This healthy chocolate chip muffins recipe makes a delicious, whole grain treat after dinner or on the go!
There’s just something about healthy chocolate chip muffins. I bite into their soft, spongy little bodies, and I’m immediately whisked away to my fabulously warm and sweet-scented dream kitchen and that perfect, double oven I keep fantasizing about. My stress seems to melt away and the only thing occupying my mind is that deep, rich gooey chocolate that seems to massage my shoulders and rub my feet on the way down.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A MUFFIN AND A CUPCAKE?
Typically, a muffin is heartier. It’s often made with whole grains and is also often filled with healthier fare such as dried fruits, nuts and seeds. Muffins can be sweet or savory. They can sometimes be very similar to cupcakes, however, but cupcakes are basically tiny cakes. So there is a difference.
ARE MUFFINS HEALTHIER THAN CUPCAKES?
That is the broadly held idea. However, it’s not always the case. A muffin can be made just as sugary and just as unhealthy as a cupcake. While a cupcake is definitely cake in a smaller form, a muffin can have just as much refined sugar, process grains and other additives that many cupcakes have. And on the other side of that, a cupcake can be made with whole grains and healthier ingredients. So it all really depends on what you put into your muffins and cupcakes.
All that being said, these muffins, despite containing honey and chocolate chips, are a pretty good way to go if you are craving something sweet. They are unprocessed, whole grain muffins that use healthier ingredients at every turn. You can’t go wrong!
BASE MUFFIN RECIPE:
If you are wanting a good base recipe to use for other muffins, this is a great one. Sub the chocolate chips with other things like berries, dried fruits, nuts, seeds, whatever you can think of that fits into your definition of health and clean!
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HEALTHY CHOCOLATE CHIP MUFFINS RECIPE
A delicious snack or dessert that everyone will love!
- 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour (affiliate link)
- 2 tsp. baking soda
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/4 cup oil (anything light in flavor)
- 3/4 cup milk (I used unsweetened almond milk)
- 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
- 1 cup chocolate chips (either grain sweetened, low carb or dark chocolate are the cleanest choices)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Line your muffin tin with cupcake papers.
In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, chocolate chips and baking soda.
In a large mixing bowl, blend everything else with a whisk.
Add the flour to the wet ingredients and whisk again.
Pour into your muffin tin. Fill up the cups only half way.
Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick poked in the middle of a muffin comes out clean.
Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.
Recipe from the Gracious Pantry archives, originally posted 12/31/10.