This is an exotic treat for me. My uncles who are diabetic also enjoy these and their doctor never complains. I simply love makin them for christmas. It's a standard hershey's recipe. So i usually use hershey's special dark cocoa....
Heat oven to 350°F Line muffin cups (2 1/2 inches in diameter) with paper bake cups.
Combine flour, cocoa, salt, baking powder and set aside.
Stir together hot water, brown sugar, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, apple sauce, canola oil and eggs in a large bowl. Add dry ingredients, stirring until just moistened. Stir in chocolate pieces. Fill muffin cups about 1/2-full with this batter.
Bake 20 to 25 mins or until wooden tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Cool in pan for 10 mins, remove to wire rack and cool completely.