Cherry Filled Chocolate Muffins Recipe

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Cherry Filled Chocolate Muffins

Helen Ottens


My daughter is a pastry chef and I am a home cook and we have collaborated on trying to create a cookbook that addresses special needs. We both love Black Forest cake and we wanted to create a muffin that was different than anything already out there. We hit upon filling chocolate muffins with preserves. We also use cherry juice instead of water to give more cherry flavor. This recipe is lower in fat because we use unsweetened apple sauce instead of oil. It took several trials before we got it right and we hope you enjoy the results.

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15 Min


20 Min




1 1/2 c
all-purpose flour
1/2 c
1/3 c
baking cocoa
1 tsp
baking powder
1 tsp
baking soda
1/2 tsp
1 c
unsweetened applesauce
3/4 c
cherry juice
1/2 c
egg substitute or two eggs
1 tsp
vanilla extract
1 tsp
cherry extract
3/4 c
cherry preserves

Directions Step-By-Step

• In a bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, and baking
• Soda. In another bowl, whisk the applesauce, juice, egg substitute, Vanilla and Cherry Extract until smooth.
Stir into dry ingredients just until just moistened.
• Coat paper muffin cups with cooking spray; fill about 2/3 full with batter. We use a medium sized ice cream scoop for regular muffins (Small for mini’s.)
• Bake at 400° for 20-25 minutes for regular muffins and 10-12 for mini’s or until muffins test done. As soon as you remove from the oven take a melon ball tool and put an indentation in the center of each muffin. Cool for 10 minutes; remove from pan to a wire rack. Place cherry preserves into each indentation.
Nutrition Facts: One Regular sized muffin equals 173 calories, 2 g fat (0 saturated fat), trace cholesterol, 165 mg sodium, 40 g carbohydrate, .1 fiber, and 2.8 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch.
One Mini Muffin equals Calories 85.4; Total Fat 0.7 g; Saturated Fat 0.2 g; Polyunsaturated Fat 0.1 g; Monounsaturated Fat 0.2 g, Cholesterol 15.4 mg; Sodium 130.7 mg; Potassium 45.6 mg; Total Carbohydrate 18.8 g; Dietary Fiber 0.8 g; Sugars 9.3 g; Protein 1.6 g.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Breakfast, Muffins
Main Ingredient: Bread
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids, Healthy