07 April 2012

Dark Chocolate Chip Blueberry Muffins with Chocolate Streusel


 It's time once again for the Crazy Cooking Challenge!  In this challenge, all the participants make and blog about the same dish each month.  Each blogger is to scour other blogs for a unique version of whatever that month's dish is.  The goal is to highlight and promote personal food blogs. This month's assigned dish was blueberry muffins.  So we were to find a unique blueberry muffin recipe, make it, and blog about it.


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Confession time: I don't like blueberries.  I know, I know, they are super healthy and stuff, but I just don't like the flavor of them.  I much prefer raspberries and usually substitute them whenever a recipe calls for blueberries.  So while I love making muffins, I wasn't too excited when I found out that this month's Crazy Cooking Challenge theme was blueberry muffins.  I started scouring blogs for a recipe that sounded fun and unique.  What's the best thing to do when you have to bake something you're not crazy about?  Add chocolate to it, of course!  I got to thinking about how blueberries are good for you because they have a lot of antioxidants and that dark chocolate also has lots of antioxidants, so why not put them together?  I searched for a blueberry chocolate chip muffin recipe and found one over at Cupcake Muffin.  She actually used blueberries, regular chocolate chips, and white chocolate chips.  I left out the white chocolate chips so I could add more dark chocolate ones!   I used Nestle Dark Chocolate Morsels and they were perfect.  I thought the tops needed something, so I threw together a chocolate streusel.  The streusel really makes the muffins, in my opinion.  Here's the recipe.

Dark Chocolate Chip Blueberry Muffins with Chocolate Streusel

Ingredients:
1½ cups flour
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp salt
⅓ cup sugar
¼ cup brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
½ cup milk
½ cup canola oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
½ cup dark chocolate morsels
¼ cup sugar
¼ cup flour
1 tbsp cocoa powder
2 tbsp butter, cold

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375° and coat a muffin tin with baking spray.

In a medium bowl, combine the 1½ cups flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.  Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the ⅓ cup sugar, brown sugar, eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla.  Carefully stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, stirring until just barely combined.  Batter will be lumpy.

If you’re using frozen blueberries, toss them in about 1 tbsp flour.  Pour the blueberries and dark chocolate chips into the batter and fold in gently.

For the streusel, combine the ¼ cup sugar, ¼ cup flour, and cocoa powder in a small bowl.  Cut up the butter and place it in the bowl.  Using a pastry blender or fork, work the butter into the cocoa mixture until it is crumbly.  

Divide batter between muffin cups.  Top each muffin with a generous amount of streusel.  Bake 20-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.  Let cool before removing from muffin tin.

Makes 12 muffins.



I can honestly say that these are the best blueberry muffins I have ever had!  The chocolate morsels really do make you forget the fact that you are also eating blueberries.  :)








23 comments:

Jen Neef said...

Dark chocolate, yum! Hmm, I must have done something wrong because the list of photos don't show up on my blog only the link to linkytools, upps.

Close To Home said...

have never thought to combine chocolate and blueberries, wow.  will definitely need to try this one. Pinning it and saying hello from #59

Close To Home said...

make sure you pick the link that works with your webiste.  I had to reload it after it was published for mine to work.

Sara said...

Hi there, I'm so glad you liked the muffin recipe from my blog!  :) I totally agree that adding chocolate chips makes blueberry muffins way better, and love your idea for chocolate streudel - yum!!!  

Tracy said...

Love the combination of chocolate chips and blueberries. #63

Sarah E. said...

Oooh my goodness! You had me when you mentioned chocolate twice in your title :P

Stopping by from CCC #28
{I stumbled, pinned, tweeted, and FB shared your recipe!}

Amy Bradsher said...

Never heard of chocolate streusel, but it sounds great!  I want to try it!

thefreshmancook said...

These are gorgeous, and I am loving the dark chocolate. Adding it to the glaze, just puts it over the top. What a great idea! Visiting from #49!

Joan Hayes said...

Lesa, I'm so glad you found this recipe and made these, now I can too! And I love your chocolate streusel! I'll be putting it on everything I can think of!

Alyssa A said...

These look so good!! I like that there is chocolate in it and I like the struesel on top.  Stopping by from CCC#41

TheKitchenisMyPlayground said...

So creative with the chocolate streusel!  I combined dark chocolate and blueberries for my entry, too.  It's a fabulous combination, isn't it??  Your muffins look great!
Tracey @ The Kitchen is My Playground

Lesa @ Edesia's Notebook said...

Yeah, there are a couple of different options, so if one doesn't work, try one of the other codes.

Lesa @ Edesia's Notebook said...

Thank you!

Lesa @ Edesia's Notebook said...

Thanks for a great recipe, Sara!

Lesa @ Edesia's Notebook said...

Thanks Tracy!

Lesa @ Edesia's Notebook said...

Wow, thanks for doing all that, Sarah! I really appreciate it!

Lesa @ Edesia's Notebook said...

Be warned: once you try it, there is no going back! You'll want to put it on every muffin you make! :)

Lesa @ Edesia's Notebook said...

Thank you, Teri!

Lesa @ Edesia's Notebook said...

Oh yes, it's quite dangerous!

Lesa @ Edesia's Notebook said...

Thank you, Alyssa!

Lesa @ Edesia's Notebook said...

Thank you, Tracey!

Moore or Less Cooking said...

You are the winner in my book! Your recipe looks amazing and beautiful! Nettie

Lesa @ Edesia's Notebook said...

Aww, thanks, Nettie! How sweet! :)

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