Vegan Double Dark Chocolate Muffins + Weekly Menu

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I learned two things while making these muffins.

First, it’s really hard to make chocolate baked goods because my Lily can’t lick the bowl and turning her down is tough to do! She cries. Literally. Batter-covered bowls are meant to go through a pre-cycle with her. πŸ˜‰

Second, real dark chocolate is vegan! As a milk-chocolate-lover-turned-dark-chocolate-lover, I am slowly learning more about the quality and ingredients in various chocolates with their percentage of cacoa.

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But, dark chocolate is vegan. Learn something new every day!

I haven’t made vegan muffins in quite some time, but they’re definitely a favorite. Replacing eggs and milk with vegan wet ingredients such as canola oil and applesauce make for crumbly, tender, moist muffins that are a bit lower in carbohydrate and higher in fat — healthy fat. Plus, dark chocolate is quickly gaining popularity and respect for its antioxidant and and heart-healthy benefits.

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I’m so glad my dad asked to see my photos of these muffins…because I hadn’t taken any! Oops! Generally, I photograph my meals right as we’re sitting down to eat, or right after they’ve been made. Not ideal, but with a busy work-life-blog balance, it’s what works best for me. And by this point, Mr. Prevention knows that dinner time routine — photos first. πŸ˜‰

I digress. My dad asked to see these photos because he said my muffins weren’t “great-looking” (!). Which, I agree. I’m just glad there were 4 left before I would’ve had to make another batch just to blog about!

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Having guests and taking photos for the blog is quite the spectacle. I’ve made several new recipes for my parents’ visit this weekend and each time I shuffle everything from the kitchen to my “studio” (AKA “the corner”) in the dining room, my mom comes hustling after me with a cute grin on her face to observe. And then comes Lily, and eventually…I’m nudging everyone out of my way to get a decent shot.

I’m glad food stays still and can easily be “styled” for that “perfect” shot. In the case of these muffins…well, there’s just not much appetizing in regards to looks. But who doesn’t love muffins…much less chocolate muffins for breakfast? I, for one, am all over that!

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Vegan Double Dark Chocolate Muffins slightly adapted from Weekly Bite

1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup canola oil
1 Tbsp vanilla
2 oz dark (72% cocao) chocolate, chopped

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325 F. Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners.

Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt, and brown sugar in a large bowl. Whisk until all ingredients are blended.

In a separate bowl, whisk together applesauce, canola oil, and vanilla.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Fold in chopped chocolate.

Fill each muffin tin nearly full and bake for 20-25 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Yield: 14 muffins.

Nutrition Information (per muffin): 185 calories; 10.6 g. fat; 0 mg. cholesterol; 219 mg. sodium; 22.4 g. carbohydrate; 3.1 g. fiber; 0.8 g. protein

Result: Good enough for dessert, but sinless enough for a snack or breakfast item. These are simple to make and I love that they are moderate in carbohydrate while still offering up a generous 3+ grams of fiber per muffin. Dark chocolate lovers, these are for you!

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Weekly Menu: April 1st-5th

 My weekend flew by to quickly and the parental unit is heading out in just a few to head back to Chicago πŸ™

P.S. For anyone on the fence about seeing The Hunger Games — see it! So good!

Have a great week!

Be well,

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19 Comments

  1. April 2, 2012 / 7:24 am

    hmmmm…yeah, I’m still on the fence about that movie. I think I’ll read the books first (if at all….)
    These muffins sound fantastic. They would have been a great dessert with our ALMOST vegan dinner last night (Yeah, I got Nick to eat portobella mushroom sandwiches!! WAhooo!). I Agree it’s funny when people are around watching me take pictures for my blog. Last night my mom was here and I think she thought I was crazy taking all those pictures!

  2. April 2, 2012 / 8:11 am

    I love chocolate muffins – and this is a vegan recipe that I can make!

  3. April 2, 2012 / 9:21 am

    You’re making the salad?!? Squee. I think you’re the fourth blogger I know to put that on their weekly menu after my recent post. Man, it’s so good. I was considering making it again this week but I forgot to put asparagus on the shopping list. D’oh!

  4. April 2, 2012 / 12:16 pm

    You make vegan muffins sound so easy!

  5. April 2, 2012 / 12:16 pm

    These muffins sound amazing. I’ve recently come to love dark chocolate. I feel like it hits my chocolate craving more than milk chocolate does because I can eat less and still be satisfied.

  6. April 2, 2012 / 12:32 pm

    I’m a total dark chocolate lover. These look amaze Nicole! I did some vegan baking this weekend too, but only because I was out of eggs- still turned out delish!

  7. April 2, 2012 / 3:32 pm

    Oooh, these look amazing, Nicole! I am all about the dark chocolate, especially when I can eat it for breakfast. πŸ˜‰

    I LOVED The Hunger Games too!

  8. April 2, 2012 / 5:31 pm

    Yummy! So again, I’ve been meaning to make some kind of chocolate muffins. I’m sure I wont get around to it, but these are on my list to try when I get some time πŸ™‚ I love how you describe everyone wanting to come see you work, haha. I try to schedule my photo sessions for nap time, but quite often I can’t and I find myself getting more pictures with little fingers and hands reaching into the picture than not, lol!

  9. April 2, 2012 / 5:35 pm

    The muffins look too decadent to be for breakfast. πŸ™‚

    How did you enjoy the pasta with Brussels sprouts and Gorgonzola?

  10. April 3, 2012 / 5:42 am

    I would die if I couldn’t give my adorable crying dog a lick. Probably why my own dog is such a porker-she gets whatever she asks for (in the case of chocolate, I find a substitute to distract her-haha). Your Dad cracks me up-leave it to family to tell it like it is. But I don’t agree, I think they’re beautiful.

  11. April 3, 2012 / 5:44 am

    P.S. I really had low expectations for the Hunger Games and was pleasantly surprised by how well they did with it! They stayed pretty true to the book, and made it a quality flick! Loved it.

  12. Athena R
    April 3, 2012 / 10:44 am

    These looks so amazing. I can’t wait to try them…yummy!

  13. Francesca
    April 4, 2012 / 9:37 am

    These are absolutely delicious – I just had them for breakfast this morning! I also added one tablespoon of instant coffee granules to make the taste even more chocolatey. Thanks for all of the wonderful recipes!!

    • Nicole, RD
      Author
      April 4, 2012 / 9:52 am

      What a great addition! I’m so glad you loved them, too πŸ™‚

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  15. LouLou
    July 13, 2012 / 8:26 pm

    I made these, with a few small modifications, and they look beautiful! Try silicone muffin cups and olive oil instead of canola oil, perhaps.

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