Low Fat Chocolate Muffins With A Small Surprise

Low Fat Chocolate Muffins

I’m exhausted, but I wanted a treat, and I didn’t want to feel crappy about indulging. For that, this is my go-to recipe.

ingredients assembled

These muffins are incredibly easy to whip together in almost no time, and they always taste fantastic. Good texture, strong chocolate flavor, boosted by a little espresso powder.

It’s a very basic recipe. Dry ingredients first. Whole wheat white flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and espresso powder.

dry ingredients

Wet ingredients next. Vanilla yogurt, milk, vanilla.

whisked wet ingredients

And then it all goes together. That’s it.  But I like to play with this recipe a bit, because I make these muffins a lot and everyone likes them. I put a large dollop of batter in each cup, and then added 5 cinnamon chips to it, in the middle, then covered it up with the rest of the batter.

batter in muffin cups

They turned out great. But I can’t figure out why the tops puff up and then collapse. The texture is cakey, they taste wonderful, the cinnamon chips in the muffin I had tonight melted and just added some nice extra flavor, but they just don’t look very nice, somehow.

muffins in tray

For an extra treat, cut one in half while it’s still hot and put a bit of peanut butter on it.

And just for an extra unrelated bonus, here’s what came in the mail to supplement the muffin-eating. I am finally a member of the Television Academy of Arts & Sciences, which means I get to vote on the Emmys, and I’ve been getting screeners from all the networks. This one, however, takes the cake. Or the muffin.

HBO screener set

It has episodes from pretty much all of their shows, that George Harrison documentary by Martin Scorcese I’ve been wanting to see, the Palin TV movie, and everything else HBO has done in the past year. Impressive.


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