Last updated on February 16th, 2019
Healthy Gooey Chocolate Muffins GF/V
Is there anything better than chocolate? While chocolate naturally fits into the dessert category, I’m a firm believer that it can be used in your daily snacks too! Actually, I have chocolate each and every day 😀 These muffins are not only vegan and gluten free but they’re also full of gooey, delicious chocolate.. and they’re healthy!
Muffins are a staple in this house and these ones are more like brownies than muffins! These chocolate muffins end up extremely gooey and sticky in nature and given that they’re chocolate based they tend to be a pretty big (although messy!) hit.
For these muffins I used a base of steel cut oats. Because these oats are less processed than others, they contain much more fiber as well as protein per serving. This not only provides an awesome, gooey base but it also makes it so the muffins help keep little tummies full longer! You’ve been warned though that these muffins are a sticky mess- perfect for finger licking scenarios!
The next big perk of these muffins is that they use my favorite chocolate in he world: cacao powder! Cacao powder has a host of benefits, mainly a plethora of antioxidants (and you can read about the benefits of real chocolate here). Combined with natural sweeteners like pure maple syrup, banana and applesauce brings out the chocolate flavor of the powder and gives these muffins have a sweet but not too sweet flavor while still maintaining their healthy status.
And the final perk of these chocolate muffins is that they’re perfect for toddlers! They contain no processed sugars and instead use more natural options. Learning to reduce your sugar intake can be tricky but there’s a ton of great options to still conquer that sweet tooth!
Just a quick note: because these gooey chocolate muffins are flourless they’re also a bit dense. Meaning, they won’t rise up like a typical store bought option. Instead, all their goodness is compacted into a small, dense package that tastes delicious.
This little muffins make an amazing snack (minus the chocolate hands that goes with them if you give them to your toddler in a car seat!) or a great side to breakfast. They’re full of healthy ingredients, contain no processed sugars and of course.. they’re gooey chocolate! This makes them a win anytime of the day.
Ingredients In The Chocolate Muffins
- 1 ripe banana, mashed
- 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 2 cups steel cut oats, cooked
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/3 cup almond meal
- 1/3 cup ground flaxseed
- 1/3 cup cacao powder
- 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3/4 cups chopped walnuts
- 1/2 cup enjoy life mini chocolate chips (dairy free)
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How To Make The Chocolate Muffins
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl combine all dry ingredients except chocolate chips and walnuts.
In a small bowl mash the banana and combine remaining wet ingredients. Mix until smooth.
Pour the wet mixture into the dry and stir until combined.
Fold in the walnuts.
Fold in the chocolate chips.
Line or grease a muffin tin and divide the batter evenly into twelve tins.
Bake for 15 minutes and flip the tray.
Bake for another fifteen minutes.
Remove from the oven and let cool on the counter for thirty minutes before removing from tray.
Makes twelve muffins.
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