Chocolatey goodness to start (or end) your day!
1. Preheat the oven to 425°F and place the oven rack in the center position. Line a muffin tin with paper liners. 2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together 2 cups AP flour, ½ cup cocoa powder, ½ teaspoon baking soda, 2 teaspoons baking powder and 1 teaspoon salt. Set the bowl aside. 3. In a separate bowl mix the wet ingredients. Use a whisk to combine the ½ cup of apple sauce, 1 cup sugar, 2 eggs, ¾ cup sour cream, 1/3 cup milk, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract and ½ cup of sourdough starter discard. Mix until the ingredients come together and are smooth. 4. Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients and mix the batter until it just comes together. Do not over mix the batter. 5. Add 1/2 cup chocolate chips and stir until they are evenly distributed in the batter. 6. Use an ice cream scooper to fill the liners. 7. Bake the muffins for the first 5 minutes at 425°F. Lower the oven temperature to 350°F and continue to bake the muffins for an additional 15 minutes. A toothpick inserted into the center should come out clean when they are done. Remove the muffins from the oven and allow them to cool completely in the muffin tin.