daycare cooking assignment: chocolate muffin

next assignment was chocolate muffins. i knew flour would be an issue because of wheat so i originally tried a quinoa flour recipe. but quinoa flour gave the muffin a funny flavor, not my first choice of a dessert flour substitute. so i went to the grocery store and found a gluten free flour which as made of oats. as oats is something frequently eaten with something sweet and k can have oats so i tried a double chunk chocolate oat muffin recipe *see note 1.

i omitted chocolate chips since it was for my toddler to eat and she didn’t need the double cocoa – after all, it’s caffeine! i also skipped the oil – i could have substituted it with pumpkin puree but since the amount was so little (1 teaspoon), i just added a little more applesauce. the applesauce made the muffin moist.

finally, in the recipe there was 1/2 cup sugar since there was already applesauce in the recipe, i thought it would provide enough sweetness. in hindsight, i should have added more applesauce as a substitute for sugar so the muffins didn’t taste sweet. this was resolved with an easy fix, before serving the muffins i dolloped some applesauce on top and k ate it up!

chocolate apple muffin

cooking tools

  • cupcake liners
  • muffin pan
  • wire rack


  • ¾ cup gluten free oat flour
  • ⅓ unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce

preparationapple chocolate muffin

  1. preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. in a medium sized bowl, mix all dry ingredients (first 4 ingredients).
  3. add applesauce and mix until smooth batter.
  4. fill muffin pan with cupcake liners.
  5. spoon batter evenly into muffin cups.
  6. bake 20 to 22 minutes.
  7. cool for a five minutes in pan. then remove from pan and cool on wire rack.


1. resource for original recipe Real Food, Allergy Free: Double Chocolate Chunk Oat Muffins (Gluten-Free, Vegan)

2. resource Livestrong: Applesauce as a Sugar Substitute for a Healthy Diet

3. resource Chef In You: Egg Substitutes in Baking

4. see other daycare cooking assignments

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