Chocolate Muffins

I have some good news. Relieving news. “I’m Exhausted, but in a Happy Way” kind of news: I finished writing my cookbook yesterday! Yahoo! It’s off to the publisher for edits and photography, and it will be available for purchase a year from now. I can’t wait to share it with you. PHEW. So you see, I’ve been a little busy :) Please welcome my last guest poster- another good friend and fabulous food blogger: Catherine McCord from the  very popular website  Weelicious.com. Weelicious focuses on educating kids and involving them in the cooking process. Catherine has loads of kid-friendly, healthy recipes on her site, and she includes how-to videos too! Today, Catherine is sharing a recipe for Chocolate Lovers: Chocolate Muffins. Take it away Catherine!

Chocolate.

If there’s such thing as an “easy sell” in our house, nothing pleases everyone more than absolutely anything I make whose name starts with chocolate. In fact, my kids’ cheers of joy usually drown me out before I can even get the whole word out of my mouth.

Take these Chocolate Muffins for instance. Recently, my two little angels were in the midst of a quarrel at the kitchen table and I was starting to lose my patience from all the bickering. Using my best diversionary skills I announced to them, “I made chocol…”. They were sold before they even knew what it was that I made — amazing, the power chocolate in any form has over my kids. After each of their first bites, there was peace in the world (at least momentarily)….and something delicious in their tummies.

These chocolate muffins are light as a feather, but also pack a rich punch of chocolate. The next time you’re trying to grab everyone’s attention, just whip up a batch of these and watch what happens!

Catherine encourages parents to be honest -– no sneaking veggies! –- and to include kids in the cooking process by exposing them to food from the moment it comes out of the ground to giving them age-appropriate tasks in the kitchen. This hands-on experience inspires them to ask questions and gets them excited about what they’re going to eat. You’ll notice a change in kids’ eating habits and as they grow, they’ll instinctively make healthier food choices.

Thanks so much, Catherine for sharing your delicious recipe for chocolate muffins with us!  You can visit Catherine on her website: Weelicious.com, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.  And you can look forward to Catherine’s first cookbook: Weelicious, which will be published by Willam Morrow in Sept. 2012.  Her book will include over 150 fast, easy and fresh recipes for the entire family. One family, one meal. It will offer tips on how to make kids great eaters while making a moms life easier in the kitchen at the same time!

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Chocolate Muffins

Yield: 12 regular-sized or 4 mini muffins

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 18 min

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup granulated white sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup milk
1/3 cup vegetable or canola oil
1 large egg, beaten

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 400° F. Grease 12 regular or 24 mini muffin tins.

2. In a medium bowl, sift flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, and salt.

3. In a large bowl, whisk together the milk, oil, and the egg. Add the dry ingredients and stir just until combined.

4. Fill the muffin cups 2/3 full.

5. Bake 18 – 22 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Nutritional Information per serving:
Serving size: 1 regular-sized muffin
Calories per serving: 155
Fat per serving: 6.9g
Saturated Fat per serving: .9g
Sugar per serving: 9.1g
Fiber per serving: 1.7g
Protein per serving: 3.2g
Cholesterol per serving: 15.7mg
Carbohydrates per serving: 22.2g

WW POINTS per serving:
Points Plus Program: 4 Old Points Program: 3

Source: RecipeGirl.com (recipe from Catherine McCord of Weelicious.com)

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31 Responses to “Chocolate Muffins”

  1. 1

    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — March 1, 2012 @ 3:23 AM

    Congrats on the cookbook progress, that must feel amazing! Can’t wait to see the finished product:-)

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    Blog is the New Black — March 1, 2012 @ 3:59 AM

    Hello, dessert for breakfast! YUM!

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    Damyon — March 1, 2012 @ 4:01 AM

    What makes these muffins and not cupcakes?

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    Ben — March 1, 2012 @ 6:23 AM

    Wow! Congratulations on the book and those muffins look delicious :)

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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — March 1, 2012 @ 6:55 AM

    Wow Congrats on the cookbook! I can’t wait to buy it! Your muffins look delish!!

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    Lauren — March 1, 2012 @ 7:23 AM

    Go Lori!! You can breathe a little easier now!!

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    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga — March 1, 2012 @ 7:59 AM

    Congrats on finishing the book and sending it all off. What a big, big step, relief…just everything!

    And on these muffins and your work with weelicious…you are just movin’ and shakin’….love it!

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    The Duo Dishes — March 1, 2012 @ 9:25 AM

    Congrats on completing your book! What an exhausting but rewarding process. Can’t wait to see it.

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    Aimee — March 1, 2012 @ 10:23 AM

    Congratulations on the book! What an incredible accomplishment. My son and I made these muffins today. They were the perfect treat on this snowy March 1st.

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    JenMarie — March 1, 2012 @ 12:06 PM

    These look scrumptious! I love how they are nice and small. A good snack for the kiddos after school. And without tons of frosting, like a cupcake.

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    Jennifer — March 1, 2012 @ 6:46 PM

    Congrats on finishing your recipe book! I’m a big fan of your recipes :-)

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    Christina @ The Hungry Australian — March 2, 2012 @ 1:31 AM

    Congratulations on finishing your book!

    Catherine’s chocolate muffins look great, too. Love the red wrappers.

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    Missy — March 2, 2012 @ 6:29 AM

    I have made chocolate muffins for about 45 years now. We made them when we were kids growing up and I made them for my children, and now my grandchildren. They always love them and my granddaughter (and her mother, my daugher) won’t eat any other kind of muffin!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — March 2, 2012 @ 9:04 AM

    I LOVE muffins, we have them all the time in my house! These look wonderful, the wrappers are cute too!

    Congrats on finishing your book; can’t wait for it to come out!

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    Andrea @Andreas Kitchen — March 2, 2012 @ 12:54 PM

    Congratulations on finishing your cookbook Lori!
    These muffins sound incredible and I bet they would convert to gluten free pretty easily.

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    Karen @ Sugartown Sweets — March 2, 2012 @ 1:53 PM

    Can’t go wrong with chocolate..love the cupcake papers! :)

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    Karen @ Sugartown Sweets — March 2, 2012 @ 1:54 PM

    OOPS! A big Congratulations on your new book!

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    ErinCroutons — March 2, 2012 @ 2:51 PM

    Deeeeelicious! Oh chocolate, the fastest way to my heart. :)

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — March 2, 2012 @ 11:22 PM

    Lori, congratulations! I’m sure it was grueling and exhausting but you’re finally done.

    I absolutely cannot wait until your book comes out. A year is just too long!!

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    Nancy — March 3, 2012 @ 12:46 PM

    Congratulations!! A while year to wait —:-((.

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    Simone — March 4, 2012 @ 2:05 AM

    Congratulations Lori on finishing the book!! That must feel awesome and I guess also a great way to celebrate with these delicious chocolately cakes. Mmm. I had not heard of weelicious before but will check it out!

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    sally @ sallys baking addiction — March 4, 2012 @ 7:01 AM

    congrats on finishing your recipe book Lori! i’m a huge fan of all of your amazing recipes and can’t wait until it is published in a year! the chocolate muffins look incredible. i’d love to smear them with peanut butter. yum!

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    Catherine McCord — March 4, 2012 @ 3:28 PM

    What makes these different then a cupcake is that they’re much lighter and don’t have as much sugar as many cupcake recipes.
    So proud of Lori! Can’t wait to see the book, what an achievement!!

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    Sonya — March 5, 2012 @ 4:49 AM

    I made these last week and we really enjoyed them! I added in ground cinnamon and vanilla extract :) Thank you for a great recipe!

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    Valerie — March 6, 2012 @ 2:15 PM

    Mmmm, made these today! Everyone loved them and couldnt believe how very moist they were.

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    chocolatenut — May 20, 2013 @ 1:18 PM

    muffins are really dry and not very tasteful at all….

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    Holly — June 11, 2013 @ 9:07 AM

    I just made these and they are DELISH! I love them, they are not too sweet like a sugar filled cupcake, but a light, semi-sweet chocolaty piece of heaven in a muffin tin. Awesome Recipe :)

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    Sherry — July 31, 2013 @ 9:05 AM

    Hey :) i made this recipe exactly , but suddenly when i mixed the dry ingredients over the wet ones, the batter was very dry , can u tell me what i did wrong :(

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    Rebekah — August 1, 2013 @ 2:07 PM

    Maybe I did something wrong, so don’t let my comment discourage you from trying these. But from my personal experience, they were quite tasteless. But again, might have been my fault. Good luck!

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    Sbonga — August 10, 2013 @ 12:52 AM

    Hi Cath

    Thank you so much for your yummy recipe. I tried it yesterday for a customer. They loooooved them. It’s very easy to make and a true winner!