Flourless Fudgy Chocolate (and Chickpea and Spinach) Muffins

I'm not on board with the trend of "guilt-free!" recipes. No. If I want to eat a chocolate muffin, I'm going to eat a damn chocolate muffin and not feel guilty about it. This recipe is not an attempt to make anyone feel like the food they eat is bad or good. Food has no moral value. This recipe is an attempt to trick my picky kid into eating nutritious food without him knowing. (No regrets.)

A friend posted a recipe for chickpea chocolate muffins and I've played around with the recipe to add more good stuff (spinach) and make it a little more my style (butter instead of melted coconut oil, etc.).

Grady loves these muffins. He thinks they're dessert (which yeah, added sugar) (but also protein! And spinach!). They can be a bit crumbly because they've got a delicate, fine texture, but he's quite happy to clean up all the crumbs after he's done because chocolate.

I love these muffins because they're made completely in a blender, no mixing bowls required. I don't even have a fancy high-speed blender. If your blender is strong enough to make a smoothie, it's strong enough to make these muffins lump-free.

Ingredients

1 - 540mL can chickpeas, drained and rinsed well
3 large eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup melted butter
1/4 cup milk or buttermilk (I've used both and can't tell the difference)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large handfuls (approximately 2 cups) baby spinach leaves
chocolate chips for topping

Directions

Preheat oven to 350F.

Line muffin pan with paper liners.

Buzz all ingredients except for chocolate chips in blender until smooth. Batter will be thick.

Spoon batter into muffin pan. Top with chocolate chips.

Bake 18-20 minutes until toothpick inserted into centre comes out clean.

Makes 12 muffins.

Disclaimer: these muffins don't taste like a regular muffin made with flour. They don't taste like chickpeas or spinach, though. The texture is a little lighter and maybe spongier than a traditional muffin but they pass the picky eater taste test in our house so I'm calling it a win.

Do you bake with legumes? Hit me with your favourite recipe!

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Meal Plan 04/03/2017 - 04/07/2017

Grady is starting baseball this week which means we're going to be on the ball field at our regular dinner hour two time this week. I suddenly have a lot more sympathy for my mom who had four kids to coordinate.

Monday: Cilantro Lime Chickpea Salad for Meatless Monday (and a side of Cajun chicken wings for Shawn). YVR locals: Meridian Meats is donating $1 from every pound of chicken wings sold in April to the Canucks Autism Network. Time to stock the freezer!

Tuesday: Grady is currently obsessed with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Last week he was telling me about an episode where they eat pizza soup (or something? I don't know. I have to admit, I tune out RIGHT QUICK when it comes to stories about cartoons and Minecraft.). Anyway, I'm thinking Grady and I can create a pizza soup. I'll pack it full of veg and Grady can top it with lots of melty cheese; maybe he'll actually eat something other than a peanut butter sandwich for dinner.

Wednesday: Cold Rice Noodles with Peanut-Lime Chicken.

Thursday: Leftovers

Friday: Homemade pizza but I'm trying a new dough recipe.

What are you eating this week?