On the weekend I was thinking about making Cranberry Walnut Breakfast Muffins but I was craving something chocolate-y and didn't want something as cake-like as the Chocolate Quinoa Cupcakes (I reserve those for birthdays and special occasions), so
I dreamed up these Double Chocolate Muffins!
I totally got my chocolate fix and felt super good about my healthy, hearty and fulfilling muffin that I slathered with Sunbutter.
Truth be told I didn't manage to eat more than 4 or 5 of them because Vienna and Walker gobbled them up pretty fast (although I love when that happens because it's proof that the recipe was a success). That being said, I did get the last one when no one was looking and had it with a Rise & Shine Tea latte ! I've kept that secret to myself until just now. And since Vienna will be none the wiser (she can't read yet), and Walker probably won't read this blog post (haha!), the secret is safe with you and me right?
These muffins are so easy to make, I'm going to whip up another batch right after I hit publish on this blog post.
Baked goods are the easiest recipes to create with a toddler because you don't have to worry about sharp knives and it's fun for kids to dump in all the ingredients and stir.
Vienna loves helping me in the kitchen, and it's such a special time for us. Cooking together with kids is an amazing way to foster a positive relationship with food. I remember making peanut butter cookies with my mom like it was yesterday! (I also remember licking the batter off the spoon when she wasn't looking ;)
Look at that chocolate-y batter (and that sweet smile)! Now if I was making these just for myself and Walker, I would've added more raw cacao. But since Vienna's eating them, too, I didn't want them to be over-stimulating for her. As you might have read in my Superfoods for Kids post, raw cacao is not a food you want to give babies (at all) and little ones (in small amounts) because of the fact it has natural substances like caffeine and theobromine that are super energizing.
I made these "mini" because it's just easier for little ones to handle (and also means I can eat a few at a time)! If you bake them in a standard size muffin tin you'll just have to adjust the baking time to be a few minutes longer.
You'll notice I used Camino chocolate chips this time. While I usually use Enjoy Life, these have a little less sugar and I actually find them to have a richer chocolate taste.
These Double Chocolate Muffins are gluten-free, dairy-free and packed with goodness from almond flour and oats, which makes them blood sugar balancing, satiating and fibre-rich (plus, your microbes will love them too).
Here's my new recipe for Double Chocolate Muffins!
*Or 1 banana or 2 flax eggs for an egg-free version.
**Up to you how chocolate-y you want it :)
Makes over 2 dozen mini muffins.
If you came here looking for a nut-free muffin, try these ones instead: Coconut Flour Banana Spice Muffins.
When you try these, please comment below and let me know what you think!
Have a joyous rest of your week!