Healthy Chocolate Muffins ~ with no added sugar! Loaded with spelt flour, oats, ground flaxseed meal and coconut oil, then sweetened with applesauce and honey. We topped these muffins with dark chocolate chips and chopped walnuts to help us keep on track with our New Year’s resolutions.
It’s hard to believe but we’re already halfway through January and, if you’re like me, that craving for a little something chocolate has come back again. So … if I’m going to enjoy a few carbs, they might as well be healthy carbs!
First, don’t let the ingredient list scare you off.
If you don’t have spelt flour in your pantry, and are not interested in buying it for this recipe, substitute whole wheat flour (whole wheat pastry flour is even better) or use all-purpose. However spelt flour is worth investigating and does an amazing job as a substitute for AP flour in most recipes. Spelt is high in protein with a nutty flavor that’s sweeter and lighter than whole wheat. When baking breads and lofty cakes with spelt flour, it may be best to combine it with all-purpose flour. Spelt flour is made from a primitive grain related to modern day wheat. It’s easily digestible and a good source of fiber.
Additionally, I’ve included ground flaxseed meal and Brewer’s yeast in this recipe but you can skip the yeast and use all flax if desired. As another alternative, you can substitute protein powder in equal amounts for both ingredients. We keep ground flaxseed meal in the refrigerator all the time and add it to oatmeal, cereals and smoothies for that extra something healthy. Ground flaxseed meal is a heart-healthy addition to our daily diet. It has a mild flavor and is loaded with Omega-3 fatty acids and fiber.
My favorite way to eat these muffins is topped with Skyr and sliced strawberries.
We fell in love with Skyr while traveling in Iceland a few years ago, and were thrilled to find it in our local Wegman’s grocery store. Skyr has been a staple in the Icelandic diet for thousands of years and is actually considered a cheese, not yogurt. Most of all, Skyr is a great source of protein, has a mild flavor and a texture similar to Greek yogurt. YUM!
Finally, add a few sliced strawberries and you won’t believe how the muffin is transformed into an amazing dessert. My taste testers were fighting over the last bite of these delicious muffins so I’ve promised to make them again soon. Bake these Healthy Chocolate Muffins in the low, flat muffin/cake paper liners for a larger muffin, or a regular muffin pan is perfect too!
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- 1 1/4 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1 cup spelt flour or substitute whole wheat or AP flour if desired
- 3 tablespoons unsweetened natural cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed meal *
- 1 tablespoon Brewer's yeast *
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/2 cup low fat buttermilk
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil melted and cooled slightly
- 1/3 cup to 1/2 chopped walnuts optional
- 1/3 cup to 1/2 dark chocolate chips for sprinkling on top
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a 12 cup muffin pan with nonstick vegetable spray and set aside. Or use 5 (4½-inch) paper baking liners/cups/wrappers placed on a baking sheet. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl combine the oats, flour, cocoa, flaxseed meal, Brewer's yeast, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
In a medium mixing bowl whisk together the egg, applesauce, buttermilk, honey and oil.
Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the applesauce mixture. Using a rubber spatula, fold the mixtures together just until all dry ingredients are moistened.
Spoon the batter evenly between the prepared muffin pan or paper liners. Sprinkle with chopped nuts and chocolate chips. Bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes or until the top springs back when lightly touched.
Cool on a wire rack.
Store leftovers at room temperature in a sealed container.
* Substitute ground flaxseed meal for the Brewer's yeast or use 2 tablespoons protein powder in place of the yeast and flaxseed.
Great served with yogurt or Skyr and sliced strawberries.
Makes 10-12 regular muffins or 5 large
Here are a few more healthy snack ideas you might enjoy:
- Homemade Coconut Cream Pie Larabars
- Homemade Peanut Larabars
- Dark Chocolate Detox Bites ~ The View from Great Island
- Coconut Chocolate Chip Granola Bars ~ Simply Fresh Dinners
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What a great way to start the week! Thanks so much for stopping by!