Dark Chocolate Almond Chia Muffins

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I love it when a friend gives me a recipe to try, one they really enjoy. It’s a great way to find NEW recipes, in addition to getting an “insider tip” from someone saying “you’ve got to try this!”. Such is the case with this AMAZING recipe for Dark Chocolate Almond Chia Muffins!Dark Chocolate Almond Chia Muffins / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
I was at a Bible Study last week, and our teaching leader (my friend Fran) gave me a sticky note with the name of this recipe written on it, plus the name of the source. They sounded good, so less than 24 hours later, I was making these delicious muffins in my little ol’ kitchen, and let me tell you, folks… they are FABULOUS! How can you go wrong with dark chocolate, almonds, chia seeds, etc.? I’d never used chia seeds (an ancient grain) in a recipe prior to this, but did a bit of research and found out how nutritious/filling they are when added to food.

I am thrilled my friend Fran was kind enough to share this recipe with me… and impressed by how ridiculously tasty these muffins are! From start to finish, it only took about 30 minutes to make a dozen. Here’s what you do:

First, preheat oven to 400 degrees. While the oven is preheating, put paper liners into a standard sized 12 cup muffin tin. Whisk flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt together in a large mixing bowl.

Flour and cocoa for chocolate muffins in mixing bowl with whisk

Add chia seeds (see those little bitty black seeds? So many nutritional benefits to adding these), 1/2 cup of the chopped almonds (reserve rest for later), and dark chocolate chips to the flour mixture. Stir to combine.

Chocolate chips and almonds added to dry ingredients

In a separate bowl, mix together buttermilk, melted butter (important – make sure melted butter has cooled to room temp. before adding, or you will get scrambled eggs!), egg, and almond extract. Add this mixture to the dry ingredients. Mix the ingredients together only until combined. Do not over-mix.

Butter, egg and buttermilk added to muffin mixture in bowl

Evenly distribute the batter between the 12 muffin cups. Top each muffin with 1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons of the reserved chopped almonds.

Chocolate almond batter in muffin cups ready to bake

Sprinkle the top of each muffin with a pinch of coarse sea salt (trust me, this is GOOD). Bake muffins at 400 degrees for 18 minutes, or until the muffins spring back slightly when lightly pressed in the center.

Sea salt to be added to muffin batter

Let the baked muffins cool in the pan after removing from oven.

Dark chocolate almond chia muffins cooling down after baking.

The muffins are wonderful, served warm or at room temperature. Store them in an airtight container. They can also be frozen, if stored in a plastic freezer bag.

Close up of dark chocolate muffins with almonds on top

Here’s an inside peek at one of the muffins. You can see the dark chocolate chips and hints of chopped almonds inside. When warmed slightly, the chocolate chips get nice and “gooey”, which is a code word for “oh my goodness!”.

Inside of dark chocolate almond chia muffin cut in half

So, just as my friend passed this recipe to me, I now pass it on to you, friends. May you receive as much enjoyment out of these muffins as we did. Then… pass it on! Have a great day.

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Recipe Source: Heather Meldrom at  http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/dark-chocolate-almond-chia-muffins

Dark Chocolate Almond Chia Muffins
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
18 mins
Total Time
33 mins
 

Absolutely delicious breakfast muffins, featuring the flavors of dark chocolate, almonds, chia seeds,  and sea salt!

Category: Breakfast
Servings: 12 muffins
Calories Per Serving: 383 kcal
Author: JB at The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (table salt)
  • 5 teaspoons chia seeds (found with grains (ie. rice, quinoa) in most grocery stores)
  • 2/3 cup chopped almonds (divided)
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup (one and a half cubes) unsalted butter, melted and cooled to room temp.
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • Coarse sea salt , for sprinkling onto muffins before baking
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees (F). Insert paper liners into a 12 cup standard sized muffin tin.
  2. Whisk the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and table salt together in a large bowl. Add chia seeds, 1/2 cup of almonds (reserve the rest for garnish), and chocolate chips. Stir to combine.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the buttermilk, melted butter (at room temp!!!), egg, and almond extract. Once combined, add the wet ingredients to the bowl with the dry ingredients. Stir only until ingredients are fully combined (do not over-mix).
  4. Distribute batter equally between the 12 muffin cups. Sprinkle each muffin with 1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons of the reserved chopped almonds. Sprinkle each muffin with a pinch of coarse sea salt.
  5. Bake muffins at 400 degrees for 18 minutes, or until the muffins spring back when lightly pressed in the center. Remove pan from oven, but let muffins cool in the pan. Store in an airtight container.
Nutrition Facts
Dark Chocolate Almond Chia Muffins
Amount Per Serving (1 muffin)
Calories 383 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 32%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 46mg 15%
Sodium 374mg 16%
Potassium 246mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 44g 15%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 21g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 8.1%
Calcium 10.2%
Iron 11.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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