Whole Wheat Double Chocolate Raspberry Muffins

January 12, 2012
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Well, it only took about four years, but I’ve finally created a Facebook page for Peanut Butter and Julie.  Hey–I’ve never claimed to be an early adopter.  I wanted to wait around and see if this whole Facebook gimmick has any longevity.  One billionaire, one pending IPO, and 800 million users later, I’ve concluded that it does (although my husband, Eric “I’m not on Facebook” Hession, is still resistant to join.)

So I’m starting this post out with a shameless plug for my new Facebook digs along with an even more shameless attempt at bribing you to give me a “like.”  This attempt comes in the form of (what else?) A GIVEAWAY. 

Required blogging disclaimer: This particular giveaway is completely of my own doing.  I wasn’t approached by a sponsor, and one of the prizes is my own product.

In order to be entered for the drawing, all that you need to do is give me a “thumbs-up” or a “like” on my Peanut Butter and Julie FB page.  As of right now, your chances of winning are absolutely stellar.  Since my mom isn’t on Facebook either, I have a fan count of 1.  And yes, that 1 fan is yours truly.  It’s kind of lonely over there.  Come on over and say hi.

 

 

Choc Giveaway

Now, for the delicious deets:  In December, I won second place in a Lindt chocolate recipe contest.  My prize package included a gift card to the Lindt on-line store, with which I purchased a few copies of their cookbook, Lindt Chocolate Passion.  One for me, and one for you!  From Stracciatella Mousse to Orange Crepe Souffle with Chocolate Sauce, this book is a chocoholic’s dream, and it would be perfect inspiration for your Valentine’s Day dessert.  It also contains some helpful tutorials on tempering, ganache, and types of chocolate.  I think that I gained a few pounds just looking at the photos.  One lucky PB&J Facebook fan will win a copy of this cookbook.

A second fortunate fan will win not one, but TWO bags of my Julie Anne’s all-natural Decadent Raspberry Truffle Granola, which also served as the inspiration for today’s recipe below.  I call this granola my “Cocoa Krispies for adults”, with its dark cocoa, toasted almonds, intensely flavored dried raspberries and a sprinkling off bittersweet chocolate.  It’s a great way to get your chocolate fix first thing in the morning (or in the afternoon, or in the evening.)

The official drawing will take place on Wednesday, January 25, which will give me plenty of time to get the prizes to you well ahead of Valentine’s Day.  Good luck, and thanks!

 

 

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Speaking of ways to get an early morning chocolate fix……how about a way to get an early morning DOUBLE chocolate fix?  I thought that might catch your attention.

As I mentioned above, these muffins were inspired by my Decadent Raspberry Truffle Granola, which was originally inspired by my mom (her favorite flavor combination has always been chocolate and raspberry.)  She has a recurring shipment of the granola sent to her to replenish her stash, so I don’t feel so badly about her not having a Facebook page.  Mom, I know that you are almost due for your next shipment.  I’m on it.

I originally attempted to create a lower-fat version of these muffins, using fat-free sour cream and applesauce instead of the oil.  I could tell right away when the muffins emerged from the oven that the recipe would be a do-over.  They just looked so sad and lifeless as they shrunk back into their paper liners.  The taste test, while O.K., wasn’t great and the texture was dry.  Sometimes it’s just not worth the flavor sacrifice to use lower-fat ingredients.  This is when the “everything in moderation” rule really comes into play.

 

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For Round 2 I decided to use full-fat sour cream and a little bit of oil along with low-fat buttermilk to keep the muffins moist.  I also used whole wheat flour as an alternative way to make the muffins more healthy.  Chopped chocolate adds an second chocolate punch, and tart fresh raspberries were folded into the batter just prior to baking.

These muffins came out of the oven looking shiny and happy.  Raspberries peeked out from the tops, and an enticing chocolate aroma wafted throughout the kitchen.  My recipe made 18 generously sized muffins, but you could also make 40-50 mini muffins for those mini afternoon or post-dinner chocolate cravings.

 

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Here are a few extra tips for creating this chocolate-y way to start the day:

  • Whole wheat pastry flour or a combination of all-purpose and whole wheat flour may be used as substitutes for the whole wheat flour
  • Depending on how large your raspberries are, you might not need to halve them.  The ones that I used were particularly large, so it made sense to cut them in half.
  • I would not recommend substituting frozen raspberries in this recipe, as they will likely result in a soggier muffin.
  • A good substitute for fresh raspberries would be chopped pitted fresh cherries.
  • I think that these muffins are best served while still slightly warm (and the chocolate is still melted!)

 

 

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Whole Wheat Double Chocolate Raspberry Muffins

Printable Recipe

Makes about 18 muffins

Ingredients:

1 3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons whole wheat flour

2/3 cup cocoa powder

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon espresso powder (optional)

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/3 cup safflower or canola oil

2 large eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup buttermilk

1/2 cup sour cream

1/2 cup fine chopped bittersweet chocolate or mini chocolate chips

1 cup halved fresh raspberries

Preheat the oven to 350F degrees.  Line two muffin tins with paper liners or spray the cups with nonstick baking spray.

In a large bowl, whisk together the whole wheat flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, espresso powder, and salt.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat both sugars with the oil on medium speed until well combined.  Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Beat in the vanilla extract.

On low speed, add the flour mixture, alternating with the buttermilk, in two additions each.  Increase the speed to medium and beat until smooth.  Add the sour cream, beating until fully incorporated.  Stir in the chopped chocolate and carefully fold in the raspberries (try to avoid breaking them up too much!)

Using an ice cream scoop or a spoon, divide the batter among the prepared muffin cups, filling each about 2/3 full.  Bake for 17-19 minutes, until the tops of the muffins spring back when lightly touched and a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin emerges clean.

Allow the muffins to rest in the pans for 5 minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.

 

 

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29 Responses to Whole Wheat Double Chocolate Raspberry Muffins
  1. My husband likes to announce that he’s not on Facebook to me all the time… He says he is “off the grid!”

    I liked your FB page… I’m sure it will be really populated soon!

  2. Thanks, Jill!  My husband is more than happy to look over my shoulder while I am on Facebook though.  Off the grid — thats great.

  3. These muffins look so good! It reminds me of my wedding cake, which was a chocolate cake with raspberry filling and a vanilla butter cream frosting. This would be so perfect for our anniversary or valentines day! I think Saturday while he is at work, I ‘ll practice making them,so there perfect! Thanks Julie! Oh one last question, I don’t have sour cream, do you think greek yogurt would work ok?

  4. I love FB and am so glad you have a page

  5. Thanks so much, Jennifer!  Your wedding cake sounds so decadent!  Yes — I think that Greek yogurt would be a good alternative ingredient because it is so rich, but again, I wouldnt use the fat-free version.  The full fat or even 2% would better.  Hope that you enjoy them!

  6. LOVE the muffins. I love chocolate/raspberry, too. These look perfect. FB is a good thing, on or off the grid. ;)

  7. Best of luck, Julie, with your FB page.

  8. Thanks, Carole!  You know, I dont like to rush into things……..:)

  9. omg, sign me up!!! and I think that Eric “I’m not on Facebook” Hession is a distant relative of Kate “I’m not on Facebook” Lufkin!

  10. I just liked your Facebook page :) Those muffins look delish – wish I had one right now!! Thanks for the giveaway and Happy Friday!

  11. Thank you, Lynda!  A very Happy Friday to you as well :)

  12. Before long you will have 1000′s of fans, Julie! Your muffins look and sound delish!

  13. I’d LIKE you even without a bribe! I’ve been a fan since I first began to view your recipes! xoxoo

  14. These look fantastic! Chocolate and raspberries make such a good pair. And I love that you made them with whole wheat flour :)

  15. These muffins sound amazing! I’m totally making these for my best friend for Valentine’s Day. She LOVES the raspberry/chocolate flavor combo. And I totally understand about FB. It took me forever to make a FB page for my blog too. :)

  16. Thank you so much, Ronna!  You just made my day.  Happy Friday :)

  17. Thank you so much, Merry!  And thank you for your kind words on FB.  Your talent and creativity in the kitchen always serves as inspiration to me.  Cant wait to see what you win next!

  18. Thank you, Heidi!  The whole wheat flour is barely detectable at all, in the event that there are any naysayers out there :)

  19. Thank you, Shannon!  I hope that your friend enjoys these.  Regarding FB pages — its nice to know that Im not the only one!

  20. I’ve been a fan of yours for a while now. And I am definitely a fan of these muffins, I LOVE anything that has to do with chocolate and raspberry together. Excited to see all that is to come on your Facebook page!!!

  21. Thank you so much, Jenn!  Happy Friday to you :)

  22. Love the choco and raspberries!! :) Ally

  23. Thank you, Ally!  Have a great Monday :)

  24. I was a fan of your FB page before I saw your post here :o) Does that get me an extra vote? hehe. Your muffins look delish and I am going to definitely try them – and maybe even share them at work!

  25. Thank you so much, Shelby!  Coming from you, thats a huge compliment :)

  26. Great Post! You are officially facebook liked by me. Now I need to get into my closet and do a give away too. :D

  27. Thank you, Lanie!!  Hope you are having a great week :)


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