I made you muffins.
I made you muffins and there’s fruit in it.
There’s also a slight hint of cocoa
The way this little party works is – I love you – make you yummy things – take pictures and then you make it and come back to tell me that you love it or hate it … sweet deal?
….And even if you hate it, I’ll still love you (it has a lot to do with how cute you are :)).
Before we get to the muffins, lets chit-chat about tea.
Are you a big tea drinker? Or a coffee Mama?
If I’m not drinking water – I’m drinking tea. Yep, even with my meals … is that strange?
Nothing comforts me like a piping hot cup of tea. Usually green.
Lately though, I’ve been experimenting … and that’s when I came across this.
Dark Chocolate Chai Tea.
I was pretty pumped. A hot tea, that tastes like hot chocolate with some lovely added spices – - where do I sign up?!?
I made it.
I made it, and it tastes nothing like hot chocolate. I was a little disappointed, but not surprised. I didn’t add milk or anything fancy; I just wanted to taste the actual tea.
It’s a light tea, with strong notes of cinnamon – cardamom and nutmeg. It’s nice, but doesn’t taste like chocolate at all.
While I love many of Tetley’s Teas – - this one gets a yay-boo from me.
Yay – it’s nice for a change. Perfect to bake with due to its light flavourings.
Boo – Where’s the chocolate? … Where’s the chocolate :D loll
So with a full canister of tea – the wheels in my old noggin began to turn.
Pear Dark Chocolate Chai Muffins
2 Cups Flour
½ Cup Quick Oats
1 Tsp. Baking Soda
½ Tsp. Cocoa Powder
½ Tsp. Salt
½ Tsp. Cinnamon
½ Cup Brown Sugar
1/3 Cup Vegetable Oil
½ Tsp. Vanilla
1 Large Egg
1 Medium Pear – Grated
1 Tbsp. Vinegar
1 Cup Milk
2 Dark Chocolate Chai Tea Bags
Preheat oven to 350 oc – prepare a 12 cup muffin tin.
Over medium heat, simmer tea bags and milk for 5 minutes. Once small bubbles begin to form, remove from heat and remove tea bags.
Add vinegar to the chai milk mixture.
In a medium sized bowl, combine all of your dry ingredients – flour – oats – baking soda – cocoa powder – salt – cinnamon.
In a separate bowl, combine your sugar, oil, vanilla extract and the chai mixture.
Now, mix the wet and dry together.
Last – add your grated pear and fold into mixture.
Fill your muffin tins – bake for 20 minutes and then mmmmmmm-muffin time :)
Sweet Idea: Mother’s day is Sunday … hold her tight and make some muffins for your mama