Chocolate Orange Muffins

Per the suggestion in my Making Dinner Meaningful post, I decided to make today Muffin Monday! Serving specific foods, or types of foods, on a specific day can ease your meal planning burden and create a little consistency in your meal anticipation. This can be especially important for kids, who not only need consistency, but like to know that they can count on certain things (such as muffins every Monday!). 

I don’t remember exactly what sparked my inspiration for these muffins, but they are very much reminiscent of the chocolate oranges that you buy at Christmas time. The tangy-sweet orange is nicely balanced by the semi-sweet chocolate chips, making a muffin that might try to convince you it is dessert. But don’t be fooled, besides the chocolate chips (which are a minimum) this recipe has no added sugar! 

Ingredients:

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 egg whites
6 oz vanilla yogurt
2 TBS vegetable oil
1 cup orange juice
1 TBS orange juice concentrate
1 TBS orange zest
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup semi-sweet mini chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Spray a muffin pan with non-stick spray and lightly flour the muffin cups.
Combine the dry ingredients in a small bowl and set aside. 
Beat the eggs until frothy, then add the yogurt, oil, orange juice, orange juice concentrate, orange zest and honey. Mix until the ingredients are just combined and then add half of the dry ingredients. Mix together, and then fold in the remaining dry ingredients (so that the volume from the egg whites can be maintained).
Fill the muffin cups half full with the muffin batter. Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the top, and lightly press them into the batter.
Bake the muffins for 15-20 minutes, until lightly browned on the top, and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Allow the muffins to cool for 5 minutes and then carefully use a butter knife to remove them from the muffin pan. Completely cool the muffins on a cooling rack. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

Adapted from Tastes of Lizzy T.

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