Monday, July 1, 2013

Anna's Chocolate Cherry Muffins & a little musing...

Happy Monday!

If you read Saturday's post, you'll know we're actually on our way to the east coast for our big 3-week vacation -- so thankful to the son and daughter-in-law who are holding down the fort for us while we're away. :)

It's actually Friday evening as I'm typing this post -- I promised this recipe almost two weeks ago and figured that if I don't share it now, it will be nearing the end of July before I do. I hope you'll forgive my sporadic posting of late, but with the new business, planning the vacation, and the new grand-baby (who is doing wonderfully, thank you for all the prayers and well-wishes!), time to blog has been fairly slim.

But back to the purpose of this post...muffins. :) AnnaLynn has declared today's muffin her all-time favorite, and I have to say they're in my top five to be sure. They do call for just a smidge more sugar than we usually use, but these are special..they've got fresh cherries. And chocolate. And they are delicious!

Anna's Chocolate Cherry Muffins
makes 12 delicious muffins -- recipe inspiration here

1 c. whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 c. organic cane sugar or Rapadura
2 t. baking powder (aluminum free, please)
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. Celtic sea salt
2 T. cocoa powder
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 c. melted butter or coconut oil
1 c. milk (raw is best)
1 t. real almond extract
3/4 c. fresh cherries, pitted and chopped
1/2 c. miniature real chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 400F and either line muffin tin with muffin papers or grease muffin tin with coconut oil. Measure dry ingredients into a large bowl and whisk together. Mix melted butter or coconut oil together with milk, egg, and almond extract in a medium bowl, Add wet mixture to dry ingredients, stir just until moistened, then gently fold in cherries and chocolate chips. Fill prepared muffin cups -- a quick release ice cream scoop works really well for this.

Bake 15 - 20 minutes (ours were perfect at 18 min.) in preheated oven; check with a toothpick to be sure they're done. Cool for a minute or two before removing muffins from pan to finish cooling on a wire rack. Of course you'll be tempted to try one right away, and we say, go for it! Bon appetit!

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  1. hello lisa
    your cherry chocolate muffins looks so good!! they makes me hungry. thanks for sharing the recipe!
    have a nice week,

    1. Thanks for the kind words, Regina. :) These really are good! Wish I had one right now, in fact! Blessings, ~Lisa

  2. Anonymous7/01/2013

    What's not to love about chocolate and cherries mixed? :-)

    Do you think dried cherries could be substituted?

    1. Shara, I'm sure dried cherries would work just fine in these. :) Please leave a comment to let us know if you give them a try! Blessings to you, ~Lisa

  3. These look wonderful, Lisa - I've pinned them to have a try when our cherries are ready.

    1. Hi Hannah! Thanks for pinning and for the kind words. :) Please let us know how these turn out for you -- happy baking! ~Lisa


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