I have an insane and possibly impossible goal of losing weight over the holiday season. Like most Americans, I usually gain weight over Christmas.
It would be more reasonable to try and maintain my weight this month, but there is a reason to my madness.
I have a weight goal for my birthday in March. It's going to be a stretch to reach it, but it's attainable. If I let myself slide too much this month, I fear it will not happen.
So far I have been pretty good, but I haven't actually attended a Christmas party yet. This weekend the season starts with a bang with a handful of holiday events. I hope I stand firm, but only time will tell.
For these muffins, I made a few alterations to a chocolate muffin recipe from allrecipes. I added pecans, coconut, and a few more chocolate chunks.
The ingredients are 2 cups all-purpsose flour, 1 cup white sugar, 1 1/4 cups chocolate chips, 1/2 cup cocoa powder, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 egg, 1 cup plain yogurt, 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 cup vegetable oil, 1/4 cup pecans, and 1 cup sweetened coconut flakes.
I added the flour, sugar, and 1 cup of the chocolate chunks into a big bowl.
To this bowl, I added the cocoa powder, baking soda, pecans, and coconut. I whisked these ingredients together.
In another bowl, I combined the egg, yogurt, vegetable oil, and vanilla. I should have also added the milk, but I forgot this ingredient until the end.
I poured the yogurt and milk mixture into the big bowl with all the dry ingredients.
I was halfway through stirring the muffins together when I realized it was too dry. I forgot the milk. Don't forget the milk.
I scooped the muffin batter into a muffin pan lined with paper liners.
I sprinkled the remaining 1/4 cup of chocolate chunks on top of the batter.
I baked these muffins for 20 minutes at 400 degrees.
They were rich and decant, a big plus for breakfast food. I liked the chewy coconut and crunchy pecans.
Increasing the amount of chocolate chunks in the batter was a good idea too. You can never have too much chocolate.
I have made several muffins for this blog, but these were some of my favorites. The yogurt made them moist. They were chocolatey and comforting.