Mo’ Muffins


Current Music: Mumford & Sons – I gave you all
Current Read: Jim Gorant – The Lost Dogs

I love the texture the cornmeal and wheat germ give to these muffins. They don’t even taste healthy even though they’re not super obnoxiously bad for you, but it could also be the chocolate talking. Oh and you can choose to use either pecans, or chocolate. Or both. Or none at all. Or a nut other than pecans. How’s that for freedom of stomach speech?

The super awesome cupcake stand was made by the oh-so-talented Jeanette Zeis.

See an alternate version of these muffins here.

Chocolate Pecan Muffins:

1 cup (235 ml) soymilk
1/2 cup (120 ml) peanut oil
3/4 cup (165 g) packed light brown sugar
1 cup plus 1 tablespoon (260 g) pumpkin purée
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups (240 g) whole wheat pastry flour
1/3 cup (38 g) wheat germ
1/2 cup (70 g) cornmeal
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon (16 g) baking powder
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/4 cup (44 g) chopped dark chocolate
1/2 cup (50 g) chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C, or gas mark 5). Line 16 standard muffin cups with paper liners, or lightly coat with non-stick cooking spray without paper liners, for 14 standard muffins.
In a medium bowl, combine milk, oil, sugar, pumpkin purée and vanilla.
In a large bowl, whisk flour, wheat germ, cornmeal, baking powder and salt.
Stir wet ingredients into dry, being careful not to over mix. Fold in chocolate and pecans.
Divide batter into prepared cups. Bake for 22 to 24 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Transfer onto a wire rack to cool.

Yield: 14 to 16 muffins

Variation: Top of the muffin to you!
Don’t use chocolate in the muffins (unless you are a real chocolate fiend) but top with chocolate ganache instead.

1/2 cup (120 ml) nondairy milk
1 cup (176 g) nondairy chocolate chips
2 tablespoons (30 ml) pure maple syrup

Scorch the milk in a medium saucepan on medium-high heat. Remove from heat. Add chips, and stir until melted. Stir in maple syrup. Let cool 15 minutes. Proceed to dip each muffin in the ganache. If you have extra pecans or other nuts, chop them up and sprinkle them on top. Let stand at room temperature to set.

  • Sarah A says:

    Adorable title, delicious-looking muffins, beautiful book and awesome taste in music! This post made me smile!

  • Kelly says:

    You read my mind! I was wondering where that cupcake stand was from. I love how whimsical it looks and the color is just gorgeous. I am such a sucker for adorable housewears. I also love the sound of those muffins. So decadent!

    As a side note, I’m not sure if you have/had my blog in your RSS reader, but if so you may need to update the feed. I didn’t realize when I switched over to feedburner that my old subscribers would no longer be updated so just wanted to send out the FYI. I have the link to the new feed at the top of my blog. :-)

    • Celine says:

      RSS feeds are so confusing and fickle, so thanks for the heads up, Kelly. I don’t always respond to comments but I’m always super touched by your kindness and truly, truly appreciate your every word!

  • Cornmeal and chocolate? Interesting! I am a real chocolate fiend, so I would definitely go with the double chocolate variation! The cupcake stand is so purdy! <3

    I always find your post titles very amusing! :)

  • Haha, I do the same thing sometimes! I think chocolate is a mask-all for healthy stuff :)

    • Celine says:

      in the same line of thought: they should make chocolate-flavored vitamin pills, chocolate-flavored toothpaste and chocolate-flavored mouthwash. just saying.

  • What beautiful pictures, I love the little teal cake stand! An extremely cute cake stand heightens how much I want to devour what’s on it ;)

    • Celine says:

      I always feel a bit silly when buying cute dishes because I figure that being a hoover and all, the food I eat is lucky to last 4 seconds on my plate before being eaten. but then I get reminded of what we’ve all been told over and over again: you eat with the eyes too. a good way to justify the obsession I have of overdoing it with shopping for kitchen items.

      • I am the same way. In my mind maybe I won’t eat the whole batch of cupcakes if just one or two are displayed daintily on a pretty serving dish with matching silver ware and cups. This is what I tend to tell myself… :)