A while ago, a friend and I were at Starbucks and she ordered a chocolate muffin. Now, I admit that I’ve sampled a lot of baked goods that Starbucks has to offer, but their chocolate muffins – never! I was intrigued and it looked good, but I resisted ordering it.
But it got me thinking that I need to come up with a good recipe for homemade chocolate muffins…
Here’s a confession: the final recipe for these muffins is the fifth take.
(Sometimes recipe development goes off without a hitch, but other times fifth time is a charm…and for muffins, of all things.)
The first try had too much yogurt; the second try was more like brownies in muffin shape. I don’t remember what went wrong on the third try, but I remember it wasn’t good. The fourth try I actually liked, but hated the pictures (so annoying when that happens), so I ended up making them a fifth time, and of course adding a few tweaks to perfect the recipe.
I always like my muffins to be a little special, and I feel like this recipe finally fits the bill. (Speaking of special muffins, if you’re looking for more inspiration, I always feel like Cooking Light’s muffins are unique; take a look at their Strawberry and Cream Cheese-Filled Muffins and Sour Cream Muffins with Poppy Seed Streusel!)
Some might call these beauties cupcakes, but I’m going out on a limb and sticking with muffins because a) there is no buttercream frosting involved (and no, a little drizzle of white chocolate doesn’t count), and b) these muffins have egg and yogurt, so they must be healthy (kidding!). But honestly, I’d consider these the kind of muffins that you’d have with a cup of coffee for an afternoon pick-me-up, not the breakfast kind of muffins.
To make these muffins breakfast-worthy, you can leave out the chopped dark chocolate inside and the white chocolate drizzle outside (so you’re left with Dark Chocolate Muffins with Almonds). Serve with fruit and yogurt, and it’s a fun way to sneak in chocolate for a once-in-a-while breakfast.
Now, like I mentioned above, I’ve never even tried Starbucks chocolate muffins so this recipe really isn’t meant to be a copycat of them…but I will say that these muffins are pretty fabulous in their own right!