12 August 2011

Of all the muffin recipes I have tried over the last few months, this is definitely my family's favorite.  It's a coffee flavored muffin with chocolate chips.  Yum!  It's an adaptation of a recipe I saw on the Tasty Kitchen website.  They were originally called "Via Cappucino Muffins" but I think "mocha" better describes them because a cappuccino doesn't have any chocolate in it (this is the Starbucks barista in me talking!).  I also had to adjust the recipe because as written it only made 8 muffins.

Mocha Muffins

3 packages Starbucks Via Instant Coffee
¾ cup warm milk
½ cup canola oil
1 egg
1½ tsp vanilla
1½ cups flour
½ cup sugar
2¼ tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
¾ tsp salt
1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375°.

In a large bowl, dissolve instant coffee in warm milk. Stir until instant coffee is completely dissolved. Next, add oil, egg, and vanilla and whisk until combined.

In another bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.  Pour wet ingredients into a well in the center of the dry ingredients and stir well to incorporate completely. Finally, stir in the chocolate chips.

Fill muffin tins ⅔ full and bake for 17-20 minutes.

Makes 12 muffins.

If you like coffee and you like chocolate, I can guarantee you will not be disappointed with these muffins.  The  Via gives it a really powerful coffee punch.  I recommend making these with decaf Via if you are making them for someone else or if there is a chance you will eat any of them late in the day.  I read comments from people saying they had one after dinner and were up half the night!  I don't do caffeine at all (for health reasons), so the decaf was a no-brainer for me.  But if you want to have these as a little morning pick-me-up, then the regular will probably do just fine!

Now, I feel the need to divulge the fact that there was something else included in the original recipe.  Something that takes these from breakfast to dessert.  A frosting.  Now, I am a muffin purist, so I will give you the frosting recipe on one condition: if you put frosting on them, you must refer to them as mocha cupcakes, not mocha muffins.  Understood?  Okay, here it is.

Coffee Frosting

½ cups butter, softened
2 cups powdered sugar, or more as needed
½ tsp vanilla
2 packages Starbucks Via Instant Coffee
1 tbsp boiling water

Beat together the butter, sifted powdered sugar (which you can use more than two cups of to attain the right consistency) and vanilla. In a small bowl, mix the Via Instant Coffee together with the boiling water until coffee is dissolved. Add it to the butter mixture and mix until fully incorporated. 

I have never made the frosting, so I cannot comment on it.  But I can say that these muffins are heavenly without it.  They are very moist and cakey and the chocolate chips pair perfectly with the robust coffee flavor.  

I really wish I was eating one of these right now instead of this boring old piece of toast!

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  1. These look wonderful! I can't wait to try them. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. Wow! These look delish! I love the chocolate oozing out of all of the pores of the muffins! I'm bookmarking these babies!

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  3. Oh man, I would love one of these chocolatey pieces of heaven right now without the work of making them! lol. Looks delicious!

  4. These sound so awesome! I love chocolate and coffee together... the perfect combination!