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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Mocha Oatmeal Muffins

I've mentioned before that I'm not the biggest muffin fan in the world.  I suppose I was spoiled by ones that were too sweet.  Or ones that were too "processy".  Or ones with no discernible flavor.

My point being - I don't talk about muffins that much.  Or share them.  So if I do, they've got to be pretty darn good.  Like these.  Or these.

And THESE!  "These" is a funny word.  Say it a few times in a row.  Look at how it's spelled.  Say it again.  Just weird.

Chewy from the oats.  With coffee undertones.  And oily walnut bits.  And tiny pockets of chocolate.  Plus, they're not too sweet.  They restore my faith in muffins as breakfast food.
Mocha Oatmeal Muffins

by Heather Schmitt-González
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Keywords: bake breakfast dessert snack bread vegetarian coffee chocolate oats

Ingredients (12 large muffins or ~21 regular-sized muffins)
  • 1½ c. unbleached all-purpose flour
  • ⅓ c. cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1 c. packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • 1¼ tsp. fine sea salt
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1¼ c. rolled oats + more for sprinkling
  • 4 large eggs
  • 6 oz. (1½ sticks/12 Tbs.) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 c. buttermilk
  • ½ c. freshly brewed strong coffee
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 c. mini semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 c. chopped walnuts
  • Turbinado sugar, for sprinkling
Preheat oven to 350° F. Spray muffin tins with pan spray (or line them).

Whisk together flour, cocoa, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon until thoroughly combined. Stir in oats. Set aside.

Whisk together eggs, butter, buttermilk, coffee, and vanilla in another bowl. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips and walnuts.

Fill prepared muffin tins ⅔ full. Sprinkle the tops with some more oats and some turbinado sugar. Slide into preheated oven and bake for ~20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Let cool on wire rack for about 10 minutes before turning out of pan. Good warm or at room temperature. Will keep in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

adapted from The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook
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  1. these sound great - bookmarking this one.

  2. Jocelyn @BruCrew LifeMay 2, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    I really love a good mocha muffin for breakfast. And mixed with oatmeal and chocolate...I think you have a winner here:-)

  3. Sarah TostanoskiMay 2, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    divine! love chocolate muffins, dessert for breakfast! made some this week with banana . . . this is why i'm fat lol

  4. Gretchen @ Provecho PeruMay 2, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    These look delicious and I am a muffin fan!

  5. I'm a big fan of muffins and even though I've probably made kajillions of them, these are new to me. That's a great all-star cast of ingredients, can't wait to try these.

  6. I love anything with coffee, these sounds great! I have been eyeing between this book and Tate's Bakery, could not make up my mind!

  7. Now this is what I call a complete breakfast. It has coffee, oats AND chocolate. Don't need much more than that to start the day! :)

  8. If you want my opinion...I own both books and like both books...but I like this one (The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook) better. I LOOOOOVE it. Can't get enough of it right now, actually!

  9. Ha! You just made me choke on my coffee a little... I'm in the same boat, sister ;)

  10. Chocolate muffins always seem like naked cupcakes to me. But these look like they have some solid breakfasty attributes. Good job!

  11. These look so flavorful and delicious, Heather! What a yummy breakfast recipe. I love muffins and love these!

  12. love the specks of oatmeal over the top,

  13. I don't usually make muffins either because, if we're being real, I'd rather have a cupcake. However..I could totally get down with chocolate for breakfast...especially if it comes with coffee too!

  14. I love good muffins and these sound wonderful! I love the idea of the chocolate and coffee hints mixed with oatmeal! Thanks for sharing and I've pinned it.

  15. These are handsome muffins Heather. I will be making these soon!

  16. I really like the sound of these, Heather. I agree, many muffins are far too sweet, but these are the perfect balance of healthy and flavourful!

  17. An Everyday CookMay 3, 2012 at 8:15 AM

    these would be great any time of day as far as I am concerned. Yummy!

  18. i don't bake muffins much. We have a few family favorites and keep rotating them.
    I love the chocolate coffee pairing. So flavorful.

  19. Gosh, these sound so good - love the oatmeal in them (and on the tops!)

  20. I love a muffin that is good for breakfast but is good enough to be dessert! Looks beautiful.

  21. Delicious Oatmeal muffins, Heather, I love it. Thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop.

  22. Jocelyn @BruCrew LifeMay 4, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    I really love a good mocha muffin for breakfast. And mixed with oatmeal and chocolate...I think you have a winner here:-)

  23. I just found your site on so I thought I would stop by and take a peek. I just subscribed to your blog feed and can't wait to see what your next post will be!

  24. Made these today, and they taste great! Family loved them. Thanks for the receipe!