Mini Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Muffins.

It’s kind of a biiiiig week my pals.

Not huge, but sorta big. It’s coming up on that little anniversary of “omg we’ve been married for four years and haven’t killed each other” type of thing. I guess that’s big, right? Sweet.

And the thing is, we don’t have a ton of memories IN the kitchen. We have a lot of memories of me kicking him out of the kitchen, because uh, he sort of destroys everything that resides in the kitchen. Seriously. I’m not being mean. Please send help for our pots and pans. And whatever you do, do NOT give him any ground turkey and put him near a stovetop. Ugh.

We also share a lot of memories of me ruining dinners I attempted and then still serving him a lot of dry chicken and unseasoned pasta or clumped-together rice or watery soup. And him being totally cool about it. Yeah, basically take like all of those country songs that talk about new wives trying to make dinner and new grooms suffering through them and yeeeeeah… that. Oh but the best part is that it happens, like, all the time since it is my job.

And um, one of the greatest memories we shared in the kitchen was when I tried to make us cute mini red velvet cakes that turned into burnt burgundy sludge and resulted in a lovely bonding experience over oven cleaning. Don’t recommend that. Just a heads up.

These muffins were not birthed from any idea I had, instead they came straight from my husband’s brain. Or at least from his phone, where he found himself typing “hey could you make some whole wheat chocolate chip muffins?” Sometimes he gets these crazy sweet teeth which are highly unusual because it is not a stretch to say if given the choice he would most likely go for the filet over the cupcake. The chicken leg over the cheesecake. The nuggets over the milkshake. Errr, well… maybe the nuggets dipped IN the milkshake.

Actually, wait. Nevermind.

That’s something I would do. And something that would totally skeeve him out.

But needless to say, when his teeth get sweet I am all over that. I love not having to eat cake alone. I love eating ice cream straight out of the container, TOGETHER. I love discovering him back in the kitchen after said ice cream was put away, standing over the sink with a big spoon in the pint. I love finding the empty container in the trash can the next morning, and NOT because I put it there. It’s so… comforting.

Now that’s memorable.


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Mini Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Muffins

Yield: makes about 3 dozen muffins

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes per batch

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
1/3 cup loosely packed brown sugar
1/4 cup coconut oil, measured in solid form then melted
2/3 cup + 3 tablespoons milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2/3 cup dark chocolate chips
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a mini muffin tin with liners or spray with nonstick spray. I actually lined mine and then gave them a quick spritz of coconut oil spray. In a bowl, combine flour, baking powder, soda and salt, mixing well to combine. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together egg and sugar until smooth. Add in melted coconut oil along with vanilla extract, mixing well. Add in milk and whisk until combined. Stir in the dry ingredients mixing until just combined. Do not overmix! Slightly lumpy batter is good. Fold in chocolate chips until mixed throughly.

Place about 1 1/2 tablespoons batter in each muffin liner, filling them 3/4 of the way full. Bake for 7-8 minutes, or until tops are set. Remove and let cool for a few minutes, then serve immediately.

[muffins adapted from these banana spice muffins]

Ooooh and these are butter free. Pop ‘em like candy.

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