Spiced Orange Muffins With Chocolate Drizzle (Vegan)

What is it with me and chocolate drizzle?

Drizz.

But let's be truthful here. What's the real purpose of any cookie, brownie, ice cream, biscotti, what-have-you? Simply and elegantly stated:

Sorry.

Chocolate addiction aside, these muffins are really everything to love in a holiday treat. The classic flavors of flowery citrus, warming spices, nutty oats, fragrant vanilla, and toasty molasses combine perfectly into a comforting and nostalgic package of happiness. 

This is the good stuff, people. 

Spiced Orange Muffins With Chocolate Drizzle

You will need:

Dry

  • 1.5 cups oatmeal

  • 1/2 cup almond meal

  • 2.5 tablespoons ground flax seed

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon each baking powder + baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves

Wet

  • 3/4 cup applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange zest
  • 3 tablespoons melted coconut oil (any oil would work)
  • 1 tablespoon real maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup milk (I used coconut)

Drizzle (optional but not really)

  • 1/3 cup chopped chocolate (I used dark but it;s up to you. White would be pretty)
  • 2 tablespoons milk (coconut again) to thin.

Preheat the oven to 350°F convection setting. You heard me.

In a food processor, grind the oats until they're a fine flour. Add the rest of the dry ingredients and pulse to combine. 

Whisk the wet ingredients together in a separate bowl, then pour in the dry and mix until just combined. 

Scoop  the batter into greased muffin cups, filling each about 3/4 full.

Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean, checking every 15 minutes. 

While the muffins bake, place the chocolate and milk in a microwave safe bowl (do I really have to sat that?) and zap it in 30 second intervals until the chocolate is melted. Refrain from eating it with a spoon. Willpower like steel.

Let the muffins cool, then drizzle your heart out.

Or you could frost them. You do you.