With a husband and three boys who love chocolate, it is a joy to bake these healthy, chocolate treats. The fun thing about this recipe, adapted from Healthy Recipes from the Heart of Our Homes, is that you can make just about any kind of muffin using the same basic ingredients (see ideas below the recipe). The chocolate variation has become our family favorite.
Although you can use a basic soaking method for these muffins, I have found that it is much easier to use a sprouted grain flour mix, as it is difficult to mix using the soaking method. I use a sprouting method posted under my pancake and waffle master mix recipe. The flour used for these muffins is a mix of sprouted pastry wheat, rice, buckwheat, and millet all ground together, but you can use any flour you like.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Mix the following:
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1 beaten egg
- 1/4 cup raw honey (or sweetener of choice; we have tried to cut back on sugar so this may not be enough sweetness for some)
- 1/2 cup milk or rice dream
Gently blend in only until moistened:
- 1 3/4 cup fresh flour (I use sprouted pastry wheat with a little rice, millet, and buckwheat tossed in)
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 2 T. – 1/4 cup cocoa powder (depending on how chocolatey you want them)
- about 1/2 cup chocolate chips (again, depends on how chocolately you want them)
Bake at 375 degrees for 12-20 minutes depending on the size of your muffin tins.
- Blueberry muffins – omit cocoa powder and chocolate chips and add blueberries.
- Chocolate Chip – omit cocoa powder.
- Pumpkin Chip – omit cocoa powder and add pumpkin puree (about 1/3 cup) and 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice.
- Buttermilk Spice – omit cocoa powder and chocolate chips and replace 1/4 cup of the milk with 1/4 cup of buttermilk, add 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice, top with a strussel mix of butter, flour, and sucanat.
- Cranberry Pecan – omit cocoa powder and choclate chips and add dried cranberries and pecans.
There is almost no end to the variations for these muffins. It is fun to think up new ways to make them and the boys are always excited to see what kind I make, though I think chocolate, chocolate chip will always be their favorite. Have fun baking for the holidays!
This post is a part of Stephanie’s Healthy Holiday Eats and Sweets Carnival.