Chocolate Freekeh Muffins

chocolate freekeh muffins

C.H.O.C.O.L.A.T.E…
YOU know you are an addict a lover, if just the word conjures up feelings of warmth and puts a smile on your face as you anticipate it…

Chocolate muffins

All times Sometimes for me, Monday mornings demand a double or tipple dose of warmth and feel-goodness…
And that’s why I am sharing this news tidbit about “Ke’onte” with yall…a bright young man, who, inspite of the obstacles he faced, “treated people like he wanted to be treated”.
In 2007, he was featured on a segment called “Wednesday’s Child” by a reporter called Gloria Campos…several foster homes and a failed adoption later, Ms. Campos featured this special young man again in the hope that this second time around, he would find happiness. Her persistence and the results are captured in this short video – a must see for this Monday morning…

Watching that video conjured up all sorts of warmth and feel-goodness in my heart…
And for the heart to be at optimum performance…the belly has to be all warm and feel-goody too-right?
Which leads us back to C.H.O.C.O.L.A.T.E

CHOCOLATE

And…these Chocolate Freekeh Muffins – with a healthy serving or 2 of cocoa and chocolate chips and little chocolate-coconut butter disks or hats like my daughter referred to them.

freekeh chocolate muffins

Freekeh” is wheat that has been harvested when it was young and green and is said to be a huge source of fiber (twice as much as quinoa), protein and minerals (such as lutein for your eyes) and is a low G.I. food.

I came across it at Costco earlier this year and while I have used it in plenty of savory dinners, I have been trying to incorporate it into breakfast items – unlike my quinoa pancakes, I haven’t had much luck with freekeh pancakes. But, this weekend, when my pancake batter was all sorts of out-of-whack, I figured I would try baking muffins and see…and…weeeeelll…I was surprised that the muffins didn’t crumble apart like the pancakes did – and they even tasted …jolly good!

Chocolatefreekehmuffins

These muffins have coconut flour in them for flavor, and are not overly sweet (even though I adore sweets, I like my sweets not-so-sweet; clearly I have issuesFoot in Mouth)! But, the coconut flour can be subbed out and 3 tablespoons of sugar could very easily be changed to a quarter or half cup depending on how much sugar you like in your life!

Freekeh coconut chocolate

So without further ado – here’s the recipe:

Chocolate Freekeh Muffins
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
For the muffins
  1. 1 cup cooked freekeh
  2. 1/2 cup coconut flour
  3. 3 heaped teaspoons baking powder
  4. 2 cups almond milk
  5. 2 eggs
  6. 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  7. 4 tablespoons cocoa
  8. 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  9. pinch of salt
  10. hand full of semi sweet chocolate chips
For the chocolate-coconut butter disks/hats
  1. 8 tablespoons coconut butter
  2. 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  3. handful of semi sweet chocolate chips
For the muffins
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Grease a muffin pan
  3. Mix all the ingredients in order of listing (except the chocolate chips), till well incorporated and pour into greased muffin pan and top with chocolate chips
  4. Bake for 20-22 minutes
  5. Let cool
For the chocolate-coconut butter disks/hats
  1. Melt the coconut butter, brown sugar and chocolate chips in a pan over very low heat
  2. Place 2 tablespoons in cupcake holders and place in fridge to set
  3. When muffins are done and cooled, place disks/hats on top
Notes
  1. When these muffins are allowed to cool, they taste a lot sweeter than when they are warm out of the oven - unless you up the sugar.
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Happy, Happy Monday Yall!

Are yall ready to get yalls “freekeh” on?Laughing

What is the most unusual grain you have used to make a muffin or pancake?

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Comments

  1. says

    You always come across the most heart warming stories. Thanks for bringing some happiness to my Monday. It was so beautiful to see how happy Gloria was for the little boy & his new family <3.

    As for the muffins, they sound awesome. Don't you love when failed attempts become success?

    • says

      Thanks Jessie! I sure do love when failed attempts become successes. I felt the same, Gloria’s happiness for Keonte was a beautiful thing!

  2. says

    I haven’t cooked with freekah yet but it has been used in a variety of recipes I’ve seen on blogs. The muffins look really good and I’m glad the freekah worked with them xx

  3. says

    That video was such a feel-good way to start a Monday! And I really need to hop on this freekeh bandwagon. Your muffins look so chocolatey delicious!

  4. says

    I love reading your blog on Monday mornings (and… well… EVERY morning, to be honest :) ). Not only do you always have the most heart-warming stories to share, but also some of the most mouthwatering and creative recipes. I’m thinking that an extra dose of chocolate is going to be a definite must today. Hope your week is off to a great start, lovely lady! <3

    • says

      Awww, thanks so much Amanda – coming from you, that means the world to me!
      With a hot cup of chocolate in my hand (and my 3rd dose of chocolate for the day) yup, the week is definitely off to a good start! Hope your week is off to a great start too! :)
      <3

    • says

      Thanks Chris! These muffins were good and chocolatey! But somehow don’t think they are as good as those muffins your mom used to make!

  5. says

    Loved the story – what a neat feature (Wednesday’s Child)!!
    I’m not very original in the kitchen – I’ve never used any grain that isn’t the standard type!

    • says

      Thank You Kim – yes, Wednesday’s Child is indeed a neat feature. Doing a little bit of volunteer work with an organization called Adventure Bags here in GA, going through foster care isn’t easy – so many kids fall through the cracks, it was nice to hear a happy story.

    • says

      Thanks Ashley – I watched that video twice and teared up both times – that announcer seemed so genuinely happy for that boy – her unconditional love just blew me away!

  6. says

    Love reading your posts and watching the vids you share! So heartwarming. But…chocolate freekah muffins? Shashi, you ROCK! Cannot wait to whip up a batch of these babies. They look amazingly delicious. Thanks for sharing!

    • says

      Awww-Stacy thank YOU – your comment made my day!
      These would be great with some of your lemon or chocolate buttercream frosting! Every time I go into a bakery and smell the cakes, I think of your frosting!!!

    • says

      Thanks so much Christin! When my dughter was younger, we would try to try something new at least once a week – that tradition kinda stayed with us and now it’s morphed into recipes – they don’t always turn out blogworthy, but every now and then something will surprise us :)

  7. says

    I wish I could have seen your post in the morning :) kids are home – spring break – shouting, screaming and for sure fighting … aaah finally something to make me smile. great muffins when it comes to chocolate count me in for sure :)

  8. says

    Interesting, I never heard of freekeh before. I will have to look more into it! And Shashi, I should know that I will want to cry happy tears whenever I come to your blog. I am a big softie inside. :)

  9. says

    Shashi, what a great idea to use freekah in brownies! I’ve never tried it but it sure sounds healthy. And I totally agree with you about chocolate. Life would certainly be a lot less fun without it!

  10. says

    Shashi we need to start the the C.H.O.C.O.L.A.T.E. mob, you know, kind of gangsta style but with a side of sweet. What do you say? You in?

    PS loving that you used freekeh to make muffins, so dope!

    • says

      BRILLIANT idea Mike I def. want in on a C.H.O.C.O.L.A.T.E. mob!!!
      We could have a chocolate fountain and chocolate desserts at all our gangsta style meetings! :)

  11. says

    What a heart warming story Shashi, thank you for sharing the video :) Oh my goodness, boy do these muffins look good! I still haven’t tried freekeh but it sounds awesome and loaded with fiber and protein. Totally wish I had a few of these chocolate muffins for my breakfast – I love how you always know how to make a girl hungry in the morning hehe ;)

  12. spicedblog says

    Interesting! I’ve heard of freekah, but I’ve never tried using it. Now you’ve got me inspired and ready to tackle these delicious looking muffins! Thanks. :-)

  13. caileejoy says

    These look amazing! And what a sweet story :) I love love LOVE chocolate! And the little “hats” are so cute! YUM!

  14. says

    I was thisclose to buying a bag of Freekeh at Costco the other day. Next time for sure – these look delicious. And i love the disc of chocolate on top :)

  15. says

    Words can never describe the joy that this child has given that couple. To nurture a child in the way they have and have him turn out like this – nothing could give them greater satisfaction.

    I saw freekeh in the store the other day and thought, “I should try that,” and then something shiny went by and that was the last I thought of it. These muffins look great.

  16. says

    I really like to say the word “freekeh””, honestly I have never eaten it, have seen it in stores and passed it by. Love that you used this in a chocolate muffin, chocolate already is health food and this takes it up a notch or two. Delicious chocolately muffins!

  17. says

    How cool is that to use freekeh… I had it once… really liked it, but it’s not a common ingredient. Not even sure if I can find it here – will need to have a look. Combining with my beloved chocolate though… awesome, now I could eat as many as I liked and tell myself I was being… healthy?!

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