I am many things – a compulsive stress-baker, a coffee fiend, a obsessive reader, a herder of cats, and a wearer of colourful tights.
One thing I am not, however, is a morning person.
Most days, it’s a major achievement to make it out the door in time to catch the bus with matching socks and a semi-presentable hairdo. I’m as elegant and organized as this cat falling down a set of stairs.
As a result, my breakfast usually consists of whatever I can grab on my way out the door or one of the emergency rations I’ve got stashed in my desk at work, so it’s not unusual for me to get stuck in a rut. (See: That one month I ate instant maple-brown sugar oatmeal pretty much every day.)
I like to think of these pear and rye muffins as the antidote to the sad desk breakfast. Instant oatmeal blues, begone!
As far as ruts go, these babies are downright habit-forming, but it’s for all the right reasons. Seriously. They’re freaking delicious.
They get their nutty flavour and hearty texture from rye flour (which really deserves to make its way into your baking more often… trust me on this), and their indulgent sweetness from big chunks of fresh pear and melty bits of dark chocolate. They’re equal parts healthy and delicious, which is just how a proper breakfast ought to be.
The crowning touch, though, is the sprinkling of cocoa nibs that adds an extra burst of bittersweet chocolate flavour and toothsome crunch.
I’ve marked them down as optional, since I know they’re kind of hard to find, but they’re most definitely mandatory in my books. A girl’s got to get her antioxidants somehow, right? Forget nuts. Cocoa nibs is where it’s at.
I may suck at waking up in the morning (and at doing pretty much anything else in the morning, for that matter).
But bake a badass muffin? Yes sirree, that I most definitely can do.
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 cup rye flour
- ½ cup packed brown sugar
- 2½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 egg
- ½ cup yogurt
- ½ cup milk
- ⅓ cup canola oil
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 2 medium pears, cut into small dice
- ½ cup roughly chopped dark chocolate
- ¼ cup cocoa nibs (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350F. Prepare a 12-cup muffin tin with baking liners.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
- In a second bowl, whisk together egg, yogurt, milk, oil and vanilla until blended. Add the dry ingredients and stir until just barely combined. Gently fold in the pears and chocolate.
- Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin tin (it's okay if the cups are nearly full). Sprinkle muffins with some cocoa nibs, if desired.
- Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of a muffin comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pan for five minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool off to room temperature.