The recipe is not mine. It is a recipe that is a take-off of the chocolate vita-muffin tops. I got it off of Pinterest which led back to a Tumbler blog. I do not claim any credit for how great these muffins are but am very thankful for the person who came up with it!!
TRIPLE CHOCOLATE CHIP MUFFINS
1 3/4 C old fashioned oats (not instant)
1 C hot water
3 egg whites
3/4 C cocoa powder
1/2 C unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 C Plain Greek yogurt (calls for low fat, I used non-fat and it worked fine)
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt (I used sea salt)
1/4 C plus 2 TB stevia
1/2 C chocolate chips
1 1/2 TB vinegar (I used rice vinegar/worked fine)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees while you are making the batter.
In a blender or food processor (I used my Cuisinart blender) put in the hot water and the oats add the rest of the ingredients except for the chocolate chips. Because of the vinegar and baking soda it will foam up a bit, that is a normal reaction...just stir down and then you can start blending it. Blend well...stirring down until the oats are well blended and you can't see them any longer. The batter will be thin at first...keep stirring down and blending. It will thicken up a bit but not as thick as most batters do. Transfer to a medium bowl and stir in half of the chocolate chips. They will melt into the batter because it is still warm...that is okay. Keep the other half set aside to put on top after you bake part of the way through. Or just put all in...I saved some for the top for the vita-muffin look.
Baking times are:
Large (12 muffins) 25-30 Check with toothpick and watch carefully after 20 minutes as all ovens are different. Add chocolate chips just before you feel they are almost to the clean toothpick stage.
Medium (24 muffins) about 15 minutes (After 10 minutes remove from oven and add a few chocolate chips to the tops and return to oven for about 5 minutes...checking for clean toothpick.
Mini (48 muffins) Bake for 10...add chocolate chips return to oven and bake additional 2-4 minutes...check for clean toothpick. Cool....or not...and get a cup of joe and sit down and enjoy!!
The original recipe said it made 12 large or 24 on the smaller size. The 12 large are 116 calories and the 24 smaller size made in 2 x regular muffin pan are 58 calories each and the mini ones I made are 58 calories for two mini or 116 calories for 4!!