Chocolate Espresso Muffins are a cinch to make in an Air Fryer! These delicious breakfast or snack treats take 25 minutes, from start to finish!
Chocolate Espresso Muffins are a cinch to make in an Air Fryer! These delicious breakfast or snack treats take 25 minutes, from start to finish!

Today I want to share a delicious recipe for yummy chocolate espresso muffins COOKED IN AN AIR FRYER! These muffins are ridiculously EASY to make, and taste really GOOD! I’ve also included directions for preparing them in an oven (see recipe card below), in case you don’t have access to an air fryer.

We are sure enjoying the air fryer I ordered last year using gift cards I was given for my birthday. In air fyers, highly heated air cooks all types of food, and gives it the “effect” of frying without having to use lots of cooking oil. I found this particular recipe in the cookbook that came along with the Cosori air fryer I got last year.

TRUE STORY OF MUFFIN FAILURE!

When I first got my air fryer last year, I’m embarrassed to tell you this, BUT I made these muffins without a muffin tin! I filled up paper liners (cause the cookbook said to fill up the muffin cups, and paper liners are KINDA muffin cups, right?), then cooked them. Probably one of the dumbest things I’ve ever done in the kitchen!

I had NO idea what I was doing with this newfangled air fryer thing of mine! BIG MISTAKE! They cooked all right, but came out looking like hard chocolate hockey pucks! Ugh. Seriously… the batter had spread and flattened way out in the paper liners (probably begging for mercy). True Story. I was mortified! Into the trash they went.

**Moral of That Sad Story: Don’t Be Like ME. When making muffins in an air fryer, you will need to have muffin tins that fit in the basket of your air fryer. DUH. The End.** Once I figured it out, there have been no problems with ’em ever since! The ones I have hold 4 muffins each (I ordered them online). This recipe yields 8 muffins, so I cooked them in 2 batches!

Time To Make The Batter For Chocolate Espresso Muffins!

Measure all purpose flour, sugar, cocoa powder, espresso powder (or instant coffee), baking powder, salt and baking soda into a medium sized bowl. Whisk these “dry” ingredients together to fully combine them.

Dry ingredients for muffins are whisked together until blended.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, egg, vanilla extract, oil and vinegar. Once combined, pour these “wet” ingredients into the bowl with the “dry” ingredients.

Whisk well, to fully incorporate all ingredients. THIS is your batter for the chocolate espresso muffins! EASY!

Wet ingredients for the chocolate espresso muffins are added to dry ingredients.The muffin batter is mixed together before adding to paper liners.

Prepare To Cook The Chocolate Espresso Muffins In The Air Fryer

You will need muffin tins that are small enough to fit in your air fryer. Spray the muffin cups with non-stick cooking spray OR fill with paper liners, and then lightly spray.

Divide the batter between 8 muffin cups. Each muffin cup should be about 3/4 of the way full.

Batter is poured into paper liners in muffin tins, and then cooked in an air fryer.

Cooking The Muffins In An Air Fryer

Preheat the air fryer to 300°F. Once the air fryer is preheated, quickly but carefully put your filled muffin tin into the basket. Be careful, because the air fryer is hot at this point!

Cook the chocolate espresso muffins at 300°F for 15 minutes. I recommend checking on them for “done-ness” at the 13 minute mark. Pause the machine and check by inserting a toothpick into the top center of a muffin. Continue to cook until done. This is important because temperatures can vary between different brands of air fryers.

Four chocolate espresso muffins are cooked at a time in the air fryer.

This is how the muffins looks like after cooking them in the air fryer. A little wonky at times (this was my 3rd batch), but absolutely delicious!

Transfer the muffins from the pans to a wire rack to cool. Pop the remaining batch of muffins into the air fryer, and then you’re done!

The finished air fryer muffins turned out really nice!

Ready To Enjoy These Muffins!

The photo below shows one of the chocolate espresso muffins, sliced in half. The inside is perfectly cooked! This was a fun way to make breakfast muffins… in an air fryer… who knew?

A peek at the inside of one of the air fryer chocolate muffins.Chocolate espresso muffins on a plate, ready to eat!

Can Chocolate Espresso Muffins Be Baked In An OVEN?

Yes! If you do not have access to an air fryer, these muffins can be baked in a traditional oven. They will only take a few minutes more to bake! Prepare the batter using the  instructions below (in the recipe card).

Cook them in a 375°F oven for between 15 and 20 minutes. Insert a toothpick into the center of the muffin to check for doneness. If it comes out clean, they are ready!

Thanks for visiting! Hope you enjoy these yummy tasting muffins, AND I hope you have a wonderful day, friends. Make it a good one!

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Original recipe source: “Cosori Air Fryer Recipes”, (this recipe booklet came with the purchase of my Cosori air fryer), page 108

Chocolate Espresso Muffins (Air Fryer)
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

Chocolate Espresso Muffins are a cinch to make in an Air Fryer! These delicious breakfast or snack treats take 25 minutes, from start to finish!

Category: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate espresso muffins
Servings: 8 muffins
Calories Per Serving: 247 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon espresso powder *see Notes Section
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 large eggs
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • cup vegetable oil
  • non stick cooking spray
Instructions
  1. Measure flour, sugar, cocoa powder, espresso powder (or instant coffee), baking powder, salt and baking soda into a medium sized bowl. Whisk together to fully combine.

  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together milk, egg, vanilla, oil and vinegar. Once combined, pour into the bowl with the flour, cocoa powder, etc. Whisk well, to fully mix ingredients, and remove any lumps in the batter.

  3. You will need muffin tins small enough to fit your air fryer basket. Spray muffin cups with non-stick cooking spray OR fill with paper liners, and then lightly spray. Divide batter between 8 muffin cups. Each muffin cup should be about 3/4 of the way full.

For Air Fryer:
  1. Preheat air fryer to 300°F. Once preheated, quickly but carefully place filled muffin tin into the basket. Be careful, because air fryer is hot! Cook at 300°F for 15 minutes. Check for "done-ness" at the 13 minute mark. Pause machine and check, by inserting a toothpick into center of a muffin. Continue to cook until done, and toothpick comes out clean. Transfer pan from air fryer basket to a wire rack to cool. Let cool for 5 minutes, before removing muffins from pan. Cook remaining batch of muffins, and enjoy, once cooled to room temperature!

For Oven:
  1. Prepare muffins following instructions above. Cook muffins at 375°F for 15-20 minutes. Insert a toothpick into center of the muffin to check for doneness. If it comes out clean, they are ready! Let cool for 5 minutes before removing them from pan.

Recipe Notes

**No espresso powder? Substitute 3/4 teaspoon finely ground instant coffee granules!**

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Espresso Muffins (Air Fryer)
Amount Per Serving (1 muffin)
Calories 247 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 27mg9%
Sodium 241mg10%
Potassium 194mg6%
Carbohydrates 37g12%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 21g23%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 82IU2%
Calcium 69mg7%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Chocolate Espresso Muffins (Air Fryer)

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