Dark Chocolate Muffin Cakes

Muffin cakes? Yup. Muffin cakes. When you load a “muffin” with chocolate chips and frosting, you can’t really call it a muffin anymore. And since these have more sugar than any of my other muffin recipes—plus the frosting option—they definitely qualify as cake. That being said, they still have about half as much sugar [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins

As a mom, I love delivering high-powered veggies and whole grains to my kids via such tempting packages. Pumpkin is an excellent source of fiber and vitamin A, which helps promote healthy vision, bones, teeth and skin. If you’re going to serve a kid-friendly dessert, why not make something irresistible that also happens to [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

12:01 Mocha Muffins

This recipe required some serious experimentation, but the end results were worth it. Similar to my Devilishly-Dark Chocolate Tea Bread, these muffins rely on winter squash and coffee to heighten the intensity of the cocoa and chocolate flavors. I understand why some would hesitate to use squash in something so close to a cupcake, [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Sweet Potato Coffee Cake

This coffee cake presents a fantastic way to “sneak” vegetables, fruit, fiber and whole grains into your day. Though tempting for breakfast, I recommend saving it for dessert or a special treat because of its sugar content.

If eaten while warm, you can serve this like my Cherry Almond Pull Aparts, and it will yield [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Devilishly-Dark Chocolate Tea Bread

Though this looks like bread at first, it transforms into a decadent dessert once served. Its unusual ingredients boost moisture while providing a healthy dose of vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants that you’d never expect from such an exotic-tasting treat. Give it a whirl, and you’ll soon have friends and family asking for more.

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Mint Mocha Brownie Bites

This recipe is loosely based upon one I found on a package of Nestlé Dark Chocolate & Mint Morsels. It has taken several attempts to perfect the cooking times and substitutions, but I think you’ll find the end result to be an irresistible blend of coffee, chocolate and mint. Like biscotti, these make great gifts—if [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Chocolate Chip Banana Snacking Cake

Though too decadent for breakfast, this is nutritious enough to be a guilt-free snack or dessert at other times of the day. This moist cake has enough chips to satisfy a chocolate craving without sugar- and butter-laden frosting. Even so, it reminds us of the name-brand chocolate-frosted banana cakes we used to buy in Cleveland.

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Easy, Speedy Better-for-You Chocolate Cake

Happy Valentine’s Day! (Part Deux)

As mentioned in Part One, I like to use boxed cake mixes with nutritious oil substitutes rather than starting from scratch. My all-time favorite swaps involve using pureed pumpkin or sweet potatoes to replace most of the oil recommended in chocolate cake mixes. Both have significant health benefits, serving as [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

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