Tuxedo Brownie Muffins (Healthier!)

Total Time
40mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 20 mins

Crowned with a luscious cream cheese topping, these fancy-looking muffins are surefire crowd pleasers. HINT: Natural cocoa powder is also called non alkalized cocoa powder. Hershey's Cocoa is natural cocoa powder.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. TO MAKE THE TOPPING: Place the cream cheese, sugar, and flour in a bowl. Using an electric mixer set on medium speed, beat until mixed. Add the egg whites and beat just until blended. Fold in the chocolate chips. Set aside.
  2. TO MAKE THE MUFFINS: Preheat the oven to 350°F; lightly coat 18 muffin cups with nonstick spray or line with paper liners (if using two 12-cup muffin pans, fill the empty cups with water).
  3. In a large bowl, combine the unbleached or all-purpose flour, sugar, whole wheat flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, prunes, and egg whites. Scrape into the well in the flour mixture. Stir just until moistened. Fold in the walnuts.
  5. Divide the batter evenly among the prepared muffin cups. Top each muffin with about 1 tablespoon of the cream cheese mixture. Bake for 20-22 minutes, or until the cream cheese begins to turn golden and a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Cool in the pans on a rack for 5 minutes. Invert onto the rack and serve warm or at room temperature.

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