Easy Double Chocolate Muffins2015-06-09
- Yield : 12 small or 6 large
- Servings : 12
- Prep Time : 15m
- Cook Time : 15m
- Ready In : 35m
This easy double chocolate muffin recipe is slightly sweet compared to some sickly sweet commercially prepared muffins, and are packed with chocolate flavor from cocoa powder and semi-sweet chocolate chips.
One small muffin has about 190 calories. Three small muffins is roughly equivalent in weight to one large mega-muffin available at warehouse stores, restaurants, and coffee shops. But, this homemade recipe has about 25 percent less calories, 40 percent less calories from fat, and 50 percent less sugar. You can add sugar for sweeter muffins.
You can prepare a batch of fresh muffins for baking in about the time it takes to preheat your oven.
To Prevent Sticking
Paper or other muffin cups will greatly reduce cleanup if add chocolate chips.
Depending on the brand of muffin cups you use, you may have to lightly coat each cup with vegetable oil cooking spray to prevent these lower fat muffins from sticking to the paper.
If you omit the chocolate chips, saving about 45 calories per muffin, you can bake the muffins directly in a non-stick pan coated with cooking spray.
All-purpose flour varies by region and country. If your muffin batter appears too thick, thin it by adding 1 or 2 tablespoons (15 to 30 ml) of warm water. Do not thin to the consistency of cake batter. If it is consistently thick, reduce the amount of flour or increase the amount of warm water.
Substituting Milk For Water
Whole, 2%, 1%, and skim milk can be substituted for the water in this recipe. Skim milk adds no fat and 8 calories per small muffin, whole milk adds less than 0.5 grams of saturated fat and about 13 calories per small muffin.
About Unsweetened Cocoa Powder and Flavanols
There are two types of cocoa powder available.
Cocoa processed using an alkali called Dutch process and cocoa processed without alkali. Although Martha Stewart and other celeb chefs prefer milder tasting, darker colored, Dutch processed cocoa powder, the alkali process destroys heart healthy flavinols, an antioxident, in cocoa. But then many celeb chef recipes are not created for healthy eating.
Cocoa powder processed without alkali is high in flavanols. But, don’t expect to ward off heart diseases eating these muffins! Current research shows it takes about 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of cocoa powder to provide 200 mg of flavanols for heart health benefits. One muffin has 1 teaspoon of cocoa powder, and about 30 mg of flavanols.
Hershey’s cocoa powder is one brand made without alkali.
- 1 3/4 cups (230 g) all-purpose or pastry flour
- 1/2 cup (100 g) packed brown sugar, light or dark
- 1/4 cup (20 g) unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon (5 ml) baking powder
- 1 teaspoon (5 ml) baking soda
- 1 cup warm water or milk (100°-110F, 38°-41°C)
- 1/4 cup (60 ml) canola or other vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon (5 ml) pure vanilla extract
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup (100 g) semi-sweet chocolate chips, in all
Method of Preparation
Place rack in center of oven and preheat to 400°F (205°C). Line a muffin pan with paper cups. Coat cups with cooking spray if needed.
In a large mixing bowl combine flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, and baking soda using a whisk, fork, or spoon. Stir in half (about 1/4 cup) of the chocolate chips.
In a small bowl or measuring cup combine water, oil, vanilla extract, and egg. Beat with a whisk or fork until the egg and oil are well blended.
Add the liquid to the dry ingredients and fold using a spoon or spatula just until the flour mixture is moist. Do not over mix to prevent tough muffins.
Divide batter as evenly as possible between the cups filling each cup about 2/3's full. Distribute the remaining chocolate chips between the muffins. Bake 13 to 15 minutes for small muffins and 18 to 20 minutes for large muffins or until a wood toothpick or cake tester comes out clean. For tender muffins, do not over bake.
Cool in pan on a wire rack 3 to 5 minutes then remove and serve, or cool completely.
This information is per serving.
Calories from Fat75
Serving Size:1 small muffin