...no, i am not talking about my all white, sometimes sweet, but mostly devilish cat, Dixie...


...i am talking about my dark, rich, hearty, and deliciously dense chocolate chia pet!!!

YUM!

made with luscious unsweetened cocoa powder and crunchy yet tender cocoa nibs AND omega-3 rich chia seeds, this tasty treat is not only delicious, it is a nutrient punch! 

1/2-3/4 cup sweetener, depending on how sweet you would like them (i used 2/3 cup brown rice syrup...agave nectar or honey would work very well too)
1/4 cup canola oil
1/2 cup applesauce
2 tbsp ground flax seeds
6 tbsp water
2 tbsp chia seeds, don't need to be ground
8oz whole wheat flour, about 2 cups
3oz almond flour, about 3/4 cup
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1.5 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1.5 tsp instant espresso powder
1/3 cup almond milk
2oz cocoa nibs, about 1/2 cup...dry-roasted cocoa bean pieces

Pour cocoa nibs into almond milk and allow to soak for 5-10 minutes.
Using hand-held electric beaters or stand mixer, combine sweetener, oil, applesauce, flax, water, and chia seeds in large bowl.  Combine all dry ingredients, whole wheat flour - espresso powder, in another bowl.  Gradually pour dry ingredients into wet ingredients and mix until just combined, do not over mix!  Finally, add milk and nibs and mix in lightly.  This will make 12 muffins, distribute batter evenly in a lined or oiled muffin pan. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. 



If you are used to super sweet muffins or muffins with chocolate chips, these may be a bit of a change!

The cocoa powder and nibs have a very intense chocolatey taste with no sweetness and are super high in antioxidants.  The chia seeds give you almost 5 grams of omega 3 fatty acids per 2 tablespoons or 1 ounce! 
Plus, you got mono-unsaturated fat from the almonds and dietary fiber from the flax and the whole wheat flour.
Tonight is venison-quinoa stuffed peppers, will try to post recipe tomorrow. Have a wonderful weekend...mine is jam-packed with shopping, muffin making, and family time.