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Guilty Free Chocolate Muffins with Hot Chocolate Custard


Chocolate pudding doesn't need to be a guilty pleasure every time - just 215 calories each - and there's a lemon version too

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  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 100g self-raising flour
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 100ml skimmed milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
  • plus extra for greasing
  • 6 pieces of milk chocolate (for fudgy centre)
  • For the hot chocolate custard
  • 2 x 150g pots low-fat custard
  • 25g dark chocolate
  • chopped


servings 6
Level of difficulty Easy
Preparation time 10mins
Cooking time 10mins
Cost Average budget


Step 1

Pre-heat oven to 170C/fan 150C/gas 5.

Step 2

Brush 6 holes of a muffin tin with a drop of oil.

Step 3

Sieve the cocoa into a large bowl, then add the rest of the dry ingredients.

Step 4

Stir to combine, then make a well in the centre.

Step 5

Beat the milk, egg and oil together in a jug, pour into the well, then stir quickly to make a batter.

Step 6

Spoon into the muffin tin, push a piece of chocolate inside (makes a fudgy centre when baked!!) then bake for 15 mins or until risen and firm to the touch.

Step 7

Heat the custard in the microwave according to instructions, or in a pan, then tip in the chopped chocolate and stir until smooth.

Step 8

Turn the puddings into bowls and pour the custard over.

Make them zingy
Lemon curd cakes with custard: To make your own luscious lemon puddings, omit the cocoa and add an extra tbsp flour and the zest of 1 lemon. Once golden, top with a small blob of lemon curd and serve with plain low-fat custard.

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