In my house chocolate is a word we use to see if the kids can hear us talking. Usually no matter what they are doing or where they are someone will shout “Did you say CHOCOLATE?” and come running. Sure most of us love chocolate and try not to eat it because most things chocolate are filled with nasty fats, flavors & preservatives.
But did you know that chocolate is a super food? I consider adding chocolate to things I was going to make anyway as healthy as sneaking beets into something I was going to make anyway. Which leads into tomorrow’s breakfast of chocolate beet muffins nicely, don’t you think?
These morning glory muffins are so versatile that you can substitute an endless variety of seasonal fruits and veggies in them. In the summer it’s zucchini, in the fall it might be winter squash peeled and grated, or carrots, or even beets. If you don’t have any coconut oil you can use melted butter but coconut oil is one of those things I try to make sure my kids get plenty of, especially with all the illnesses going around lately. Here is a little snippet about why it is so healthful and another snippet from PCC and therefore one of my pantry staples even though it’s not a local food. These muffins are based on a morning glory muffin recipe from the Whole Foods website. If you want to make the beets completely invisible then puree them in the food processor after grating.
Chocolate Beet Muffins
1 1/3 cups whole wheat pastry flour, spelt or emmer
1/2 cup organic evaporated cane juice
1/4 cup organic brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
2/3 cup melted coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 medium beet, peeled, grated
1 apple, cored, peeled and diced
1/4 cup fine or medium flaked unsweetened coconut
1/4 cup chocolate chips to seal the deap for picky eaters
Preheat oven to 350 and grease a muffin tin. (Makes 12)
In one bowl mix together the first 8 ingredients. In another bowl mix together the next 4 ingredients. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, mixing until well combined. There is a lot of variation depending on size of apple, beet, pureed or grated, size of egg, weather and grain used. You want your muffin mix to be slightly thicker then cake mix but not so thick it won’t make a nice soft crumb and end up dry or tough. If it’s too stiff add buttermilk or milk until it reaches muffin thickness. Fold in the apple and coconut and fill muffin cups. Bake 25 – 30 minutes until done when a cake tester comes out clean.