Candy Cane Green Tea Chocolate Muffins. V GF.
As December approaches, we transition from all things pumpkin spice into the crisp & refreshing flavor of peppermint. It’s rather coincidental how it aligns with the seasonal temperatures.
I wanted to take a different, albeit, healthier spin to a minty treat that would be perfect during the holiday season especially for snacking or your holiday breakfast, brunch menu or a gift-giving idea. Let’s face it, cookies will be everywhere so why not take a different & healthier approach. These muffins have a secret special ingredient – Peppermint Green Tea from Celestial Tea. Green tea has been known to improve blood flow and lower cholesterol. Studies found green tea helped prevent a range of heart-related issues, from high blood pressure to congestive heart failure as well as many other health benefits. Healthy and heart happy makes this little treat even better.
Through much recipe testing, I’ve found that adding the tea to warm coconut oil also makes this unique combination more flavorful and it yields a muffin that rivals a moist brownie in texture & flavor. Plus these muffins are grain and gluten free as well as vegan. Freeze nicely and are perfect prep ahead for the holidays.
— Knead to Cook