Cherry Garcia Mini-Muffins

by Ann on June 18, 2009

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Cherry Garcia Muffins

Back in the day, I used to be addicted to Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia.  Back when they still owned the company.  When they started offering frozen yogurt, of course I only bought that version; tastes the same, much better for you!  Well, I’ve moved on from that flavor, but when my Dad dropped off a huge bucket of super-tart mini cherries off of his tree, I had no idea what to make with them.  Well…I had some delicious Scharffen Berger chocolate chunks in my pantry, so I decided to make these mini-muffins with almond flour and oat flour!  The tartness of the cherries, the semi-sweetness of the chocolate chunks, the sweetness of the batter and the creaminess of yogurt all go so nicely together.  Let me tell you, they’re yummy!  I love it when experiments work!  I’ve made so many flops with almond flour it’s not even funny.   Almond flour, not being mixed with any other flours, does not lend my favorite consistency to baked goods.  It really does seem mealy to me, but oat flour does not, so if you’re gluten-intolerant and can tolerate gluten-free oats, then I suggest mixing!  This is a coincidence, but I happened to make these with the organic Greek yogurt (Oikos) – which the giveaway is still going on until Father’s Day so if you haven’t commented and would like the free yogurt, please comment on the Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies recipe for a chance to win!

My husband will be mad at me for making these.  Every time I make something with fruit and chocolate, he lectures me that chocolate is good, and fruit is good, but not together!  Sorry babe.  I like them.  And I think chocolate and fruit together is a beautiful thing.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup oat flour
  • 1/2 cup almond flour (blanched)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4-1/3 cup sugar or your favorite sweetener
  • 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt (I used Oikos:)
  • 1 Tb coconut oil (or butter)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup cherries, pitted – mine were tart so up the sugar a tad if you’re are tart
  • 1/2 cup chunk semi-sweet chocolate chips

Method:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 375, grease pan
  2. Mix flours, baking powder and salt with whisk
  3. Mix melted coconut oil with the yogurt, whisk, add egg and beat together, add sugar/sweetener
  4. A little at a time, mix the wet in with the dry, then add cherries and chocolate chips, mix well
  5. Distribute batter evenly into all mini-muffin tins (24)
  6. Bake 13-15 minutes

Enjoy!

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sophie June 18, 2009 at 6:23 pm

I remember that ice cream! Love seeing these flavors in a muffin. I haven’t used cherries in awhile. I bet these are extra tasty with the almond flour-yum!

2 Jennifer June 19, 2009 at 3:28 am

Wow these look GREAT and I LOVE the healthy kick to them!!!!

3 TasteStopping June 19, 2009 at 4:58 am

I agree…chocolate and fruit is a winner in my book. Especially tart fruit, which balances nicely with the richness of chocolate. In fact, if you ask me, a really nice chocolate will have fruity undertones all by itself (I’m thinking cherry…) Your muffins look marvelous!

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4 stephchows June 19, 2009 at 8:04 am

OH HELL YEAH!!! John would agree with your husband on the mixing fruit and chocolate… but I’m going to make these for me!! They look so delicious!!!

5 Jen June 19, 2009 at 8:13 am

These look so good that I wish I could leave work right NOW to make them. YUM!

6 lisaiscooking June 19, 2009 at 5:15 pm

I used to love Cherry Garcia too. These mini-muffins could be dangerous. I would eat several at one time!

7 Endangered Species Chocolate June 25, 2009 at 11:57 am

Chocolate and fruit are SO good together! That’s why we have fruits in some of our chocolate! Your husband just needs to to get used to the new delicious taste :)

Sweet Regards,
Endangered Species Chocolate (www.ChocolateBar.com)

8 Ann June 25, 2009 at 12:31 pm

Agreed:) He’s crazy.

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