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Friday, March 30, 2012

The BEST Triple Chocolate Muffins!

I have an addiction... to chocolate. Triple Chocolate muffins are at the top of my "favorite foods" list. Stater Bros has some seriously amazing chocolate muffins. I don't want to even think about how many calories and grams of fat are in each of those!

I found a great recipe, compliments of Pinterest!

Here's the link to the Original Recipe: Triple Chocolate Chunk Muffins

I was skeptical at first because there was no flour etc. Let me tell you... these muffins did NOT dissapoint.

Here's the recipe with my (slight) modifications:
1 3/4 c oats

3 egg whites
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup vanilla fat free Greek 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
1/2 C Sugar (original recipe calls for sugar substitute. I'm not a fan of those plus didn't have it on hand. I will probably reduce this to about 1/3 C next time)
•1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (or use white chocolate or peanut butter chips!)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 (12-cup) muffin pans with foil cupcake liners, or spray muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.

In a blender, (or food processor), mix all of the ingredients together, except for the chocolate chips. Blend until oats are ground and mixture is smooth. *Next time I think I will blend the dry ingredients more before adding wet ingredients*

Pour batter into each cupcake liner (mine filled about 20 liners).

Place muffins tins in the oven for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, remove muffins from the oven (but don’t shut oven off), and distribute chocolate chips on top of each muffin.

Place the muffins back into the oven and bake for an additional 2-5 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. *Note, you could skip this step by putting all of the chips in the batter, and baking the muffins for 12-15 min straight, but this method gives the muffins the traditional ‘VitaTop Muffin’ look with the chocolate chips on top!

Cool muffins before removing from pan. ENJOY!!!

Servings: 20-24 Smaller Muffins

58 Calories Per Muffin

The original recipe says to put half of the chocolate chips in the batter then bake for a bit then top with remaining chocolate chips and bake the final 5 minutes. I just chose to put them all on the top after the forst 10 minutes in the oven.
This is such a yummy, easy and healthy snack when you're on the go or for the kids!

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