Chocolate muffins with hot chocolate custard

Chocolate muffins with hot chocolate custard

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(52 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 10 mins


Serves 6

These classic cocoa puddings with a hot chocolate sauce contain just 215 calories each - and there's a lemon version too

Nutrition and extra info

  • puddings only
  • Easily doubled / halved

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal215
  • fat8g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs32g
  • sugars17g
  • fibre1g
  • protein5g
  • salt0.59g
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  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 100g self-raising flour
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda, or baking soda, is an alkali which is used to raise soda breads and full-…

  • 50g golden caster sugar
  • 100ml skimmed milk
  • 1 egg



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil, plus extra for greasing
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil is made from pressing sunflower seeds and extracting the oil. It's usually…

For the hot chocolate custard

  • 2 x 150g pots low-fat custard
  • 25g dark chocolate, chopped
    Dark chocolate soup pots with double cream in spoons

    Dark chocolate

    dahk chok-o-let

    Dark chocolate means the shiny, dark-reddish brown treat produced from the cacao bean, theobroma…


  1. Heat oven to 160C/fan 140C/gas 3. Brush 6 holes of a muffin tin with a drop of oil. Sieve the cocoa into a large bowl, then add the rest of the dry ingredients. Stir to combine, then make a well in the centre.

  2. Beat the milk, egg and oil together in a jug, pour into the well, then stir quickly to make a batter. Spoon into the muffin tin, then bake for 15 mins or until risen and firm to the touch. Heat the custard in the microwave according to instructions, or in a pan, then tip in the chopped chocolate and stir until smooth. Turn the puddings into bowls and pour the custard over.

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31st Mar, 2020
Great quick recipe no nonsense basic store cupboard recipe. My kids love them and not too heavy on the calories.
3rd Feb, 2018
Simple, quick recipe, not too sweet. Would definitely make again.
26th Jan, 2017
SO quick and easy. Couldn't decide what to make for pudding and 15 mins later, here we go!!
8th Oct, 2014
We found that without the custard they weren't so great, I would advise you to add some more flavour and moisture.
6th Mar, 2013
I found the recipe a bit bland, so I added an additional 2 tbsp of cocoa powder and 2 tbsp of smooth peanut butter (microwaved for 30 seconds) and they turned out so lovely! :)
29th Jan, 2013
baked this yesterday, the cake itself is a bit bland ; however, I dotted homemade sour cherry pudding and iced with left over butter cream and result is GREAT! NOTE : one thing I wish to point out is 170°c does not equal to Gas mark 5 !! Gas Mark 3 = 325F = 170C I knew the gas mark was too high and baked at GM 3.5 , timed it at 10 mins. check and further baked 4 mins.
12th Dec, 2012
for a 215 kcal dessert it's an excellent recipe
18th Sep, 2012
I added some mashed banana to these, and they were lovely - I feel that, had I not, they might have been a little dry. This did mean that I had to extend the cooking time a little. I think that calling these "muffins" is a little misleading, as they really need the sauce for both taste and moisture. I would definitely make these again!
2nd Sep, 2012
I don't like custard, but was worried the muffins would be dry on their own, so I added chocolate chips. Perfect!
26th Aug, 2012
Like most people, we thought these were a bit dry. I added demerrara sugar on the top before baking and smothered them in (home made)chocolate custard so they were more edible than they might have been but a bit disappointing.


15th Aug, 2014
Hi! Can this recipe be made to make 1 big cake, and can you use olive oil instead of sunflower oil? Thank you :D
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Hugh Marshall
3rd Nov, 2018
You could but you would have to increase the baking time. Sunflower oil should work fine.
5th Feb, 2017
I have used this recipie a couple of times now. So simple and boosts confidence when starting out. I found that by adding a banana to the ingredients, the muffins stay moist and have a great aroma.
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