I found a recipe for Chocolate Chip Strawberry Bread on Pinterest and was immediately intrigued. I liked the idea of combining chocolate and strawberries, and banana bread had grown a little tiresome for me lately, so this seemed like a fun, new twist. I adapted the recipe to be slightly healthier by substituting coconut oil for the vegetable oil and raw honey for the sugar. I prefer to make muffins rather than bread as they cook faster, stay moister, and are easier and less messy to serve to kids than slices of bread.
I will not claim that these muffins are low fat, but if you wanted a lower fat version, I would substitute apple sauce for the coconut oil–I’ve had great results with that with my banana bread, just have found that it’s not as moist. But, if you’re looking for an indulgent treat that has healthy fatty acids and is naturally sweet, this recipe with the coconut oil (can be found at Walmart with the vegetable shortening and cooking oils) and raw honey is for you.
If you take out the chocolate chips and strawberries, this could be a great base recipe for any kind of muffins. You could make your own variation by substituting bananas, blueberries, nuts, raisins, apples, oatmeal and any other number of things–just have fun with it.
**A fun little tip that I’ve discovered for pouring batter into muffin tins without the mess is to spray a 1/4 cup measuring cup with nonstick spray and then use it to scoop the batter and pour into the muffin tins. 1/4 cup is just about the perfect amount for each muffin and with the nonstick spray, the batter just slides right out of the measuring cup.**
Chocolate Chip Strawberry Muffins
(Adapted from dashofeast.com Chocolate Chip Strawberry Bread)
- 1 1⁄2 cup half whole wheat/half white flour
- 1 1⁄2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1⁄2 tsp kosher salt
- 1⁄2 tsp baking soda
- 1⁄2 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1⁄2 cup raw honey
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1⁄2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1cup strawberries, diced
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease muffin tin. Combine dry ingredients in large mixing bowl. In separate bowl beat eggs, then add oil, honey and strawberries and mix well. Add wet mixture to the dry mixture and stir until all ingredients are evenly distributed. Stir in the chocolate chips. Pour into muffin tins filling each approximately 2/3 full. Bakes for 15-18 min. till brown on top and a knife inserted comes out clean.