24 June, 2012

Coconut Chocolate Muffins

I am very proud to present you another muffin recipe today... I know, I know... yet another muffin. To my defense I am still in the process of optimizing previous muffin recipes. Several criteria have to be met:
  • it has to have chocolate in it to satisfy my chocolate cravings 
  • it has to be grain free
  • the sweetness should come from unprocessed sources
  • taking a few readers responses into account, I wanted them to be without bananas
  • they needs to be light, moist and fluffy
  • if my son wants to take them to school in his lunch box, they need to be nut free too
Quite a task? It's been a long journey, I must admit. Here is a list of chocolate muffins from this blog in historical order:
Today's muffin recipe is made with coconut flour only. It meets all the criteria above. I absolutely love them (please read: I eat most of them, but my kids love them all the same). I've been making them every other day for a week now, and another batch needs to be made today, as my son didn't have a chance to get one of these muffins in his lunch box today. I guess it's time to double the recipe.
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COCONUT CHOCOLATE MUFFINS


1/4 cup coconut flour
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

3 large eggs, at room temperature
2 tablespoons coconut oil, liquefied
3 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup dates, pitted and finely chopped
2 tablespoons dried cherries (optional)

Yields 5-6
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Preheat oven to 180C. Line or grease muffin tin.

In a bowl, sift together coconut flour, cocoa powder and baking soda.
In another bowl, lightly beat the eggs. Stir in honey and coconut oil. Combine wet and dry ingredients, and blend until all lumps have dissolved. Gently fold in The finely chopped dates and cherries.

Bake for 20 minutes, or until cake tester comes out clean. Garnish by sprinkling with some desiccated coconut on top of each muffin. Best eaten warm.

24 comments:

  1. The muffin looks absolutely delicious, specially with the cherry topping. Coconut flour is not the same as Coconut Powder - isn't it? Where do we get Coconut flour here?

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  2. Ishita, it's not the same as coconut powder. I've seen the flour in the Organic Shop.

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  3. They look fabulous! Do you think rice flour or another GF flour would work instead of coconut flour? You can't find that in the UK.

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    1. It is in Holland and barrett -coconut flour --£6 a pack

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  4. Katie, I am not sure about substituting the flour. Coconut flour needs a lot of liquid, therefore 3 eggs. I think that would change if you use another flour. I just checked Amazon UK. You can order coconut flour from there.

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  5. Great recipe! I bought coconut flour in bulk so I have to use it, will be making this :-) Isn't it interesting how litlle you have to use of it?

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  6. I agree, Ruth. I got one bag ages ago. it lasts forever. And as you know, I am baking quite a lot.

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  7. Any chance you can add Pinterest to your sharing logos at the top. I would love to "Pin it" on some of your recipes. Many people do not have enough gluten free options. I'm seeing "Pin it" on many websites now. Thanks for considering. Diane

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  8. fabulous! Just shared on my Facebook page

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  9. @Diane and Alan
    thanks for the tip. Haven't even thought about it as I don't use Pinterest, although I am very much aware that many people do. Will try and get it on in the next few days.

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  10. Muffins look delicious! And healthy, too. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. I've been tempted to use coconut flour, but one son is not keen on the taste - stupid question, I know, but how 'coconutty' are they?

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  12. Sarah,
    not very coconutty,but very chocolate-y, Honestly, you'll taste the cocoa, honey and dates. The coconut flour just gives the texture.

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  13. This looks delicious.

    http://therealfoodrunner.blogspot.com/

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  14. Hello Anja, beautiful recipe as always.

    For your UK readers Holland & Barrett´s sell Tiana Coconut flour and I have also seen it in the "Free from" section in Tesco. Soon not to be exotic! :)

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  15. Hi Anja, what can we use to replace the eggs in the recipe? I am allergic to eggs :(.

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  16. Maha, I am not sure how to replace the eggs as it it three, which is quite a lot. Most coconut flour recipes use many eggs. I have never tried to cut them down or replace them. Sorry, I am not very helpful.

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  17. I have just tried these cocunut chocolate muffins which are delicious but unfortunately i had quite bad gastro upset for 8 hours till i went to bed. I am not allergic to eggs either as we have them frequently. Could i use another flour? Thanks a lot.

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  18. I am sorry to hear you got an upset stomach.
    Coconut flour needs quite a few eggs. Simply exchanging the flour will not work. I can recommend my chocolate cherry muffins (http://www.anjasfood4thought.com/2010/10/chocolate-cherry-muffins.html), They have the same flavor ingredients, but are made from more regular ingredients. Good luck.

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    1. Oh thanks Anja. Will give those a try. I must say i love your website and everything i have tried comes out really well. Thanks a lot.

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  19. Hi! What is a good substitute for the chopped dates?

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  20. if I had to substitute chopped dates, I'd chose raisins.

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  21. Someone above asked about this working without eggs: I just tried these using two eggs and one flax egg, plus an extra tablespoon of applesauce as a binder. They were perfect. So maybe that is a start...

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  22. I'm a diabetic on an extremely low carb diet, do you have any suggestions for replacing or cutting back the honey?

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