Chocolate Chip “Surprise” Muffins

February 12th, 2019 | no comments

I’m a cake and muffin girl. Cookies, I can take or leave them.

I chuckle when I think about my idea of a healthy breakfast in the late nineties: a fat-free raisin bran muffin from the local coffee shop, eaten proudly while sipping a sickeningly sweet, fat-free vanilla cappuccino. Oy vey!

I just knew I had to try this recipe when I ran across it on Pinterest.  A muffin that actually tastes good, not too sweet, and actually good for me? Smear a little natural peanut butter, almond butter, or NuttZo nut and seed butter on each half and you’ve got yourself a quick breakfast!

Check out these ingredients:

  • Avocado
  • Raw cacao powder
  • Pure maple syrup as a sweetener
  • Almond flour
  • Unrefined coconut oil

Next time I’m adding chopped walnuts to the batter. Yum!

This recipe was inspired by: paleoglutenfree.com

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Chocolate Chip "Surprise" Muffins
I just knew I had to try this recipe when I ran across it on Pinterest.  A muffin that actually tastes good, not too sweet, and actually good for me? Smear a little natural peanut butter, almond butter, or NuttZo nut and seed butter on each half and you've got yourself a quick breakfast (plus an extra serving of Earthfood)! 1 Earthfood per serving: ♥
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25-30 minutes
Servings
muffins
Ingredients
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1 cup avocado about one and a half large avocados, peeled and seeded
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 6 tbsp. raw cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup unrefined coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • 2 large organic free-range eggs
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25-30 minutes
Servings
muffins
Ingredients
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1 cup avocado about one and a half large avocados, peeled and seeded
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 6 tbsp. raw cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup unrefined coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • 2 large organic free-range eggs
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a muffin pan with coconut oil or line with parchment cups. In a food processor blend all ingredients until smooth (except chocolate chips).
  2. Fill the muffin pan with batter, then sprinkle with chocolate chips and bake 25-30 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the middle of muffin comes out clean.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per muffinCalories: 285Total Fat: 21 g; Saturated Fat: 8 g; Sodium: 120 mg; Potassium: 135 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 22 g; Dietary fiber: 5 g; Net Carbohydrates: 17 grams; Sugar: 13 g ; Protein: 6 g

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Chocolate Earthfood “Pudding” Cups

December 5th, 2018 | no comments

Ever have a taste for something chocolatey, but you’re feeling so good about your food choices lately that you don’t want to stray? Fearful you’ll end up in sugar’s tight grip with no escape route in sight, you reach for a cluster of grapes instead. 

But the grapes just aren’t cutting it, are they? 

This recipe is a way out! A simple way to have your chocolate and cure your craving, without turning it into a bland, tasteless health food. Chocolate Earthfood “Pudding” contains added sugar, so it’s not a “health” food, however it does:

  • Contain less sugar than traditional pudding
  • Boast SEVEN times more fiber than traditional pudding
  • Replace white sugar with raw honey or pure maple syrup (your choice)
  • Contain a fair amount of good fat from fresh avocado and coconut oil, which means it won’t spike your blood sugar like the store-bought junk OR cause rebound hunger. This little thing is super-satisfying, almost like a mini-meal!

Don’t think I’m weird, but last night I didn’t feel like making dinner, so I snacked on a bowl of raw veggies dipped in hummus and afterwards, treated myself to a Chocolate Earthfood “Pudding” Cup. I swear I was as satisfied as if I had eaten an entire plateful of food! 

PS: Don’t like the tropical taste of virgin coconut oil? Use refined coconut oil instead as it has a neutral scent and flavor. 

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Chocolate Earthfood "Pudding" Cups
This recipe is a way to have your chocolate and cure your craving, without turning it into a bland, tasteless health food. Because it contains added sugar, Chocolate Earthfood "Pudding" should not be considered a "health" food, however compared to traditional pudding it does: contain less sugar and more fiber; use raw honey or pure maple syrup in place of white sugar; contain a fair amount of good fat. 3 Earthfoods per serving: ♥♥♥
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 2 large avocados, peeled and seeded
  • 3 tbsp. organic virgin, unrefined coconut oil I like Nutiva brand
  • 1/3 cup raw cacao powder I like Navitas brand
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup or raw honey
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. chia seeds, ground to grind chia seeds, run through a food processor or coffee grinder.
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts of choice walnuts, pecans, peanuts, etc.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 2 large avocados, peeled and seeded
  • 3 tbsp. organic virgin, unrefined coconut oil I like Nutiva brand
  • 1/3 cup raw cacao powder I like Navitas brand
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup or raw honey
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. chia seeds, ground to grind chia seeds, run through a food processor or coffee grinder.
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts of choice walnuts, pecans, peanuts, etc.
Instructions
  1. Combine avocado through chia in a food processor and blend until smooth. To make sure ingredients are evenly distributed, you may find it necessary to stop halfway through and scrape the sides. If it's too thick, add a tablespoon or two of unsweetened coconut milk and continue processing until smooth.
  2. Divide pudding into five small containers, secure the lids, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to thicken. Top with chopped nuts of choice and cacao nibs if desired!
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per serving: Calories: 310Total Fat: 23 g; Saturated Fat: 10 g; Sodium: 10 mg; Potassium: 400 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 24 g; Dietary fiber: 7 g; Net Carbohydrates: 17 grams; Sugar: 14 g (14 grams added sugar from honey/maple syrup); Protein: 4 g

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