What is it with me and chocolate drizzle?
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:
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:
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
- 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.