Chocolate Persimmon Muffins

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I want to go on and on about how cool persimmons are. That they look like tomatoes but taste nothing like them – have a sweeter/mango-pineapple sort of flavor. But that will have to be it for my soliloquy on persimmons. I have 3 kids sick – 2 with croup, 1 with a barfing bug and I am counting the minutes to my take down with one of the assorted viruses floating around.

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At the same time, I have wanted to share this recipe the minute I made them. It is modified from a recipe in Good to the Grain Baking with Whole Grain Flours by Kim Boyce. Super cool book with chapters devoted to different flours.

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This recipe was in the buckwheat flour chapter but alas, not a drop of buckwheat in the house. I did have a random bag of amaranth flour and substituted that in. You can just use more of the main flour in the recipe, or sub in any funky flours you have – spelt, buckwheat, quinoa.  Muffins are good place to play with different flour combinations. They don’t take long to make and honestly – as long as I throw chocolate chips in, my kids will eat any muffin I put in front of them.

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Chocolate Persimmon Muffins
modified from the Chocolate Persimmon Muffins recipe in Good to the Grain by Kim Boyce. p. 82
Ingredients
  • Dry mix:
  • 1 cup amaranth flour (or buckwheat/spelt/whole wheat)
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour or white whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon chia or flax seeds
  • Wet Mix:
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups of pulp from persimmons – cut in half and scoop out insides. I used 3 persimmons – not a big deal if you don’t fill up 2 cups worth. I just broke up the pulp with my fingers, tearing it into small chunks.
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Oven 350. Line muffin tin with papers or butter.
  2. Mix dry ingredients in one bowl, wet in another – once wet is all mixed up add to the dry. Add in persimmons and chips and fold together until no flour streaks remain. It is a thick batter.
  3. Use a ice cream scoop to even distribute batter.
  4. Bake about 35 minutes- but check at 25 minutes and every 5 after that – all ovens are different.
  5. They froze beautifully.

 

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