chocolate chunk raspberry spelt muffins

chocolate chunk raspberry spelt muffins | The Clever Carrot

It has been 4 years, 11 months, and 16 days since I’ve slept in.

Sad, but true. I have not seen the other side of 9 am since 2009, when Dillon was born. And Jake? Forget it. He had colic when he was a baby and screamed his head off for 6 weeks straight. So that’s sleep deprivation and tears x2. Over the years, I’ve tried to master their little bedtime schedules thinking that I could defeat their trickery, but I have failed. I have failed miserably. The morning crew is up at 5:30 and that’s it.

But 4 years, 11 months, and 16 days later… a miracle happened.

chocolate chunk raspberry spelt muffins | The Clever Carrot

THEY BOTH SLEPT IN!!! We made it to 8:30, which I thought would never happen in my life. If you are a parent, or have experienced the agony of getting little ones to sleep past sunrise, you will revel in the glory of this accomplishment. This calls for a celebration; a SUPER celebration one with with balloons, confetti, and chocolate. Because everything is better with chocolate…

So, these muffins- I’ve always been into raspberry and chocolate together. A couple of years ago, my birthday cake was this incredible fudgy, dark chocolate masterpiece with raspberry-chambord ganache (life changing). But as much I like this combo, I’ve never had luck baking with raspberries. They are very delicate and fall apart easily. To remedy this, I’ve been using frozen raspberries. Although it doesn’t solve the problem completely, their shape holds up much better.

Fresh berries will work too; flash freeze for 15 minutes prior to baking.

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Spelt flour and chocolate also go very well together. I find myself using more and more of it in my baking these days. It is very similar to whole wheat, but has less gluten and is easier to digest. I didn’t go 100% spelt because I wanted the texture to be light, somewhere in between a muffin and a cupcake. We like to make these cookies with any leftover spelt flour.

See? Look who I fooled! If only there was some zucchini in there…

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4 years, 11 months, and 16 days later it finally happened. Good things come to those who wait? I think so.

Tips:

  • For best flavor, it is worth seeking out a good quality cocoa powder for this recipe. You can taste the difference. Ghirardelli (found in most stores) will yield good results. Don’t skimp on this.
  • Warm brewed coffee replaces water or milk to enhance the chocolate flavor. Decaf will work too.
  • I buy my dark chocolate in bars and chop it myself. You can also substitute with chocolate chips. 
chocolate chunk raspberry spelt muffins
 
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Serves: 12
Ingredients
Dry
  • ¾ c. whole spelt flour
  • ½ c. all purpose flour
  • ¼ c. good quality cocoa powder, unsweetened*
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • pinch of fine grain sea salt
Wet
  • 2 eggs
  • ⅓ c. vegetable or coconut oil
  • ⅔ c. sugar (I use rapadura)
  • ¾ c. warm brewed coffee
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
Filling
  • 2 oz. dark chocolate, chopped
Garnish
  • 36 raspberries, frozen
  • 2 oz. dark chocolate, chopped
*Ghirardelli unsweetened cocoa powder (not Dutch process)
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 375 F. Line a muffin tin with 12 paper cases.
  2. In a large bowl, sift the dry ingredients together.
  3. In another bowl, whisk the wet ingredients until well blended.
  4. Combine the dry and wet ingredients; do not over mix.
  5. Fold in the dark chocolate, making sure to reserve the rest for garnish.
  6. Pour the batter into the the prepared muffin tin about ⅔'s full.
  7. Garnish with frozen raspberries (about 3 per muffin) and the remaining chopped chocolate by gently tucking everything into the batter.
  8. Bake for about 20-25 minutes. They are ready when a toothpick comes out clean when inserted.
  9. Remove the muffins and let them sit in the pan for about 5 minutes.
  10. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

white peach raspberry smoothie {dairy free} + a giveaway!

white peach raspberry smoothie {dairy free} | The Clever Carrot

The lovely people from Pacific Foods sent me a variety of organic, dairy free beverages to sample. Among them was a vanilla flavored almond milk that I’ve never tried before. Surprisingly, I liked it!

Huh?

I have to be honest with you- I’ve always been a little skeptical about almond milk. The first time I had it, it was straight from the carton, warm. I know. Obviously, I had no clue what I was doing and never tried it again (total misjudgement on my part). But when a vanilla version showed up on my doorstep, I gave it another chance. I envisioned an icy cold smoothie with hints of peach and raspberry. Would it be any good? This time I would bring in my pint-sized 4 year old for a second opinion. He keeps it real.

white peach raspberry smoothie {dairy free} | The Clever Carrot

We blended up some white peach smoothies with raspberry and banana. The pretty pink liquid was poured into glasses and gulped down with gusto. Right then and there I had my ‘aha’ moment… it was delicious! Dillon approved too. The almond milk was subtle and nutty with a hint of sweetness.

white peach raspberry smoothie {dairy free} | The Clever Carrot

And guess what? I have some to give away!

Pacific sent me this cute little 4-pack of organic vanilla almond milk. They look just like juice boxes, straws and everything. They would be perfect for school lunches or to take to work. Use them to make this recipe or simply enjoy straight from the carton, chilled of course ;)

Tips:

  • Depending on how ripe your peaches are, you can adjust the sweetness with maple syrup (that’s what I use), honey or agave.
  • Use any left over almond milk in cereal, granola, and in baked goods.

*Giveaway now closed 9/9/13* To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment below. The winner will be selected at random. PS- I have no affiliation with Pacific Foods and all opinions are my own. I like to share what I love!

white peach raspberry smoothie {dairy free}
 
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 2 c. chopped white peaches
  • ½ c. chopped banana
  • ¼ c. raspberries
  • ½ c. vanilla almond milk (sweetened)*
  • maple syrup, honey or agave to taste (optional)
  • 3-4 ice cubes
* If using un-sweetened almond milk, use any of the above sweeteners to your liking.
Instructions
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Adjust with sweetener if necessary.

winter berry smoothie

Winter Berry Smoothie | The Clever Carrot

My freezer needs a serious makeover.

I don’t know about you, but my freezer is jammed packed with stuff from a million years ago. Open at your own risk (bombs away!!)

During a recent excavation I stumbled upon a lost treasure; frozen summer berries.

Summer Berries | The Clever Carrot

Luckily for me, my kids love to pick berries. Every summer I take them to Patti’s Berries & Bunches and they clean the place out. We come home with bushels of juicy strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries. Whatever they don’t eat gets stashed away in the freezer and is usually forgotten about.

Until today…

Winter Berry Smoothie | The Clever Carrot

For this smoothie, I puréed handfuls of frozen berries with apple cider- that’s my secret ingredient. Apple cider sweetens the drink ever so slightly and is a nice compliment to the berries. I also left out the dairy.

I can’t even begin to tell you how energized I felt after drinking this. I was so revived and refreshed, that I proceeded to empty out the dishwasher, vacuum the stairs, and fold a mountain of laundry in record time. Then I re-organized my closet.

Summer Berries | The Clever Carrot

If your freezer looks anything like mine, I feel for you. It’s like the black hole. But who knows- maybe you’ll stumble upon a packet of frozen berries yourself. Sometimes all you need is a little smoothie to beat those winter blues.

winter berry smoothie
 
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 c. mixed berries, frozen
  • 1- 1¼ c. apple cider
  • Honey or agave syrup to taste
Instructions
  1. In a blender, combine the frozen berries and apple cider.
  2. Process until smooth, adding extra juice if it seems a little too thick.
  3. Add honey or agave syrup to sweeten if necessary.