I have a chocolate dessert recipe to share with you. If you are looking for something low fat but still tastes good, then this recipe is for you. Recently, I was a looking for a chocolate cookie recipe. I had two requirements – It needed to satisfy my sweet tooth and it also had to be low fat. Basically, something…anything that gave me my chocolate fix but didn’t pack on the pounds. Is there even such a thing?
I searched online for low fat chocolate cookie recipes. I found a few and they were all similar. I noticed the one semi-negative comment on these recipes were the cookies had a more cake-like texture and they were too soft. It got me thinking…and I came up with the idea to turn the cookies into muffins.
I made them as mini muffins and I am very happy with the way they turned out. I think they are yummy. My kiddos agree. My whole family loves these Chocolate Mini Muffins. Well…everyone except my husband. My husband thought they were okay. In the muffins defense, my husband was expecting them to taste like my homemade brownies which is NOT…low fat…at…all. Even they look like mini brownies, they do not have the same taste or texture. UPD (7/5): I made these again today and my husband says “they taste so much better than the first time you made them.” Hmm…I didn’t do anything different. I think his expectation of it NOT being a brownie is why he likes them now. 😉 Me…I still LOVE them!
So a word of warning…these are not nor taste like brownies. It’s a muffin! If you are looking for something low fat and yummy to satisfy your chocolate fix, then you must try this recipe.
Low-Fat Chocolate Mini Muffins Recipe (adapted from Taste of Home to make as muffins)
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/3 cup canola oil
3 egg whites
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2-2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup baking cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
Combine the applesauce, oil and egg whites in a large bowl. Beat in sugars and vanilla. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl and then gradually add the mix to the applesauce mixture. Mix well.
Coat mini muffin pans with spray. I like to use Pam Baking Spray. Place batter into mini muffin pans. Tip: I use a small cookie scoop (about 2 tsp in size). Bake at 350° 10 minutes. (Oven temperatures may vary, so total baking time may be different for you.) Makes around 54 muffins.
* For those who do Weight Watchers – I entered this recipe into their Recipe Builder. 3 chocolate mini muffins equals 4 points. (So each muffin appears to be worth a little over 1 point.) The picture at the top of the post – 3 mini muffins plus strawberries – is just the right amount for me as a dessert. 3 chocolate mini muffins equals 4 points. Strawberries are 0 points.
You may recall I posted about trying a low chocolate recipe on Facebook. Reader Cindy gave this great advice “Mix a chocolate cake mix with a can of pure pumpkin – nothing else. It’s the small can. They are hard to mix. You can put them in a gallon size Ziploc and squeeze or use a stand mixer. They’re great! You can also use spice cake mix or carrot cake mix. Bake them as directed on the box for cupcakes.” I replied I was hesitate to try it because I’m not a fan of pumpkin and Cindy replied back “You won’t taste it in the recipe I posted.” Also, reader (and my friend) Kerri told us about Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins. She emailed me that recipe. I haven’t tried to make their recipes yet but they’re both on my list.
So have you made any low fat chocolate desserts lately?!
(This is linked to Old Fashioned Recipe Exchange, Tasty Tuesday, Tutorials & Tips Tuesdays, Works for Me Wednesday, I’m Lovin’ It, Sunday Showcase Party, Made By You Monday, Tip Me Tuesday and The Frugal Girls.)