Are you rushed in the morning? I know I am! Time seems to fly as my husband John and I get ready to go out the door each day. However, no matter how time flies in those early morning hours, I would like to have something healthy as well as filling (and quick) for us to eat.
I discovered a great recipe for chocolate and peanut butter muffins you can cook in the microwave that are not only quick but good… and good for you too!
It all began when I found a recipe for gluten free and sugar free chocolate muffins at Simply Healthy Home. Jessica’s muffins were single muffins baked in the oven, but knowing how to make microwave muffins already, I figured I could cook the muffin in the microwave so they would be quick and easy. (I was right. They cooked in the microwave just fine.)
Furthermore, one of the main ingredients in Jessica’s muffin recipe was ground flax. I liked that, especially with chocolate which would overcome any other taste sensations from the flax seed which some people might not like so much.
Ground flax is really heart healthy and so nutritious. Plus it is an ingredient you would normally see in low carb muffin recipes or grain free muffins. Ground flax and chocolate seemed like a good combination of health and happiness!
By the way, even Walmart now has organic ground flax seeds from the Wild Oats company, so if eating clean is important to you and you want to still save money on groceries, check the prices there on this newer organic line of food at Walmart! I tried their organic flax in my minute muffins, and it works quite well!
I did change one ingredient from Jessica’s recipe to add to the health benefits of the muffins.
The original recipe called for cocoa powder, and I used raw cacao powder. You can see what a package of raw cacao powder looks like here:
While you could still use regular cocoa powder in this recipe, the benefits of using raw cacao powder vs. cocoa powder might make you lean towards using the superfood raw cacao.
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That said, I should also warn you that when you use raw cacao powder, or even just cocoa powder, you will probably find yourself wanting a little extra sweetener to offset the bitterness of the chocolate. I used a little more than 1/16 of a teaspoon of white stevia powder which is actually quite a bit of stevia. If I were using coconut palm sugar in this recipe, which I believe would be quite good with this recipe using raw cacao powder actually, I would probably use a teaspoon or so. A teaspoon or so of honey or maple syrup would work well too.
Fortunately, the recipe also calls for pure vanilla extract too which makes any recipe you add it to taste a little sweeter as well. Had it not been for that vanilla extract, I might have felt the urge to throw more sweetener in my mug! LOL Thankfully though, the vanilla saved me from having to do that.
What you end up with is a perfect little chocolate muffin that is healthy and tasty in about two to five minutes flat (including the 50 seconds of cooking in the microwave).
On a side note:
You don’t need a spread with this muffin, but you can certainly enjoy one if you wish.
For the sake of experimentation, I cut my muffin in three sections and topped one piece with peanut butter, one piece with coconut butter, and one piece with a mixture of 1/2 butter with 1/2 pure maple syrup.
Here’s a photo of my three slices of muffins topped with maple butter, peanut butter, and coconut butter (sometimes called coconut manna):
I liked all three spreads!
If you would like my thoughts for future reference:
I liked the coconut butter spread for breakfast, especially if I were serving this muffin with a fruit protein shake recipe on the side (which is what I was doing on that day).
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I thought the peanut butter on the chocolate muffin would make a terrific afternoon snack.
The maple butter spread on the chocolate muffin was the sweetest. It almost tasted like a chocolate cake with maple icing! That…. well… that made me think I could even use this recipe as a quick and easy dessert for a lunch or dinner.
Of course, you could use any of of the muffin spreads for your breakfast if you wish! They ALL make for healthy breakfasts or healthy snacks, even healthy snacks for kids!
Just take a close look at my quick and easy healthy muffins with ground flax and raw cacao powder (and toppings of course), otherwise known as my chocolate and peanut butter muffins!
So if you are looking for a healthy muffin recipe for your morning pleasure (and health), here you go!
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp. coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 1 Tbsp. peanut butter
- 2 Tbsp. ground flax
- 2 Tbsp. raw cacao powder (or cocoa powder)
- 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- Stevia to taste (up to 1/16 tsp. stevia powder or 1 tsp. other sweetener)
- Dash of salt
- Spray a microwavable mug with coconut oil cooking spray.
- Combine egg, coconut oil, and vanilla extract in mug, and whisk with a fork.
- Add peanut butter, ground flax, cacao posder, baking powder, stevia, and salt to liquid in mug, and stir until well combined.
- Microwave on high for 50 seconds.
- Remove from microwave, and immediately turn over mug over a plate to remove muffin.
- You are now ready to go, with or without anything on top!
- Stevia is a great sweetener for this recipe, but if you prefer, you could also use approximately 1 tsp. (or a little more) of raw honey, pure maple syrup, coconut palm sugar, natural pure cane sugar, or other sweetener of choice.
- While you do not need to slice the muffin, they can be easily sliced into three rounded pieces for easier handling in the car or by little hands at the table.