Chocolate Almond Muffins

Chocolate two days in a row?!?  Well, yes, it’s December.  ‘Tis the season for sweets.

And these are muffins.  So don’t count as dessert.  ;)

Actually, I made these as an idea for “second breakfast” while we are celebrating Hobbit Week here at the Gimme Some blogs.  Ok, well this recipe may be a bit of a literal take on the term.  But for those of you who are familiar with Bilbo Baggins from The Hobbit, he and all of his other friends are arguably of the most beloved “foodies” in literature.  Hobbits LOVED to eat good food, and they loved to eat lots of it, and eat often.  :)  Hence the name, “second breakfast”, because when is one breakfast really enough for a hobbit?

So if you are looking for a yummy recipe for your own first, or second, or even third breakfast (Bilbo would be proud), I highly recommend these Chocolate Almond Muffins!  You can whip them up in a snap, and they are wonderfully sweet and moist.  And when made with white whole wheat flour, they are even a little extra good for you.

Be sure to check out all of the other sites for more great posts on Hobbit Week!  Gimme Some Reads is sharing about the book, Tolkien-ese, SUPER-COOL pictures from her travels to Hobbiton (where the film was produced) in New Zealand, Gimme Some Film is giving great tips about which version (2D, RealD, 3D, Imax3D, HFR3D, etc.) of the film to see and info about the actors and director, Gimme Some Style has some cute Hobbit style ideas for you, and all 5 sites have more great giveaways going this week.

So cheers to second breakfasts, and The Hobbit film that opens this weekend!

Chocolate Almond Muffins

A quick and simple recipe for delicious Chocolate Almond Muffins.


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp. almond extract
  • 1/3 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 2/3 cup sliced almonds, divided


Preheat the oven to 400° F. Grease 12 muffin tins, or line with baking cups.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, salt and 1/3 cup slice almonds.

In a (separate) large bowl, whisk together the milk, almond extract, oil, and the egg. Add the dry ingredients and stir just until combined. Do not overstir.

Fill the muffin cups 2/3 full. Sprinkle the top of each muffin with a pinch of sliced almonds. Pat down lightly so that they stick to the batter.

Bake 18 – 22 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted into the center comes out clean. Do not overbake.

Adapted from [Weelicious|]

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  1. Lauren | Have Fork, Will Eat — December 13, 2012 @ 7:26 am (#)

    These look amazing! I always want to start my mornings off with something chocolate.

  2. kelley {mountain mama cooks} — December 13, 2012 @ 7:54 am (#)

    Gorgeous……and delicious! Enjoy your trip to Europe! Can’t wait to hear all about it and see pictures!

  3. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — December 13, 2012 @ 9:41 am (#)

    Love the Hobbit mention ;)

  4. little kitchie — December 13, 2012 @ 9:55 am (#)

    chocolate and almond are one of the all-time best flavor combos in my opinion! these look awesome!

    hope you’re enjoying europe!!!

  5. Margherita — December 13, 2012 @ 11:14 am (#)

    Hobbit all the way!!!

  6. sara — December 13, 2012 @ 12:27 pm (#)

    These look so tasty! Chocolate and almond is such a great combo. Beautiful photos!

  7. JulieD — December 14, 2012 @ 9:28 am (#)

    These look amazing!!

  8. Anna @ Hidden Ponies — December 16, 2012 @ 12:53 am (#)

    Yummm, I love chocolate muffins, and the almond makes them extra special!

  9. Laurie {Simply Scratch} — December 19, 2012 @ 1:11 pm (#)

    Ali these muffins look amazing! I love chocolate and almonds together! PS.. where did you get that gorgeous pan? I really love it #panenvy

  10. Erin @ Texanerin Baking — December 26, 2012 @ 10:50 am (#)

    Hahaha. I googled imaged “The Hobbit” yesterday in order to quickly make a present for my husband and your muffin recipe picture was the first result. I was just like, “Huh? Is this a mistake?” Uh-huh. Well I see now. :)

    These pictures are amazing! Love love love them. And I’m sure the muffins are good too!

  11. Katie Brigstock — February 25, 2013 @ 6:21 am (#)

    YUM!! these are great photos! x

  12. Filipino Recipes by Ed Joven — January 21, 2017 @ 11:43 pm (#)

    My kids love chocolate muffiins! I think I will tell my wife to make this one tomorrow using this recipe.


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