Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Heart Day: Berry-licious Chocolate Mini Muffins

Happy Heart Day, everyone!

In honor of Valentine's day and of my love for sweets, I'm starting a series called Thursday Treats - as the name implies, I'll be sharing some of my {not so} randomly tried and loved recipes. Today's Thursday Treat is Berry-licious Chocolate Mini Muffins:
I have made those more than a dozen times and love the result each time. I made a fresh batch yesterday to bring to my daughter's school as a Valentine's treat today. If you love chocolate and berries together, you'll most probably love these. I have borrowed the original chocolate muffin recipe from one of my favorite dessert cook books "Chocolate & Baking" and have adapted it to make it healthier and suit my taste, namely: lots of berries, a touch of cinnamon & vanilla and less sugar. Here is the recipe :

Products (for 24 mini muffins):
  • 1.5 cup all-purpose flour; 
  • 1/3 cup white or brown sugar (I prefer less sugary berry muffins; the original recipe called for 1/2 cup)
  • 1 tbs baking soda; 
  • 1 tbs unsweetened cocoa; 
  • 1 egg; 
  • 1 & 1/3 cups 2% milk (when available, I substitute with Almond Milk - original or vanilla - it has 50% less calories and is delicious); 
  • 4 tbs butter (melted); 
  • cinnamon & vanilla to taste (I put 1 teaspoon of each); 
  • 1.5 cups berries (fresh or frozen: I use the organic frozen variety from Trader Joe's and if the mix contains strawberries, I cut them in small pieces)
  • food coloring, if desired (e.g. I added pink to half of my mixture for Valentine's Day)

(Heat oven to 350F) 

  1. Mix all dry ingredients (flour, sugar, soda, cocoa and cinnamon) together
  2. Mix wet ingredients (eggs, milk, butter and vanilla)
  3. Gently fold wet ingredients into the dry mix; no need to over-mix (the more you mix, the smoother the texture of the muffins - thus, proceed based on your liking)
  4. Add the berries to the mixture
  5. (optional) Add desired food coloring
  6. Spoon 3/4 cup-full into mini muffin tins
  7. Bake at 350 F for 20-25 minutes, depending on the oven
Enjoy with your loved ones!

Do you have a favorite muffin recipe? I would love if you'd share it!

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