Dark Chocolate Orange Muffins
- Cooking Time: 20 minutes
- Servings: 12
- Preparation Time: 15 minutes
- 1 1/2 tablespoons orange zest, divided
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar, divided
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3.5-4 oz. premium dark chocolate, chopped
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 1 egg, room temperature
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.; line a 12 cup muffin pan with paper liners.
- 2. In a small bowl, stir together 1 teaspoon of the orange zest with 1/4 cup of the sugar; set aside.
- 3. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, salt, and 1/2 cup sugar together. Stir in the chopped chocolate; set aside.
- 4. Add the buttermilk, the egg and the orange juice to a large, microwave safe measuring cup. Use a fork to blend the mixture. Microwave for about 30 seconds, or just until the mixture is at room temperature; stir in the melted coconut oil, the vanilla, and the remaining orange zest.
- 5. Add the buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture and gently stir with a rubber spatula until just blended.
- 6. Spoon the batter into the lined muffin cups. Sprinkle the orange-sugar over the tops of the muffins. Bake for 17-20 minutes, or until the tops spring back when lightly touched. Remove the muffins from the pan and cool on a wire rack.