Double Chocolate Cherry Muffins

These are selfish muffins as they cater to my particular tastes and needs. I’ve been making all kinds of muffins for my son lately but I found myself wanting something today and as he’s at school I threw these together.  I was craving  something that wasn’t too sweet, just sweet enough. Something I could eat without feeling terribly guilty as I am pregnant and eating for more than just me. These fit that bill nicely being low in sugar and fat while being made with whole wheat flour. They are not for the sweet toothed person but if you’re looking for a healthy treat that is tasty they might just be what you’re looking for.

Double Chocolate Cherry Muffins
makes 12

double chocolate muffin

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 C whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 c cocoa powder (dutch processed)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 c applesauce
  • 1 c milk (I used soy but I’m sure any variety would be fine).
  • 1 c chocolate chips
  • 1 c dried cherries

Instructions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Soak the dried cherries in some water.  Set aside.
  • Prepare the muffin tin by placing liners in cups and lightly spraying the liners with cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and cornstarch.
  • Add apple sauce and milk to the dry ingredients.
  • Stir until just combined.  Do not over mix.
  • Drain the cherries.
  • Fold the chocolate chips and cherries into the batter.
  • Evenly distribute the batter between all muffin cups.
  • Place muffins in the oven and bake for 25 minutes, or until done.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  • Enjoy!

Extra Information:

  • I lightly spray the liners to ensure that the muffin comes out.  When you cook with no added oil, the liners tend to stick.  If you forget this step you might lose 1/4-1/3 of your muffin on the bottom.  It doesn’t need a lot of spray, just a little and it saves you a lot of hassle when you want to eat your muffin.
  • The muffin cups will be very full of batter once you distribute everything evenly.  Don’t worry about this.  Your muffins will rise nicely, shouldn’t make a mess and everything will turn out fine.
  • Don’t over cook these muffins. You don’t want them to dry out.  No added fat means you have to keep an eye on them. You may want to set your timer to 22 minutes and then check every minute or so.  They are worth the hassle though!
  • Make sure you mix the cherries and chocolate in evenly.  As they are what adds some sweetness to the muffin you want a balance in each bite.
  • Tammy

    Oh, these look so yummy! Good thing we aren’t neighbors!

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