Healthy Sourdough Chocolate Muffins

More and more research shows that chocolate is good for you. It’s a mood elevator. It contains a lot of antioxidants and will keep us younger. It’s good for your heart and acts like aspirin. It keeps your cholesterol low.

— Pastry Chef and Chocolatier, Jacques Torres

Recently, I discovered a sourdough double chocolate muffin recipe from the website, Little Spoon Farm. The first time I made them, I was thrilled by how rich and chocolatey they were! They were butter-free (using oil instead) and also contained “discard” sourdough (that I can never discard).

These delicious muffins appeal to my chocolate cravings and may even be beneficial to my health. I would like to believe Jacques Torres is correct when he shares that chocolate is “good for your heart”. As a home baker with moderate LDL cholesterol, I want to continue baking and enjoying assortments of treats, pastries, and bread. This desire encouraged me to experiment with reducing the saturated fat in Little Spoon Farm’s muffin recipe. Would it taste just as delicious as the original version?

Instead of sour cream, I exchanged it with the same portion of low-fat yogurt and replaced cow milk with oat milk. Finally, I replaced 1/2 cup of the chocolate chips with 1/2 cup of walnuts (healthy fat). Such simple changes were easy to do. These changes seemed to modify the taste only slightly with excellent results.

Whether or not you modify this recipe, these double chocolate muffins are amazing. I want to ensure that this recipe is a keeper in my collection.

Check out the recipe link below and learn about the world-famous Jacques Torres! — Carole

Italian Herb Sourdough Crackers

The trick to making crispy sourdough crackers is baking them long enough that they become crispy and golden.

Little Spoon Farm has a terrific sourdough cracker using sourdough discard. I adapted the recipe creating a salty-herb cracker with wonderful Italian flavors. The olive oil replacement for butter contributed to a nice crispy cracker that may be healthier too. See my substitutions below. See Sourdough Discard Crackers for directions.

So simple, so good, and no preservatives or additives! — Carole

My Ingredients

3/4 cup of sourdough discard

1 teaspoon of dried oregano

1 teaspoon of dried basil

1/2 teaspoon of dried garlic

1/2 teaspoon of salt

2 tablespoons of flavorful olive oil