Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Not-So-Chocolate Muffins

I am a chocolate lover. It really is an addiction. I can eat ANYTHING chocolate. It makes my mouth water just thinking about it.... but it is not a very healthy thing to love. I don't want my kids to grow up loving junk food the way I did. I want to give them yummy treats that are healthy at the same time. Tough to find my friends. Tough. I mean, there are plenty of healthy treats... but, I'm sorry, they are far from tasty. Not too long ago I picked up some Carob chips at a Mennonite store in a town close by. They look like chocolate chips. They taste almost like chocolate chips. They bake just like chocolate chips! So I decided to experiment with some muffins. Here is what I got....

Not-So-Chocolate Muffins

2 cups of flour (I used 1 cup of all purpose and 1 cup of whole wheat)
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. sugar
3 Tbsp. flax seed meal
1 cup water
1/2 cup applesauce
2 Tbsp. oil
2 Tbsp. honey
3/4 cup carob chips

  • Pre heat oven to 350 degrees
  • Combine dry ingredients in one bowl, and the wet ingredients in another.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix well.
  • Grease a muffin tin (will make 12 muffins!)
  • Scoop into tin (about 3/4 way full)
  • Cook for 18 to 20 minuets. Check them with a tooth pick or a knife to see if they are done.
  • Cool and enjoy!

They are very tasty! They don't taste exactly like chocolate chip muffin (it is hard to explain!) but they are so good! Lula Mae loves them :-) and so do I! So healthy and very filling! You can play around with the recipe too. If you don't want to add sugar, don't. Try adding a little more honey instead! I actually adapted the recipe I use for Apple Raisin Cinnamon Muffins. It is a recipe from my friend Sarah at Clay In His Hands. They are fantastic too! So, if you are looking for a sweet treat with better health benefits than chocolate, you should try these muffins!


Sarah said...

These look really yummy! I grew up on carob chips. :-)

Regina said...

i can't find sweet carob chips here:-( but i did find gluten free and dairy free chocolate syrup for hot chocolate and ice cream sundaes--the kids love it and it doesnt upset there tummy. thanks for the recipe--as soon as I get the chips im gonna make it