April 7, 2012

Dark Chocolate Blueberry Muffins {Crazy Cooking Challenge}

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I am a dark chocolate fanatic.  Well, actually ... I'm an any-kind-of-chocolate fanatic.  But I especially adore dark chocolate.  So when I stumbled across these Dark Chocolate Blueberry Muffins from how Sweet it is, I knew I had found my go-to recipe for this month's 'blueberry muffins' Crazy Cooking Challenge.  Didn't have to look any further.  Nope.  Not one bit further.

I mean really, what could be better than two of my favorite things - dark chocolate and blueberries - together in one muffin?  I loved the concept of including chopped dark chocolate in the batter.  The chopped chocolate melts right into the cooked muffin, making it super moist and super chocolatey.  It's sooooo good!  I did wonder, though, if semi-sweet chocolate chips would work instead of the chopped dark chocolate.  So I tried it.  Well, it works ... but it's not nearly as good.  The chocolate chips keep much of their shape inside the cooked muffins instead of melting into the cooking batter liked the chopped chocolate.  So instead of a smooth, super moist, richly-chocolatey muffin experience - you get a little-less moist, little-less rich crumb with a hunk of chocolate in the bite.  All-in-all, not bad ... just not as good as the original.

So my recommendation - stick with the chopped dark chocolate.  You won't regret it.






Dark Chocolate Blueberry Muffins
Source:  Adapted from how Sweet it is 
(Printable recipe)
Ingredients
2 c. white whole wheat flour (or all-purpose flour)
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 T. dark cocoa powder
2/3 c. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 c. butter, melted
1 c. milk
1 c. fresh blueberries
1/4 c. chopped dark chocolate (I used Dove dark chocolates)


Directions
1.  Combine flour, baking soda, salt, cocoa powder, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl.  Use a whisk to stir in the egg, vanilla, melted butter, and milk; mix until just combined.

2.  Gently fold in blueberries and chopped dark chocolate.

3.  Line a muffin pan with paper liners.  Spoon batter into liners, dividing equally between 12 to 15 muffin cups.

4.  Bake at 350 degrees for 14 to 18 minutes, or until muffins are cooked through (mine took 18 minutes).  Let muffins cool in the pan for about 5 minutes; remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

Enjoy!




26 comments:

  1. WOW!!! I can't even imagine the blueberries with chocolate! Great job!

    #65

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    1. Thanks, Jen! Imagine ... imagine!!! I think you'll be happy you did. :-)

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  2. I so wanted to make this recipe but my daughter thought it would be weird yo mix chocolate and blueberries. Someday I guess she will learn that chocolate goes with everything. #63

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    1. I highly encourage giving the combo a try! I was a *teeny* bit concerned it would be weird to mix the two, but it turned out to be absolutely delicious. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  3. I have never had chocolate blueberry muffins. What a great idea1 They look beautiful and sound delicious!

    #49

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  4. Had to wipe the drool off of my keyboard!! WOW!! I am not a huge, huge fan of dark chocolate, but I still really want to try these. AND make them for my mom-in-law. She loves dark chocolate. :)

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

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    1. Thanks so much, Sarah! I'm so glad these are drool-worthy!!! Thank you, thank you for the stumplbe, pin, tweet, & FB share ... I TRULY appreciate it!!

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  5. Seriously, how delish do these sound? Wow. I hope you'll stop by and see my CCC selection.

    ButterYum

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  6. This may be the Best recipe for muffins I've seen!

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  7. Hee! I actually made these muffins for the Challenge, but my pics looked awful, so we ate all of the muffins and then I ended up using a different recipe. At any rate, these muffins are FABULOUS! I am so glad that you shared them--your photos turned out great! =)

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  8. Oh, yessssss....Chocolate and blueberries!! Awesome!
    Come see me, #44

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  9. I just had to check this one out as soon as I saw it. So glad you tried the chips, that was my first thought, I'll be sure to use the chopped chocolate when I make these (and I will be making these.) Great choice!

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  10. These sound like the best blueberry muffins ever made! Pinning.

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  11. These look amazing! I am going to have to make these ASAP.

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  12. Wow...never would have thought to go chocolate with the blueberry muffins! Great idea!
    #20

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  13. These look good, I like the chocolate and blueberry together. I will have to try these!! Stopping by from CCC #41.

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  14. http://evans-eatlaughlove.blogspot.com/April 9, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    Wow, never would have thought of chocolate and blueberries, but why not? These look absolutely heavenly! Check out my pumpkin gingerbread blueberry muffins in the CCC - #90.

    Denise

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  15. Wow! This looks delicious! Blueberries and chocolate...it can't get much better than that :)

    I'm visiting from #42 :)

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  16. Hello,
    I just wanted to take a minute to tell you that you have a great site! Keep up the good work.

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  17. Great minds think alike! I had that recipe bookmarked, but then went with the chips instead. Great choice!

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  18. Oh goodness, these sound incredible! I just bought a super dark chocolate bar with almonds from Trader Joes and I'm thinking I will definitely have to use it to make these muffins! CCC #9

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  19. These look amazing! I am also a dark chocolate fiend. I'm kind of jealous I didn't see these when I was making my muffins ;)
    Happy Treats! #95

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  20. CONGRATULATIONS!!! Your recipe is being featured today at Menu and Party Idea Round Up from Cast Party Wednesday #36! http://www.ladybehindthecurtain.com/?p=27549
    Please go grab a button.
    http://www.ladybehindthecurtain.com/?page_id=1844
    Thank you for sharing your recipe with us at Cast Party Wednesday!
    ---Sheryl---

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  21. We're so glad that you linked up to our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." We hope you'll be back soon. -The Sisters

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  22. I made this this morning with 1/2 ap flour and 1/2 ww. They were not sweet at all, which I like for breakfast. Overall pretty good, will make again.

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