"Sophisticated" cocoa muffins with dark chocolate and sour cherries.
Chocolate and cherries is one of my favorite combinations when it comes to desserts. As a little girl I remember getting so grossed out when my Mother would eat the infamous chocolate covered holiday cherries. My husband absolutely fell in love with these very sophisticated chocolate cherry muffins, so I will for sure be making these again.
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup wheat flour
1/2 cup almond flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract "OR" 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
3 tablespoons butter (melted and cooled)
5 tablespoons oil
1/2 cup sour cherry jam (cut in halves)
1/2 cup dark chocolate or milk chocolate morsels
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Position rack in center of oven. Butter or line 12 muffin cups with paper liners.
In a large bowl whisk together the yogurt, lightly beaten egg, oil, butter and vanilla extract. Set aside.
In another large bowl whisk together the flours, cocoa, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Remove 1 tablespoon of the dry ingredients and toss it with the chocolate morsels.
With a rubber spatula fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir only until the ingredients are combined. Gently stir in the cherries and chocolate morsels. Do not over mix the batter or tough muffins will result.
Evenly fill the muffin cups with the batter, using two spoons or an ice cream scoop. Place in the oven and bake for about 15 - 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool for about 5 minutes before removing from pan.