One of the best ways to celebrate today fun food holiday, "National Muffin Day," and to honor the month long focus on whole grains would be to make a whole grain chocolate muffin. Wouldn't that be great, Sisters and Brothers?
Your Chocolate Priestess used the search feature on Foodbuzz and found a recipe I could start from. I knew I'd need to make some adjustments but I wanted to also make sure this worked out. You can find the original whole wheat chocolate muffin recipe from Joseph's Grainery on their site.
First thing I needed to change was to increase the chocolate in the recipe. That doesn't surprise you does it? I wanted to also use mini chocolate chips called Nestle Toll House Mini Toppers because I think they blend better into the muffins better than regular sized chips plus I had bought these I found on clearance sale one day at Kroger. Note these are semi-sweet so the darkness of the muffins starts here.
I also have whole wheat flour but it isn't white whole wheat flour like the original. I'm not certain if this will require enough more liquids or not but I know what a muffin batter should look like and feel like so I'll figure it out. But it is also "National Whole Grains" month so I'm adding oatmeal as well. Does this help balance out all the extra chocolate? Well considering I'm using other "healthier" version of many of the ingredients, I'm hoping that over all this isn't too bad of a treat for you to have.
Here's the recipe that I created via a lot of substitutions and consultation with a muffin recipe booklet I have.
TammyJo's Double Chocolate Whole Wheat Muffins
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup sugar/Splenda (1:1 variety)
1/4 cup + 1 T King Arthur Double Dutch Dark Cocoa
1tsp baking soda
1tsp baking powder
1.5 cups natural applesauce
1/2 cup melted Cisco baking stick
1/2 cup Egg Beaters
1 T white vinegar
1 T pure vanilla extract
8oz/1 cup mini chocolate chips
Mix all the dry ingredients together thoroughly, I used a fork to keep the air in the mixing by hand. Here you can see them all in the bowl but yet unmixed. I don't like using an electric mixer for muffins myself or for brownies usually either.
Spoon into regular sized muffin pan. I used these cute monkey liners I found on sale and had a coupon for. Bake at 375 for 19 minutes or so -- I used the sticking toothpick method to check them.
So how are you celebrating "National Muffin Day?"