this is me pondering what the actual difference is between a muffin and a cupcake….
these look like a cupcake…they smell like a cupcake…they are made similarly to a cupcake….yet they are a muffin….
i think muffins are just more dense than cupcakes. cake should be light and airy.
and when you call something a “muffin,” it becomes an acceptable breakfast food. 😈 although this batch was more of an afternoon snack for pete & me when they were still with us.
not sure why i took 8 zillion photos of the same thing, but muffins are just cute, ya know!?
so i whip whip whipped up that thiccc part of (cold) canned coconut milk and made a thiccc muffin batter. that yielded a super moist and dense, yet fluffy, muffy. yum!
i used a wee bit of almond flour in addition to the all-purpose just for some varying textures and really enjoyed that. the other tweak worth mentioning is that i used 1/4 tsp vanilla extract and 1/4 tsp almond extract. i personally love almond extract in things like sugar cookies, but it is very overpowering. you could probably just use a tiny drop of almond extract in this recipe and still taste it. just beware of that, or use all vanilla if you prefer.
this is one of those times when i am so sad these muffins are long gone. i want one baddddlyyyy.
and they were so good kept in the fridge! i normally leave all baked goods at room temperature, but these were like cool little coconutty, chocolatey treats. and stayed super m o i s t. 😬
when pete tried one of these muffins, he said, “these are the best thing you’ve ever made.”
…i’m not sure about all thaaaat, but they were quite delicious. last night i made steak & potato burritos, and he said, “i’d buy this for $100.” yes he exaggerates, but he does not lie regarding food criticism, no no. he will be the first to tell me something’s too salty or weird. so i will take both of those compliments, thankyou.
make these muffins for a breakfast/snack/dessert and live it up.
i’ll have to try fresh blueberries in this whipped coconut milk version sometime when i’m in the blueb mood. that sounds gooooood, too.
Whipped Coconut Milk Chocolate Chip Muffins
Makes 12 Muffins
Bake Time: 23 minutes // Total Time: 40 minutes
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup almond flour *
1/3 cup white sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp fine sea salt
1/3 cup coconut oil, melted & cooled
1 large egg
1 cup of cold canned coconut milk (full-fat preferred - the thickened part), whipped with a hand mixer
1/3 cup of the coconut milk liquid from the can
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract, or 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract + 1/4 tsp. almond extract
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Chill the canned coconut milk in the fridge for 24 hours.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a muffin tin with paper liners and spray with non-stick spray.
In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, scoop 1 cup of the cold, thickened coconut milk from the can with 1/3 cup of the coconut milk liquid. Whip it up with a hand mixer until fluffy and smooth.
Add the melted coconut oil, egg, and flavor extracts to the whipped coconut milk bowl, stirring between additions.
Add the dry ingredients to the bowl of wet ingredients and fold gently with a spatula until just combined. Gently fold in the chocolate chips. The mixture will be quite thick.
Scoop the muffin batter into the prepared liners, about 2/3 full. Place the muffin tin on top of a cookie sheet and bake in the oven for about 23 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out mostly clean. Remove from oven and cool slightly before serving.
These muffins stayed very moist and delicious at room temperature, but were also good kept cold in the fridge.
*You can omit the almond flour and use 2 cups of all-purpose flour if you prefer.