If we’re talking favorite flavor combinations, what comes to mind for you?
I absolutely love the sweet + slightly salty combo of chocolate and peanut butter. I might be better off if Reese’s eggs and peanut butter M&Ms had never been invented. Sometimes if I have strong enough craving, I’ll just take a spoonful of peanut butter and sprinkle on a few chocolate chips. Totally does the trick.
My kids think it’s a little weird though, so in order to make a more “official” snack, I created these muffins. They are SO BOMB. They look fancy but take less than 10 minutes to mix up, since I used Kodiak cakes mix as a shortcut. My kids ate these up. These are best when warm, so any leftovers should be stored in the freezer and microwaved to reheat. I used powdered peanut butter in these. I love my Smucker’s peanut butter, but since the texture is so rich and thick, I figured it wouldn’t really translate into light airy muffin form. The powdered peanut butter is easy to blend and gives a great flavor while maintaining the texture I was wanting. There's minimal sugar in these too, and since we're using Kodiak mix, there are whole grains and some protein as well.
PB Chocolate Swirl Muffins
½ cup white or brown sugar
2 cups Kodiak Cakes buttermilk pancake mix, dry
½ cup powdered peanut butter
¾ cup milk + 2 tablespoons
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ cup butter spread, melted (I had Country Crock on hand)
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/3 cup semi sweet or dark chocolate chips
Nonstick baking spray or muffin cup liners
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, stir together sugar, Kodiak mix, and PB powder. In a separate pourable cup (I used my Pyrex 2-cup measuring cup), whisk together melted butter spread, ¾ cup milk, eggs, and vanilla. Pour into Kodiak mix and stir just until combined. Spoon 1 cup of this wet mixture back into your pourable cup (no need to wash in between), add the cocoa powder + 2 tablespoons of milk. Stir to combine.
Spray your muffin tin or get those liners in there. Spoon the PB mixture between the 12 cups, then spoon the chocolate mixture on top. I got fancy and alternated mine, so half of them had the PB batter on the bottom, half had the chocolate batter on the bottom. Using a knife, gently swirl the batter. Sprinkle with chocolate chips, then bake for ~ 20 minutes.
Recipe makes 12 muffins. Per muffin: 206 calories, 25 grams carbohydrates (including 3 grams fiber), 9 grams fat, 8 grams protein, 14 grams added sugar, and 256 mg sodium. Compare that with a Starbucks chocolate peanut butter mini muffin, which has 180 calories and 16 grams of sugar. You get a larger portion here with less sugar! I have a feeling my kids will be requesting this often and that is okay with me!