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Sunday, March 16, 2008

Almond Joy Muffins




Chocolate and coconut. Coconut and chocolate. Right up there with chocolate and peanut butter, I think. Well, really, aren't there a ton of things that just seem to be destined to go with chocolate?

At Halloween, after we've gone out to Trick or Treat, my three youngest always gladly hand over their little bite sized bits of chocolate and coconutty goodness, otherwise known as Almond Joys and Mounds. My oldest--she loves them, too, and won't give 'em up. hmmmph.

*side note: I'm laughing my butt off, because I was googling to get pics of the candy bars to post here. Almond Joy was easy. But Mounds...wow! Google Mounds ---> Images, and see what you get. hahaha! Are we supposed to believe those are real?!?

Anyway, back to the food...if you can get that image out of your head, hehehe. I was craving the choco-coco combo, and also craving muffins. I love muffins. All kinds of muffins. Muffins are our friends. I came up with these, working off of another recipe I have for fruit muffins. I changed things around, added stuff, took out the fruit, and came up with these. They're not sweet, like you think they might be--they're just right. Make sure you get coconut milk that isn't sweetened! If you can't find it, you can use regular milk, no big deal.

Almond Joy Muffins

Makes 6 large muffins, or 9 or so regular muffins

Ingredients

2 cup flour

3/4 cup sugar

1 TBSP baking powder

1 tsp salt
2 eggs
1/4 cup oil

1/4 cup melted butter

3/4 cups coconut milk, or regular milk

1 tsp almond extract

3/4 cups coconut, plus a little more for sprinkling over the tops

1/2-3/4 cup chocolate chips


Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350°.
2. Sift the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.

3. In a small bowl, whisk the eggs, oil, butter, coconut milk and almond extract.

4. Stir into flour mixture.
5. Fold in the coconut and the chocolate chips.
6. Grease 1 (6 muffin) muffin pan.

7. Fill the tins about 3/4 full, then sprinkle the tops with the remaining coconut. (an ice cream scoop makes the tins easy to fill and makes your muffins the same size)

8. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Mine were done at 25, so start testing then. For regular size muffins, check them after 18-20 minutes.
9. Cool in the pan for about 5 minutes, then serve. But if you're like me, you'll grab a molten hot muffin right out of the oven and pig out. Cooling is for whimps. ;-) Kidding!

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17 comments:

kp said...

Hey Elle, thanks for commenting in my blog!! Oreos are "milk's favorite cookie" (the packages used to say America's favorite).

The garlic sweet potato fries look amazing, I can't wait to try making them!

amandalwh said...

Woah! Those are beautiful Elle! :D I love muffins too! they are easy to make(mostly 1 bowl recipe) and delicious as well! definitely will be attempting this recipe of yours as my parents love coconut~ :D thanks alot of sharing!

Amanda

Erin said...

The addition of coconut milk to the muffin recipe is simply brilliant! I love it! What a fabulous idea.

Elle said...

kp--you're welcome! And you're right about oreos. I can't think of anyone I know that doesn't love them.

amandalwh--thanks, I hope you and your parents like them. They are very easy to make, and even easier to eat! ;)

Erin--thank you! It adds a nice, subtle flavor, but if you like more coconut taste, you can use a little coconut extract, too.

Tarah said...

Oh wow!
Those look delicious! I defiantly want to try these. The coconut addiction sounds wonderful for these muffins.

:]

LisaRene said...

Great idea! I hated almond/coconut candy as a child but as an adult think the combination is wonderful. I bet your muffins are much better then the candy bar.

Elle said...

Tarah--I love the coconut in these--it's not too much, but enough that you definitely know it's in there.

Lisarene--oh, I don't know...the candy bars are pretty good, too, lol.

Thanks for your comments!

HoneyB said...

I have to try these and have added to my list of things to make! I love chocolate and coconut! YUM Thank you!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Elle, these muffins look delish and quite addictive! I haven't baked muffins in ages...

Jo. said...

Ok. I'm going to the kitchen now to bake them. And I am really serious :-D

Jessy and her dog Winnie said...

Yum! Chocolate and coconut is the best combination!

Mansi Desai said...

I love Almond Joy, so these would surely be very tasty indeed!

Brilynn said...

Those sound great!
I didn't used to like Almond Joys, but, like pretty much everything else, I've grown to love it!

Kevin said...

Chocolate and coconut muffins sound great!

Elle said...

honeyb, patricia, jo, jessy, mansi, brilynn and kevin--thank you all so much for your comments!

Jennifer said...

I love, love, love chocolate and coconut! These look fantastic.

Elle said...

Thanks, Jennifer!

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