Healthy Chocolate Chip Muffins with Chopped Nuts


One of my family's all-time favorite desserts have always been chocolate chip muffins, and after I decided to not eat gluten I have always been intimidated by recreating this highly loved dish. Whenever you make a diet change and you wish to alter a dish you always get the fear of messing it up, because there are so many memories connected to it. But after the success I had when making my cupcakes with chocolate glaze I figured I could easily use the basic recipe for the muffins and just add in chopped dark vegan chocolate. I love adding in chopped hazel or brazil nuts, because I find just using chocolate gets a bit too heavy for my liking, but this is completely up to your preferences.


Ingredients, makes 6 large muffins:
  • 200g gluten-free oats ground into a flour (or use oat flour)
  • 150g dates, pitted
  • 3 dl unsweetened soy milk
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 75g chopped vegan unsweetened dark chocolate *
  • 40g chopped brazil, hazel or cashew nuts (optional)

Directions:
  1. Combine the dates, soy milk and vanilla in a blender and pulse until it forms a completely smooth mixture. In a separate bowl add in the oat flour/ground oats and baking powder, before pouring in the liquid-mixture from the blender. Stir this, and add in chopped nuts and/or chopped chocolate, or you could always add in the nuts first (or leave it plain) and make a few muffins solely with nuts and then add in the chocolate to the remaining batter.
  2. Pour the batter into a muffin pan (this recipe makes 6 large muffins), and for those who used nuts perhaps sprinkle on a teaspoon of chopped nuts on top of the muffins before placing it in the oven at 200 degrees Celsius/392 degrees Fahrenheit for 15-25 minutes. How much cooking time required depends entirely on the size of your muffins, so make sure that they are cooked through and use the written time as a guideline. You get the absolute best result if you let them rest for 10 minutes before eating them, so the get to firm up a bit more on the inside.


Notes:
  • What kind of chocolate you choose to add in is totally up to you, but if you are health-concious make sure that it is dark (preferable 70% or higher), that it is vegan (contains no egg or dairy-products) and that it does not contain any added sugars, syrup, agave nectar or artificial sweeteners. Also you might want to add in more or less depending on how much chocolate you would like the muffins to contain!


Enjoy!

3 comments:

  1. I tried it out yesterday, at my birthdayparty, it was an succsess! Simply delicious!

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    1. I am so glad you liked the recipe, and I hope you had an amazing birthday!

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  2. I am so glad you liked the recipe, and I hope you had an amazing birthday!

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