I found this amazing looking recipe on Pinterest last week for a healthy Chocolate Chip Muffin and decided to give it a go. Here’s the recipe. Now, it calls for Stevia…which actually I don’t believe in using. I’ve read that Methanol and Ethanol are used to extract the sweetener from the plant…and THAT I believe is worse then using plain old sugar. Also, I read some of the comments first, and found that LOTS of people were having trouble with the muffins rising…so I made a couple of tweaks to this recipe, which was actually originally posted here.
Here’s what I used instead…
1 3/4 c oats
1/2 c flour
3 egg white
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 1-1/2 Tbsp. vinegar)
1-1/2 tsp. baking powder
1-1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup hot water
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a food processor, combine all dry ingredients (oats, flour, cream of tartar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cocoa powder, sugar), until the oats are finely ground. Add remaining wet ingredients, and pulse until well-combined. Line your cupcake pan, and fill each liner about 2/3 to the top. Place in oven and bake for 10 mins. After the 10 min mark, sprinkle some chocolate chips into each muffin. (This will allow the chips to sit on top, or sink into the middle of the muffin rather than all of them being at the bottom). Replace into oven and bake an additional 2-5 mins or until a toothpick would come out clean.
Now, as you can see (in my photo above) my muffins definitely did not rise like the pin showing below. (Which may be from opening the oven to add the chips…) However, if you looked at the original posting, you’d see that the muffins in her pan didn’t puff up that high either. These are supposed to be like Vita Top Muffins, so actually I don’t think they’re SUPPOSED to rise that much…however next time, I may add another 1/2 c. of flour and see how that turns out.
Regardless of how these rose, they are still absolutely devine! They are moist (and have stayed moist after two days!), and very chocolatey! My daughter bit into one and said “Mama! These taste just like Starbuck’s!!” For all you latte junkies out there, you know that Starbucks has a killer chocolate muffin! Anyway, try this recipe out! I’m not sure what the calorie count is to be honest…since I used plain old sugar instead of an alternative sweetner…and I’m sure it’s more than the 58 calories listed on the other blogs…but if my estimate is right it’s right around 100-125 calories which still isn’t bad! Try ’em out! Let me know how they rise for you!