1.06.2014

Chocolate-Orange Marbled Muffins


Well, it's that time of year again. You know, those couple of weeks after holiday festivities but before Valentine festivities when you're supposed to atone for all that wonderful fattening food you ate in the last couple of weeks, and to make resolutions, and be virtuous? Or something like that.

I'm not good at being virtuous about food, but I'll give it a try. Sacrificing for the greater good. For you guys. With these muffins.

Actually, I just came across a picture of these little marbled muffins, and wanted to give them a try, while also just happening to come across a yogurt-based muffin recipe. But they are delicious and taste very rich and are actually not bad for you. These muffins make a great breakfast or afternoon snack, and the chocolate and orange flavor combination is really delicious.


The only tricky part of this recipe is that you have to make two different batters, and are essentially making two different kinds of muffins. It's definitely worth the effort and the extra dirty bowl, though. The chocolate-orange flavor combination makes the muffins seem really decadent and rich, and reminds me of these Lindt chocolates.


Left: dry ingredients for the orange muffin batter. Right: dry ingredients for the chocolate batter.



Wet ingredients for the orange batter.

To assemble, place a spoonful of chocolate batter in a greased muffin tin, then a spoonful of orange batter, and keep alternating until it is filled almost to the rim. Then, give each of the muffins a little swirl with a toothpick.

Then bake, let cool, enjoy, and be virtuous.


Love,
Caroline

Click here for the printable recipe.

Chocolate Orange Marbled Muffins
Yields: 12 Muffins


Ingredients
For the Chocolate Batter:
⅓ cup all-purpose flour
⅓ cup cocoa powder
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ cup plain Greek yogurt
¼ cup applesauce
1 egg white
6 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
⅓ cup chocolate chips


For the Orange Batter
⅔ cup all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ cup plain Greek yogurt
1/4 cup applesauce
1 egg white
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon grated orange zest
⅓ cup pecans, chopped (optional)



Directions

  1. Grease a 12-count muffin tin. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Make the chocolate batter. Whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. In a separate bowl, mix together the yogurt, applesauce, egg white, sugar, honey, and vanilla extract.
  3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet until just combined. Don’t over-mix! Fold in the chocolate chips.
  4. Make the orange batter. Whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. In a separate bowl, mix together the yogurt, applesauce, egg white, sugar, honey, vanilla extract, and orange zest.
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir until just combined. Fold in the chopped pecans.
  6. Add a spoonful of chocolate batter to each well of the muffin tins. Add a spoonful of orange batter. Alternate until you run out of batter.
  7. Bake at 425 degrees for 5 minutes, then lower the oven temperature to 375, and bake for another 13 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.
  8. Let cool and serve!

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10 comments:

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    1. Thank you, Pamela! They did smell yummy (:

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  2. I love the combination of orange and chocolate. I've yet to find the prefect cupcake/muffin in that combination and sounds like this is a contender.

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    1. If you end up making them, Monica, I'd love to here how they turn out!

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  3. I love a lighter breakfast pastry, especially on a work day when you can't afford the carb crash :) The flavors you swirled together must make them taste so decadent, but without the caloric impact. Perfect!

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    1. Haha, yeah, I guess it's good to give the butter and sugar a break for a day or two sometimes (: Thanks for stopping by, Nora!

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  4. Beautiful! I just love the look and swirl of these muffins, Caroline. They must taste spectacular! I adore orange and chocolate together and this recipe is SO worth making two batters. I'm instantly in a good mood after zesting a fresh beautiful orange or when I know I'll be nibbling on something chocolate. Thanks for sharing, girl!

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