Mini Minty Chocolate Chunk Muffins are good for the body and mind

Saturday, February 26, 2011 by: Megan Rostollan
Tags: chocolate, muffins, health news

eTrust Pro Certified

Delicious Pin It
(NaturalNews) If you are reading this article than you are probably one of a growing number of health conscious consumers, or are learning to be. And as most health conscious folks know, it can be hard to find quick, tasty snacks when you're craving something that's not a fruit or a vegetable (wonderful as they are). So what could be better than an easy recipe for healthy, grain-free muffins that have the taste and texture of `real` muffins and that you can make in about 20 minutes from the initial `whir` of the grinder to that first warm, gooey, chocolaty bite? These make perfect little treats to take to holiday gatherings without any concern of adding to the waistline.

Mini Minty Chocolate Chunk Muffins

2 tbs of whole organic flaxseed, ground
3 tbs organic almond meal
1 tbs organic cocoa powder
1/4 c xylitol
1/2 tsp aluminum-free baking powder
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 square unsweetened bakers chocolate, melted
1 free-range egg
2 tbs strongly brewed organic coffee
1 tbs cold pressed olive oil (or similar, e.g. high-oleic sunflower/safflower oil)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 dropper full stevia liquid
1 ounce dark (70% cocoa or greater) mint chocolate

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease mini muffin tins.

Grind whole flaxseeds in a coffee grinder and combine in a medium bowl with almond meal, cocoa powder, xylitol, baking powder, and salt. Over low heat begin to melt the square of bakers chocolate, careful to heat it as little as possible. While bakers chocolate melts, chop mint chocolate into small chunks. In a small bowl combine the egg, oil, liquid stevia, coffee, and vanilla. Combine wet and dry ingredients together in the larger bowl. Adding the coffee still warm is ideal, as your next step is to add the melted bakers chocolate, and the warmth from the coffee will help to keep the chocolate from trying to solidify again. Add chopped mint chocolate, and fill mini muffin tins halfway full for 16 mini muffins or completely full to yield 12 mini muffins. Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes.

Chocolate has been around for hundreds of years, but only within the last 150 years or so have we begun to eat it. For most of its existence chocolate was a frothy, spicy beverage and an expensive one at that. Ancient Mayans also used it in religious ceremonies and as currency (1).

More recently, chocolate has become the subject of constant research into its health effects and one recent study indicated that regular consumption of cocoa powder reduced LDL, increased HDL, and suppressed oxidation of LDL as well (2). Another study showed that ingestion of dark chocolate, whether in solid or liquid form, improves endothelial function and reduces blood pressure in overweight adults (3). Yet another study showed that dark chocolate reduces blood pressure and improves insulin sensitivity in healthy adults (4).

Chocolate also has beneficial effects on brain chemistry increasing endorphin production and serotonin production (5). This is the part of chocolate consumption that makes us feel so happy (and usually want more). Because of the effects chocolate has on the brain, it can help to ease stress and relieve mild depression. Just be aware that chocolate with a higher sugar content will reduce or negate its health benefits. So go for the chocolate bars that are 70% cocoa or higher, or stick with cocoa powder and use safe, natural sweeteners to make its consumption pleasurable. Your heart and your waistline will both thank you.



About the author

Megan Rostollan is a Certified Family Herbalist and works with her husband David, a private natural health and nutrition consultant ( She is also the author of a blog which can be found at Her areas of greatest interest include women's reproductive and prenatal health, as well as organic and green living and dietary and lifestyle changes.

Get breaking news alerts on GMOs, fluoride, superfoods, natural cures and more...
Join over four million monthly readers. Email privacy 100% protected. Unsubscribe at any time.

Have comments on this article? Post them here:

comments powered by Disqus

Take Action: Support

Email this article to a friend

Permalink to this article:

Reprinting this article: Non-commercial use OK, cite with clickable link.

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):
Most Popular
Today | Week | Month | Year

See all Top Headlines...


Now Available at

O3 Essentials OraJuvenate™
A powerful, cleansing dental cream for maximum oral/dental health.
New Cancer Solutions
Over 3 hours of content covering today’s best cancer tests, how to kill cancer cells and the best diets and exercise routines.
Freeze-Dried 100% Organic Whole Corn
Our freeze-drying method preserves taste, texture and nutrients better than any other food preservation method ever invented.
Fenix TK35 Flashlight
Tough, waterproof, extremely bright and it’s touted to throw an 800+ lumen beam more than 1,000 feet into the night.
Inca Treasure Smoothie Pack
This pack of our four most popular superfoods from South America is the perfect combo pack for smoothie lovers.
Pink Himalayan Salt
This salt delivers significant levels of magnesium, zinc and selenium, with trace levels of dozens of other elements.
Pinhole Glasses - Aviator Style
Pinhole glasses are becoming famous for helping people improve their vision without the risks of laser surgery.
Oxy-Rich Facial Serum
O3 Essentials Jojoba Oxy-Rich Facial Serum is cellular nourishment for your skin. Helps smooth fine lines while enhancing tissue elasticity.
Freeze-Dried 100% Blackberry Halves
Our freeze-dried blackberry halves are grown in Serbia under strict organic standards.

Also on NaturalNews:

Health Ranger Videos
Activist music
CounterThink Cartoons
Food documentaries
FREE Special Reports
Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Most Popular Stories

Flu shot kills 19-year-old, but vaccine industry still has total immunity against lawsuits
Here's a nutty fact: Eating more tree nuts lowers the risk of all-cause death by up to 20 percent
Six important facts you're not being told about lost Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 now clearly a government cover-up: All evidence contradicts official story
10 other companies that use the same Subway yoga mat chemical in their buns
BLM fracking racket exposed! Armed siege and cattle theft from Bundy ranch really about fracking leases
High-dose vitamin C injections shown to annihilate cancer
U.S. treating meat with ammonia, bleach and antibiotics to kill the '24-hour sickness'
USDA to allow U.S. to be overrun with contaminated chicken from China
Vaccine fraud exposed: Measles and mumps making a huge comeback because vaccines are designed to fail, say Merck virologists
Battle for humanity nearly lost: global food supply deliberately engineered to end life, not nourish it
Diet soda, aspartame linked to premature deaths in women

25 Amazing Facts About Food

This FREE downloadable report unveils a collection of astonishing and little-known facts about the food we eat very day. Click here to read it now...


Resveratrol and its Effects on Human Health and Longevity - Myth or Miracle.

Unlock the secrets of cellular health with the "miracle" nutrient Resveratrol Click here to read it now...


Nutrition Can Save America

FREE online report shows how we can save America through a nutrition health care revolution. "Eating healthy is patriotic!" Click here to read it now...

The Healing Power of Sunlight and Vitamin D

In this exclusive interview, Dr. Michael Holick reveals fascinating facts on how vitamin D is created and used in the human body to ward off chronic diseases like cancer, osteoporosis, mental disorders and more. Click here to read it now...

Vaccines: Get the Full Story

The International Medical Council on Vaccination has released, exclusively through, a groundbreaking document containing the signatures of physicians, brain surgeons and professors, all of which have signed on to a document stating that vaccines pose a significant risk of harm to the health of children. Click here to read it now...

Health Ranger Storable Organics

GMO-free, chemical-free foods and superfoods for long-term storage and preparedness. See selection at

Recommended Resources On:

Natural News trends
Health Ranger news
Natural News GMOs
Mike Adams tracker
Natural News photos
Natural News Global
Natural News in focus
Natural News connect
Natural News shocking stories
Natural News radar
Health freedom
Dr. Paul Offit

This site is part of the Natural News Network © 2014 All Rights Reserved. Privacy | Terms All content posted on this site is commentary or opinion and is protected under Free Speech. Truth Publishing International, LTD. is not responsible for content written by contributing authors. The information on this site is provided for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for professional advice of any kind. Truth Publishing assumes no responsibility for the use or misuse of this material. Your use of this website indicates your agreement to these terms and those published here. All trademarks, registered trademarks and servicemarks mentioned on this site are the property of their respective owners.

eTrust Pro Certified Android app on Google Play

Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source:

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.