Sunday, September 1, 2013

Strawberry Buttermilk Chocolate Chip Muffins

There are many experiences in life to which I have absolutely no inclination to become a participant.  Like running a marathon.  Or bungee jumping. Or learning computer programming. Or Living in a snowy/icy location.  I just have no interest in these.

And I'm thinking that eating muffins without chocolate chips has to be added to that list.  Non-chocolate-chip muffins can sound so wonderful and so delicious.  And I'm taken in by their charms, their warmth, their smell (I'm looking at you apple muffins). And I will bake some.  And after I eat one, and the remaining 11 or so muffins are waiting to be eaten, my mind starts to regret this muffin path that I have chosen, and I fervently wish that a chocolate chip muffin, of some kind, of any kind, was in front of me instead.

I now put chocolate chips in banana muffins, zucchini muffins, muffins without fruit - ALL the muffins. Including these ones. I imagine that someone will assume that all the muffins taste the same. But that is just complete and utter nonsense.

Do I want that sweet banana taste with my chocolate chips or do I want some sweet berries? What kind of texture should the muffin have today? These are important questions. And lead to very (okay maybe not very) but still, they are all different muffins. All very different vehicles for delivering chocolate chips into my mouth.

Instead of leaving things well enough alone, I took out the lemon from this recipe and added vanilla extract and a bit of almond extract and some cinnamon and nutmeg for some fragrance. And, most importantly, chocolate chips were added to the mix. It is a muffin path with no regrets.

1 ½ cups chopped strawberries + 2 tablespoons flour
2 ½ cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
2/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup canola oil
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1/3 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips

Heat oven to 350. In a small bowl, gently coat the strawberries with the 2 tablespoons flour together and set aside. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk 2 ½ cups flour, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, cinnamon, and salt. In a large bowl, mix together extracts, sugar, egg, buttermilk, and oil. Mix the dry ingredients into wet, stirring until just combined. Gently mix in the strawberries that have been tossed with flour, as well as the chocolate chips. Line a muffin pan with liners then divide batter among the prepared cups. Bake until golden brown and a tester inserted into the center comes out clean, about 25 minutes. 


  1. when it comes to choosing muffins,we function in the same way as you devouring one of the non-choc chipped and then start missing the chocolaty ones real bad...these muffins look gorgeous and make for one delightful breakfast,beautiful food clicks as always :-)

  2. Yay! Chocolate chips! I am totally the same way..I think I have only made 2 muffins without chocolate chips in my life.
    These look fantastic!!

  3. These look delish! I got to try them. Thanks for the recipe!

  4. I think the hubby would agree with you about the chocolate chips...but that's ALL he'd want in his muffins. I'll take your version :)

  5. Strawberry, Buttermilk and Choco Chips.. That's enough to make me swoon! These could certainly make my day today :). Have a great week!! Cheers, Jo

  6. This is a truly delicious sweet treat Jenn!
    Love the combination of ingredients.

  7. Your strawberry and chocolate chip muffins look too perfect my friend :D
    I want them for breakfast, lunch and dinner!


  8. Ooohhh, neve saw strawberry and chocolate chip muffins, I like it a lot.

  9. Chocolate chips in ALL THE muffins! I agree. And I want some of these now.

  10. Delicious muffins!! My daughter is going to love them!

  11. I totally agree with you and your list of the things I have absolutely no interest. Regarding the muffins I do agree that chocolate chips make a lot of difference. I think the only ones I could eat without chocolate are the apple ones. I love them too. These ones are totally delicious!

  12. Ooh, love the sound of strawberries in this!

  13. Chocolate chips in all muffins sounds like a very good plan. And, chocolate chips and strawberries in the same place never fails to make me very happy!

  14. These look so good! I bet the almond extract is amazing in these muffins. Way better than lemon ;)

  15. These muffins are adorable, Jenn! They look so wonderful and delicious. I would love them for breakfast or dessert... or anytime :)

  16. These muffins look great - I like the combination of strawberries and chocolate.


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