Quadruple Chocolate Muffins

That’s right chocolate, chocolate, chocolate, chocolate muffins that won’t break the calorie bank.  If a brownie wanted to be a muffin – this would be the result. Dark and rich chocolate flavor packed in a delightful muffin.

Having a healthier lifestyle doesn’t mean not having the things you love. For me life without chocolate is torture. Plus, dark chocolate has so many health benefits – why would one deny themself the pleasure? Chocolate for breakfast? Oh, yes please. But, in all honestly these are so good they would make for a lovely snack and/or dessert, even frosting free!

Quadruple Chocolate Muffins

Another great thing about this recipe is you could add so many things to the batter: nuts, dried cherries or other fruits, more chocolate, peanut butter, etc., etc.

QUADRUPLE CHOCOLATE MUFFINS

Quadruple Chocolate Muffins

  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter, diced
  • 1 1/2 ounces 70% chocolate, finely chopped
  • 9 ounces all-purpose flour (about 2 cups)
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup 2% chocolate milk (I used yoo-hoo)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon coffee extract
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3 Tablespoons powdered sugar (optional, for serving)

DIRECTIONS:   Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

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Combine the diced butter and 70% chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl.
Microwave for 40-50 seconds, stir, return to microwave for 15 second intervals, stirring in between until smooth.  Set aside to cool.

*Tip you can use 60% chocolate or even adapt these to milk chocolate muffins.  I love Lindt 70% chocolate though and that is what I used.
Or you can use regular milk – if you must!

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Weigh out 9 ounces of flour, or lightly spoon flour in dry measuring cup and level with back of knife – 2 cups using this method.
Combine the 9 ounces of flour with 1/3 cup cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in a large mixing.
Using a pastry blender or whisk stir until combined and uniform in color.
You essentially have chocolate flour now.

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Combine the 2/3 cup of sugar, 2/3 cup reduced-fat chocolate milk, eggs, and both extracts in a medium bowl; whisk until well combined.
*I used yoo-hoo. Why? Because I had it leftover from my nephews visit and it’s lower in fat than 2%  milk for about the same calories, plus it’s chocolate…

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Add the butter mixture and milk mixture to the flour mixture, stirring until just combined.

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Add 1/2 cup of chocolate chips and gently fold into the batter.

At this point I would normally grease a muffin pan, but I was out of bakers joy. So despite my lack of love for paper muffin liners
I submitted and lined 12 muffin tins with cute little papers.

Quadruple Chocolate Muffins

Divide the batter evenly among 12 lined or greased muffin cups.

Quadruple Chocolate Muffins

Bake at 425 degrees for 5 minutes. Reduce heat to 375 degrees (while muffins remain in the oven) and continue baking for 8 – 10 minutes more or until a toothpick can be inserted in the middle and removed clean. (pictured above – this was at 9 minutes in my oven.)

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Cool muffins in the pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Remove from the pan and cool completely on the wire rack. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired.
Devour with glee and chocolate giddiness.

Quadruple Chocolate Muffins

I like mine sans-powdered sugar and with a small dab of butter in the middle. That is not included in the below calorie count, FYI.

Quadruple Chocolate Muffins

adapted from: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/triple-chocolate-muffins-50400000131773/
Nutritional data according to caloriecount.about.com’s recipe analyzer: Serves 12, serving 1 muffin: Calories: 201, Fat 5.6g, Protein, 4.1g, Fiber: 1.7g, Carbs: 35.2g, Sugars 15.9g (weight watchers points plus value of 6) ~ small price for chocolate heaven!

Happy Baking Y’all!

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