I thought, if I’m going to make chocolate muffins, I’ll be really serious about it. And what’s even better than chocolate? Exactly. Irish cream. Luckily, I stumbled across the vegan Bailey’s recipe by Oh She Glows a while ago. Based on that I came up with these muffins.
And what’s almost as good as chocolate? Little Pretzels. They made their first appearance only recently and stayed.
I ate one muffin right away when they came out of the oven back then to check if there is some kind of lava-effect when serving them fresh (at least a little) and then I ate two more (to triple check). After that I went to a yoga class and wondered why I seem to be a little unbalanced today until I remembered the whiskey! (No paid advertisement)
Maybe that was just in my head and allegedly alcohol evaporates anyway when baking, but remember to point it out to people when offering those booze infused yummy little things for St. Patrick’s day or somewhere.
The most important ingredient is the chocolate. I once had boring stale dark chocolate left and thought I could use it up in those muffins, but I ended up with boring stale muffins.
You want to make sure the chocolate is great! My favourite is Rapunzel’s vegan Nirwana*.
By the way, I like the muffins best fresh from the oven or later from the fridge, where the chocolate hardens and add a different texture.
Of course the little pretzels get soggy after a few hours. So If you’re preparing them in advance, I suggest storing the muffins, the chocolate frosting and the pretzels separately in airtight containers in the fridge and assembling them not too long before serving. The frosting can quickly be warmed up in hot water.
Or, if you have leftover ones you want to eat the next day, you can also just replace the pretzels with fresh ones.
Ingredients for about 12 muffins
For the Irish Cream mixture
3/4 cup coconut milk (180 ml)
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/3 cup coffee (80 ml)
1/2 cup whiskey (120 ml)
For the muffins
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (180 g)
1/3 cup brown sugar (75 g)
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup canola oil (80 ml)
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
about 1 1/2 bars of vegan chocolate (makes almost one cup of chopped chocolate)
1/2 teaspoon maple syrup
mini pretzels and powdered sugar
How to make the muffins
Bring 3/4 cup coconut milk and 2 tablespoons brown sugar to a boil, stir well and then turn the heat off. Add 1/3 cup coffee and 1/2 cup whiskey and stir well.
For the frosting, place 7 pieces of chocolate in a cup and add 1 tablespoon of the hot coconut milk mixture and 1/2 teaspoon maple syrup. Stir until chocolate has melted and then set aside.
Chop up the remaining chocolate and set aside.
Preheat oven to 180° C/ 375° F and line the muffin pan*.
Combine 1 1/2 cup flour, 1/3 cup brown sugar, 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/4 tsp baking soda, 1/4 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp vanilla powder in a bowl and stir well. Of course you could also use a liquid vanilla extract, just add it to the liquid ingredients.
Add the 1 tablespoon vinegar and 1/3 cup oil to the Irish cream mixture and stir well.
Then add to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
Fill the paper cups only to 3/4, I find it easiest with a ladle.
Then add in the chopped chocolate und push it down.
Attention: This step is very important. I once simply stirred the chopped chocolate directly into the dough bowl. That made it melt partly and spread too evenly. The result was a weird texture. And the one time I was too lazy to push the chocolate down and thought, they will sink anyway during the baking process, the process was an extremely uneven top. The muffins couldn’t rise properly. They tasted good, but looked a bit too rustic.
So you absolutely need to add the chocolate right before baking and push it down. Then bake the muffins for about 25 minutes.
Take the muffins out of the oven, let them cool off a little bit and then apply the frosting and put a little pretzel on each one. Dust with powdered sugar if you like.
Have you made this recipe? I would love to see your picture on Instagram @flymetotheveganbuffet or #flymetotheveganbuffet.
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