Triple chocolate muffins with cocoa cereal balls

Today I finally got my first shot of COVID-19 vaccine! 🥳 To celebrate this event I'm gonna share the recipe of these triple chocolate muffins that, with their weird shape, totally remind me of viruses 😂😂 They are delicious though, they are just covered with cocoa cereal balls (I used Palline di cereali al cacao), for some extra crunch! These treats were born with the idea of getting rid of leftover egg whites but they turned out so fluffy that I think I would buy a brick of egg whites just to make them again! Well anyway, you can find the recipe in the section below: give it a try! INGREDIENTS: 105g egg whites (about 3 eggs) 225g all purpose flour 30g cocoa powder* 75g vegetable oil 150g granulated sugar 188g milk 12g baking powder 1/2 bag vanilla powder* Dark chocolate chips --- TOPPINGS --- Palline di cereali al cacao DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C) and prepare your muffin tin with 12 paper cups. In a bowl beat the egg whites until stiff. Set aside. In another bowl whisk together with a hand whisker the liquid ingredients: sugar, vegetable oil and milk. Sift in the dry ingredients: all purpose flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and vanilla powder. Mix until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips. Fold in the egg whites very slowly and very carefully with a spatula. Transfer this mixture into the prepared muffin cups and top with cocoa cereal balls. Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the muffins comes out clean. Let them cool completely before removing from the cups. Enjoy :) RECIPE NOTES: You can use vanilla extract instead of vanilla powder and put it together with the liquid ingredients instead of the dry ones. If you want to make vanilla muffins you can just replace 30g cocoa powder with 30g all purpose flour. Store the muffins in an airtight container for a few days but they are best eaten the day of otherwise the cereal become soft and chewy. I adapted the recipe from here. RECIPE CARD: If you make it let me know! :)

Triple chocolate muffins with cocoa cereal balls
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