Monday, March 29, 2010

Chocolate Coach's Oats Muffins

I think you're all aware by now that I love anything chocolate, and anytime I can add chocolate to a recipe that is relatively healthy, I'm all over it. These muffins get a double punch of chocolate by using Dutch processed cocoa and semi-sweet chocolate chips. Are they calling your name yet?

I am smitten with Dutch processed cocoa because I just love the extra dark richness it gives to the finished product without the added bitterness that regular cocoa sometimes does. Whichever one is your favorite, it's important to know that the leavening agent (baking powder/baking soda) changes depending on which type of cocoa you use. If you want to try this recipe with regular cocoa, just skip the baking powder and use a full teaspoon of baking soda instead. My one and only gripe about Dutch processed cocoa is that I've never been able to find it in any grocery store. I order mine online from King Arthur Flour. And if any of my kids are reading this post, your mama's run out of King Arthur gift cards and Mother's Day is right around the corner.... just in case you're at a loss for what to give your darling mother on her special day. (Sometimes you have to drop the hints hard, you all know what I mean?)

And since I seem to be on a roll regarding product promotion, if you're looking for some really tasty and unique oats that offer the benefits of steel cut oats, please check out Coach's Oats or visit Lizzy at her Coach's Oats blog for more delicious recipes. Hubby and I adore this product and can't wait for it to become available in our area.

Chocolate Coach's Oatmeal Muffins (makes 18 muffins)

1 3/4 cup boiling water
3/4 cup Coach's Oats (or regular old-fashioned rolled oats)
2 1/2 TBSP Dutch processed cocoa
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
1/2 cup packed Brown Sugar Splenda (or 1 cup packed regular brown sugar)
1 cup Splenda (or one cup regular granulated sugar)
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pans with paper liners and spray liners with cooking spray.

In the bowl of your stand mixer stir together the boiling water, oats, cocoa and butter. Let sit for 20 minutes.

Add the sugars and mix on low speed until combined well. Add the eggs and vanilla and combine well.

Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add to the batter and mix on low speed just until combined well. Stir in the chocolate chips.

Fill cupcake liners a little over 3/4 full. Bake at 350 degrees for 23 minutes or until toothpick inserted in muffin comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes in pan before removing muffins to a cooling rack.


Susan said...

Oh Man! Those look fabulous! I'm with you for getting chocolate into anything I can. These will be going on my to make list!

Julie said...

These look delicious! Chocolate just makes everything so good! I haven't heard of Coach's oats.

June said...

Ha - a message in lipstick on the bathroom mirror works pretty well too! These muffins look fab and I'm with ya' re the Dutch process cocoa.

Linda said...

This will be baked in my kitchen! Chocolate is an important part of a balance diet after all!
I agree with you about Coach's Oats! I really like them and wish they were available in my area too!

Valen said...

I love, love, love dutch cocoa! These muffins look yummy!

Kathleen said...

Love my chocolate! These look really yummy!

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Thanks for all the excellent info you share. I have ever adored oatmeal cookies, but I have recently become even a bigger fan of oatmeal for breakfast. It’s becoming a health addiction. Thanks again.

Best Regards,

stephchows said...

mmm wishing I had one of these now for a mid morning snack!

All Our Fingers in the Pie said...

These look great, Mags! Hey, check my blog tomorrow for a gift.

AppleC said...

What a terrific recipe. I love that you used Splenda.

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Ooh... I always love chocolate muffins. And, I love that they are pretty healthy! That means that I can eat two, right?

Megan said...

These were definitely already calling my name right when I read the title. Love anything chocolate! Do you have a Whole Foods near you? I can usually find Dutch cocoa there... in a red box.