Decadent tasting 175 calorie whole wheat muffins as fudgy as brownies and moist as chocolate cake!
Figured we all might need a healthy treat as we ease into this post-Easter week. If you’re anything like me, you’re still full from all the cadbury eggs, cheesecake swirl carrot bundt cake, and jelly beans. I’ll be on this sugar high until next Easter, but it’s all worth it because… chocolate and carrot cake.
In the meantime, let’s indulge in something a little more pant-size friendly.
But still as tasty as those chocolate bunnies!
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But this is all beside the point. What I’m trying to say is I bake with a lot of sugar. There’s certainly no denying that! And when I’m baking healthier snack foods or muffins, I love having the option of fair trade certified, organic, and natural sweeteners. And I’m sure you appreciate it as well. So I’ve added Wholesome! to my list of partners. And they’re not going anywhere any time soon. ♥
Moving on to those muffins!
If you flashback to November 2012, you may recall my skinny chocolate fudge banana muffins. As it turns out, this is one of my most popular muffin recipes. For very good reasons: their shocking resemblance to decadent chocolate cake (that’s no lie), rich, melty chocolate… all this with some whole wheat flour and zip/zero/zilch butter.
Today’s muffins are quite similar, but I’m calling them an upgrade. Skinny Chocolate Fudge Banana Muffins 2.0, if you will. They’re made solely with whole wheat flour, coconut oil instead of applesauce for extra richness (just 1/4 cup! makes a difference!), vanilla extract for delish flavor, and they’re sweetened with organic blue agave instead of white sugar. Since agave is sweeter than white sugar, we’re reducing the amount considerably. And the muffins still turn out fantastic. In fact, they’re even better. Didn’t even know it was possible to improve upon such perfection.
I’ve tried the muffins without any sweeteners and the results are in: bland, bitter, and sad chocolate sponge cake. Don’t waste your calories. Speaking of calories, each muffin has 175 of them.
Something else to note: using agave liquid sweetener makes them even more moist. Didn’t know that was possible either. Heck yeah!
Bananas naturally sweeten the muffins. Make sure you’re using super brown speckled bananas– the riper, the better your double chocolate banana muffins will taste. The chocolate flavor overpowers the banana, so don’t expect tons of banana flavor. Rather, expect a chocolate explosion with hints of sweet banana in the background.
We also have those dark chocolate chips hidden inside the muffins too. They are the best part, so don’t leave those out! You can use chopped semi-sweet chocolate or even semi-sweet chocolate chips. But I prefer the dark chocolate chips.
Look how dreamy inside! You’ll forget you’re eating breakfast because THESE MUFFINS TASTE LIKE DESSERT. Felt the need to shout that at you.
There’s no mixer; a whisk does the trick. The batter comes together in about 5 minutes, then it’s a simple spoon into the muffin pan and 20 minutes later you’ve got breakfast that resembles a fat slice of moist chocolate cake. I hereby declare them chocolate cake muffins. Did I mention they taste like dessert yet?
Don’t forget about my high temperature trick. For sky-scraping muffin tops, start the muffins at an extremely high temperature. The burst of high heat raises the muffin tops straight up. Then reduce that oven temperature to cook the center of the muffin for the remaining bake time. It’s such a simple trick that easily produces the tallest muffin tops in the world.
Let me show you how to make the muffins!
Ok, to sum things up:
- Dessert-like muffins.
- Chocolate cake for breakfast.
Monday just got a whole lot tastier.
Whole Wheat Double Chocolate Banana Muffins
- 3 large, very ripe bananas1
- 1/3 cup (80ml) Wholesome! organic blue agave
- 1 large egg, at room temperature
- 1/4 cup (56g) coconut oil, melted (or use canola oil, vegetable oil, or melted butter)
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup (113g) whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup (42g) natural unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup (180g) semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips (save a few for topping)
- Preheat oven to 425°F (218°C). Spray a 12-count muffin pan with nonstick spray or use cupcake liners. This recipe makes 10-12 muffins (usually varies because of the banana size), so you might have 1 empty.
- In a medium bowl, mash the bananas up using a fork.1 Try to rid any and all large lumps-- this requires some arm muscle! Once mashed, whisk in the agave, egg, coconut oil, and vanilla extract until combined. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, mix the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together until combined. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk until everything is combined. Fold in the chocolate chips, reserving some for the tops of the muffins.
- Spoon the batter into liners, filling them all the way to the top. Top each with a couple chocolate chips-- this is just for looks! Bake the muffins for 5 minutes at 425 then, keeping the muffins in the oven, reduce the oven temperature to 350°F (177°C). Bake for an additional 13-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. The total time these muffins take in the oven is about 18-20 minutes, give or take. Allow the muffins to cool for 10 minutes in the muffin pan, then transfer to a wire rack to cool until ready to eat.
- Make ahead tip: Muffins stay soft, fresh, and moist in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Muffins freeze well for up to 2 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and heat up (if desired) before enjoying.
- You'll want to end up with 1 and 1/2 cups mashed bananas. Not a fan of bananas? Try these skinny double chocolate chip muffins instead.
Using SparkRecipes calculator, these muffins come out to 175 calories, 8g fat, 26g carbs each.
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