sour cream, butter, and vanilla extract.

wet ingredients in a green bowl

Mix well.

wet ingredients being mixed in a green bowl

Then, add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients bowl.

wet and dry ingredients being folded into a white bowl

Stir until just moistened. Do not over mix.

muffin batter being stirred in a white bowl

Fold in the chocolate chips.

chocolate chips being folded into muffin batter

Spray nonstick muffin cups with cooking spray. Fill each muffin cup halfway to three-quarters full.

muffin batter portioned out into muffin cups

Place in the oven and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

coffee muffins in muffin cups cooling in a muffin tin

Allow the muffins to cool for a few minutes, and then transfer them to a wire rack to further cool. Enjoy a muffin right away or store to snack on later!

Recipe FAQ

Do espresso muffins have caffeine?

Yes, espresso muffins do contain caffeine, which comes from both the coffee and the chocolate. Although the amount is small, it’s a good idea to eat them earlier in the day if you’re sensitive to caffeine.

Why do people add coffee to baked goods?

Coffee and espresso are common ingredients added to baked goods. Some people enjoy the depths of flavor that they add, and they also enhance the flavor of chocolatey desserts. Plus, they add a buzz of energy from the caffeine!

How do you store espresso muffins?

Keep the muffins in an air-tight, sealed container in the refrigerator. Enjoy within 5 days. You can also freeze them for up to 1-2 months.

espresso muffins arranged on a plate

Nutrition

These espresso muffins are baked to perfection and they’re so flavorful. They’re sure to step up your breakfast routine!

I recommend pairing a muffin with a serving of fruit like berries or apple slices and some protein like a hard-boiled egg or Greek yogurt to make them more balanced. Here’s an overview of the nutrition content of one muffin:

  • Calories: 200
  • Fat: 12 g (15% DV)
  • Sat fat: 7 g (35% DV)
  • Protein: 3 g (6% DV)
  • Carbs: 25 g (9% DV)
  • Sugar: 13 g (11% DV)
  • Fiber: 0 g (0% DV)
  • Cholesterol: 35 mg (12% DV)
  • Sodium: 260 mg
close up of coffee muffins on a plate

More caffeinated recipes

If you love these espresso muffins, you’ll also love these other caffeine-infused recipes: Looking

I hope you love these espresso muffins as much as I do! They are perfectly moist, chocolatey, and the best way to wake up in the morning. Enjoy them for breakfast, as a dessert, or even as an afternoon snack.

espresso muffins arranged on a plate

Energizing Espresso Muffins

These espresso muffins are bursting with energy! Pair one with an espresso or a latte for an even bigger caffeine jolt.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 18
Calories 200 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • Coffee beans, as needed
  • cups all-purpose flour or gluten-free all-purpose flour, if needed
  • ½ cup cane sugar
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¾ tsp baking powder
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 cup sour cream or dairy-free sour cream, if needed
  • ¼ cup + 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter, melted or dairy-free butter, if needed
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • Cooking spray

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit.
  • Finely grind coffee beans. Measure 2 ½ Tablespoons of ground coffee beans, and place in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg to mixing bowl; mix well.
  • In a separate mixing bowl, combine eggs, sour cream, butter, and vanilla extract; mix well.
  • Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients until just moistened. Do not over mix. Fold in chocolate chips.
  • Spray nonstick muffin cups with cooking spray. Fill each muffin cup halfway to three quarters full. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Cool for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to further cool.

Nutrition

Calories: 200kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 3gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 260mgSugar: 13g
Keyword Coffee, muffins
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These espresso muffins are bursting with energy! Pair one with an espresso or a latte for an even bigger caffeine jolt.
Blender / Food Processor | Breakfast / Brunch | Dairy Free | Fast / Easy | Gluten Free | Nut Free | Oven / Toaster | Pescatarian | Recipes (Organizational) | Snack | Vegetarian |

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