chocolate ricotta muffins

by Barb on January 5, 2012

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As part of my January Pantry Challenge, I decided to use up a 32 oz. container of whole milk ricotta which has been languishing in the back of the fridge since the beginning of December. I had planned on dividing up the container and freezing the ricotta, but never got around to it.

These muffins, which I adapted from Mollie Katzen’s Sunlight Cafe, make a great breakfast, school snack, or lunch dessert. The ricotta provides both calcium and protein, both important for my growing children. Since I cut back on the sugar, I added in nutmeg. Cinnamon is another spice that goes well with chocolate. The chocolate chips are definitely optional though a delicious incentive for my kids to eat the muffins.

Note: I switched to using unbleached muffin wrappers last year instead of spraying the pans. I order mine through Amazon: If You Care Unbleached Large Baking Cups, 60-Count Boxes (Pack of 24) which are $33.60. Ordering them through Subscribe and Save saves you an additional 15% bringing the price down to $28.56. You can sign up for Subscribe and Save to get the cheaper price, and change your option to one order only. I have mine set for every 6 months.

Chocolate Ricotta Muffins

Makes about 36 muffins

Adapted from Mollie Katzen’s Sunlight Cafe

Ingredients

2 1/3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2 /13 cups white whole wheat flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
4 tsp baking powder
12 T unsweetened cocoa
1 T nutmeg
1 1/2 cup organic sugar or 1 cup organic sugar and 1/2 cup honey
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
2 cups whole milk ricotta
4 large eggs
2 2/3 cups milk
2 tablespoon vanilla extract
8 T coconut oil

The Method

1. Preheat oven at 350 degrees. Either use olive spray on standard size muffin pans or line the muffins pans with If You Care Unbleached Large Baking Cups, 60-Count Boxes (Pack of 24)s.

2. Mix together the flour, salt, baking powder, cocoa, nutmeg, chocolate chips, and sugar in large bowl, making sure you have enough room for the liquid ingredients.

3. Mix together the ricotta and eggs with a stand-mixer, adding the eggs one at a time. After the eggs are thoroughly incorporated, mix in the milk very slowly to prevent splashing and then the vanilla.

4. Add the ricotta mixture to the dry ingredients. Mix until a few lumps remain. While mixing, make sure to scoop from the bottom of the bowl to prevent flour from being left behind.

5. Put mixture into the muffin cups. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes until the muffins are done.

6. Let cool for at least 30 minutes.

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Barb Hoyer has written 3846 posts.

After working in the fundraising world for over ten years, Barb is an avid runner, writer, photographer, parent volunteer, and lover of dictionaries and thesauruses. Wife to an engineer and mom to 5 kids, Barb lives in the suburbs of Philly. Her idea of relaxation is an afternoon on the couch with a stack of books.

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Cheeryshirley January 5, 2012 at 6:18 pm

These look soooo yummy! Just curious…why did you switch to paper liners rather than just oil the muffin tins? So there must be 1,440 liners, and that makes them just $.02 cents per each. Interesting. I never even thought of using something like this…sure would make baking easier!

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Barb January 6, 2012 at 7:31 am

Because of the aluminum issue. I’m trying to avoid direct contact with the muffin pan. I do the same with parchment paper when I’m making cookies.

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Alison Shaffer January 6, 2012 at 10:49 am

I like to use the unbleached liners also. I think I bought a box at Whole Foods once. I also like the printed ones, especially when the kids were younger. The unbleached are much better to use I am sure. I like them.
The muffins look really good. I never thought about using Ricotta, good idea.
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Jessica January 10, 2012 at 12:17 pm

So glad I found this! I have a whole container of ricotta sitting in my fridge from where I miscalculated when making a batch of lasagna. I too love to use coconut oil and organic sugars!
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Liberty January 10, 2012 at 1:29 pm

might try these with homemade ricotta – it can be a bit dry – this recipe looks perfect!
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Barb January 10, 2012 at 7:40 pm

Homemade ricotta is pretty easy, isn’t it? I made it with rennet a long, long time ago, but I don’t remember how long the process took.

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Elsa January 10, 2012 at 4:25 pm

I always have tons of ricotta in the fridge waiting to be used so I saved this recipe to try. Looks yummy!

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