Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Mint Chocolate Chip Muffins

Before I went dairy free I LOVED mint chocolate chip ice cream. I have yet to find it in the dairy free variety. Leaving the ice cream part aside even most chocolate is made with milk fat so it a challenge to find anything I can just buy and eat that satisfies my mint/chocolate craving. So I got a little creative. I once saw a recipe in a Better Homes and Gardens magazine that called for chai tea bags. You rip open the bag and use the tea in the cookies! Thus was born the idea for my Mint Chocolate Chip Muffins!

I start with a box of gluten free muffin mix. I pretty much follow the directions on the box. Two eggs, 6 tablespoons oil (butter) and a cup of rice milk (milk). Here comes the brilliant part! Instead of vanilla I add mint extract, 2 bags of herbal peppermint tea and 5-10 drops of green food coloring depending on how green you want them to be. Throw in some chocolate chips and you have the perfect gluten free, dairy free Mint Chocolate Chip Muffins!

The ingredients:

muffin mix

2 eggs

6 Tbs oil

1 cup rice milk

1/2 tsp mint extract

2 peppermint tea bags

green food coloring

Chocolate chips (I use the Enjoy Life that are dairy free, gluten free, soy free, and nut free)

I was going to take pictures of the batter because it looks and smells JUST like melted mint chocolate chip ice cream but my camera battery died. :( I pulled some out of my remote control while the muffins were baking.

The finished product:

They also freeze really well if you need a quick snack, breakfast or dessert.


kelli said...

I have to say I was extremely skeptical about these when you told me about them. To be honest, they just sound... weird. Tea? In muffins?

But it works, I'm happy to say. I really like them. And they lend themselves to lots of flavor variations.

And I was having a terrible time getting my comment to show up, so I changed the format. Hope it works better now.

shoeaddict said...

I think that those are HILARIOUS looking. I am weary of the tea, too. I trust you though.

Kate said...

Those sounds really good and I love that they're green like the ice cream I've loved forever. Well, the best kind since the color is important. =)

Loni said...

Celestial Seasonings Peppermint Tea is a favorite around our house. I may try these out on the teachers some time.

k said...

I was really impressed with your being creative enough to try something as weird as peppermint tea as an ingredient. And I was SERIOUSLY impressed with how GOOD they taste!