These chai spice muffins, studded with dark chocolate, are perfect for breakfast with a hot cup of coffee or tea.
So, there have been a lot of muffins (see Apple Oat Streusel, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip, Gluten Free Muesli, and Sweet Potato Pecan Muffins) with big Fall flavors around here lately. For this I will not apologize. Also can we talk about how my computer does not recognize “streusel” as being an actual word?
Continuing on the Fall Flavor Train, these muffins are pretty aggressively spiced, resulting in prominent chai spice flavor. I feel like pumpkin spice gets all the action, but we shouldn’t forget about chai. It’s spicy and warm, and perfect for this time of year.
This recipe is based on the one from these Bakery Style Double Chocolate Muffins.
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tbs baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp ground cardamom
- 1/2 tsp ground allspice
- 1/4 tsp finely ground black pepper
- 2 tbs unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups plain Greek yogurt
- 3.5 oz dark chocolate, roughly chopped
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line muffin tins with paper liners and set aside.
In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices. Set aside.
In the mixing bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar together for 2-3 minutes.
Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add vanilla and mix well.
With the mixer on low speed, alternate between adding the dry ingredients and yogurt.
Fold in the chopped chocolate.
Scoop the batter into the lined muffin tins, filling them all the way to the top. Bake the muffins at 400 degrees F for 5 minutes.
Reduce the temperature to 375 degrees F and bake for 15 more minutes, or until slightly browned on top and a toothpick/knife, when inserted in the center of each muffin, comes out clean.
Cool in the pan for a couple of minutes, and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.