I envy your fearlessness. Your clean style. Your ability to look at potential stain dangers in the face and say “SUCK IT!”
Because I, girl who fears germs, stains, and things that go completely out of my immediate control, cannot handle the concept of white pants. To me, white pants are like the beacon of bravery. People who do not fear the unknown can wear them with ease. They’re like a valiant badge of confident bad-assery… something I will never obtain since white pants send shivers down my spine.
But logically speaking, don’t you guys ever worry about your white pants-wearingness? I can’t help but have a minor panic attack when I see y’all flaunting your white jeans in public. I mean, what if you spill coffee on yourself? Or get a rogue smudge from ink? Or — gasp — are near anything that is the color red, no matter what the substance is?!? Pet a dog, your pants are hairy. Eat some Cheetos and you don’t even have the option of wiping your fingers on that weird inner front pocket that is too small to hold anything of actual value, or else you’ll have cheese pocket and everyone will know your secret.
I MEAN DON’T YOU GUYS EVER THINK ABOUT THESE THINGS?!
Or do you just throw on your white jeans, all IDGAF and leave the house with nary a care in the world about stains and smudges? So what if a red pen explodes ink all over you? Who cares if muddy paw prints end up on your shins? White Pants Girl don’t care. You just go about your white pants business. The world still spins. Angels still sing. Potatoes still potate. You good.
And then there’s me — girl who freaks over any imperfection whatsoever. One time I was wearing a brand new pair of hot pink jeans to school and I accidentally got a black ink smudge — easily the side of a pin head — on the thigh. I left school early because my mind could not handle the obvious spot that was killin’ my image. Thanks, OCD.
Anyways, you girls could probably eat a handful of these chocolate peanut butter muffins without getting a single crumb on your person, nary a peanut butter smudge. I’m jealous — I mean, go you for being so clean and fearless! I can’t bring myself to do it, but I can bring myself to eat plenty of these scrumptious muffins!
These Skinny Chocolate Peanut Butter Muffins are everything you want in a sinful food but made healthfully by using smarter swaps for ingredients. Normally, muffins are hardly a healthy choice — your standard blueberry muffin at a bakery will set you back around 550-600 calories apiece! But by making smart swaps — which are every bit as easy as making your traditional recipe — you can have plump, delicious muffins for a huge fraction of the calories and fat! These chocolate muffins are made with Hershey’s Extra Special Dark Cocoa, giving them a richer, bolder chocolate flavor. And they’re very simply topped with a drizzle of melted creamy peanut butter — no muss, no fuss.
You must make them, you valiant superperson!!
- 2 Tbsp butter, softened
- ¾ cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 egg white
- ½ cup plus 2 Tbsp low-fat buttermilk
- ⅓ cup water
- 1 Tbsp white vinegar
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 & ½ cups all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup dark chocolate baking cocoa (can use regular baking cocoa if preferred)
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- ⅓ cup miniature chocolate chips
- About ½ cup creamy peanut butter, softened to an almost melted consistency
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Liberally grease a standard muffin tin with cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine the butter and sugar until it resembles soft, wet crumbles. Add in the egg, then egg white, whisking after each addition (for this, I simply used a fork -- but you could use a handheld electric mixer if desired). Whisk the mixture quickly until it is light and fluffy.
- Beat in the buttermilk, water, vinegar and vanilla until just combined. Lastly, add the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt until moistened. Stir in the chocolate chips.
- Evenly portion the batter among the muffin cups, about ¾ths of the way full. Bake for approx. 13-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist crumbs; do NOT over bake!
- Cool for a few minutes in the pan before gently transferring them to a wire rack. Put parchment of a paper towel under the rack to help with the mess, then drizzle the tops of the muffins evenly with the peanut butter. Serve!
According to the recipe for which I adapted, each of these muffins should have approx. 145 calories and under 3 grams of fat, yet they’re full of sweet, rich chocolatey flavor and that satisfyingly salty drizzle of peanut butter! Feeling even more naughty? Consider drizzling Nutella on top for an ultra-rich chocolate fix! Or for something spicier, try Biscoff spread. However you choose to eat it, it’s sure to be tasty!
Have a fantastical day!