In case you’re wondering, I’ve found my hidden talent. No. It’s not juggling although I so wish I could juggle. It’s muffins guys. Deliciously, sweet cream cheese and chocolate muffins.
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SUGAR-FREE AND GRAIN-FREE TREATS!
I’ve been baking and cooking a lot more this past year but I’m thinkin’ I might have found my baking jam. And that’s creating deliciously, scrumptious muffins (that also happen to be sugar-free and grain-free). I hope I don’t sound like I’m bragging, but DAY-UM these are really, really good and I’m super proud to share.
Just picture a brownie and chocolate cupcake smooshed together with a hint of coconut and that’s what you’ll get with this chocolate muffin.
MAKE SURE YOU USE DARK CHOCOLATE
This chocolate muffin is filled with healthy fats, almond flour and doesn’t have any unrefined sugar. The other added bonus? Dark chocolate. I use 100% dark cocoa powder in this recipe (the sugar-free kind) which help to make these muffins even healthier. Cocoa powder has TONS of health benefits including its impact on blood pressure, improved brain function and positive effects on mood. Who knew eating a chocolate muffin could be so good for you!
WHAT’S THE SECRET?
The secret to this recipe (in addition to the dark chocolate) is identical to the secret used to bake my cinnamon roll muffins – creating a separate filling/frosting and swirling it in the batter BEFORE it bakes.
This way, the cream cheese filling melts and bakes into the chocolate muffin, giving it a great texture and hints of “frosting” in almost every bite (without the frosting on top)!
ADD FROSTING & MAKE IT A CUPCAKE
The hubs and I agree that even without frosting this muffin tastes like a chocolate cupcake in disguise. If you want to make it into a really decadent treat, top it with a little mascarpone and a few coconut flakes. The mascarpone totally brings out the sweetness in the cake and tastes AMAZING.
I’ve mentioned this before (I like my desserts subtly sweet) but if you want to make them even sweeter, make some extra filling and ice the muffin just prior to eating. Top with sugar-free chocolate chips, crushed nuts, or sugar-free sprinkles! You’re the muffin boss!
COCONUT OIL MAKES THIS CHOCOLATE MUFFIN MELT
Instead of butter (which I use in my other muffin recipes), I melted some coconut oil and used that to elevate the flavor from “hi. I’m your run of the mill chocolate muffin” to “hey girl…hey.”
I personally LOVE the flavor of coconut in this muffin. It’s super subtle and doesn’t overpower any of the other flavors (including the cream cheese or dark chocolate).
The recipe is below and yours if you want it! Whether you’re eating a keto diet and looking to fit something sweet into your daily macros or just looking for an easy, guilt-free dessert, I hope you enjoy these chocolate muffins as much as I do 🙂
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