Indulge in a chocolate treat without feeling quite so guilty. These muffins are combine the great taste of chocolate with nutritious bran and apple juice.
2/3 cup milk
2/3 cup unsweetened apple juice
1/3 cup oil
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup bran
1 1/2 cups flour
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder
2 tsp baking soda
In a bowl combine milk, juice, oil and eggs. Add bran and let soak while combining the remaining dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Then add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Stir gently until combined. Pour into greased muffin tins. Bake at 375 for 18-20 minutes (for regular muffins) or 400 for 10 minutes (mini muffins).
I used mini muffins because the kids prefer them, and it’s good for me because I feel like I totally pigged out by eating 3 mini muffins, when really that’s only equal to one normal muffin.
Cole had been bugging me to make chocolate muffins for the longest time. I don’t know where he got the idea from, but he was determined that I was going to make them for him. So finally I caved and whipped up these muffins. I tried to make them somewhat nutritious by using bran and cut down on the refined sugar by using apple juice. They tasted alright, but a little boring. Chocolate chips probably would have helped but I didn’t have any. So Cole suggested chocolate on top of them. I happened to have a bar of dark chocolate, so I microwaved a few squares and spread it on top of the muffins. Then they looked like this:
Thank you Cole, you’re a smart kid.
Messy, but still smart.