Chocolate Chia Seed Muffins

Chocolate Chia Seed Muffins

More Chocolate Comfort Food

It is still February and today, I was planning to show you how to make one of my favorite deserts: Chocolate Avocado Mousse. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get ripe avocados so I had to come up with another yummy chocolate idea: Chocolate Chia Seed Muffins. I have created a video for you so you can see how easy it is to bake these little healthy treats.

It is still February and today, I was planning to show you how to make one of my favorite deserts: Chocolate Avocado Mousse. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get ripe avocados so I had to come up with another yummy chocolate idea: Chocolate Chia Seed Muffins. I have created a video for you so you can see how easy it is to bake these little healthy treats.

 

 

I will share with you that my baking this week wasn’t as smooth sailing as I hoped it was. The week before, my daughter Dana helped me film but this week she had other plans. I missed her a lot. It’s quite amazing how useful 16 year old teenagers can be 🙂

Anyway, first I forgot to put the eggs into the dough. You will notice in the video that the dough is not as liquid as it should be. I only noticed it when I came back into the kitchen. There they were… sitting on my bench top. Never mind. I am sure nobody will notice, right?

Luckily, just before I filmed the next segment of filling the muffins I licked the spoon clean (no, I didn’t double dip, the spoon went straight into the sink for washing:-)). When tasting the dough I noticed I had forgotten another, quite important ingredient: The coconut sugar! Oh dear. Those muffins would have tasted awful without the sugar. I was very relieved I had noticed the lack of sugar BEFORE baking the muffins. I guess that’s how cooking sometimes goes. You make mistakes, you recover or you try again.

 

Chocolate Chia Seed Muffin

Are these muffins really healthy?

As you know, my February series is all about helping you find delicious chocolate treats that are healthy. These Chocolate Chia Seed Muffins really fit that criteria. However, they still contain some coconut sugar. There is a lot of perception about coconut sugar being healthy and that is debatable. Bottom line is even coconut sugar is high in calories and it still raises the blood sugar level. But they don’t contain any gluten or nasty additives.

What counts for me is that these muffins are otherwise packed with healthy ingredients. Eggs, almonds, chia seed and cacao powder are all nutrient dense super-foods. Even the fats are ok when eaten in moderation. The key fact for me is that if you eat real food, as opposed to processed food, you are giving your body the nutrients  and smaller amounts are satisfying food cravings.

As a treat these Chocolate Chia Seeds Muffins are a lot healthier than most prepackaged foods or store bought muffins. They are quick to make and as long as you make sure to put all the ingredients in, they should be a success every time.

My next post

Now before I say good bye for today I have a question for you for next weeks post: I want to share one more chocolate post but can’t decide which treat to share as they are both wicked. I can either show the Avocado Chocolate mouse, a quick desert with really awesome ingredients or little Nut and Chocolate clusters, a recipe my mum passed on to me. They are also really nice. So let me know in the comments what you prefer.

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Chocolate Chia Seed Cake
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
55 mins
 
This gluten free chocolate cake is adapted from Tania Hubbard's cookbook "Gluten Free Grain Free". The delicious cake is a much healthier version than many other chocolate cakes. It doesn’t take long to make and my whole family cues to get a piece before it's even cooled down.
Ingredients
  • 4 tablespoons chia seeds soaked in 1 cup of water for 15 minutes
  • ½ cup raw cacoa
  • 125 g melted butter or coconut oil
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon bicarb soda
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
  2. Mix cacoa, eggs, almond meal, sugar, salt, bicarb soda and butter in a bowl.
  3. Add chia seed gel and combine well.
  4. Bake for 35-40 minutes.
Recipe Notes

You can also make muffins instead of a cake which is great for the afternoon snack or for lunchboxes. Just fill muffin trays and bake for 15-20 minutes.

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