Mint Chocolate Swirl Muffins

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With the warm weather lately (and at times sweltering), the first thing I always look for is something cool to eat.  Sometimes it will be ice cream, other times it could be a popsicle.  Either way, the need to cool down is the priority.  For me, I’m particular with certain flavors too.  I feel like some just make you feel thirstier while others don’t quite hit the spot.  For whatever reason though, mint really hits the spot.  It already has a cool tinge to it plus it just tastes great with the right combo of flavors.

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Thus, good old chocolate comes into play.  Now I know a muffin isn’t technically a cold treat but, when eating one of these babies you couldn’t even tell the difference.  With this one, I also wanted to try out a swirl type of mixing since I haven’t done a swirl effect with muffins up to this point.

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These muffins are incredibly soft and addicting.  These will go quickly and before you know it you will be making another batch of them.  The broken bits of chocolate add an incredible addition of flavor while each batch of muffin batter swirled together gives enough mint and chocolate flavor that you honestly think you’re eating mint chocolate chip ice cream.

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So if you’re ready to take on the heat with these muffins, let’s get started!

 

Ingredients

Chocolate

  • 1 ¼ cups white whole wheat flour
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup EVOO
  • 1/3 cup half and half
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • 4 squares dark chocolate, broken into pieces

 

Mint

  • 1 ½ cups unbleached flour
  • ¼ cup EVOO
  • 1/3 cup half and half
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ¼ tsp mint extract
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 5 drops pastel green food coloring

 

Directions

Mixture makes 16-17 regular sized muffins

Preheat oven to 375F

For this, you will want to use two separate bowls.  You will be mixing one mix into the other once both have been made.

Mix the egg, EVOO, sugar, vanilla bean paste (mint extract for the mint mixture), and half and half in a large mixing bowl until well combined.   Add in the flour, cocoa powder (for the chocolate mixture), baking powder, salt, and nutmeg and combine until no flour is visible.  At this point, for the chocolate mixture add in the broken up bits of chocolate—for the mint, add in the food coloring and mix for both until combined and mixture turns green.

In prepared muffin pans, pour batter into each cup until about 2/3 full.  Try to make each cup as even as possible.

Place in oven and bake for 13-15 minutes or just until a toothpick comes out clean.  Once done, allow to fully cool and then enjoy!

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