Muffin Monday: Triple Chocolate Muffins

With Valentine’s Day just one sleep away, Baker Street’s gift to us Muffin Monday bakers was a decadent, chocolicious delight that will leave you moaning and groaning with pleasure. The recipe is from Bake at 350, and I knew we would be in for a good treat when I read the following off her site:

Muffins = legally sanctioned cake for breakfast

Yup – me and this recipe were going to get along just fine.

Now one of my favourite chocolate cake recipes comes from a gem of a cookbook called Quinoa 365, which uses quinoa in place of all-purpose flour. The quinoa is cooked and then blended smooth, and I am not kidding when I tell ya no matter how strange it may sound the results are incredible. So wanting to give this recipe my own spin, I ended up making a gluten-free version using this technique of cooked quinoa.

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Basically you want to bring 2/3 cup white/golden quinoa and 1 1/3 cups of water to a boil, cover and reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes, turn off the heat and leave covered for another 10 minutes. Cool before blending 2 cups of the cooked quinoa along with the muffin recipe’s remaining wet ingredients. NOTE: you may need to add more or less of the blended quinoa in order to achieve the desired thickness in batter, but be warned that it will be a tad runnier than typical muffin batters.

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The results of these muffins will quite literally knock your socks off.

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Rich, moist, and oh-so-chocolatey-good, these muffins virtually fill all of your senses with the essence of an ingredient that is considered by many to be a gift from the gods. Originally I was going to dip the tops in a dark chocolate ganache but after tasting one straight out of the oven I realized they were perfect just as they were. What can I say? Sometimes less is more.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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For a copy of the original recipe for Triple Chocolate Muffins, please visit Baker Street’s site and be sure to check out what the other food bloggers have baked up this week!

Muffin Monday is an initiative by Baker Street. A culinary journey of sharing a wickedly delicious muffin recipe every week. Drop in a quick line to join her on her journey to make the world smile and beat glum Monday mornings week after week.


8 comments on “Muffin Monday: Triple Chocolate Muffins

  1. Baker Street on said:

    Quinoa is an excellent addition J! Would love to give that a try.

  2. Kate @ FoodBabbles on said:

    I love quinoa and I’ve never heard about using it to replace flour in baked goods. What a genius idea!!! I will definitely have to give it a try. Love your muffins! Happy Monday!

  3. I’m so glad muffins are legally sanctioned for breakfast because that was when I had mine! I love that ‘Love’ shot above…Happy Valentine’s! :)

  4. Stay-At-Home-Chef on said:

    Thanks An – it turned out really good. Happy Valentine’s Day :)

  5. Stay-At-Home-Chef on said:

    Kate I highly recommend giving it a try! Honestly, such an interesting addition that has a bit of a crunch to it (almost like nugugt). Super yummy :)

  6. Stay-At-Home-Chef on said:

    Thanks Maya! I had mine for breakfast (lunch and dinner!) Happy Valentine’s Day :)

  7. Jayasri on said:

    Hi ya, first time here, lovely blog, adding Quinoa is fantastic, I have baked some Quinoa cakes and muffins and I do understand what you say, I have felt so happy when ever I baked with Quinoa, The baked goods will turn out soft and beautiful, But, I have only used Quinoa flour, thanks for sharing this technique, I would love to try this out, I don’t get this flour any more here, I was planning to make my own flour, this seems to be a very good idea, I have also participated in Muffin monday, do visit me when you have time.., and tell me if you like my version

  8. Yuri - Chef Pandita on said:

    I love quinoa. Can’t wait to try your variation, now heading over to amazon to order that book :)

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