Cherry Chocolate Muffins

CHOCOLATE CHERRY MUFFINS / GLUTEN FREE, GRAIN FREE, NUT FREE, PALEO RECIPE / NICOLEMCARUSO.COM

My Italian background and living in proximity to Arthur Avenue and Tremont Avenue in the Bronx means that I have tasted a lot of Italian pastries in my life. Some of my fondest memories include going to the bakery with my Grandpa to pick out a wide array of Italian cookies to bring home in the white box, tied with the twisted red and white string, or walking into Zeppieri & Sons Bakery (my Grandma's cousin's place) to pick out sweets for afternoon coffee. 

One of my favorite cookies was the little chocolate butter cookie, always topped with a singular maraschino cherry. They were simple, not too sweet, and complemented strong black coffee (always brewed on the stove top)

This cozy time of year makes me nostalgic about those bakery visits, and I wanted to recreate that cherry-chocolate flavor, so I came up with these muffins. If you're not a cherry chocolate fan, you might like to try my recipe for these Cinnamon Muffins instead. 

CHERRY CHOCOLATE MUFFINS 

PARCHMENT MUFFIN PAPERS

1 CUP FROZEN DARK CHERRIES 

1/2 CUP DARK CHOCOLATE CHIPS (I USED GUITTARD EXTRA DARK) 

6 EGGS, BEATEN WELL

1 CUP WATER

1 CUP COCONUT FLOUR 

1/4 CUP PALM SHORTENING OR MELTED (COOLED) VIRGIN COCONUT OIL

1/2 CUP HONEY OR MAPLE SYRUP 

1 TSP BAKING SODA

1/2 TSP SEA SALT 

1/4 TSP VANILLA MAX OR 1 TBSP VANILLA EXTRACT 

CHERRY CHOCOLATE MUFFINS / PALEO, GRAIN FREE, GLUTEN FREE, NUT FREE RECIPE / NICOLEMCARUSO.COM
CHERRY CHOCOLATE MUFFINS / PALEO, GLUTEN FREE, DAIRY FREE, AIP RECIPE / NICOLEMCARUSO.COM

Start by preheating a 350 degree F oven. Whisk the eggs until thoroughly beaten, then add the rest of the ingredients. Using either a whisk or hand blender, stir the mixture until well combined. You may see a few tiny lumps of the palm shortening, and that will cook off just fine in the oven. 

Using a silicone spatula, fold in the cherries and chocolate, until they are evenly dispersed. Be cautious when folding, so the cherries don't get too squished and turn the batter a dark color. 

Fill each parchment muffin paper with similar amounts of batter, filled nearly to the top, since they rise very little. I prefer to use a large ice cream scoop to ensure every muffin paper is filled evenly, but a spoon will do. Bake them for 35-40 minutes, until golden brown with slightly firm edges. 

CHOCOLATE CHERRY MUFFINS / GLUTEN FREE, GRAIN FREE, NUT FREE / NICOLEMCARUSO.COM
CHERRY CHOCOLATE MUFFINS / GLUTEN FREE, GRAIN FREE, PALEO RECIPE / NICOLEMCARUSO.COM
CHERRY CHOCOLATE MUFFINS / GLUTEN FREE, GRAIN FREE, PALEO RECIPE / NICOLEMCARUSO.COM

Do you love cherries and chocolate? If so, you will adore these simple muffins. They make a great, quick treat for entertaining guests this time of year, and a wonderful hostess gift if you happen to visit friends. 

CHERRY CHOCOLATE MUFFIN RECIPE / PALEO, GLUTEN FREE, GRAIN FREE, NUT FREE / NICOLEMCARUSO.COM

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Nicole M. Caruso

I was born in Manhattan to two native New Yorkers who met working in the Garment Industry. Fashion was the family business. Suburban Connecticut is where I grew up and often daydreamed about someday attending New York Fashion Week.

When I was in college studying Communication & Media, I met the man of my dreams. We married nearly one year after our first date, and have been adventuring together ever since. While we moved around the country for his job, I freelanced as a makeup artist, worked in retail, and blogged about style & beauty as a creative outlet. 

Moving back to New York led to serendipitously working for two major fashion houses, where I learned the ins and outs of the industry, and attended Fashion Week both backstage and in the tents. Soon after, Verily Magazine brought me on as Beauty Editor, which was my dream job. It combined all of my passions and hobbies into one, and granted me a deeper understanding of print and digital media. One year after that, I had my daughter and experienced true fulfillment in motherhood. 

Everywhere I have traveled, I have met incredible women who inspired me to be the best version of myself; to wake up every day feeling confident and ready to Carpe Diem. I want to inspire women to explore their feminine genius by investing in their self-worth. This lifestyle blog is the place where I can share my worldview, my experiences, and my tips and tricks to live a more fulfilling life, which include expert style and beauty advice, tips for healthy living, and reflections on marriage and motherhood.