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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 12
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 65.1
  • Total Fat: 0.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
  • Sodium: 193.5 mg
  • Total Carbs: 15.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 2.4 g
  • Protein: 2.0 g

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chocolate muffins - with lots of vitamins instead of calories!

Submitted by: USETHEFIST

Introduction

I'm not going to lie: these taste a little like health food. Because they are made with beets. You could probably cut back on them and increase the water (or omit them altogether), but that's where most of the vitamins come from. If you are sensitive about things that "taste healthy," these probably aren't for you. Otherwise, the beet taste is subtle, and they're very rich, moist, and chocolate-y. An incredibly nutritious and guilt-free way to satisfy that sweet tooth.

** These have even more vitamins than the nutrition indicates because spark people doesn't account for all the vitamins and minerals in whole wheat flour!!**
I'm not going to lie: these taste a little like health food. Because they are made with beets. You could probably cut back on them and increase the water (or omit them altogether), but that's where most of the vitamins come from. If you are sensitive about things that "taste healthy," these probably aren't for you. Otherwise, the beet taste is subtle, and they're very rich, moist, and chocolate-y. An incredibly nutritious and guilt-free way to satisfy that sweet tooth.

** These have even more vitamins than the nutrition indicates because spark people doesn't account for all the vitamins and minerals in whole wheat flour!!**

Number of Servings: 12

Ingredients

    1 c whole wheat flour
    1/4 c cocoa powder
    1 T baking powder
    1/4 t salt
    1/4 - 1/2 t stevia (OPTIONAL)

    1/2 c raisins
    1.5 c water
    1/2 c sliced beets, boiled or canned
    1/2 c unsweetened apple sauce
    1/2 t apple cider vinegar
    1 t vanilla*

    * Almond extract would work well, too, and in fact might be better. Almond pairs well with chocolate, making chocolate's flavor bolder and deeper - never a bad thing when you're trying to make health food seem decadent.

Directions

01. Preheat the oven to 350. Place the raisins in the water, and let soak for 2 - 3 hours or overnight.

02. In a bowl, sift together the dry ingredients (flour through salt/stevia). Place the wet ingredients (beets through vanilla) in a blender or food processor and puree. Add the raisins and their water, and continue to process.

03. Gently combine the wet with the dry. The batter will be a little thicker than what you might expect - i.e. not that "thin but viscous" texture typical of muffin batter, more full-bodied and scoopable. Don't worry about it.

04. Fill a well-greased or paper-lined muffin tin all the way to the top with batter, smoothing out any little dips or swirls in your muffins. Then put the tray in the oven and bake for 20 - 25 minutes, or until done.

05. LET THEM COOL COMPLETELY BEFORE DIGGING IN! Because they're fat free, their texture isn't quite the same as their fat-loaded counterparts, and just like fat-loaded muffins (or cookies or any other baked good...) aren't quite "set' when they leave the oven - well, that's double-y true of these guys. Even though a toothpick will come out clean when they're ready, their texture is almost mush-y if you eat them fresh from the oven, but if you let them cool completely, you won't even remember that was a possibility.

07. Enjoy! These go great with a cup of coffee or soymilk.

** If you want a little "frosting," slather on some almond butter. Like I said, almond pairs well with chocolate, but almonds are rich with vitamins and good-for-you fat (especially omega-3s). Plus, eating them with these muffins makes a complete protein! **




If you enjoyed this recipe, check out my blog about vegan and drug-free living. It's loaded with tons more recipes (most of which taste like average food, not "health food"), fun activities, and health tips: http://xveganxparty.blogspot.com

Number of Servings: 12

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user USETHEFIST.






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  • I will definitely be trying these. I've been wanting to find a traditional red velvet cake recipe (that calls for beets not food coloring), and this seems pretty close. Due to allergies, I'll be making them w/gf flour, coconut milk and maple syrup. I like the applesauce in place of the eggs. Thanks! - 7/11/10

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