Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Dark Chocolate Rye & Banana Muffins with Fleur de Sel

I'm totally not that person who bakes instead of searches for necessary receipts for the impending tax season (insert scary music here).  Nope, not me at all.  Nor am I that person who bakes instead of calls someone to fix my leaky washing machine and hurting computer (hang in there old pal).  I'm so not that person who has procrastination issues.  Nope, not me at all.  I'm just rather fond of baking.  Really.  And while the world at times feels like it's closing in on me, hot damn I've got good muffins and a PVR full of episodes of GIRLS and Veep to keep me company.  I'll pull the blanket off my head when I'm good and ready.  But not just yet.  The tax man can wait.

Dark chocolate and rye flour seems an odd combination to me - and maybe to you too.  But believe me, these muffins are friggin fantastic.  And good for you!

The list of ingredients deserves a good glance over.  Rye and spelt flours are high fibre and good for you.  Cocoa and dark chocolate are excellent antioxidants.  Coconut milk means these muffins are dairy free. I like the fruity, earthy taste olive oil gives to baking - it seems to go well with chocolate, too.   And because there is just a little maple syrup and mashed banana action means these muffins are not too sweet and yet indulgent.  Chunks of good chocolate melt into little puddles, a highly desirable quality when biting into one while still warm.  Don't forget the light sprinkling of fleur de sel.  That dark chocolate/sea salt combo never gets old.

Also, there are just mere hours (hours!) left of this dastardly winter.  I don't know about you, but I can't wait to stomp around in my rubber boots and and watch the last of the snow melt away.  Maybe a good ol' puddle jump is just what I need to chase away the procrastination issues lagging about.  You know, if I had any.  Which I don't.  I just really like to bake.  

 Dark Chocolate Rye & Banana Muffins with Fleur de Sel

1 cup rye flour
1 cup spelt flour
6 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp coarse salt
3 large eggs
1 cup full fat coconut milk
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
2 medium bananas, mashed
2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp pure vanilla
100 grams dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
fleur de sel or coarse salt for garnish

Preheat oven to 375*F.
Line muffin tin with papers, or grease well.
In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients and whisk well to combine.  In a separate bowl, beat the eggs until light, about 1 minute.  Whisk in the coconut milk, maple syrup, mashed banana, olive oil and vanilla.  Stir the wet mixture into the dry, then stir in half the chopped chocolate, being careful not to over mix.  Scoop the mixture into muffin cups.  Sprinkle remaining chopped chocolate on top and bake for 18 - 20 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.  Sprinkle with fleur de sel while still hot.  Makes 1 dozen muffins. 


  1. I was totally thinking about the alcoholic sort of rye when I saw the title of this post and then was totally crushed when I got to the second paragraph and read "rye flour." Too funny! Oh well! I'm a pushover for dark chocolate and your recipes haven't steered me wrong yet. :-)

    1. Too funny, Shelley. That would be an interesting combination alright! Rye flour is still pretty delicious here though - promise you won't miss the booze :)

  2. Puddle jumping is not necessary for me to bake these in my own kitchen Renee.

  3. These muffins look devilishly delicious. All that deep dark cocoa and chunks. Pinning this to make at a later date.

  4. I too am intrigued by the rye flour addition. And coconut milk. Yep ... will be baking these :)

  5. I heart you Renee. These muffins will be perfect for this weekend when I will definitely NOT be procrastinating my taxes, or studying for my Irish drivers license test, or doing the laundry...

  6. So lovely! Never would have thought of the rye chocolate combination!

  7. Val - These are great muffins!
    Rochelle - Thank you!
    Jennifer - It's a great combo - that chocolate and rye business :)
    Jess - Long live the procrastinators!
    Anon- thank you kindly.

  8. Wow! These look so scrumptious and satisfying. Beautiful photos. I love them with that blue plate :)


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