Chocolate Orange Puffins

I have always loved the combination of chocolate and orange together – it is a match made in heaven. I actually quite vividly remember eating a chocolate orange store-brought biscuit as a treat once when I was a kid. When I was at university, every time I went to the supermarket I would check the shelves trying to find these biscuits – desperate for another taste – but sadly they had been discontinued. They have actually started making these again just recently in New Zealand but as I am in Australia now I am still missing out! But maybe I do not need to be sad anymore…because now I have this Chocolate Orange Puffin recipe that is a perfect blend of flavours while being pretty low in sugar.

Chocolate Orange Puffins

  • Servings: makes 15
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups of plain flour
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1/2 cup of greek yogurt
  • juice and zest of half an orange
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp orange extract
  • 1 tbsp melted butter
  • Orange or mandarin segments to top
  • chocolate chips to top (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 180c and grease your muffin tin well (this is important as they tend to stick easily)
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients (except for the melted butter) with the orange zest then slowly whisk in the flour and baking powder into the mixture forming a batter. Add the melted butter and mix through
  3. Spoon the mixture into the muffin tin, filling each cup until they are around 2/3 full
  4. Top each puffin with a thin slice of mandarin or orange and a few chocolate chips
  5. Bake the puffins in the oven for 12-15 minutes or until they are cooked through.

The puffins will not rise like muffins, they will be like pancakes. This recipe freezes well so great to make in bulk and use as needed. Consume within two months.

I also make these as mini-muffins and they are even more popular with the littlies than the larger sized muffins. And as they are bite sized I like to think they contain practically no calories! This recipe makes 36 mini-muffins. If you make these, post them on instagram and tag me @goodiegoodielunchbox so I can see your lovely bakes!

Delicious, low sugar, freezer friendly Chocolate Orange Puffins (muffin tin pancakes)

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