Store-bought baking mix is a handy starting point for these muffins that are chock full of chocolate and tart dried cherries.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line 12 standard muffin cups with paper liners; lightly coat liners with cooking spray.
Whisk together baking mix and sugar. In a large bowl, whisk together applesauce, buttermilk, eggs, oil, and vanilla. Fold in dry mixture until just combined, then gently fold in chocolate and cherries.
Divide batter evenly among cups, filling each to the brim. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of a muffin comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool in pan 5 minutes, then remove from pan and let cool completely on a wire rack.