Healthy chocolate muffins

3 Aug

Yes, you read that right, healthy chocolate muffins. Hannah is a snacker. Try as I might, it’s hard to get her to meal type stuff. She’s so darn fussy it drives me nuts. Not that I should be talking, I was far worse when I was a child. Sorry mom.

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But Hannah and I like to bake, so we might as well be baking something that she thinks is a treat but is actually super healthy and full of nutrients. Plus I love chocolate. What woman doesn’t?

People think about chocolate being this deliciously unhealthy stuff that is ecstasy to eat, but then goes straight to your hips after making you hyper active for half an hour after consumption.

Cocoa is not bad for you. The sugar and other stuff they put into it to make it a chocolate bar, however, is. Plus cocoa powder does not have the fatty cocoa butter in it. Sigh. Cocoa or cocoa powder, or cacao, or whatever you wish to call it, contains several minerals, as well as flavonoids, which are quite beneficial to your health.

According to Wikipedia “Cocoa powder is rich in flavonoids, a type of phenolic. The amount of flavonoids depends on the amount of processing and manufacturing the cocoa powder undergoes, but cocoa powder can contain up to 10% its weight in flavonoids. Flavanols are one of six compounds further classified as flavonoids. Flavanols, which are also found in fruits and vegetables, are linked to certain health benefits linked to coronary heart disease and stroke.

The topic of how flavanols benefit cardiovascular health is still under debate. It has been suggested that the flavanols may take part in mechanisms such as nitric oxide and antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antiplatelet effects. Benefiting these mechanisms may improve endothelial function, lipid levels, blood pressure and insulin resistance.

Hershey’s Cocoa – 23 oz. canister

See, not bad.

And I use Stevia in my baking. What is Stevia, you ask? Stevia is a naturally sweet plant. Yes, a plant. A plant that is up to 45 times sweeter than sugar. It also has very little calories, doesn’t affect your blood sugar levels, and has been used as a sweetener for centuries.  In Japan, they use stevia instead of sugar in their diet Coke. In Paraguay, they have been using the leaves in medicinal teas for centuries. Brain overload.

Pure Stevia Extract Powder by Kal – 3.5 oz

This recipe is adapted from a recipe by The Dashing Dish . But I didn’t have some of the stuff, and wanted to put in some other stuff, so it ended up being quite different.

Healthy Chocolate Muffins

-2 cups oats (high in protein and dietary fibre)
-2 eggs (high in protein, vitamins, and minerals. All of the egg’s A, D, and E, are in the yolk) Free range chickens produce eggs   with higher nutritional quality.
1 tsp chia seeds dissolved in 9 tsp water for 15 mins (it becomes gelatinous) (High in dietary fibre, and minerals)
1 ripe banana (source of vitamin b6, vitamin c, manganese, potassium, and soluble fibre. Also associated with reducing the risk of colorectal cancer, renal cell carcinoma, and breast cancer)
-1/4 cup pecans (Good source of protein and unsaturated fat, lowers risk of gallstones, reduces levels of bad cholesterols)
1/8 cup Superfoods for Kidz Vital Veggie Powder (optional, but I put it in there to give the muffins an extra nutritional boost. You can read my review of the powder here (full of vitamins and minerals as it’s freeze dried vegetable powder)
-3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (we already talked about cocoa powder…)
-1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup greek yogurt (High in calcium and live beneficial bacterial cultures)
-2 tsp vinegar (Vinegar can reduce the glycemic index when added to carbohydrate foods, anti-microbal)
-1  1/2 tsp baking powder
-1  1/2 tsp baking soda
-1/4 tsp salt
-1 cup hot water
-1/2 cup nativa (We talked about Stevia earlier)

Makes 12 standard muffins AND 12 mini muffins (some for you and some for the kids)

Wilton Recipe Right Nonstick 12-Cup Regular Muffin Pan

Method:

1) Pre heat oven to 180 degrees (celsius)
2) Grease and flour a muffin tin (12 muffins), AND a mini muffin tin (12 min-muffins)
3) Put all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend/process until smooth.
4) Pour into muffin pans, filling to about 3/4 full (but if you have extra, you can fill them almost to the top)
5) Bake for 12-15 minutes until no longer gooey inside

These muffins are not very sweet, which is great for kids. If you want yours to be a bit sweeter, mix some chocolate chips into the batter before distributing in the muffin pans. Don’t blend/process the chocolate chips. Also, don’t use cupcake wrappers because the muffins will stick to them.

Hannah and Daniel both LOVE these muffins (so do I)! Hannah especially could eat them all day if I let her. Not that I would, but I do feel good knowing that they are good for her. She thinks she’s getting a treat, I know she’s getting lots of nutrients. It’s a win-win 🙂

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5 Responses to “Healthy chocolate muffins”

  1. Spencer Samaroo August 3, 2012 at 10:35 am #

    Looks absolutely delicious! I would so love to try some.

  2. Lisa @ Mummy's Undeserved Blessings August 14, 2012 at 3:13 pm #

    My eldest girl is a snacker too. These look great. Thanks for linking them up.

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