Chocolate Chunk Muffins

by Antonia on March 31, 2014

Chocolate Chunk Muffins {healthinspirations.net}

I’m quite certain that I’ve mentioned this before, but I don’t do a lot of baking when I’m away at University. It’s not because I don’t have the time, because frankly, most of my recipes really don’t require that much time or effort. It’s more because of the lack of tools and ingredients. Grocery shopping is a tedious process when the nearest Tesco is a 25-minute walk away and I’ve quickly come to realize that shopping at the corner shop down the road isn’t doing my bank account any favors. But lugging shopping bags full of baking goods home isn’t my highest priority either. That’s why I’ve made peace with the fact that baking is reserved to when I’m at home, which is when I have access to  a fully-stocked pantry and my mom’s kitchen tools.

Chocolate Chunk Muffins {healthinspirations.net}

I came home from England Wednesday night, after a quick detour to Munich. The next morning, while I was enjoying my leisurely breakfast, I thought just how funny it is that home always feels the same. I can rely on the fact that things around the house are exactly where they were 3 months ago, the mess in my room hasn’t been cleaned and that we have staple ingredients in the fridge. I don’t know why I assume that coming home after 3 months feels more special, because it really doesn’t….it feels like I’ve never been away.

Chocolate Chunk Muffins {healthinspirations.net}

The next thing I tend to do when I’m home is go grocery shopping. While grocery shopping is a very dreaded chore when I’m in England {unless I go to Whole Foods in London, of course}, shopping in Austria is pure bliss. It’s an all-over enjoyable shopping experience. I wander through all the aisles looking for new products that I may not have seen or tried before, before picking up some old favorites, things that I just can’t live without.

Chocolate Chunk Muffins {healthinspirations.net}

One of those essentials is Milka chocolate. In Austria, Milka chocolate is comparable to what Cadbury is in the UK or possibly what Hershey’s is in the US. It’s the chocolate you turn to in good times when there’s reason to celebrate, and bad times when you have to drown your sorrows in something. Basically, it’s always good to have a couple bars on hand at all times. As I was wandering through the supermarket I was simultaneously brainstorming ideas for upcoming blog posts.

Chocolate Chunk Muffins {healthinspirations.net}

Seeing as I haven’t featured a muffin recipe here in a while, I thought I’d keep things simple with Chocolate Chunk Muffins. These aren’t your typical sweet, store-bought muffins, but rather a bit lighter, less sweet version whilst still being fluffy. The chocolate chunks add sweet hints and for those who need a bit more sweetness in their life, a dusting of sugar will take care of that.

I’m sure you’ll be happy to hear that these muffins were just one of the creations I made this weekend. More chocolaty goodness coming soon!

Chocolate Chunk Muffins {healthinspirations.net}

Chocolate Chunk Muffins

makes 15 standard-sized muffins

Ingredients:

  • 400g all-purpose flour
  • 16g {1 sachet} baking powder
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 2 large eggs
  • 80g caster sugar
  • 100g brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla sugar
  • 250g full-fat yoghurt
  • 125ml canola oil
  • 100g chocolate chunks
  • optionally: a few tbsp. milk

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C and line a muffin tin with paper liners.
  2. In a large bowl mix together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the eggs and sugars {caster, brown and vanilla sugar}. Using a hand mixer, whisk until you get a thicker and slightly foamy consistency. Stir in the yoghurt and continue beating until well-incorporated. Then add the canola oil.
  4. Now add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture, a few tablespoons at a time, and stir well to combine. Repeat until all of the dry mixture is combined with the wet ingredients. You will notice that the batter is slightly lumpy, which is ok. If you however feel that it is to dense, stir in a few tbsp. milk.
  5. At the end, stir in the chocolate chunks and immediately add about 2 tbsp. of batter into the muffin liners. I use a ice cream scooper for this, as it gives uniform muffins and allows for equal baking times.
  6. Bake for 20-23 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean. Let cool completely.
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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Kathryn March 31, 2014 at 8:54 am

You can’t beat a good chocolate chunk muffin!

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Antonia April 2, 2014 at 6:48 pm

Totally agree :)

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Bella March 31, 2014 at 12:27 pm

Oh my gosh these are making me SO hungry!! I can imagine nothing better than one of these with a cup of tea…
p.s. Milka is the bomb.
Bella xx

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Antonia April 2, 2014 at 6:48 pm

Thanks Bella! They’re delicious with tea and coffee :)

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Camille March 31, 2014 at 7:36 pm

Milka is the only true chocolate ! (after Lindt of course :p)
Who has the chance to enjoy them with you? Can I come? :D

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Antonia April 2, 2014 at 6:47 pm

Nothing beats Milka, especially not Lindt ;)
I ate some myself, and my mom took the rest to school with her. It’s so nice to be able to bake 15 muffins and know they’ll be eaten within the day…and yes, you are ALWAYS more than welcome to come visit me :)

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Abbie @ Needs Salt April 2, 2014 at 2:34 pm

These muffins look incredible! Fabulous photos, too.
Pinning!

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Antonia April 2, 2014 at 6:46 pm

Thanks Abbie :)

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sara@ Latest health news April 4, 2014 at 12:14 pm

Yummy!I love chocolates.Gonna to try this.Thanks for sharing.

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canary@ Health tips for women April 4, 2014 at 12:26 pm

Mostly kids like this recipe.Gonna to try this for my weekend party.

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Tasha April 7, 2014 at 4:40 pm

Sorry! I’ma have to slightly disagree with you! Milka is milka ANYWHERE you go. Even from London I can tell you now that Milka is in a league of it’s own…you can’t even parallel it to Cadbury’s vegetable-fat made junk! Haha!
Beautiful + yummy pictures. Congrats on your first race of the year too by the way! A
And I totally get what you mean about how the mess in your room is still there after being away…home is a multi-dimension of comforts that only we each can understand!

Have a lovely week!

Tash x

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