Out of all of the many, many muffin recipes that I have – these are John’s favorite. I truly can not tell you how very many times I have made these muffins (let’s just put it this way – I can whip up these muffins entirely from memory!)
This recipe has not been an easy creation, though. You see, unlike some other muffins which have a long list of ingredients that add lots of flavor to the batter, chocolate chips muffins rely ONLY on the batter for their flavor. And how do traditional chocolate chip muffins get that delicious flavor that we all love? Butter. Lots and lots of butter! Now I don’t mind a pat of butter added to a recipe here and there, but I would not use an entire stick of butter to make one recipe. So after multiple attempts, I finally came up with the desired “buttery” delicious flavor and texture – without using any fatty butter!! So here they are — healthy, figure friendly, and “John approved”!
1 1/3 cups whole wheat pastry flour
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 whole egg, plus one additional egg white
1 cup fat free plain or vanilla yogurt
2 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 cup skim milk
1/3 cup light brown sugar or maple syrup
2 teaspoons vanilla
3/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and spray a 6 cup jumbo (or 12 cup standard) muffin tin with cooking spray (or use paper liners); set aside.
In a large bowl combine flours, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl whisk together eggs, yogurt, oil, milk, sugar (or maple syrup) and vanilla. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir until everything is just moistened. Fold in chocolate chips.
Spoon the batter into the muffin cups, filling them about 2/3 full. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow the muffins to cool for 10-15 minutes before removing them from the muffin tin.
Makes 6 jumbo (or 12 standard) muffins. Per jumbo muffin: 263 calories, 4 g total fat, 0 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 31 g carbohydrates, 5 g fiber, 4 g added sugar, 7 g protein, 127 mg sodium, 13 mg cholesterol.