Ripe bananas, applesauce and just a touch of light brown sugar are all these rich, guilt-free fudgy banana chocolate flax muffins need.
Non-stick cooking spray
1–1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup wheat germ
2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
1–1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup organic coconut oil at room temperature
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
4 medium ripe bananas, mashed
2 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup water
2 large eggs
1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips, finely chopped
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 12-cup muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray.
In a large bowl, combine the whole wheat flour, cocoa powder, wheat germ, ground flaxseed, baking soda and salt.
Using an electric mixer, cream the coconut oil and light brown sugar until smooth. Add the bananas, applesauce, vanilla extract and water. Beat in the eggs until fully incorporated. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just combined and fold in the chocolate chips.
Transfer the batter to the prepared muffin pan. Bake for 12-15 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin only has a few crumbs on it. Cool the muffins in the pan for 15 minutes before removing them and transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.