This is a healthier version of my chocolate muffins which are made with sugar substitutes. The brand I use (Splenda Brown Sugar Blend) is part sweetener and part real brown sugar. According to the package, only half as much is needed to replace the brown sugar in any recipes. I’ve also used a mixture of dark chocolate chips and roasted cacao nibs (or cocoa nibs) to replace the sweeter semi-chocolate chips. Cacao nibs are cacao beans that have been roasted, hulled, and crushed into smaller pieces. They are crunchy, nutty, full of chocolatey taste but are not sweet at all. They make a healthy and less sweet mix-in for baked goods or sweets.
這是EC用代糖做的特濃朱古力粒鬆餅，採用的Splenda Brown Sugar Blend代糖是一半代糖一半黃糖，只需用平時一半的黃糖量己足夠。EC亦用黑朱古力粒及可可碎豆取替較甜的半甜朱古力粒，可可碎豆是經過烤烘、去殼及切碎的可可豆，味道甘香有咬口，充滿朱古力香卻一點也不甜，絕對是加入烘焙食品及甜點的健康材料。
Low Sugar Double Chocolate Muffins 代糖特濃朱古力粒鬆餅
Makes 6 muffins
120 g all-purpose flour
30 g unsweetened cocoa powder
1.5 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1⁄4 tsp salt
1/3 C dark chocolate chips, plus more for sprinkling
2 – 3 Tbsp roasted cacao nibs
120 g minus 1/2 Tbsp milk
1/2 Tbsp white vinegar or lemon juice
30 g Splenda Brown Sugar Blend (or 30 g brown sugar AND 30 g granulated sugar)
25 g melted butter
30 g canola or vegetable oil (use all butter for more buttery flavor or all oil for a healthier choice)
1 large egg
1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste or pure vanilla extract
Notes: The eggs I use are about 50 g each without shells.
可可碎豆 2 – 3湯匙
Splenda Brown Sugar Blend代糖 30克 (或黃糖及細砂糖各30克)
無鹽牛油溶液 25 克
芥花籽油或菜油 30克 (想牛油味重點可全用牛油，健康點可全用芥花籽油)
Preheat oven to 425°F/215°C. Grease muffin pan with oil.
Combine and sift (A) in a mixing bowl. Mix well and make a well in the center. Set aside.
材料 (A) 混合過篩放入大碗中，將粉往周圍撥成粉牆狀備用。
Make buttermilk by combining milk and white vinegar in another bowl. Let stand for 5 minutes (mixture will start curdling). Whisk in the rest of the ingredients in (B) until well combined. Add wet ingredients to the dry. With a spoon or spatula, gently fold until just combined. Batter should be lumpy. DO NOT overmix or else you will get dense muffins.
另一大碗內放牛奶，加入白醋拌勻後靜置五分鐘做成buttermilk (混合物會開始出現結塊)，倒入餘下(B) 料充份拌勻後倒在乾料的粉牆中央，用匙羹或膠刮輕輕拌至剛無粉粒，麵糊應呈結塊狀並不順滑，切勿過度攪拌，否則蛋糕就不鬆軟了。
Spoon batter into the pan and sprinkle with additional chocolate chips.
Bake muffins for 5 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 375°F/190°C and continue to bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of muffin comes out clean, about 10 to 12 minutes more for my oven. Adjust time accordingly.
Remove pan from oven. Cool muffins in pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool. Best served warm.
These muffins are moist, tender and super chocolatey. For best flavor, eat them warm when the chocolate chips are still melted..
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