The mystery muffins are revealed! Did you guess the flavor? They are…
Chocolate Coconut Cacao Muffins!
But, I guess you already read that in the title, right? Anywho, these could be a fun weekend project if you’re looking for something to bake.
I was inspired by a recent walk through the bulk bins at my local health food store to make these. I noticed they had a newer product – cacao nibs. I figured I’d get a small bag and do something interesting with them. In the past, I’ve only thrown them into oatmeal or into the morning coffee grounds pre-brewing (makes it taste sort of chocolate-y). Since I’ve been on a pretty big muffin kick lately, and I’ve never really seen cacao muffins (though I’m sure someone out there makes them), I thought it would be fun to bake up a new muffin flavor.
Tossing cacao nibs into plain muffin batter seemed too boring, so I thought about adding cacao powder, too, to up the cacao ante. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any cacao powder on hand, so cocoa powder it was. And just for kicks, I decided to use coconut milk and add coconut flakes to the batter. Because…why not? I love the way the coconut flakes get nice and toasty while the muffins bake. Of course, if you don’t like coconut, you can sub out a different kind of milk and omit the coconut fakes. My muffin recipes are pretty adaptable and forgiving, so make them as you like!
Chocolate Coconut Cacao Muffins
Cacao nibs add a chocolatey bite to these muffins without all the excess sweetness of chocolate chips. But, if you’re feeling a more sugary muffin, feel free to make the switch. If you’re not a coconut fan, you can sub out a different milk and omit the coconut flakes. If you are a coconut fan, you may want to toss in an extra handful of coconut flakes. Bake these up for a healthy take on cocoa-laced muffins that seem more indulgent than they actually are.
1/2 cup coconut flakes (finely grated/shredded), plus additional for garnish
1/4 cup cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sucanat (or sub sugar for a sweeter taste)
1/4 cup canola oil
1 egg (or flaxseed eggs for a vegan recipe)
1 cup canned coconut milk (be to sure shake can well before using)
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
non-stick spray or muffin liners
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare 12 cup muffin tin with either muffin cups or non-stick spray.
In a large bowl, combine all purpose flour, spelt flour, cacao nibs, coconut flakes, baking powder, and salt. Whisk till evenly combined.
In a medium bowl, whisk together sucanat and canola oil. Whisk in egg. Add coconut milk, vinegar, and vanilla extract. Whisk till evenly combined.
Pour wet ingredients into bowl with dry ingredients. Stir gently to combine, just till all dry ingredients are mixed in (careful to not over-mix – batter will be a little lumpy).
Evenly distribute batter into each cup of a 12-cup muffin tin (should fill muffins cups pretty full). Top each muffin with a little bit of cacao nibs and coconut flakes.
Bake muffins for 18-22 minutes, until muffins are cooked through (a toothpick inserted in the center of the muffin or loaf comes out clean). Note: It will be hard to tell when the muffins are done since the cocoa powder gives them a naturally dark color, and it will be hard to see when the edges start to brown, etc. Your best bet is to use the toothpick check.
Let muffins cool till they’re safe to touch. Serve warm or wait longer and serve room temperature. Enjoy!
In other news, TGIF! I was extra-excited for this weekend to come because I remembered late today that I have Monday off from work. Three cheers for a three day weekend. Who’s with me?! I’m trying to do better at spending more do-nothing time to relax . I’m usually very active and don’t like to be bored, so I fill my time right up. Plus, I try to do more things than I probably should. But anywho, I’m looking forward to some downtime this weekend, and I’m hoping for a relaxing Monday. Oh…and cooking projects. I definitely stopped by Trader Joe’s to stock up on some things, so I’m hoping to come up with some fun eats ideas. I’ll let you guys know how they work out!
What are you up to this weekend? Any fun projects…food-related or otherwise?