You know what I love? I love when a muffin has a nice, round, poofy top. Big fan of a robust muffin top over here. It's so disappointing when you try to bake up a nice treat in your muffin tin and it ends up all flat and sad. Muffins with no muffin top shouldn't even call themselves muffins.
I was so so happy when I flipped on the oven light while these particular muffins were baking because they popped right up with gorgeous chocolate studded domes!
Just look at that picture up there. That top is poppin'.
Now, while a bulbous muffin top is key to optimal muffin goodness, there is most definitely more to a muffin than it's top. A muffin should taste good, too! Duh!
Some muffins are super sweet and each bite is like sugar-laden heaven. I adore a beautiful, buttery, brown sugar crumble on a warmed up muffin, don't you? My mouth waters just thinking about it.
Sometimes, though, I like to try to lighten up sweet baked goods with better for you ingredients. Honey makes a great substitute for refined sugar, oats can be subbed for bleached flour, and Greek yogurt keeps things perfectly moist.
This muffin batter is actually blended in the blender as opposed to using a stand mixer. It's a brilliant way to blend up the oats with the rest of the ingredients! My blender is kind of ancient, so it needed a little help to get going (I had to stop the blender and stir the mix a few times) but, all in all, it was a super way to get the batter made.
If you really want to go super healthy with these muffins, you can lighten up on, or even omit the chocolate chips. I do suggest keeping some kind of sweet add-in in the mix because the batter isn't terribly sweet on its own. I think raisins and a dash of cinnamon would be great!
The last think I should mention about these muffins is that I baked them in my silicone muffin pan, which I adore. I have both the full size and the 24-cup mini muffin pan. They make getting the muffins out of the pan a breeze and the pan is super easy to clean. I seriously love them.
You can check them out here:
12-cup silicone muffin pan: http://amzn.to/2aproGD
24-cup silicone mini muffin pan: http://amzn.to/2aG1aeU
I hope you love these better for you muffins as much as we did! They didn't last long around here, that's for sure. If you try them, I'd love to know how they turned out for you!