Healthy chocolate and red currant muffins (in five minutes)


We sent Alice back to pre-school this morning with one of these in her lunch box. They are a regular output of our little kitchen and here's why...;
  • They take take five minutes to throw together;
  • They belong to the 'melt and mix' family so are a great for kids to make.
  • They are healthy...well except for a little sugar and small amount of butter... and you can throw in loads of good things to pimp up the goodness factor. I like walnuts and LSA mix and sometimes add a little grated carrot;
  • You can add any fruit that's in season. For these I used some red currants from Mum's garden, here's me (left) mid-pick...
  • The raw cacao powder gives a deep chocolate flavour and extra health benefits. Nutritionist and blogger Sarah Britton converted me to raw cacao powder via this post on her amazing blog My New Roots. Her raw brownie is amazing (head over here to read the recipe then please try it). I generally use Loving Earth cacao powder which is available in lots of health food shops or online (also try their chocolate spread...amazing); and
  • They freeze really well so are great for school or work lunches. Just pack them frozen and by morning tea time they should have thawed completely.
So in sum they really tick every box; the health one, the taste one, the convenience one and the feel-good one. Nice one!

1 cup wholemeal flour
1tsp baking powder
1/2 cup caster sugar
3 tbsp LSA powder
3 tbsp raw cacao powder
1 egg
1/2 cup buttermilk
50g melted butter
1/2 cup red currants or any other fruit
1/2 cup roughly chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 180C. Mix dry ingredients together then in a separate bowl mix the egg, milk and butter together. Make a well in the dry ingredients and add the wet ones. Lightly mix then add the walnuts and fruit. Spoon into muffin cases and cook for about 15 minutes. Makes about eight medium-sized muffins.


  1. Nice one Soph! This will become a feature in Tillia and Mia's lunch boxes this week - I have frozen red currents and raspberries so I'll try both. Are you able to do a recipe for a lunch box friendly savoury item. Tillia won't eat sandwiches so I need all the help I can get. I've tried zucchini (grown in my garden) and carrot muffins today, but if you have an ideas I'd be v. grateful. Gail


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