On the morning of one of our big baseball trips, my dad and I arrived at the airport early. With our itinerary safely tucked inside of a folder in my backpack, the schedule of MLB stadiums and game tickets nestled behind hotel and rental car reservations, plus enough sightseeing suggestions and maps to cover the entire Midwest, we rolled our carry-on suitcases through the terminal to our departing flight’s gate.
After finding two seats in the waiting area, I watched our luggage while my dad headed towards the nearest coffee shop. We left the house before he could finish his usual large home-brewed pot, but before he walked away to join the queue of tired-looking travelers, he asked if he could get anything for me.
“Just water!” I chirped, remembering the homemade breakfast bars stashed inside of my backpack.
He returned a while later, holding a tall steaming mug in one hand and a paper bag in the other. He pulled out two gigantic water bottles first, handed one to me and tucked the other into the mesh side pocket of his own backpack, then reached back into the bag.
This time, he produced a smaller brown paper bag, one simply folded over at the top. It held a single chocolate muffin, deep brown with plenty of chocolate chips studding its top, and after peeling back the white paper wrapper around its sides, my dad offered me a bite.
I broke off a tiny piece and popped it into my mouth. Supremely rich with an almost cupcake-like chocolate flavor, plenty of oil gave it an incredibly moist texture, and even more chocolate chips hid inside. Although completely delicious, it tasted like dessert trying to masquerade as breakfast… And knowing the usual ingredients of bakery-style muffins, I knew that probably wasn’t too far from the truth.
But now, far too many years later, I finally perfected a healthy homemade version: these ultimate healthy chocolate muffins! With two different types in the batter, they’re a chocolate lover’s dream – and unlike those coffee shop ones, these double chocolate muffins are made with more wholesome ingredients… And definitely healthy enough for breakfast!