A Pregnant Girl’s Chocolate Fix

Seven falls ago I was pregnant with my first child and thought pregnancy was the easiest thing in the world. So easy I thought I could do it all the time. I actually never felt pregnant. I never had morning sickness or any of the uncomfortable symptoms you hear about. But that was then; I was a younger, fitter pregnant girl (And I didn’t wobble!!).

Being pregnant at 27 is definitely different than being pregnant at 34.

I’ve been spared again from morning sickness but this time has brought with it kinks, weird cravings (I mean, really weird), tiredness and a bluesy mood. All I want to do lately is eat or cry.

Thank God there is chocolate.

It’s been my savior.

It’s saved many women before me.

Pregnant girls love their chocolate very much for a good reason. And when they need it, they need it right away. There is always an emergency bar of chocolate in my pantry but when it’s time for afternoon coffee, I don’t just want candy with it. I want chocolate cake and I don’t want to wait for it 40 minutes to bake. I want it faster than I can drive to the store and buy it. I want it right away!

That’s why I have been making chocolate madeleines a lot lately. My friend, Aaron, gave me a madeleine pan as a wedding gift and I have only used it once or twice in the past two years, but ever since I became pregnant I’ve used it at least a dozen times.

Thanks to my madeleine pan, my mini chocolate cakes are baked in 10 minutes, my mood is fixed, my craving satisfied, and I’m a happy wobbling pregnant girl for the rest of the day. You can’t beat that!




Yield: 12 madeleines

Prep Time: 5 min

Cook Time: 10 min


2 large eggs
1/3 cup turbinado sugar
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled (or half butter, half canola oil)
1 tablespoon milk
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
¾ cup whole wheat flour
3 tablespoons natural unsweetened cocoa powder
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/3 cup finely chopped dark chocolate or mini chocolate chips


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 12-madeleine non-stick madeleine tin.

Beat the eggs with the sugar, butter, milk, vanilla extract, and salt in a medium mixing bowl until frothy.

Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, cinnamon and baking powder in a separate bowl. Whisk them into the liquid mixture until homogenous. Fold in the chopped chocolate or chocolate chips.

Spoon the batter into the molds, filling each one a little over halfway. Bake until the madeleines are puffed up and set, 10 minutes.

Ever wondered how chocolate is made? Check out this post.

Other Madeleine Recipes:

Lemon-Glazed Madeleines (David Lebovitz)

Classic Madeleines (Smitten Kitchen)

Gluten-Free Madeleines (Dinners & Dreams)



16 Responses to “A Pregnant Girl’s Chocolate Fix”

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    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — 09/26/2012 @ 11:08 pm

    I’m sorry you are going thru the bluesy portion of pregnancy. So glad this delicious Madeleine are getting your thru :)

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    Nuts about food — 09/27/2012 @ 2:11 am

    I had my first pregnancy at 34 and my second and 38. One was a boy and one was a girl, so age and gender had no impact on either. What I think does change in pregnancies is hormones and all the chemistry that is going on in your body. Sometimes it hits you, sometimes it doesn’t. Hang in there, I am sure you will feel better soon.

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    Tracey — 09/27/2012 @ 4:31 am

    It should be mentioned in the article that chocolate is not healthy for the baby.

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    Monique — 09/27/2012 @ 7:01 am

    Such a sweet post..I am glad you have these little bites to satisfy you:)
    I hope the blues go away soon..and I know they will.
    I had our girls at 21 and 23..There weren’t many hormones involved:)

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    Theres — 09/27/2012 @ 11:20 am

    Is there any way to make these if you don’t have the special pan? They sound delicious! Could I partially-fill muffin pans?

    Many thanks for sharing this recipe!
    I hope you feel better soon.

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    Emily — 09/27/2012 @ 12:00 pm

    I love this post. I’m also pregnant (for the first time) and 34 and yes, chocolate is my best friend!

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    Eha — 09/27/2012 @ 8:03 pm

    Nisrine: look at the calendar: yes, now! Count the days and cross them off – not SO many! And, whatever anyone says, a little chocolate at this stage is not going to play a major part unless doc does not like your blood chemistry! Am laughing: when I had my two at 26 and 28 I was actually considered ‘an elderly primipara’! Times have changed!!! OMG, Maya must be both curious and thrilled :) ! . . . . :) !

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    Gaz — 09/28/2012 @ 1:25 am

    In reply to Tracey, chocolate with a higher cocoa content is good for your health. My friend’s colleague (Susanna Larsson) at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm recently published a research paper on the correlation between chocolate intake and the risk of strokes in women. The results were positive. So girls eat the good sort of chocolate when you fancy it (but everything in moderation is the key). Courage Nisreen!

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    Barbara — 09/28/2012 @ 5:05 am

    Congratulations, Nisrine! I must say you are fortunate to have avoided morning sickness…I had it with all three of mine.
    Love your madeleines and so pleased they are satisfying your cravings.

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    Kristen — 09/28/2012 @ 10:41 am

    I craved Madelines so bad when I was pregnant, that Madeline is my daughter’s middle name!

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    Nisrine — 09/28/2012 @ 1:29 pm

    Theres, I think this recipe would work well for mini muffins! :)

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    Nisrine — 09/28/2012 @ 1:32 pm

    Kristen, Madeline is such a pretty name for a girl. I have always liked it.

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    Theres — 10/01/2012 @ 7:47 am

    Hi, Nisrine,
    Thank you so much for your reply. Mini muffins are a great idea. I’ve been cooking through many of your recipes and have enjoyed every one of them. Keep up the good work! =)

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    Oriane — 10/02/2012 @ 12:52 pm

    Bonjour et vive le chocolat!!!!

    The madeleine look so good. I agree with Gaz, only the highest quality of chocolate will do and of course in moderation.

    Courage Nisrine.
    Une grosse bise pour vous remonter le moral:)

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    Samawi — 10/03/2012 @ 10:28 am

    Nisrine, you rock your recipes and i’m sure you’ll rock the pregnancy too. You’re a lovely lass for sharing with us even when you’re feeling a little blue; sweet thoughts and good energy and prayers for you!

    you inspire us all.

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    Nisrine — 10/06/2012 @ 10:54 am

    Thank you guys so much!! I appreciate the encouragement!

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