chocolate orange muffin
I think we all find a way to convince ourselves that muffins are healthy and definitely not the same as cupcakes. Maybe because there’s no icing? On the plus side, the chocolate in these muffins is dark chocolate, which is definitely healthy right? In fact, unsweetened dark chocolate is a rich source of iron, and the vitamin C from the orange juice enhances the body’s absorption of iron.
So while I don’t recommend relying on these muffins as a daily source of iron, it is a nice bonus! In that case, enjoy these super rich and delicious muffins, guilt-free!
The orange is subtle in flavour, giving a lighter taste to the chocolate. These were perfect paired with coffee in the morning, although everything pairs with coffee in my world. You could even dress these up with some icing as an easy dessert!
Yields: 12 Muffins
- 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
- zest and juice from 1 medium orange
- 3/4 cup agave nectar
- 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 6 tbsp (30g) unsweetened cocoa powder
- 50g unsweetened bakers chocolate, finely chopped (or vegan chocolate chips)
- (optional) a few chocolate chips and orange zest for decorating
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a muffin tin with 12 liners.
2. Whisk together the almond milk, orange juice, orange zest, and agave nectar in a small mixing bowl.
3. In another bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and cocoa powder.
4. Slowly pour the wet ingredients into the dry, mixing until well combined. Stir in the chocolate.
5. Divide the mixture equally between the 12 muffin liners and top with a few dark chocolate chips, if desired.
6. Bake for 20-25 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the middle come out clean. Set the muffins on a cooling rack before serving.
Store in an air-tight tin for up to 3 days.
Adapted from wallflowergirl.co.uk
Make it gluten-free: use your gluten-free flour of choice eg. Rice flour, spelt flour.
Mangels, R. (2016) Simply vegan: iron in the vegan diet. Retrieved from: http://www.vrg.org/nutrition/iron.php
One green planet. (2016)10 plant-based foods packed with iron. Retrieved from: http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-food/10-plant-based-foods-packed-with-iron/