Hey, I’m cheating and setting this up the night before. Why? Because I have to be at work at 7am, a time when I am rarely/barely (brarely?) awake, let alone useful. I baked these to cheer myself up because of that shitty morning I’m going to have tomorrow.

This is such a slacker-ass entry too, because I’m posting a recipe. (Speaking of which, my friends Richard and Steph highly recommend this soup, which I might make this weekend.)

I’m not a fabulous chef by any stretch, but I like to experiment with baking (a bit). In this case, I was forced to by virtue of a shortage of vegetable oil and milk. I also pretended to be healthier (hahaha) with the addition of non-white flour.

Here are some delicious chocolate muffins that are delicious. Delicious!:

Preheat your oven to 400F.

Put some muffin papers in, or grease up, a tin (this makes about twelve non-jumbo, but fairly big muffins).

Put a heaping tablespoon each of unsalted butter and smooth peanut butter in a wee bowl in the microwave for about a minute (I might try full-on peanut butter next time). Stir it. Set it aside.

Mash up an overripe banana (a fork is good for this) on a plate or cutting board. Delight in the squidgy gross sounds. Set it aside.

In a big bowl, stir together:

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2T ground flax seed
  • 2T baking power
  • 1/2t baking soda
  • 2/3 cup white sugar (a mix of brown and white works too – I have a dream)
  • 3T cocoa
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips (might be optional for some, but not for me)

In a medium bowl, or giant measuring cup, whisk together:

  • 1 cup of plain yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • 1T (ish) maple syrup (I like maple and chocolate)
  • That mushed up banana and the butter mess you prepped earlier

Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ones until just combined. If it isn’t combining so well, add a splish of milk.

Attempt to fill muffin cups with batter without making a giant mess. An ice cream scoop with one of those levers for descooping (?) purposes is (almost) ideal.


Please note that one is already missing. This was within minutes (seconds?) of these puppies coming out of the oven. The lighting throughout my house is semi-notoriously poor, like in the olden days, hence the wacky, low-res quality. Also note the blobs indicating that I can't not make a mess when muffins are involved.

Put your muffin tray(s) in the oven for about 20 minutes. Yadda yadda cake tester, wait to cool, etc.


These are especially good with coffee. Or any time. Like, in this case, right before bedtime. Mmm.

P.S. I am barely alive right now (at 5:57am). Three more of these disappeared overnight, either eaten by the cat or my terribly thin brother (seriously, how does he eat so much?). So I guess others like ’em too.

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