Healthy Hazelnut Chocolate Muffins

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Enjoy my Hazelnut Chocolate Muffin recipe.

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These Healthy Hazelnut Chocolate Muffins were created to satisfy your kids’ sweet tooth (and yours!) and keep them filled up and healthy!

It’s a perfect healthy snack for kids! You can serve these chocolate muffins recipe them with a glass of milk at home or pack in their lunch box for school (as long as there are no allergies at school, or omit the hazelnuts to be safe).

I love baking with hazelnuts, but it’s hard to beat the popularity and availability of other nuts. Like pecans or walnuts, for example!

I have no idea why they’re so undervalued- those little bundles pack a unique flavor punch in their own right that makes them delicious as well (not to mention richly satisfying).


 These delectable moist chocolate muffins turn out super light & fluffy.

Switching the regular flour with whole wheat flour and using honey & coconut sugar for sweetness is a game-changer.

You add in tons more fiber to keep them regular and minimize the use of simple sugars. For example, honey and coconut sugar keep the recipe sweet and yummy without the added processed white sugars.

 

Chocolate!

Chocolate in limited portions is great for kids as well as adults. But did you know that chocolate helps improve memory, keeps the heart healthy, and can decrease the risk of anxiety and depression?

 

Hazelnuts have healthy fats!

This recipe uses hazelnuts that are full of healthy fats, antioxidants, and several nutrients. Hazelnuts contain fiber, vitamin E, magnesium, copper, manganese, vitamin B6, folate, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc.

 

Allergies substitute

If there are allergies at home or school, you can easily remove the nuts from the recipe or use a different nut or seed mix. It is very flexible!

 

FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions

 

Can I use just Chocolate chips instead of hazelnuts and make this chocolate muffin recipe one for double chocolate muffins?

You can always alter recipes to your liking. For example, if you love that chocolate flavor, by all means, use only chocolate chips and make the muffins instead.

What is an alternative to cocoa powder?

Unsweetened chocolate can be used in place of cocoa powder. For every three tablespoons required, use 1 ounce unsweetened and melt before adding it to your recipe.

What would happen if I added baking soda and sour cream to this recipe for chocolate muffins?

Baking soda has a few different tricks up its sleeve, and one of them is using acid to help with activation. Adding baking soda would make the muffins rise higher. In addition, sour cream can replace the baking powder in cakes to rise adequately when making chocolate muffins. Finally, sour cream would make this recipe more moist and soft.

What is dutch process cocoa powder?

Dutch-process cocoa is an exciting breed of chocolate that starts with the beans being washed in an alkaline solution to neutralize their acidity.

This process makes for a darker, mellower chocolate flavor for the chocolate muffins. Also, it means they’re easier to mix into other foods like smoothies or baking items because you won’t be adding any bitterness from unneutralized chocolates!

Is vegetable oil bad for you?

The fats found in vegetable oils like corn, soybean, and canola are less healthy sources of fat that can be incorporated into your diet, but ideally in small amounts. Physicians and nutritionists recommend against excess use of hydrogenated vegetable oil, as they contain unhealthy trans-fats. Instead, consider using healthier oil options such as avocado oil, macadamia nut oil, and extra virgin olive oil instead of vegetable oil.

How often should I make chocolate muffins?

You can make chocolate muffins as often as you and your kids’ desire. You can store them in an airtight container for up to a week and store them at room temperature or in the fridge. Muffin recipes like these can be modified to suit your tastes and the tastes of your kids.

 

Enjoy! 

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Dr. Dina Kulik, MD, FRCPC, PEM

Written By: Dr. Dina Kulik, MD, FRCPC, PEM

Dina is a wife, mother of 4, and adrenaline junky. She loves to share children’s health information from her professional and personal experience. More About Dr Dina.

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