About this recipe:The absolute best muffins! Don't be put off by all the healthy ingredients - these muffins are good for you and your chocolate cravings!
120g wholemeal flour
115g ground flax seed
60g wheat germ
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
50g best quality cocoa powder
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
100g chocolate chips
175g pumpkin puree
200g dark brown soft sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
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Method Prep:15min › Cook:30min › Ready in:45min
Preheat an oven to 200 C / Gas mark 6. Grease 12 muffin cups, or line with paper muffin cases.
Combine flour, flax seed, wheat germ, bicarb, baking powder, cocoa powder, cinnamon and chocolate chips in a large bowl. In another bowl, beat the buttermilk, pumpkin puree, brown sugar, egg and vanilla until smooth. Gently stir the wet ingredients into the dry, mixing just until combined. Spoon equal amounts of batter into muffin cups.
Bake until a skewer inserted in the centre of a muffin comes out clean, about 20 to 30 minutes.
You can find tinned 100% pumpkin puree at Waitrose, via Ocado or in specialty shops. You can also make your own with this recipe.
Pumpkin puree is used in this recipe not for its flavour, but to keep the fat content down. If you've no pumpkin puree, try using an equal amount of unsweetened apple puree or sauce.