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Who Wants a Golden Ticket?

Did you ever dream about finding the Golden Ticket? Would it have been one of the best moments of your life to tour Willy Wonka's chocolate factory? Me too!

In Roald Dahl's beloved Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, we learn that Willy Wonka's famous chocolate factory is opening at last! But only five lucky children will be allowed inside. And the winners are: Augustus Gloop, an enormous boy whose hobby is eating; Veruca Salt, a spoiled-rotten brat whose parents are wrapped around her little finger; Violet Beauregarde, a dim-witted gum-chewer with the fastest jaws around; Mike Teavee, a toy pistol-toting gangster-in-training who is obsessed with television; and Charlie Bucket, Our Hero, a boy who is honest and kind, brave and true, and good and ready for the wildest time of his life!

Today's Cooking Through Fiction treat is inspired by Willy Wonka's great love of chocolate. The upside to these Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana muffins? They're actually healthy (shhhhhh...don't tell and no one will know the difference). One muffin will lower your blood pressure. Share two muffins with a friend, and feel your heart rate slow and peace fill your breaths.

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Muffins

Serves 12 large muffins

Level of Difficulty: As easy as eating a bar of chocolate


2 ripe medium bananas

2 pasture-raised eggs

1/2 cup creamy unsalted peanut butter

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/3 cup pure maple syrup

3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk

2 cups rolled oats

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

1/2 cup dairy-free dark chocolate chips

How to Make

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F then grease a muffin tin and set aside.

  2. In a blender, starting with the wet ingredients first, combine everything (except chocolate chips) and blend for about 30 seconds, or until a smooth batter forms.

  3. Add the chocolate chips to the blender and gently stir together by hand. Pour the batter into the muffin tin so that each is approximately 3/4 of the way full. Sprinkle a few more chocolate chips on top then place them in the oven and cook for 20 minutes.

  4. Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes then enjoy! Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

Recipe from Making Thyme for Health (vegetarian, gluten-free, refined sugar free, dairy free)

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