Chocolate Chai Spiced Muffins

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I’ve seen seeing a lot of recipes using Chai tea as of late and decided to create my own. Chai (pronounced as a single syllable and rhymes with ‘pie’) is the word for tea in many parts of the world. It is a centuries-old beverage which has played an important role in many cultures. Originating from India, Chai tea is a spiced milk tea that has become increasingly popular throughout the world. It consists of black tea,milk,combination of various spices,and a sweetener. I decided to be a little adventurous with this recipe so I incorporated cocoa powder. I’m a sucker for chocolate. I can’t help it. This recipe is dairy as I’ve used milk but you can use soy or rice milk for a non-dairy version. Skip the glaze. These muffins don’t need any. Plus you don’t want to feel too guilty after eating them,don’t you? 😉

For this recipe, you will need:

  1. 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  2. 1/2 cup of cocoa powder
  3. 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  4. 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  5. 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  6. 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  7. 1 teaspoon of ground ginger
  8. 1 teaspoon of chili powder
  9. 1 teaspoon of ground cardamon
  10. 2 large eggs
  11. 2/3 cups of packed light brown sugar
  12. 1/3 cup of canola or vegetable oil
  13. 1 cup of hot low fat milk (not scalding)
  14. 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  15. 3 Chai teabags

Instructions

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.  Place paper liners in 12-cup muffin pan. In a bowl, whisk the flour,cocoa powder, ginger, baking powder, chili powder,cinnamon, cardamom, baking soda, and salt together. In another bowl, whisk the brown sugar, eggs, oil, and vanilla until well blended.  Place teabags in hot milk. Let it sit for a minute or 2 until the flavors dissolve in the milk. Slowly pour and whisk milk  in with the liquid mixture. Add egg mixture to the flour mixture until well combined. Evenly distribute batter into prepared muffin tin. Bake for  23-25 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean and the muffin springs back when lightly pressed.

Optional: Top with sifted confectioners’ sugar when cooled. Mix 2 tbsp cocoa powder with 1 tsp cinnamon and 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg together in a small bowl. Sift lightly over top of the sugar (using a stencil for accuracy, if you want) to add a bit of extra spice.

Yields 12 muffins

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