Sunday, October 20, 2013

Sourdough Surprises: Chocolate Chip Walnut Muffins

I'll admit, it's been tough enough for me to stay in the kitchen lately with work. It's even tougher to keep blogging. I found this recipe a long time ago. I'd already tried the pie crusts a few times from the same site. But knowing someday, Sourdough Surprises was going to do muffins, I held on to it – because I haven't been making repeat recipes much either.

Of course, in my style, I didn't do it as written. I'm a hopeless chocoholic, and when I'm not baking much, I include it as much as possible. Plus, with a recipe that calls for exactly half a cup of oil, it was a good recipe to replace the oil with applesauce (fact: single serve applesauce cups are exactly half a cup)

The recipe:
Sourdough Chocolate Chip Walnut Muffins
Adapted from Sourdough Recipes
Makes 12-18 muffins (I got 16)

1 cup white all-purpose flour
1 cup quick cooking oats
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup dry milk powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup warm water
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 egg
1 cup fresh sourdough starter

Combine dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Mix wet ingredients in a separate bowl. Add wet ingredients to dry, mixing until dry ingredients are just combined.

Spray muffin tins with flour spray. Fill tins to 2/3 full. Bake at 375 for 30 minutes, until done.

Now, the original recipe calls for 30-35 minutes. My oven tends to bake cool, so even though oil free baked goods don't tend to take as long as those baked with fat, I put them in for 30 minutes. I thought they did come out slightly overdone.

Still, they were pretty good. Just enough chocolate, just enough crunch, and a pretty filling accompaniment to my breakfast yogurt. So lesson learned (check at 25 minutes), and if I ever get around to repeat recipes, this one is staying in the cookbook.

Check out our other awesome muffins and quick breads!


  1. I love the idea of replacing oil with applesauce - every healthy change helps, right?

  2. Chocolate makes everything better, and when replacing the oil with applesaue, it makes them healthy! Right? :) Great muffins!

  3. Applesauce and oats? I think I've found breakfast.

  4. Sound great! I can unsweetened applesauce especially for recipes like this.

  5. Delicious and healthy muffins and chocolate! Yum!

  6. Haha, I love that you held onto this recipe for us! Love the the chocolate chips and walnuts in there - almost like a cookie but in breakfast! :) Thanks for baking with us this month!

  7. Yes, always add chocolate! By using apple sauce instead of the oil in this recipe, you essentially cancelled out the chocolate chips. At least, that's the way it works in my head, right? ;)

  8. Chocolate and oats - two of my favourite muffin things!