Craving chocolate, but not interested in all of those calories? I have the answer! These guiltless chocolate muffins have all the taste of a decadent fudge with only 154 calories. When it comes to desserts I’m usually not interested in saving calories, but this is one of those recipes that has all the taste of your average naughty dessert without feeling naughty about eating it.
Guiltless Chocolate Fudge Muffins
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Makes 8 muffins
1 cup applesauce
1 teaspoon canola oil
1/2 cup turbinado (or drak brown) sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
3/4 cup oat flour*
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Powdered sugar (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place 8 paper liners in muffin tin; coat with cooking spray.
2. Combine applesauce and next 4 ingredients. In a separate bowl, whisk together the next 6 ingredients. Add oat mixture to applesauce mixture; stir until blended. Stir in chocolate chips.
3. Spoon batter into cups. Bake for 20-22 minutes, rotating the pan a half-turn after 10 minutes. Muffins are done when tops are firm to the touch.
4. Cool slightly. Top with powdered sugar.
*If you can’t find oat flour you can grind regular coats in a food processor.
Health Tip: For baking recipes that call for a half-stick of butter substitute a large mashed ripe banana, plus a drizzle of canola oil instead to cut fat and calories and add some healthy carbs.