As Seen on Pinterest is back for Round 2. In case you missed my first post, I’m digging in to some of my “Can’t Wait To Try” pins to see how they translate from “computer picture” to “kitchen reality.” I’m awarding each recipe Pinterest Points based on my first attempt at making the item and how well it turns out. And if they fail… well, lets just say it’s more than likely I had a hand in it! The White Chocolate Raspberry Tart only got 2.5 out of 5 points – but we can do better than that!
I had a suggestion for my next project: Healthy Chocolate Chunk Muffins. Can this really be a case of having your cake and eating it too? Can you really make a chocolate muffin healthier, and still have it be edible? Really? I wasn’t sold. Yeah, yeah, I’ve heard about substituting the fatty butter and oil for yogurt and applesauce before, but I wasn’t convinced that it would taste as sinful, or bake the same way. I’m really glad I got this suggestion so I could test the theory for myself!
Here’s the link to the original Pinterest Pin.
(Disclaimer: these are just my opinions and experiences. You should always try the recipes for yourself!)
Healthy Chocolate Chunk Muffins
So, besides using applesauce in muffins, I never imagined I would be using a blender to make my batter. It’s actually a genius concept. When it’s all mixed up, you can just pour the batter into your muffin tins. So easy. Props for that gem! However, it probably doesn’t work with all batters. This one was pretty thin, so it was easy to mix and didn’t strain the blender blades.
The batter is made up of oats, unsweetened cocoa, applesauce, greek yogurt, egg whites, semi-sweet chocolate chips and sugar. Now, the recipe called for sugar substitute, and that’s where I strayed. I chose to use real sugar. I’m just not sold on the artificial stuff. As I said, it blended together quite easily and was easy to pour. Then it was off to the oven.
As you can tell, my muffins fell a little flat. For some reason, they didn’t get that nice, round “top of the muffin… to you!!!” dome on them like the original picture. But looks are only half the story. I have to tell you, these were the most moist muffins I have ever made. (Say that 10 times fast!) They still had that chocolate-guilty pleasure-thing going on, but, somehow, with much less guilt. Ok, I’m a believer. Now there’s no excuse to ever use butter and oil again! So… drum roll…
This recipe gets 3.5 out of 5 Pinterest Points. Near perfect, if only they had turned out prettier!
There just might be something to this whole applesauce/yogurt thing!