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Double Chocolate Walnut Muffin


Double Chocolate Walnut Muffins - eggless chocolate muffin recipe


This particular kind of muffin was “ordered” by my 5 year old. She started school and the kind of eater she is, we are already having immense trouble just getting her to eat during her time in school.

Starting kindergarten is the beginning of a new life; for my baby and me. I am still getting used to the silence in the house, but also learning to enjoy the time to myself which I haven’t seen for many years. For the little one, it has not been much fun so far. She still misses her preschool. Waking up 6:30 in the morning is no fun and 7 hours of school for a five year old is too darn long.

In our home, school lunches and snacks are decided over the weekend, written down and food calendar goes up on the refrigerator. The children know what to expect when they open their lunch boxes and makes my task a little bit easier. The 5 year old does not like anything other than a jam or a hummus sandwich and a cheese stick. However what she looks forward to is that one hershey’s kisses in her lunch bag. Its the donkey and the carrot situation. She has to finish her lunch before she can get to that, and so far she never did. I truly feel sorry for her.. but the cruel mean mom that I am, I have not changed the rules.

But we made a deal.


eggless chocolate chip walnut muffin recipe

not exactly a pretty thing to photograph..



Well here came the idea of the muffin. She wanted a chocolate muffin for dessert in the lunch box. And a muffin it was going to be. Only she had to eat some before she got to the muffin. She wanted them with “LOTS of chocolate and nuts” and I listened again… as long as she eats.


Double Chocolate Walnut Muffins/eggless chocolate chip walnut muffin


Few things to note here:

- I have used part whole wheat pastry flour and part all purpose flour. The whole wheat obviously makes it a tiny bit better/healthier.

- Since the chocolate chips went in there, I used way less sugar, so they were less sweet than usual. (but no one complained). Adjust the sugar to your taste.

- I did use a whole lot of nuts -a plenty with every bite; again for the reason of more substance going in. You can use the nuts and the chocolate chips in any proportions you want.

- I have used orange zest; (we all love the flavors of orange and chocolate together), but it is not required.

- Lastly, I made these eggless, because I ran out of eggs. I have used vinegarĀ  and applesauce. Now you might ask why I have used both vinegar and applesauce to substitute the egg.. simply because I wasn’t sure how much of each to use and also to get some fruit in there. So this was an experiment which worked out just fine. The muffins did rise and they were moist and spongy too.


Cocoa Powder


Cocoa Powder


Cocoa, chocolate chips, and walnuts – all things good came together to build these mini muffins. They are good for a mini dessert, snack or whenever you want them. They are really teeny tiny pop-in-the-mouth kind of size, but just perfect for the little hands to hold and also for the mom and dad so they can indulge once in a while without the guilt.



eggless double chocolate muffin recipe/muffin recipe without egg



Double Chocolate Walnut Muffin


Ingredients: (makes 26 mini muffins or 10-12 large ones)

Dry Ingredients:

  1. 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  2. 3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  3. 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  4. 3/4 scant cup brown sugar or any other sugar (I have used even less, but adjust to taste)
  5. 1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  6. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  7. 1/2 teaspoon salt



Wet Ingredients:

  1. 1/4 cup oil
  2. zest of one orange or 1 tablespoon orange blossomĀ  or 1 teaspoon orange extract or vanilla
  3. 1 tablespoon vinegar
  4. 4 tablespoons applesauce
  5. 1 cup warm water (warmed for about 30 seconds in the microwave) or milk

if you are making this with egg: Use 1 egg instead of 1 tablespoon vinegar + 1.5 tablespoon applesauce

Others:

  1. 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoon semi sweet dark chocolate chips
  2. almost 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
  3. confectioners sugar to dust, if you wish





Preparation:

Preheat oven to 390 degrees F.

In a bowl combine the dry ingredients : flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

Combine the wet ingredients: oil, zest, blossom water/orange extract or vanilla, vinegar and warm water – and whisk them for a minute.

Combine the dry and the wet ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon/spatula until moist and just combined. it should be a sticky dough, not runny. Stir in chocolate chips and the nuts

Spoon batter into paper-lined muffin cup, filling almost to the top.

Bake for about 16-18 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Cool and dust with confectioners sugar if you want.



eggless chocolate muffin recipe





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26 comments to Double Chocolate Walnut Muffin

  • Oh, those look very promising and so tempting! I bet they are extremely enjoyable.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  • Soma, I have the same problem with lunch. A eats only PB&J sandwich. I have tried to give him different things with his consent, things he eats gladly at home. He has brought them all back, uneaten! Can’t imagine him eating carrying the same lunch all year long. I think there is something in the cafeteria environment that makes them not want to try a different food. I don’t know.
    I am glad T at least eats these muffins. A is not fond of cakes and muffins either. He just licks the icing and calls it a day! BTW, I am impressed how organized you are with the weekly lunch schedule. I do everything on the fly and sometimes it frazzles his nerves. :-)

  • Hey no egg muffin recipe. I also make these all the time. Love ur clicks.

  • Delicious little bites. I’ll take all of them, please!

  • They even look moist. Khub shundor snaps! Eyi shokal bela ek cup cha er shonge ekta pabo please? :-)

  • Deepa

    Soma I’m impressed !! you plan weekly lunches and snacks way ahead …That’s commendable..These chocolate muffins are to die for.
    Ami aajke tomar Rajasthani chicken curry banabo…so wish me luck :-)

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

  • Hey Soma! The muffins look delectable!! Where are you located in Texas?? I just moved from Delaware to Lubbock, TX..

  • aww Soma, Kindergarten is a big milestone for a little girl such as yours, or anyone’s for that matter. How adorable. You are sucha good mommy baking these muffins for her and she is such a good girl so obedient and most importantly has an incredible self control not to nib on that dessert regardless…:)

  • Oh so relieved to hear even you have a picky eater on your hands! I was worried that I was after all a bad cook because my little monkey refuses almost everything except his milk :(

  • I gonna try this soon :) look yum

  • love your mini muffin pan. thats something am looking for quite something. delicious muffins.

  • The muffins look superb Soma. Very fudgy and dense!!

  • i love them tiny muffins! they came out perfect… if these chocolatey bits cannot get the kids to eat some.. then i am going to be in trouble when i have mine..:) My mom keeps telling me how picky i was and that i should have kids like myself then i will know:))..i am hoping they all are like my happy, eat anything hubbs!

    i love vegan baking much more now.. its so much simpler without all that creaming! give me some crumbly moist chocolate muffs anytime!! and wow for your weekly organization!! Have a great weekend!

  • Oh my goodness, these are beautiful! Thanks for posting with such great detail– will definitely be replicating soon!

  • Mhhh, they look so dense, rich and moist! I am sure I could only finish one! ;)

    Cheers,
    Tobias

  • Hugs to little T and hope that she settles soon in her new class. I can imagine how moms feel when the kids don’ eat their lunch. We are in a similar boat with S and we keep trying different things. The muffin with double chocolate looks delicious, totally kid friendly.

  • Applesauce and vinegar in place of eggs, that sounds interesting, and great. I will have to remember this!! Your muffins look gorgeous!!!

  • tried it an luved it,..thanks for the recipe ;-)

  • Soma, I’m sure you both will take a little time to get used to school but I’m glad you’ll have more free time now to bake such wonderful concotions. I have never known that you can replace eggs with applesauce and vinegar. I’m off to google more about it. And just so you know, I’m a mean mom too!

  • Kaushiki

    Darun aaro chai…arranging lunch box is a pain…:) All the best

  • Looks very yummy….. apple sauce and vinegar was interesting part.
    Loved the pics asusual :-)

  • That is a very smart little daughter you have there — lots of chocolate and nuts! A girl after my own heart.

    My sister is also adjusting to being back in the studio (she’s an artist) while her 2 year old son is at creche. I’ve been supporting her emotionally through it, but she now has lots of time to explore her creativity and get back in the groove. No doubt you will too!

  • I used to hate food as a kid and Ma used to make and bake varieties just to make me eat something. Your story took me back to times. Totally love the idea of food calendar :) and these muffins look so cute and yum!

  • Awesome muffins and noted down ur fantastic idea of making food calendar. Thanks !

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