Who would have thought that Thanos, a supervillian in the Marvel universe, would be such a brilliant baker! In May’s Loot Crate box, Thanos gifted us with a recipe he created while wooing Mistress Death; his sinfully delightful, Thanos’ Muffins of Death (By Chocolate).
I wanted to try these, but the original recipe doesn’t fit into my low carb lifestyle. So what is an archvillain/baker to do? Steal the recipe, change a few ingredients, and claim it as my own, of course! Muahahahaha!
Thanos’ Muffins of Death (By Chocolate)
Behold the glory!
I followed the recipe as is, except to replace the sugary/carby ingredients with low carb and low sugar options.
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Place all dry ingredients (except chocolate chips) in a large bowl.
To make it low carb, or I should say lower carb, I simply replaced the regular flour with almond flour and increased the eggs to three. When baking with low carb flours, baked goods can tend to be dry and dense, so increasing eggs or fats is one way to counter that.
I also found a brown sugar by Splenda that has less sugar than regular brown sugar.
Whisk until well blended. The almond flour tends to lump, so try to reduce as many of these as possible.
Place all the wet ingredients into another bowl. Use a low sugar option, like almond or coconut milk, in place of the regular milk.
Whisk just enough to mix the ingredients.
Because I was worried about the dryness of the muffins, I replaced the 1/2 cup of butter with 1/4 cup of butter and 1/4 cup of coconut oil.
Melt in the microwave for 30 seconds, and then in 10 – 15 second increments until melted. Stir to blend.
All my pretty bowls, ready to mix it up!
Add the wet ingredients, including the butter and coconut oil, to the bowl of dry ingredients.
Mix well. Like you didn’t know that was next.
Add the chocolate chips to the batter and fold in. I like the sugar free chocolate chips by Hershey and always have a bag on hand. Side tip: I like to mix sugar free chocolate chips and pecan halves in a container. I then grab a small handful when I need a quick chocolate fix.
Thanos recommends the use of slave labor.
Fill the muffin cups 1/2 to 3/4 the way up. I had enough batter to fill 8 jumbo muffin/cupcake cups or 16 regular cups.
Bake for 20 mins and then check for doneness with a toothpick. Twenty minutes wasn’t long enough for me, and I ended up baking for a total of 28 minutes.
I can’t believe how moist and cake-like this came out! Like I said, usually my lowcarb baking tends to be dense and dry, so this was a pleasant surprise!
Behold! The mighty muffins of Thanos! Now low carb.
I’m not sure if it’s because of the changes I made, or if they would have come out this way anyway, but I thought these had more of a cupcake feel than a muffin. But I actually liked them better that way.
Thanos also promises you will like the delightfully powerful punch from the cayenne pepper. Although, I do recommend using just a 1/4 tsp vs the 1/2 tsp. I used a 1/2 tsp and found it just a touch too strong.
If you’re trying to lose weight and following low carb, I do recommend using regular size muffin/cupcake cups. The calories and carbs are a bit on the high side with the jumbo size. Having said that, I ate a whole jumbo one when I knew it would push me over my 20 grams of carbs for the day. It was for reporting purposes, I swear!
Nutritional data for one jumbo muffin: 463 calories, 18 grams net carbs, 11 grams sugars, 11 grams protein, 33 grams fat (13 grams saturated), 550 mg sodium, and 167 mg potassium.
Nutritional data for one regular sized muffin (if 16 are made): 232 calories, 9 grams net carbs, 6 grams sugars, 6 grams protein, 16 grams fat (6 grams saturated), 275 mg sodium, and 83 mg potassium.
Thanos says good riddance and that you have to make his Muffins of Death if you know what’s good for you. Whether you decide to try Thanos’ regular version or my lower carb version, let us know how it turns out in the comments below!
Please don’t mind the mess.
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