You guys, this muffin recipe is so good. I love that I can have two for breakfast and not feel sad! And its just so wonderful with coffee because you know, anything chocolate is good to have with coffee! I saw this recipe on my friend's pinterest (that's where all the good recipes are now, right?) and was so excited to get the ingredients on my next grocery trip.
NOTE: if you sprinkle a tablespoon of ground flax seed into the batter, or sprinkle oat bran onto the muffins once the batter is poured, it would be a great way to add to these in a healthy way, I thought of that after I made them of course. Next time I guess! And if you are wondering if your significant other or your family will like them, I can tell you my husband really liked them! So here it is:
Healthy Chocolate Muffins
1 3/4 cup Oats
3 Egg whites
3/4 cup Unsweetened cocoa
1/2 cup Unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp Vanilla extract
1/2 cup Plain greek yogurt (or regular plain low fat yogurt)
1/2 tsp Cream of tartar (or 2 tsp. vinegar)
1 1/2 tsp Baking powder
1 1/2 tsp Baking soda
1/4 tsp Salt
1 cup Hot water
1 cup Baking stevia OR 1 cup sweetener of choice that measures like sugar. (I used baking truvia)
1/2 cup Semi-sweet chocolate chips
Tip Foil cupcake liners, remove the inner paper lining (because paper liners tend to stick to muffins)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 (12-cup) muffin pans with foil cupcake liners, or spray muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
In a blender, (or food processor), mix all of the ingredients together, except for the chocolate chips. Blend until oats are ground and mixture is smooth.
Place mixture in a bowl and gently stir in 1/2 of the chocolate chips (set the rest aside). Scoop mixture into prepared muffin pans.
Place muffins tins in the oven for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, remove muffins from the oven (but don’t shut oven off), and distribute the other half of the chocolate chips on top of each muffin.
Place the muffins back into the oven and bake for an additional 2-5 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.*Note, you could skip this step by putting all of the chips in the batter, and baking the muffins for 12-15 min straight.
Cool muffins before removing from pan.
Then enjoy the chocolate heaven!