Mondays can be a real bummer. People have to go back to work. Traffic is terrible. The weekend is a full five days away! The first cup of coffee doesn’t seem to cut through the morning haze as easily as it does the rest of the week. In my “I need more coffee” mode this morning, I decided I needed muffins too. Not just any muffins, but muffins that would make Monday better. After digging through my pantry, I discovered a few ingredients that might work very nicely! There was half a bag of Dark Chocolate chips and a bag of Pomegranate infused Craisins. Those flavors together are fabulous and thus, my Monday Morning Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Muffins were born!
Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Monday Morning Muffins
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 TBLS baking powder
1 cup milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
1 cup dried pomegranate infused Craisins (I used Ocean Spray!)
Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Lightly grease a muffin tin (or use cupcake liners) and set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugars, salt and baking powder. Add the chocolate chips and pomegranate seeds, tossing well to coat them with flour. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, beat the milk, vegetable oil and eggs, until well blended and a light yellow color.
Pour your wet ingredients into your dry ingredients. Mix with a fork for about 20 seconds – seriously NO MORE THAN THAT! Just until everything is barely incorporated. Most people make the mistake of over-mixing muffin batter. Stopping after just a few seconds will make them light and fluffy! You’re going to have to trust me on this!
Fill your prepared muffin tin two-thirds of the way. Place muffins in the oven and immediately drop the temperature to 400 degrees. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes.
When you put your muffins in a super hot oven, then drop the temperature, it creates lovely high peaks!
Yield: 6 mega-muffins, 12 muffins, or 24 mini-muffins, depending on the pan you use!
I hope these make your Monday better. They certainly made mine delicious! Enjoy!