Chocolate Chip Maple Muffins

School resumed today, so I guess the holidays are officially over. No more spontaneous trips to the roller rink or mid-afternoon trapeze classes.

trapeze school

That’s Fuzz (in case you thought it was me) whose latent talent for the trapeze arts came out yesterday at Trapeze Austin. She’s never been to the circus, but she says she’s ready to run off with one so I have to keep an eye on her. She’ll do just about anything to get out of school at this point, but it’s back to business as usual.

Given the time of year, here’s a recipe that’s no fun at ALL. Okay, maybe a little. It’s a healthier muffin with whole wheat flour, flaxseed, maple syrup and a small handful of chocolate chips. There’s not much to say about it except it’s not the worst you could do for breakfast or a snack.

maple chocolate chip muffin

Small Batch Chocolate Chip Maple Muffins
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Whole grain muffin recipe with maple syrup and chocolate chips
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour (4 oz)
  • 2 tablespoons golden flaxseeds, ground after measuring
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 scant teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Spray 6 muffin cups with flour-added cooking spray or line with paper liners
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, flaxseed, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. In a second bowl or glass measuring cup, whisk the maple syrup, yogurt, egg, oil and vanilla until smooth.
  4. Add the yogurt mixture to the flour mixture and stir until incorporated, then stir in the chocolate chips. Pour into cups and bake on center rack for 18 to 22 minutes.


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  1. says

    Oh my! Did your heart pitter patter a little faster as you watched her fly through the air!? Very exciting. Hope she doesn’t run off, but if she does I hope she grabs a healthy muffin or two on her way out the door.

  2. says

    Yes! I was shaking more than she was. She said the only scary part is standing there waiting to get on, but once you’re in the air it is fun. I was using a close-up lens so the photo doesn’t really show just how high up she is.

  3. says

    haha :). Reading your description of the muffin made me chuckle. Tis the season for healthier and likely blander foods. Though my taste buds could probably use a rest :).
    And sure she might join the circus… but it could be worse, she could also have aspirations of becoming Batgirl :).
    P.S. Those paper liners are awesome :).

  4. says

    I just added one more photo. It’s not very good because I took it with an iPad in low lighting, but you get an idea of how high up the trapeze is.

    BTW, the muffins are actually pretty good. I’m just trying to recover from the fun of non-stop holiday baking.

  5. says

    Wow, she’s a little dare devil!
    The muffins look good to me. I just posted a healthy cookie. sigh
    Tis the season, I suppose.

  6. Erin says

    Oh my goodness, what a brave little toaster! I’ve never even done a flip off a diving board, so she has my complete and utter admiration!

  7. says

    wow, a trapeze class beats the tar out of traditional gymnastics. And hey, I’m excited about the thought of healthier muffins – even if a bit straight forward 🙂

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