June 01, 2008

Sometimes you feel like a nut

I guess this morning I felt like one (Grumpy would say I am one, but what does he know)! I have had Almond Joy Muffin's on my to do list since I saw them on Elle's New England Kitchen. Whenever I would crave a coconut candy bar, I always chose the Almond Joy over the Mounds! I still think the perfect bar would be an Almond Joy made with Dark Chocolate. Have they done that? I can't keep up with candy bar's these days because they make so many special edition ones that I don't remember what they have or haven't done!

This morning Chris has to go to work and I thought it would be nice to have some nice warm, chocolatey, coconutty, muffins to go with his coffee when he wakes up. (Yes, Chris and Grumpy are sleeping as I type still - but not for long!)

I followed the recipe and used (lite) coconut milk. Elle had said you could use either coconut milk or regular milk. I thought, if I'm making an almond joy muffin, I am going with all coconut! As they baked, they smelled wonderful and they rose wonderfully and not to mention, they tasted absolutely delicious, were tender with a wonderful crumb! The toasted coconut top was great too. Thank you Elle for bringing this recipe to me. It's one I'll be keeping around!

Almond Joy Muffins

2 cup flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 TBSP baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 eggs
1/4 cup oil
1/4 cup melted butter
3/4 cups coconut milk, or regular milk
1 tsp almond extract
3/4 cups coconut, plus a little more for sprinkling over the tops
1/2-3/4 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350°.

Sift the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.  In a small bowl, whisk the eggs, oil, butter, coconut milk and almond extract.  Stir into flour mixture.

Fold in the coconut and the chocolate chips.  Grease 1 (6 muffin) muffin pan or line with paper liners.

Fill the tins about 3/4 full, then sprinkle the tops with the remaining coconut. (an ice cream scoop makes the tins easy to fill and makes your muffins the same size)

Bake for 25-30 minutes.  Cool in the pan for about 5 minutes, then serve.


GrannyLooHoo said...

YUM!! I'm making sounds like Homer Simpson...

noble pig said...

These sound awesome. I always go for the Almond Joy too. This is a great substitute!

Elle said...

Oh, I'm so glad you enjoyed them! You know, I still have some in the freezer from the last time I made them! I wrap them individually in plastic wrap, then freeze them in a ziploc bag. 30-45 secs in the microwave and they're perfect again! Thank you!

familiabencomo said...

Oh, yumm!!! I have all the ingredients here at the very moment. My family would think I'm a rock star if I surprised them with muffins this morning. Your such a sweet wife & mama! Thank you for sharing, you Nut!

xoxox Amy

Bellini Valli said...

These would start our mornings off right:D That's too coincidental...just as I was about to press publish comment...I received a message from you about pasta. It is a rainy morning here:D

RecipeGirl said...

Wow, do these look like tasty little morning treats!! Super decadent :)

Kevin said...

Coconut and chocolate chip muffins sound so good!

Carrie said...

Awww, you're such a sweet mom/wife! I would LOVE to wake up to a warm muffin!

bunny said...

almond joy muffins!! they sound great! thanks for leaving a comment on my blog. i'm also in my second marriage and very happy! i have 2 adult children and am now helping my husband raise 3 younger ones!

Vickie LeBlanc said...

Almond Joy candy bars are soooooo good. I love anything with coconut.

SaraLynn said...

oooohhhhhh they look fantastic! I may have to try this!

How are ya?? I am sorry I have been out of the loop for a while. Summer break...gotta have fun with the kiddos :)

Cookie baker Lynn said...

I love the idea of using coconut milk to intensify the coconut flavor in baking. The muffins look delicious!

Mcwhisky said...

Your muffin look awesome! And wholesome. Yums!

marla said...

Oh how I wish I had these as a bedtime snack!
Please join me to bake & remember lives lost in 9/11. I am hosting a link up called *Remembrance Cakes* Would love to have you. We are baking cakes, muffins, cupcakes. Anything is great! You can also share posts you have all ready published like this one. Just add the badge to show your support.

Maris (In Good Taste) said...

These sound great! Almond Joy/Mounds are my dad's favorite candy.

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