Gluten Free Chocolate Muffins Upgraded

Gluten Free Chocolate Muffins Upgraded was a recipe created with my attempt to sneak in more protein and veggies into my kiddos. Seriously, it has been a battle to get my kiddos to eat whole food. A couple months ago I felt like my daughter would only eat gluten-free bread (with nothing on it) and my son is still begging for a bar or "cereal" at every meal. And this is after I sometimes make yummy homemade meals. Ha! Instead of push my kiddos, my approach is to offer and let it go. Eventually they will realize what tastes good, fills them up and makes them feel good. So I choose to offer, offer and offer some more. All of my nutritionist friends say that is the best you can do. My lack of giving two you-know-whats with regards to what they eat has helped our family in the food department. That is the last thing I am going to pressure them to do. I believe they are smart and will figure it out. What I can control is what and how I eat in front of them And of course that is a work in progress as well (yes, I often eat standing up and I wonder why my digestion is off). A recent win: I found them both munching on hummus and carrots! Also, my daughter said this week, "mom, I am liking the food you make better lately." She even ate a sprouted corn tortilla with the tacos. Wins all around!!

Also, on Saturday my daughter put some salad on her plate, but then later said, "this is for looks!" I guess someday she will realize how delicious salads are. With my food-healing journey, there was a time when a bite or two of lettuce would make me so sick. I remember the summer of 2014 when I was cooking (or blending) every vegetable that I consumed because otherwise I would get really sick. It was really the last thing I wanted to do when it was 90 degrees and sunny. However, I can enjoy salads again now and I definitely appreciate it! 

So what are the upgraded ingredients in these lovely muffins? I snuck in almond butter and spinach/applesauce puree. My original recipe was straight spinach puree and then an applesauce/carrot pouch. However, I cannot find them separate and Target had spinach applesauce pouches and it worked! I also upped the amount of eggs you typically find in muffins for added protein, along with coconut flour and coconut oil. For texture I used the Bob's 1:1 Gluten Free Flour mix and that I think pulls them all together. Finally, there is maple syrup to sweeten them up.

Variations:

  • Add peanut butter (in place of almond butter). Can you say Peanut Butter Cup Muffins? Yes please. 
  • Birthday cupcakes - Top with frosting. You can keep it simple by melting chocolate chips and adding sprinkles on top or make your own homemade chocolate which is always fun to do (with maple syrup, coconut oil and cocoa). 
  • I shredded unsweetened cocoa with a cheese grater into the batter because I ran out of cocoa powder and then when the came out I put some on top. It was messy, but the kiddos loved it. :) 

And the RECIPE...please!!! 

Gluten Free Chocolate Muffins Upgraded
Serves: 12 muffins

Ingredients

Liquid Ingredients
2 spinach/apple pouches (approx. 3 oz)
5 eggs
¼ cup almond butter (if it's dry I would add a little extra coconut oil)
3-4 tablespoons maple syrup
¼ cup melted coconut oil

Dry Ingredients
¼ cup coconut flour
½ cup Bob's Red Mill 1:1 Gluten Free Flour mix
¼ cup of cocoa powder or cacao powder (both work great)
1 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt

Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients: coconut flour, gluten-free flour mix, cocoa/cacao powder, baking soda, and salt and mix.
3. In a separate bowl, whisk your eggs, and then add in the remaining wet ingredients: spinach/apple pouches, almond butter, maple syrup, and melted coconut oil until well combined.
4. Pour wet into the dry-ingredient bowl and mix until all ingredients are blended, but do not over-mix. 
5. Scoop the muffin mixture into a 12-cup muffin pan with parchment cupcake paper liner (or grease). I use a big spoon and fill each muffin about 2/3 to 3/4 full. 
6. Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees or until cooked fully. You can tell if cooked fully by using a toothpick. If nothing comes out of the toothpick they are done. Note: times vary due to ovens.
7. Remove from oven and let cool. 
8. Enjoy! Serve with butter or nut butter. If you like it more sweet you can top with honey or jam or even make a frosting for it for more of a dessert option! 

For a couple days I don't have to mess up my kitchen or feel bad that I am popping yet another gluten-free waffle in the toaster. It's not that there is anything wrong with any choices for food, but I would like my kids to not get sick of waffles and find a bit of balance/variety! :) 

I hope you enjoy giving these a try in your kitchen. This Memorial weekend might just be the weekend to try a big batch of them and take them on a breakfast picnic or as an on-the-go snack! My kids don't complain when I feed them chocolate muffins. Thus, I am sold on these Gluten Free Chocolate Muffins Upgraded! Let me know what you think!