Monday, October 22, 2012

Super Chocolate Breakfast Muffins

Again with the muffins...I know! :) These are my husband's new breakfast obsession. In fact, when I made them two weeks ago, they only lasted for about 24 hours. 

They're not for the faint of heart, though. These are for chocolate lovers. Chocolate obsessors. Okay that's not a real word, but if you love dark chocolate, you'll love these. They're not quite sweet enough for me :) but if you wanted, you could always add some sweetener. The chocolate chips do help!

A couple of, spray the heck out of your pan or use foil liners, not paper ones. 

Two, experiment! I think these would be fabulous with peanut butter chips, butterscotch chips, mint chips...

What you’ll need:
  •          1 3/4 cup oats
  •           1/3 cup egg whites (or the whites of 2 large eggs)
  •           1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt (or regular plain low fat yogurt)
  •          3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  •          1/2 cup natural, unsweetened applesauce 
  •          1 tsp. vanilla extract
  •          1-1/2 tsp. baking powder
  •          1-1/2 tsp. baking soda
  •          1/4 tsp. salt
  •          1 cup hot water
  •          1/3 cup chocolate chips (try the Enjoy Life brand for a dairy-free, soy lecithin-free version!)

The how-to:
  1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare a 12-cup muffin pan. I made these in my square pan from friend Sarah...LOVE this pan.
  2.  In a blender or food processor, beat the oats until they are smooth like a flour.
  3. Pour the oats into a mixing bowl and add the egg whites and yogurt and blend until everything is smooth.
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients, in order, except the chocolate chips, and mix well.
  5. Spoon the mixture evenly into your muffin pan and sprinkle the chocolate chips over the top of each muffin.
  6. Bake for 12-15 minutes, and allow to cool before removing from the pan.
  7. Enjoy!

              Nutrition facts via myfitnesspal (per muffin):
      114 calories, 18g's of carbs, 3g's of fat, 5g's of protein, 6g's of sugar (ahem, this is why I should've used unsweetened applesauce...) and 3g's of fiber. Voila!

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