Healthy Double Chocolate Muffins with Fresh Strawberries

~ Loaded with rich chocolate flavor and bursting with fresh, juicy strawberries! So decadent … yet these Double Chocolate Muffins are also full of whole grains and much lower in fat! Perfect for snacks, breakfast on-the-go, and even a virtuous (yet oh-so-indulgent) dessert! ~

~ by Amy
These Healthy Double Chocolate Muffins with Fresh Strawberries are loaded with rich chocolate flavor and juicy berries! So decadent, yet full of whole grains and much lower in fat! Perfect for snacks and on-the-go breakfasts! | www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com
These Healthy Double Chocolate Muffins with Fresh Strawberries are loaded with rich chocolate flavor and juicy berries! So decadent, yet full of whole grains and much lower in fat! Perfect for snacks and on-the-go breakfasts! | www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com
These Healthy Double Chocolate Muffins with Fresh Strawberries are loaded with rich chocolate flavor and juicy berries! So decadent, yet full of whole grains and much lower in fat! Perfect for snacks and on-the-go breakfasts! | www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com
These Healthy Double Chocolate Muffins with Fresh Strawberries are loaded with rich chocolate flavor and juicy berries! So decadent, yet full of whole grains and much lower in fat! Perfect for snacks and on-the-go breakfasts! | www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com
These Healthy Double Chocolate Muffins with Fresh Strawberries are loaded with rich chocolate flavor and juicy berries! So decadent, yet full of whole grains and much lower in fat! Perfect for snacks and on-the-go breakfasts! | www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com

These Healthy Double Chocolate Muffins with Fresh Strawberries are loaded with rich chocolate flavor and juicy berries! So decadent, yet full of whole grains and much lower in fat! Perfect for snacks and on-the-go breakfasts! | www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com

I think one of the things I miss most about elementary school is the fun holiday parties. (Oh … and also being line leader … I mean, the responsibility! The POWER!!!!!)

But … those parties! Halloween, when we all dressed up and paraded around in our cute little costumes while our parents snapped endless pictures. And Christmas, when we sang carols and ate candy canes (like … ummm … a LOT of candy canes, in my case … shhhhhh … don’t tell my mom 😉 ).

But I especially loved the Valentine’s Day parties.

I looooved making unique Valentines to give out. I was a little Cupid-Picasso, in my art-loving glory! (Melted crayons shaped like a heart, anyone? Because, you know, “You Color My World”?)

These Healthy Double Chocolate Muffins with Fresh Strawberries are loaded with rich chocolate flavor and juicy berries! So decadent, yet full of whole grains and much lower in fat! Perfect for snacks and on-the-go breakfasts! | www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com

And, oh! The Valentine’s “mailboxes”!

One year, probably fourth- or fifth-grade, our class had a contest for the best-decorated Valentine box. Let’s just say the other kids never stood a chance. (Tee-hee … Cupid-Picasso strikes again!)

So you can imagine how sad I was when I got to middle school and discovered … no parties. And no one gives out Valentines anymore. I know, right? Little sixth-grade Amy was very disappointed.

These Healthy Double Chocolate Muffins with Fresh Strawberries are loaded with rich chocolate flavor and juicy berries! So decadent, yet full of whole grains and much lower in fat! Perfect for snacks and on-the-go breakfasts! | www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com

It didn’t occur to me until now that I could still give out Valentines … just maybe not in the form of melted crayon hearts or sugary candies.

Nothing against little candy hearts … but wouldn’t healthy Valentines be even better, anyway????

And that’s exactly what these Double Chocolate Muffins are: my Valentines to you! Way tastier than crayons (not that I speak from experience on that) and soooooo good for you, too!

We’ve slashed the fat and filled them with fiber-rich whole grains. A heartfelt little Valentine’s Day treat that’s heart-smart too?!?! Um, yes!

These Healthy Double Chocolate Muffins with Fresh Strawberries are loaded with rich chocolate flavor and juicy berries! So decadent, yet full of whole grains and much lower in fat! Perfect for snacks and on-the-go breakfasts! | www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com

But don’t be fooled into thinking these taste “cardboard healthy.” Oh, no. As the picky eater of the family, I do solemnly swear never to give you a recipe I wouldn’t eat myself!

These Double Chocolate Muffins are super rich and decadent, with a double-hit of chocolate from both cocoa powder and little chocolate chips. And those fresh strawberries! Little, burstingly juicy bits of sunshine!

These Healthy Double Chocolate Muffins with Fresh Strawberries are loaded with rich chocolate flavor and juicy berries! So decadent, yet full of whole grains and much lower in fat! Perfect for snacks and on-the-go breakfasts! | www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com

Like chocolate-covered strawberries got baked into a nutritious muffin!

And, hey … you can even have fun decorating these muffins, especially for your sweetie! See how we laid thick, heart-shaped pieces of fresh strawberry on top of some muffins before baking? (You may commence with the oooohing and aaaahing.)

These Healthy Double Chocolate Muffins with Fresh Strawberries are loaded with rich chocolate flavor and juicy berries! So decadent, yet full of whole grains and much lower in fat! Perfect for snacks and on-the-go breakfasts! | www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com

Be sure to cut the slices nice and thick, and don’t push them down in. That way, your love will really shine through! <3 (Who thought to use that as a heart, anyway? Was someone doing their algebra homework and suddenly thought, “Oh, look at that! A heart!”???? Because I know love is one thing I’m definitely not thinking about while I’m doing my math homework.)

These Healthy Double Chocolate Muffins with Fresh Strawberries are loaded with rich chocolate flavor and juicy berries! So decadent, yet full of whole grains and much lower in fat! Perfect for snacks and on-the-go breakfasts! | www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com

Trust me, these Valentines will love you right back. They’ll just keep on giving! In fact, when you’re waaaay overstocked on fresh summer strawberries that are about to go bad in your fridge, what will you make with them? These muffins, of course!

Mmmmmm …

These Healthy Double Chocolate Muffins with Fresh Strawberries are loaded with rich chocolate flavor and juicy berries! So decadent, yet full of whole grains and much lower in fat! Perfect for snacks and on-the-go breakfasts! | www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com

I’m so excited to share these Valentines with all of you!

It feels almost like elementary school again …

Amy sig

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Healthy Double Chocolate Muffins with Fresh Strawberries

Preparation 2017-03-24T00:00:00+00:00 Cook Time 2017-03-24T00:00:00+00:00
Serves 12-16 muffins     adjust servings

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup nonfat milk
  • 1/3 cup 100% fruit seedless strawberry jelly
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons canola oil (see note)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup stemmed and hulled, finely chopped fresh strawberries
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon mini chocolate chips, divided

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Prepare muffin pans, lining with baking cups. (See note.)
  3. In a large bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and sea salt, whisking to thoroughly combine.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine brown sugar, milk, jelly, applesauce, egg, canola oil, and vanilla, mixing thoroughly.
  5. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the wet ingredients to the well. Stir batter just enough to combine, being careful not to over-mix.
  6. Add the strawberries and ¼ cup mini chocolate chips, and stir again briefly, just to combine.
  7. Spoon batter into prepared muffin liners, filling each about ⅔ - ¾ full. Do not over-fill. (See note.)
  8. Sprinkle the remaining mini chocolate chips evenly on top of the muffins.
  9. Bake for 14-19 minutes, just until a toothpick inserted in the center of the muffins comes out clean.
  10. Cool muffins in the pan for about 5 minutes or until the muffins are beginning to set and are cool enough to handle. Remove the muffins to wire racks to cool completely.

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Recipe Notes

Canola oil: If you would like to eliminate the canola oil entirely, you definitely can. We tested this chocolate muffin recipe with no added oil at all, and felt that it was still very good. However, in our opinion, the very slight bit of added oil here did slightly improve the texture of the muffins and is worth adding. Either way is delicious.

Yield, baking cup size and filling baking cups: There is actually a bit of variance in the size and shape of various baking cup liners, which is why we say that this recipe will yield between 12-16 muffins. We've tried a variety of liners, and, for the prettiest domed tops on these muffins, the most important thing is to avoid over-filling the muffin cups. Simply use an additional pan and make a few extra muffins if needed.

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Healthy Double Chocolate Muffins with Fresh Strawberries
Author: Two Healthy Kitchens
Serves: 12-16 muffins
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup nonfat milk
  • 1/3 cup 100% fruit seedless strawberry jelly
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons canola oil (see note)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup stemmed and hulled, finely chopped fresh strawberries
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon mini chocolate chips, divided
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Prepare muffin pans, lining with baking cups. (See note.)
  3. In a large bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and sea salt, whisking to thoroughly combine.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine brown sugar, milk, jelly, applesauce, egg, canola oil, and vanilla, mixing thoroughly.
  5. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the wet ingredients to the well. Stir batter just enough to combine, being careful not to over-mix.
  6. Add the strawberries and 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips, and stir again briefly, just to combine.
  7. Spoon batter into prepared muffin liners, filling each about 2/3 – ¾ full. Do not over-fill. (See note.)
  8. Sprinkle the remaining mini chocolate chips evenly on top of the muffins.
  9. Bake for 14-19 minutes, just until a toothpick inserted in the center of the muffins comes out clean.
  10. Cool muffins in the pan for about 5 minutes or until the muffins are beginning to set and are cool enough to handle. Remove the muffins to wire racks to cool completely.
Notes
[b]Canola oil:[/b] If you would like to eliminate the canola oil entirely, you definitely can. We tested this chocolate muffin recipe with no added oil at all, and felt that it was still very good. However, in our opinion, the very slight bit of added oil here did slightly improve the texture of the muffins and is worth adding. Either way is delicious.[br][br][b]Yield, baking cup size and filling baking cups:[/b] There is actually a bit of variance in the size and shape of various baking cup liners, which is why we say that this recipe will yield between 12-16 muffins. We’ve tried a variety of liners, and, for the prettiest domed tops on these muffins, the most important thing is to avoid over-filling the muffin cups. Simply use an additional pan and make a few extra muffins if needed.

 

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    • Awesome, Heidy! I hope you found everything you needed – it’s mostly all stuff you probably have on hand! And if not, I hope you grabbed the ingredients the next time you went to the store! Mmmmmmm … these are definitely muffins not to miss! 🙂 ~Shelley

    • Oh, thank you, Katerina! And yes … these muffins definitely are super delicious! We had no problem at all polishing off the many muffins we had sitting around after Amy was done baking all the test batches and the final batches for the photo shoot! Seriously scrumptious! ~Shelley

    • Yeah – those hearts really do look so cute for Valentine’s Day, but trust me … you’ll be making these chocolate muffins all year long once you taste the first yumiliciously addictive bite! ~Shelley

    • You’re so welcome, Diane! I’m always really happy when I can find a new recipe that I just adore, but that’s also so much healthier, too! I thought Amy did a great job making these muffins super-delicious while also upgrading so much of the nutrition, too! Perfect! We truly just love them! 🙂 ~Shelley

    • You’re so sweet – thank you! It was such fun watching Amy write her first post! She’s won a number of writing awards, actually, and asking her to try to adapt her writing style for our blog’s voice and style was a neat challenge. I loved the story she shared, and it actually brought back so many memories for me, too! All those years of classroom parties and helping the kids gather supplies to make their special Valentine’s cards and mailboxes! So wonderful! I miss those days! 😀 ~Shelley

    • I feel the exact same way! You’d don’t really expect to see “Double Chocolate Muffins” and “Healthy” in the same sentence, right?!?! But … BOOM … there it is! Slash the fat, add whole grains and load ’em up with fruit … such an easy makeover that adds up to a big nutritional difference (and still so delicious)! You’re gonna love these! ~Shelley

    • I know, right?!? With just a few simple subs, muffins can actually be nutritious, instead of the nutritional wasteland you often see in those mega-muffins sold in bakeries and coffee shops! And seriously – these chocolate muffins are so delicious, you won’t even notice that they’re healthier! You’ll be too busy gobbling them up! 😀 ~Shelley

  2. These muffins sound so yummy! Chocolate and strawberry is my favorite so I am loving this! Really fantastic ingredients in the recipe to make these better for you! I will have to try these soon 🙂

    • Trust me … these are good, good, good! As much as Amy and her twin brother, Ty, love muffins … I have spent lots of hours as a mom baking different muffin recipes. But I didn’t want them to have muffins just chockfull of fat and white flour … I wanted them to enjoy muffins that were actually good for them, too! I’m so proud of Amy for perfecting her own healthy muffin recipe now that she’s a little older! And these double-chocolate muffins now rank right up their with our other family faves! 😀 ~Shelley

    • You’re so welcome! Chocolate is definitely also a weak spot of mine, so I can promise I’m just as excited about these muffins as you are! I love making healthy recipes that still have flavors I actually want to eat! ~Amy

    • Those little strawberry hearts are a breeze to make! Just make sure you follow the suggestions in the post about cutting them nice and thick and not pressing them down in too far. Helps them turn out much better! Enjoy! 😀 ~Shelley

    • Oh my gosh – me too! It’s been a couple weeks since we’ve had them, and now that you mention it, I’m totally craving them! Whenever Amy wakes up and mills down to the kitchen this morning, I should probably get her working on a batch – haha (teenagers love being given tasks first thing in the morning, ya know)! But …. mmmmmmmm … while she’s at it, maybe a double batch so we can mail one to you! 😀 ~Shelley

    • Your family will love them! We had several batches of these muffins on hand when Amy was doing the final testing, and I’ve gotta tell ya … they disappeared in no time! We all loved them … and as a mom, I really appreciate how nutritious they are (as I watch my family scarfing them down hand-over-fist 😀 )! Enjoy! ~Shelley

    • Thanks so much, Carrie! It really was a labor of love creating these muffins – Amy had so much fun testing and retesting the final recipe, and it’s just great watching her use everything she’s learned in the kitchen to begin creating her own delicious masterpieces! Talk about LOVE … that’s just so rewarding as a mom, you know? Really great being in the kitchen together! 😀 ~Shelley

    • Thanks! I love the chocolate-and-strawberry flavor profile, too (especially for Valentine’s Day)! If you want to mix it up a little, I would suggest adding some cinnamon to the batter (but maybe that’s just me… I would pretty much add cinnamon to anything! 🙂 ) ~Amy

    • I love the strawberry hearts, too! One tip I have is not to push the strawberries too far into the muffin cups (in fact, I usually just lay them on top)… the first few times I made these, the strawberries sunk down in and weighed down the muffin tops. They still tasted good, but they weren’t as pretty… and as Cupid-Picasso, I take the beauty of food very seriously! 😉 If you feel like being creative with these, you could also try putting the strawberry jelly in the middle of the muffin instead of mixing it throughout – we tried this, and it made for some cute little muffins with “mystery centers!” Enjoy! 😀 ~Amy

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