Some for Now, Some for Later! Chocolate Chip Muffins

Kids love snacks that are starchy and they will always go for a sweet food.  When my sister and I were little, my mom worked for a major cookie manufacturer. We always had cookies in our house. We would come home from school and tear into any kind we wanted. I remember one of our favorite after school snacks was oatmeal cookie dough. We would make a batch of it, split it into two bowls and eat all of it with a big glass of milk. DISGUSTING! And, I don’t even want to think about the calories.

Here is a recipe that you can give your kids (or yourself) for snacks anytime and not feel that bad. They have some chocolate chips in them, but they are a healthier option and whenever I make them, they disappear very quickly. If your family enjoys dark chocolate, see if you can find dark chocolate chips to use and it will be even healthier.

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This recipe is one of the most requested. I like to freeze most of them in a ziplock bag after cooling. You can send them to school in a container and they will defrost and be perfect for school snack. 4 muffins are about 170 calories.

These muffins are made with one of my favorite alternatives to fat: apple sauce! It is a well known substitute, but it still surprises me how many people don’t think to substitute apple sauce for oil or butter in recipes. Apple sauce makes baked goods very moist and a bit sweeter. To substitute, use an equal amount of apple sauce for the oil or butter in a recipe. You won’t be disappointed in the results.

My kids don’t eat applesauce so I don’t like to buy it in the big jars because it will spoil before I can use it all. I purchase it in the single serving sizes. The ones I buy are sold in 4 oz packages, which is perfect for 1/2 cup. They come in packages of 4 or 6. Check the date to make sure you have plenty of time to use it before it expires. I keep them in the pantry and then have them whenever I bake. Try to buy organic if you can. Apples are one of the foods that absorb a large amount of the pesticides applied to them.

A good way to get the batter into the muffin cups is to use a small scoop like a melon baller or small scoop. It is very quick to fill the cups and WAY less mess to clean.

Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup whole grain flour
  • 1/4 cup unbleached flour
  • 1/4 cup wheat germ
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seed
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2/3 cup chocolate chips or mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Put old fashioned oats into a mini food processor. Process oats into flour.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  3. Put mini paper liners in mini muffin cups.
  4. Mix dry ingredients in a bowl.
  5. Add wet ingredients and chocolate chips.
  6. Mix until moistened.
  7. Spoon batter into muffin cups and bake 8-10 mins for mini muffins, until lightly golden brown.
  8. If you have dairy allergies, just substitute water for the milk.
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