Do you have one eye open most mornings, trip over the dog as you shuffle to the kitchen and barely pour your waiting pre-programmed cup of coffee into your mug? Or, if you are like one of my best friends, she can’t even get that far into her morning without a pinch hitter. Her hubby brings her a first cup of the day in bed before she can even attempt to face her day. Yeah, there are men like that, or at least men who are smart enough to know what’s good for them. 😉
If you are one of THOSE kind of people, morning haters, then you NEED these Chocolate Chip Espresso Muffins ready and waiting to be gobbled up with your coffee. I can’t honestly say that I feel your pain though. Because I am one of those nauseating, pop out of bed at six a.m., bright eyed and ready to bake something tantalizing kind of people. You have my permission to shout obscenities at the screen or place your breakfast order. Either way, I’m cool with it. To each his or her own is my motto.
These muffins are not overdosed on sugar— I pinky swear. I like to taste flavor in my baked goods; flavor that comes from a touch of vanilla, a smattering of cinnamon and a dose of espresso. And if you use nice dark, dark, sinister-like chocolate in your muffins, then these are just barely sweet, a touch bitter when you bite into the chocolate, are oh-so-soft and have a little kick to them.
Whether you are making my GF version or AP flour version is no matter. They are both moist and spongy and just perfect along side a steaming hot cup of coffee. Just whip up a batch tonight, and then you will be completely ready to take on the day tomorrow, knowing that you have these babies waiting for you when you stumble out of bed.
Chocolate Chip Espresso Muffins
An S&C Original Recipe
Gluten Free Version
Makes 12 Regular-Sized Muffins
2 c. home made GF Flour Blend 1* (See GF Tab on top of my site and make sure to make the flour blend with EXTRA FINE brown rice flour)
1/2 c. + 2 T. coconut sugar or light brown sugar
1 T. baking powder
1 t. baking soda
3/4 t. guar gum*
1/4 t. salt
1/2 t. ground cinnamon
1 t. ground espresso powder or instant espresso granules
1/2 c. low-fat buttermilk
1/2 c. Canola oil
2 large eggs
1/2 t. natural vanilla extract
1 1/4 c. dark chocolate chips
1/8 – 1/4 c. Turbinado sugar for topping
Optional add-in: chopped walnuts
*For the All Purpose flour version simply replace 2 cups all purpose flour for the GF flour blend and ELIMINATE guar gum. Everything else is the same.
To make the muffins: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a muffin pan with paper liners (Foil liners work best for GF version). In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour through the espresso powder.
In a medium-sized mixing bowl beat together the milk through the vanilla extract. Add the liquid to the dry ingredients all at once. FOR THE GF VERSION, beat the batter with the whisk until smooth and then add the chocolate chips and stir. For the AP Flour Version, DO NOT BEAT THE BATTER; instead stir the liquid into the dry ingredients with a rubber scraper/spatula until just barely combined. Then add chocolate chips and stir them in. GF flours need to beaten in to get that smooth texture while AP flour products should not be beaten after the wet and dry are combine because then more gluten forms and your baked good will be tough.
Fill the muffin tins 2/3 full and then add a pinch of Turbinado sugar to the top of each muffin. If you don’t have Turbinado sugar, simply use granulated sugar for the topping or chopped walnuts mixed with the sugar. Bake for 20-25 minutes depending on your oven. The muffins should be barely firm to the touch, be golden on top and a toothpick should come out clean when you test it in the center of a muffin.
March 20, 2014 at 9:31 pm
Reblogged this on StrongCoffeeBlog and commented:
Coffee + muffin = mind blown
March 21, 2014 at 12:28 am
I do a lot of stumbling out of bed! These look delicious.
March 21, 2014 at 3:18 am
Bellissimo dall’apparenza direi che saranno deliziosi Bravo
March 21, 2014 at 5:41 am
I’m one of the slow risers in the morning and have a sweet husband that has my tea and orange juice ready as he hears me come down the stairs. Your muffin sounds like the prefect addition to this ritual. Not too sweet and a little boost of energy in every bite.
March 21, 2014 at 6:55 am
The thought of an espresso chocolate chip muffin sounds like bliss. I’ve always loved coffee + chocolate together, but the idea of folding that together into a muffin sounds positively fantastic. 🙂
March 21, 2014 at 7:39 am
I am definitely not one of those bright and shiny people in the morning. These look amazing!
March 21, 2014 at 7:50 am
I’m definitely one of those people…not because I hate mornings, but I just don’t sleep well so I’m always bleary eyed. These fantastic muffins would definitely take the edge off!
March 21, 2014 at 8:58 pm
I am like you and love waking up bright and early….especially when it is for a baking project that fills the house with sweet comforting smells. I love espresso and chocolate, and I like that this recipe does not call for too much sugar because that just throws off my day. Will be trying these over the weekend.
Thanks for sharing as always 🙂
March 22, 2014 at 6:37 am
I’m crushed so your not going to hop out of bed at 0600 to make me a substantial breakfast… ? LOL I would much rather nibble on your delicious and delicately sweet muffins. I bet they freeze good too! Take care, BAM
March 24, 2014 at 11:54 am
I am a 6AM person as well but I bake very seldom, usually cook something savoury for the breakfast
March 24, 2014 at 1:04 pm
Looks so good – if you didn’t have coconut sugar then would you use granulated or brown? If you think it wouldn’t work with either let me know – I don’t cope well with baking disasters especially early morning ones!!
March 24, 2014 at 1:35 pm
Granulated would be great! I just use coconut sugar because it is a less processed sugar but it can be substituted equally for granulated.
March 25, 2014 at 5:46 am
i love the hint of espresso in the muffins! Adds a whole new level of flavor. I mean who doesn’t love coffee? So awesome Geni! your family is blessed to have you
March 25, 2014 at 12:19 pm
Oh My Goodness these look fantastic! 🙂