Strawberry Chocolate Chip Muffins

2014-02-09 15.47.02Happy Friday, readers! Let me just say, it feels great to be writing to you all again! I know I have been distant lately, but I really want to work on our relationship. 😉

Things have gotten a little chaotic…. the past month or so has been a blur of trying circumstances and tough decisions, and that’s not to mention my hectic daily work schedule and quite a bit of travel mixed in. I have no doubt that life, fickle as it is, has thrown some lemons at some of you in the past few weeks, too!

I admit that, under these kind of circumstances, my first instinct is to drop those activities that I usually deem less “urgent” than my daily to-do list; for me, these include working out, reading for pleasure, and, of course, cooking.  I have done little of any of these tasks in the past few weeks, meaning that, on top of just generally feeling stressed, I noticed that I have also been just plain unhappy. That is, until I finally got a much-needed reality check from a friend and reader: “You can’t stop cooking your way through life!”

My friend was completely right. I realized that when life gets crazy, the absolute last thing anyone should do is drop those activities that provide the most happiness; they are what drive us to keep wading through the muck to get to the other side of the turmoil. So, I have decided to rededicate myself to the cause I set out to write this blog about, and I empower you to do the same, readers. We can get through this together!

2014-02-09 15.20.21As of today, I am officially recommitting myself to being kind to my body, both by feeding it well and by exercising it regularly. I will continue to search for and find pleasure even in the most unexpected places. And, finally, I pledge to keep cooking through the crazy! And to document it all here on these (virtual) pages.  While we each, of course, will have our own goals and means to achieve them, the end result is, hopefully, exactly the same: happiness and inner peace.

So, readers, I hope you enjoy making (and eating) these delicious strawberry chocolate chip muffins as much as I did, and prepare yourselves for the landslide of yummy, joy-inducing and (hopefully semi-) healthy recipes coming your way in the coming days and weeks!

2014-02-09 15.47.37Strawberry Chocolate Chip Muffins

Adapted from Damn Delicious

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/2 cup strong coffee, cooled
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup diced strawberries
  • 1/2 cup miniature chocolate chips

2014-02-09 15.21.15Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a 12-cup standard muffin tin with paper liners; set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, baking powder and salt.

In a large glass measuring cup or another bowl, whisk together butter, coffee, sugars, egg and vanilla. Pour mixture over dry ingredients and mix on low speed until just combined (do not over mix). Add strawberries and chocolate chips and gently toss with rubber spatula to combine.

2014-02-09 15.29.18Scoop the batter evenly into the muffin tray. Place into oven and bake for 15-17 minutes, or until a knife or toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.

Namas-tasty!

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