Chocolate Muffins

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When you’ve had a glorious weekend that you wish could have lasted forever, a special breakfast is needed to entice you out of bed.  Enter our good friend, the Monday morning muffin.  My weekend was full of sunshine, cultural diversions (the theatre and a walking tour and talk about the Pankhursts), excellent company and, of course, fantastic food:  not only did I finally get a burger at Manchester’s top all-vegan establishment, V Revolution, I also tried some delicious non-dairy croissants and made a vegan chocolate fondant.  It was not as perfect as my pre-vegan (pre-gan, if you will) recipe, but I was absolutely delighted with its gooey chocolatey centre.

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Chocolate fondant on a Monday morning would be extremely decadent.  This muffin reins it in slightly but is still very tasty.  The spice combination is a bit festive, but that’s never a bad thing in my book.  Here’s to a marvellous week!

Chocolate Muffins

Makes 6

Ingredients:

90g plain flour

1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

1/8 tsp ground cloves

50g applesauce

2 tbsp vegan cocoa powder

3 tbsp just-boiled water

1 tsp vanilla extract

80g caster sugar

125g pumpkin puree

40g dairy free dark chocolate, chopped into small chunks

handful walnuts, chopped

Method:

1.  Preheat the oven to 180C and line a muffin tin with paper cases.  Boil a kettle of water.

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2.  Combine the flour, bicarb and spices in a small bowl.  Set aside.

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3.  In a large mixing bowl, combine the cocoa powder, sunflower oil and applesauce with 2 tablespoons of just-boiled water.

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4.  Quickly stir in the vanilla, sugar and pumpkin puree.

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5.  Add the flour in two batches, along with another tablespoon of boiled water.

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6.  Stir in the chocolate chunks and walnuts.

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7.  Spoon the batter into the paper cases, filling them about two-thirds full.

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8.  Bake for 15-20 minutes.

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9.  Cool on a wire rack, and tuck in while they’re still warm – you won’t be able to resist!

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