Muffin Monday : Chocolate Brownie Muffins

5 Dec

The Muffin lady is back again!

Well, that is the title I have been bestowed by none other Arva of I Live in a Frying Pan.

I kind of like the sound of it.

For this Monday An of Bakerstreet shared with us the recipe of Chocolate Brownie Muffins. There was no way I was going to miss making these lovelies.

An called them the best of both worlds – Brownies + Muffins. It cannot get better than this. They also are full of nutella goodness and I added plenty of choco chips to make it even more irresistible.

The recipe has been adapted from the Women’s Weekly Home Baked and in my opinion, is a keeper.

The only change I should have made would have been  to avoid pistachios and add walnuts  instead. Pistachios felt a little weird but then they did give them that spot of colour which I loved. I also added 2 tablespoons of instant coffee for that special punch.

Recipe for Chocolate Brownie Muffins

Makes 12


2 cups Self Raising Flour

1/3 cup cocoa powder

1/3 cup caster sugar

2 tbsp coffee powder ( my inclusion)

60 grams melted butter

1/2 cup chocolate chips

1/2 cup chopped pistachios

1/2 cup nutella

1 egg, lightly beaten

3/4 cup milk

1/2 cup sour cream


1. Preheat the oven to 400F

2. In a large bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, sugar.

3. Add in the nutella, egg, milk, sour cream and butter. Gently stir to combine.

4. Stir in the pistachios and chocolate chips. Spoon the mixture into a prepared muffin tray.

5. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes

Baking these lovelies definitely makes me feel festive but as I observe my expanding waistline, all the cheer evaporates almost instantly. I wish that God give me the strength to resist baking in the coming months, so that I can get my diet and exercise schedule on track. Until then, well, I am going to enjoy these brownie muffins with my morning cuppa.

Hopeless, I know!!

Muffin Monday is an initiative by Baker Street. A culinary journey of sharing a wickedly delicious muffin recipe every week. Drop in a quick line to join her on her journey to make the world smile and beat glum Monday mornings week after week.

41 Responses to “Muffin Monday : Chocolate Brownie Muffins”

  1. Cassandra @foodmyfriend December 5, 2011 at 7:47 am #

    These look so yummy! Glad you are back and loving this new muffin!

  2. I Live in a Frying Pan December 5, 2011 at 8:11 am #

    …and now my Monday is complete. Sigh.

    An Ode to The Muffin Lady.

    She’ll make you ogle, make you crave,
    with Monday muffiny goodness that only she can make…
    and one day the craving’s gonna get so bad that…
    that even lazy fryingpan me will have to get off her ass and bake.

    • Anita Menon December 5, 2011 at 8:32 am #

      aww that is the cutest ode ever , Arva. I could have made my daughter learn it if it were not for that ‘one ‘ word :-)
      THanks so much! Happy Monday to you.

  3. Baker Street December 5, 2011 at 8:19 am #

    look at those gorgeous colors! Absolutely gorgeous Anita! So glad you enjoyed these muffins. They were a big hit in my house too! :)

    • Anita Menon December 5, 2011 at 8:32 am #

      I agree, the colors are beautiful. I enjoyed baking these. Thanks for the recipe, Anuradha

  4. T.F.Walsh December 5, 2011 at 9:03 am #

    Oh my these look good… I was just thinking I haven’t baked for a while… I’m so making these:)

  5. Raji December 5, 2011 at 9:09 am #

    These muffins look really moreish…pista topping makes them look so much more gorgeous. Loved Arva’s comment :)

  6. Bulbul December 5, 2011 at 9:26 am #

    Yum… definitely trying this recipe this week…

  7. Kate @ FoodBabbles December 5, 2011 at 9:56 am #

    Love your spin on this week’s muffins. Coffee powder is a great inclusion. I bet these tasted amazing!! Nice work :)

  8. Gayathri Ramdas Sreekanth December 5, 2011 at 3:05 pm #

    Nice indulgent that can be only justified if I bake it in this holiday season ..!! would try this one with only walnuts instead of pistachios… Love that u love baking !! :)

    • Anita Menon December 8, 2011 at 4:56 pm #

      Let me know how it turns out Gayathri

  9. Bikram December 5, 2011 at 3:37 pm #

    and cheeers to the muffin ladyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy:)

  10. Marie December 5, 2011 at 4:18 pm #

    I look forward to seeing interesting muffins on Monday, and you’re right, the pistachios are a beautiful contrast. I happen to have everything I need to make these muffins in my kitchen right now, what do ya know?

  11. Ameena December 5, 2011 at 6:12 pm #

    Muffin Monday….perfect combination. As are the pistachios and the chocolate! These are really gorgeous Anita…great job.

    Have a lovely day and week my friend!

  12. thecoffeesnob December 5, 2011 at 6:58 pm #

    Nutella, nuts and muffins? Be still, my chocolate loving heart.

    These look and sound incredible, Anita- the perfect way to start the week for sure!

    P.S: I really need to make some muffins soon. I had a really moist one next week and haven’t been able to get them out of my head.

  13. southbayrantsnraves December 5, 2011 at 7:36 pm #

    These are looking great! I didn’t care for the pistachios either, just skipped em. My diet has seriously gone out the window with all this baking!

    • Anita Menon December 8, 2011 at 4:48 pm #

      thanks. .. I am trying to bake less now. Lets hope I succeed

  14. yummychunklet December 5, 2011 at 8:31 pm #

    The pistachios give the muffins such a nice pop of color!

  15. Aimee @ Food: Je t'Aimee December 5, 2011 at 11:03 pm #

    Love your addition of coffee, Anita! That would have been such a beautiful flavour in these. Isn’t that pop of green on the muffin tops the best? Happy to bake with you again :)

  16. Rosa May (@RosasYummyYums) December 6, 2011 at 11:21 am #

    Those muffins look fabulous! I’d love to eat one with my tea.



  17. Plateful December 6, 2011 at 12:06 pm #

    Now who can resist something this gorgeous!?? Not me! I want to nosh these beauties and forget about smart eating and slim figures… you are a temptress. A sweet temptress!

    • La @ FoodSlice December 6, 2011 at 3:29 pm #

      I come here one day after you post and the whole world has been here already ;-)
      I have not eaten any of my baked goods for more than a month and looks like that has to change. Btw I only have salted/roasted pistachios in stock, you think i can add them to get the much appreciated colour contrast?

      • Anita Menon December 7, 2011 at 6:52 am #

        I would still prefer to add some walnuts instead of pistachio because, like I said, they did feel a little weird.

  18. Carrie @ poet in the pantry December 6, 2011 at 9:37 pm #

    The pistachios do give them a nice pop of color. Beautiful shots, by the way. I have no will power left; I’ve given up on having a waistline. :)

  19. Pia December 7, 2011 at 12:18 am #

    i love, love your little girl peeking out of that doily! the blog couldn’t have had a sweeter welcome!

    • Anita Menon December 8, 2011 at 4:30 pm #

      thanks Pia, Carrie, Nashira, Rosa, Aimee,Laureen, Ameena, Marie

  20. Stay-At-Home-Chef December 7, 2011 at 2:23 am #

    Love that you added coffee to the batter…always adds such a nice dimension when combined with chocolate. Glad your muffins turned out – they look delicious!

  21. Let Me Eat Cake December 7, 2011 at 3:25 am #

    interesting i was wondering what the pistachios would be like with the chocolate they do give it great color, but I think I would go with walnuts too! Beautiful muffins!

  22. betty December 8, 2011 at 1:34 am #

    I love the combination! the pistachios are a great touch, the final product looks delicious

    • Anita Menon December 8, 2011 at 3:49 pm #

      thank you Betty. You have a lovely blog yourself. I enjoyed browsing through some of your posts.

  23. Gopika December 8, 2011 at 7:07 am #

    Ummm.. I love this muffin Anita. Just made a batch last week from Gaya3’s blog. Now you are tempting me again :) Let me see. This weekend may be ;)

    • Anita Menon December 8, 2011 at 2:43 pm #

      Let me know how they turn out Gopika

  24. December 8, 2011 at 7:08 am #

    I love the look of the muffins! So pretty!

  25. martha December 8, 2011 at 3:16 pm #

    the picture of the muffin itself is so tempting already! :)

  26. Anita Menon December 8, 2011 at 4:57 pm #

    Thanks everybody :-)

  27. Divya @flavourfiesta December 8, 2011 at 9:23 pm #

    Muffins are the ultimate comfort food for me and I’m loving the colours on these.

  28. Kiran @ December 9, 2011 at 3:04 am #

    Mmmmm… yummy chocolate muffins. I love the garnish. It adds a pop of color!!

  29. Reva December 11, 2011 at 1:47 pm #

    Muffins look super yum.. Chocolate muffin garnished with pistachio is a yum combination…:))

  30. a spoonful of yumm December 13, 2011 at 6:28 pm #

    these muffins looks so delicious !!! love the color…

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