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Chocolate Orange Muffins

I love muffins because they're really just cake that it's okay to eat for breakfast. These muffins are cakey enough, moist and a bit dense, studded with chocolate chips and laced with a subtle orange flavor... yum. Plus they're chock full of whole grain flours, so they're on the healthy side to boot.

Note: A few days later, these are a bit dry. Next time I'm going to throw in a bit more applesauce, or maybe just some soymilk to moisten things up a little more. I'll update the recipe when I try it.

Chocolate Orange Muffins

1 c whole wheat pastry flour
1 c barley flour
2/3 c sugar
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 c chocolate chips
2/3 c soymilk
6 Tbsp margarine, melted
1/2 c unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp molasses
zest and juice of one orange

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
Sift together the flours, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Stir in chocolate chips.
In another bowl, mix soymilk, applesauce, margarine, vanilla, molasses, and orange juice and zest.
Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour in the wet stuff. Mix until just combined.
Spoon batter into 12 greased muffin cups.
Bake for 12-15 minutes, until muffins are a light gold on top.
Let stand in the muffin tin for 5 to 10 minutes, then move to cooling racks.

Makes 12 muffins.

Nutritional Information: 247 calories, 10 g fat (3.75 g saturated fat), 3.8 g fiber, 3.3 g protein per muffin.

Nice pictures. Chocolate-orange is an underrated combination in my opinion. I'll definitely be making these the next time I can find an excuse to bake something. Thanks for posting the recipe.

oh those look good! I may have to make them.

sarchan - Thanks! I agree, chocolate and orange is an awesome combo. I was like, chocolate chip muffins... hmm... they need some orange in their life. :)

emily - Let me know how you like them if you do try them out.

How did you figure out the calories for them?

How did you figure out the calories for them?

I figure the calorie info at Nutridairy. I enter the entire recipe as a meal and then divide by the number of servings.

Have your tried this with brown sugar? That sounds like it might be good.

I actually wanted to use brown sugar for part of it, but mine was rock solid... so I added the molasses to compensate a bit. Next time I'll try half brown sugar.

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