Are there a dozen as-yet-uneaten chocolate whiskey cupcakes still in the house? I am happy to say that there are. Did I leap out of bed this morning and make chocolate oatmeal muffins? You bet I did. Are chocolate oatmeal muffins quite similar to chocolate whiskey cupcakes? Yes. Obviously.
Stop judging. No one likes you when you’re judgey. Go have a muffin and cool out, yo.
This recipe is based on the Chocolate Oatmeal Stout muffins from The Ungourmet, and I believe this minorly-edited breakfast version is (in many ways) practically quite good for you. Oats! Um… the absence of beer!
It doesn’t matter anyway if they aren’t really a health food, because they are so moist and delicious that you are a fool not to make and eat some immediately. Sunday morning is right around the corner, and don’t you deserve a special breakfast? They’re less work than pancakes (although there will be an additional bowl to wash, so if your decision hinges upon this comparison, then… caveat emptor). If chocolate-chocolate-chip muffins are too rich and sweet for you first thing in the morning, then a moment’s creative problem solving will surely lead you to fry up a pound of bacon on the side. Aha! Balance restored.
Chocolate Oatmeal Muffins
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 1/4 cup flour
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 eggs
- 3/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup brewed coffee (not hot)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup mini chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 375. Lightly grease a muffin tin.
- Whisk together all dry ingredients (oats, flour, cocoa, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt) in a medium bowl.
- Whisk together moist ingredients (eggs, oil, coffee, vanilla) in a large bowl.
- Pour dry ingredients gradually into wet ingredients and mix together thoroughly.
- Fold in chocolate chips.
- Pour batter into muffin cups, almost to brimming, and bake for 18–20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out fairly clean (consider the melted chocolate chips when deciding if what’s stuck to your toothpick is uncooked batter or deliciousness).