Triple Chocolate Chunk Muffins

I am always on the lookout for low cal baked goods recipes, found this one on a blog called “Healthy is Always Better.”  The link is http://healthyisalwaysbetter.tumblr.com/post/6583755120/lessthan300kcal-triple-chocolate-chunk-muffin.  Mine did not come out as pretty as hers did but they are extremely tasty and super chocolatey!  Also it was my first attempt with our new Blendtec blender that we got at Costco last weekend and it could not have been any simpler to make with that blender.  If you get 24 smaller muffins from the recipe like I did, then the calorie count is 58 calories per muffin but if you get 12 larger muffins then it is 116 calories per muffin.

1 3/4 cups oats

3 egg whites

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt (or regular plain low fat yogurt)

1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar (or 1 1/2 tablespoons vinegar)

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup hot water

1 cup sugar substitute (like Splenda granules) or 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons Stevia

1/2 cup chocolate chips (or white or peanut butter chips)

1  Preheat oven to 350.  Line 2 (12 cup) muffins pans with foil liners or spray with cooking spray.

2  In a blender or food processor, mix all ingredients except chocolate chips until oats are ground and mixture is smooth.

3  Place mixture in bowl and gently stir in 1/2 the chocolate chips.  Scoop mixture into prepared pans.

4  Bake for 10 minutes then remove from oven and sprinkle remaining chips on top of muffins.

5  Return to oven and bake for an additional 2 – 5 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.  (You can add all the chips at once in step 3 and skip step 4 if desired.)  Cool muffins before removing from pan.

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