Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Double-Chocolate Brownie Muffin Therapy from Coffeehouse Mystery author Cleo Coyle #chocolate

Behold My Chocolate Rx!

Sometimes we need a little chocolate therapy, right? (I certainly do.) For an easy-to-make chocolate escape, I highly recommend these lusciously rich and satisfying Chocolate Brownie Muffins. 

These babies are brilliant paired with coffee, which makes them an amazing breakfast treat, afternoon pick-me-up, or quick after-dinner dessert. Trust me. These are delicious anytime. And they're incredibly easy to make. So let's get your chocolate therapy started... 

Cleo's Double-Chocolate 

Brownie Muffin Therapy

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Non-bakers fear not! This is a very easy recipe to make, foolproof really, using only one bowl and a rubber spatula to stir everything up. I call it a "pantry recipe," because it makes spectacular use of a few simple ingredients that many of us often have in our kitchens. 

The result is a darn tasty cross between a double-chocolate brownie and a banana muffin. The mashed banana gives nice weight to the muffin and adds a bit of nutrition along with a subtle but lovely flavor. Combined with the peanuts (good protein) and melted chocolate chips (for the soul), this muffin’s flavor isn’t far from a chocolate-syrup drizzled banana split. Seriously, the hard part for me and my husband (after pouring our coffee) is eating only one. 

May you, too, eat with joy! 


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Cleo's Easy
Brownie Muffins 

Makes: 12 muffins


2 large eggs, lightly beaten with fork
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract (do not skip!)
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter, melted and cooled
2 ripe bananas, mashed well with fork (until they resemble applesauce)
1 box Devil's Food Cake Mix (I use Pillsbury Moist Supreme) 
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (I use Ghirardelli)
1/2 cup chopped dry roasted, unsalted peanuts (or your favorite nut)

Directions: Place all ingredients into a large mixing bowl. (Be sure the melted butter is not too hot. You don't want to cook the eggs.) Mix by hand until well blended, but do not over mix. Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners and divide batter among them (filling each cup about 2/3rds full, see my photos). OR grease the cups and go naked. Bake at 350° Fahrenheit for about 20 minutes. (Do not over-bake.) Remove from oven and allow muffins to cool a bit before stripping away the paper and noshing. (No kidding...) If you try to remove the paper liners while the muffin is hot, you’ll have sticking problems. Simply allow the muffin to cool, and all will be well!

Cleo's Foodie
P H O T O S 

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Eat (and read) with joy! 

~ Cleo Coyle

New York Times bestselling author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries 

Alice and Marc in Central Park. 
Together we write as Cleo Coyle. 

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