So, uh.. guys? I think I have to get out of the kitchen. Though I live to counter society’s quintessential stereotype of a woman making sandwiches and tending to the garden, I must say that cooking is becoming more and more a part of me as time goes by. There is an addiction in there, and it’s the same feeling I get when I perform onstage. My, my, my. 

Anyway, I woke up today having a sweet tooth and wanting chocolate chip muffins for breakfast, so I opened my Cook’s Illustrated book and found this recipe. I didn’t add any tweaks to it, except that I used whole-wheat flour and low-fat greek yogurt. But other than those two, I followed the recipe rather diligently.



  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 10 tbsp. unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1¾ cups sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 and ½ cups yogurt
  • 1½ cups semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray muffin pan with non-stick spray. Line muffin pan with paper liners. (I used parchment paper).
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, soda and salt. (Dry ingredients)
  3. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add vanilla and mix well.
  4. With mixer on low speed add dry ingredients ½ cup at a time, alternating with yogurt. Stir in chocolate chips.
  5. Scoop the batter with an ice cream scooper and place them in the pan, filling all the way to the top. (Fair warning: this part will get pretty messy).
  6. Bake for 5 minutes in 400 degree oven, reduce the temperature to 375 degrees and bake 15 more minutes, or until browned on top and toothpick inserted in the center of each muffin comes out clean.
  7. Cool in pan for 2 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.


Now, these were made with whole-wheat flour so they may seem a little bland for some of you; it really depends on how you like your muffins. If need be, add 1/2 cup of sugar and 1 tbsp. of honey. I find that honey always is a great sidekick for sugar. 🙂 Anyway, I hope I don’t ever get out of this addiction of mine! It motivates me to work out more and lead a healthier lifestyle.

How do you stay healthy and fit?  What are the daily lifestyle choices that you make that allows you to feel good about yourself? Comment below!

As always, thanks for reading. Get baking, my indie hipsters.


Nathalie Apple