Well, it finally snowed here in Northern Virginia! My cozy little cottage looks so adorable spruced up with some fresh white powder. I just love it. I’ve been dying for a real winter since the snowpocalypse so this is quite refreshing. And, nothing goes better with snow (or brunch for that matter) than a big cup of French Toast Coffee (your life will forever changed) and a batch of these cherry chocolate chip wheat germ muffins!
Okay, so I get it. Wheat germ doesn’t sound…appetizing. It sounds like germ, which is not something you want associated with food. And that’s totally fine since that was my first reaction too when I received a few samples to try from Kretschmer. However, after some research, I found out some important things about this super-food!
For one, wheat germ is actually a GOOD thing for food and you! Two tablespoons of raw wheat germ have 4 grams of protein, 2 grams of fiber, no cholesterol and a mere 60 calories. That’s a lot of protein for something so tiny, don’t you think? I always love trying new healthy ingredients, so I immediately starting thinking of ways I could use the Kretschmer wheat germ in some of my baking. And then, one day it just hit me. I’ll make muffins! With chocolate chips and cherry! By Golly Gee!
Best. idea. ever. All you taste is the gooey melted chocolate, the sweet cherries and a slight nuttiness from the almond extract and wheat germ. Be sure to ONLY USE fresh wheat germ. You’ll be able to tell by the smell. It should smell slightly sweet, not bitter or sour. Because of the germ, you get an added 2 grams of protein in each muffin. More protein = fuller longer = less need for fat pants. Real scientist right here, guys.
These little muffins make the perfect side sweet for your traditional brunching fare or work just as delicious standalone (with a giant mimosa, of course). Although I’m sure Dr. Oz would scold me for eating something healthy and then downing empty calories in champagne. But brunch without cocktails is sacrilegious (and I’m sure illegal in some establishments), so I think I’ll take my chances with OZ (and his frightening botox).
Cherry Chocolate Chip Wheat Germ Muffins
Yields about 12 muffins. Recipe adapted from Cooking Light.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: About 13 minutes.
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup toasted wheat germ (I used Kretschmer)
- 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- dash of salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 cup milk (I used skim)
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
- 1 egg
- 3/4 cup chopped fresh cherries*
- 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
*Dried works just as well!
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a muffin tin with liners.
- In a large mixing bowl, stir the flour, wheat germ, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt together. Make a well in the center.
- In another bowl, mix the egg, skim milk, canola oil, applesauce and egg together. Pour the wet mixture into the well of the dry mixture and stir to combine. Gently stir in cherries and chocolate chips until fully incorporated.
- Fill muffin liners about 2/3 – 3/4 the way full with batter. Bake for about 13 – 15 minutes, or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Nutritional information per muffin:
Fat: 6.1 grams
Carbohydrates: 33 grams
Fiber: 2.5 grams
Protein: 4.2 grams
Weight Watchers Points: 5