Chocolate Love~Chocolate Chunk Ricotta Muffins

by Suzanne on February 4, 2012

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Who believes that there is such a thing as muffins? Well, keep telling yourself that because it seems easier on the conscious to eat cake for breakfast ;). I like to think these little chocolate chunk cupcakes are muffins so that is what I’m sticking with. If you have a craving for chocolate then this is the blog hop to be a part of, you will want to bookmark this so that you can use it for a chocolate reference for the future. I am so glad to be a part of this wonderful group of bakers/bloggers who turn out beautiful and delicious food not only once a month but daily, so don’t forget to show some chocolate love and check out the other foodies recipes.

I am a chocolate lover and I have to eat it daily even if it’s just a handful of chocolate chips, I have grown to love dark chocolate over the years and now health professionals are even saying it’s good for you, gotta love that. I wanted to try a baking recipe that had ricotta cheese since I have been seeing some recipes with it and I wondered how well it works, that’s when I found this recipe from Joy of Baking. Β If you haven’t been to Stephanie’s site you need to check out all the wonderful recipes she has, wow! The recipe I used here is fabulous, I made some minor changes, I used chocolate chunks instead of chocolate chips and sifted all my dry ingredients to get any lumps out. I’m here to tell you that these muffins are really good, they have a great texture, they are dense and chocolaty but not too heavy feeling. The sweetness in these muffins is just right for a guilt free breakfast. The only thing I would change the next time I bake them would be to use half cake flour to get a lighter muffin and maybe some cinnamon and nuts, I like the flavor of cinnamon with my chocolate.

Chocolate Love~Chocolate Chunk Ricotta Muffins

1 cup ricotta cheese (239 g.)
2 eggs 1 1/3 cup milk (298 g.)
1 T. vanilla extract
4 T. unsalted butter melted and cooled (54 g.)
2 cups flour (260 g.)
1 1/4 cup sugar (250 g.)
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder(60 g.)
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup chocolate chunks or chocolate chips

Step 1: Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a large muffin pan(6 muffins) with cooking spray, or use a regular 12 muffin pan sprayed with cooking spray or use baking cups.
Step 2: In a medium size mixing bowl whisk the ricotta cheese with eggs until well mixed. Whisk in milk, butter and vanilla and set aside.
Step 3: In a large mixing bowl sift all the dry ingredients together to get out any lumps. Stir together the dry ingredients so the cocoa powder is incorporated well.
Step 4: Add the milk mixture to the dry ingredients and stir just until combined, do not over mix, then fold in chocolate chips.
Step 5: Fill the muffin cups 3/4 full because of the ricotta being heavier they will not rise as high as normal muffins would, so they need to be filled 3/4 full.
Step 6: Bake for 30 minutes if using large muffin pan, if using a regular muffin pan bake for 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. When the muffins come out of oven let cool in pan for 10 minutes then turn out onto cooling rack. Enjoy!
Makes: 9 large muffins or 16 regular size muffins.

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Please join in on the #chocolatelove fun by linking up any chocolate recipe from the month of February 2012. Don’t forget to link back to this post, so that your readers know to come stop by the #chocolatelove event! The twitter hashtag is #chocolatelove :).

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1 Betsy @JavaCupcake February 4, 2012 at 1:16 am

I’ve used sour cream in recipes like this… but never thought to use ricotta! Definitely going to try this!! πŸ™‚ Looks YUMMY!

2 Helena / Rico sin AzΓΊcar February 4, 2012 at 6:17 am

Ricotta, interesting idea! does it make the dough creamier?
I have to try that πŸ˜‰

3 Liz February 4, 2012 at 6:30 am

Suzanne, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more perfect muffin!!! Fabulous flavor and perfect rise!!! Amazing!

4 Amy (Savory Moments) February 4, 2012 at 7:09 am

I’ve never made muffins with ricotta before, but I bet it makes them to moist, light, and fluffy. That bottom photo is really making me wish I had one to go with my cup of coffee!

5 Kitchen Belleicious February 4, 2012 at 7:23 am

ricotta goes so well with chocolate. I love using the two together! This muffin is the ultimate muffin! My son would go crazy for it! Great recipe for the blog hop!

6 Kelly @ Inspired Edibles February 4, 2012 at 9:09 am

I find myself in hot pursuit of the chocolate trail this morning… and who could blame me? ;-). Love the ricotta in these gorgeous looking muffins!

7 sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more February 4, 2012 at 11:00 am

oh those look as good as any cake I have see, yum!

8 Lora @cakeduchess February 4, 2012 at 7:04 pm

Wonderful addition of rich ricotta to your decadent muffins. They puffed up so nicely and are perfect for #chocolatelove month. πŸ™‚

9 Samantha February 4, 2012 at 10:14 pm

OH MY! These look soooo good! I want to make some so I can eat it with a nice cup of coffee! Sending you some #Chocolatelove!

10 Lisa February 5, 2012 at 4:24 am

Chocolate and ricotta in a muffin is pure manna. I love it! The gooey interior is pure food porn. They look beautiful!

11 Linda February 5, 2012 at 10:33 am

Mmm…never thought to put ricotta in muffins!! Love this idea and they look amazing..what a breakfast treat!!

12 bakingaddict February 5, 2012 at 1:50 pm

That last photo is amazing… I wish I could have some now! sending you some #chocolatelove in return πŸ™‚

13 Amy @ A Little Nosh February 5, 2012 at 7:58 pm

I love how perfectly puffed up they got!

14 Jessica | Oh Cake February 5, 2012 at 8:52 pm

These are gorgeous! I love how moist and luscious these look. I will call them muffins or cake… as long as I can eat ’em up! πŸ™‚

15 Reem | Simply Reem February 6, 2012 at 12:30 am

I have to say I have never seen more perfect looking muffin than these….
Oh my God, if the pictures are soo good than I can only imagine how divine they must be tasting….

16 Baker Street February 6, 2012 at 3:52 am

Chocolate and Ricotta! Mmmmm… these muffins look moist and chocolicious!

17 juniakk @ mis pensamientos February 6, 2012 at 9:39 am

i literally started salivating as i saw that last picture of the chocolate muffin split open with the melted chocolate morsel. and i love how puffy these muffins are! sending some #chocolatelove to u! ps – do u think i would be able to sub in greek yogurt instead of the ricotta?

18 Suzanne February 6, 2012 at 11:17 am

Yes I def. think you could sub in greek yogurt let me know how they turn out if you do.

19 Sudha February 6, 2012 at 3:35 pm

Hello Suzanne,
My first time here and just stopped by to tell you that the chocolate ricotta muffins look stunning!I have been looking for recipes that will give me moist and not dry muffins and yours seems just like perfect.This is bookmarked for a trial today evening:) Lovely meeting you and look forward to more!

20 Three-Cookies February 6, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Being told that dark chocolate is good is you is probably one of the best news we can hear:)
The bits of melted chocolate look appealing.
Happy to be co-hosting with you

21 Kiri W. February 6, 2012 at 5:20 pm

These must be the most clean and precise looking muffins I have ever seen! Chocolate chunk is my favorite, and ricotta sounds like a very creative ingredient!

22 The Wimpy Vegetarian February 6, 2012 at 8:42 pm

These look so good! I’ve never put ricotta into my muffins, but it sounds like such a great idea. I’ve bookmarked these to try them soon! Love co-hosting #chocolatelove with you!!

23 EA-The Spicy RD February 6, 2012 at 11:56 pm

Muffins? Cupcakes? Whatever you call them, they look delicious! The ricotta chocolate combo sounds amazing, and I am so with you on the daily chocolate habit :-). Happy # chocolatelove!

24 Patti February 7, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Hi Suzanne! These muffins look so delectable! Love the photos!

25 Lisa {Smart Food and Fit} February 7, 2012 at 3:22 pm

This look great, I’ve used cottage cheese in my muffins but will try ricotta! Sending you some #chocolatelove! πŸ™‚

26 Soni February 7, 2012 at 5:18 pm

Super yummy and lovely clicks of these beauties!So glad to be hosting #Chocolate love with you πŸ™‚

27 Marnely Rodriguez February 7, 2012 at 6:27 pm

I love the addition of ricotta, I bet they are super moist!

28 Celina February 8, 2012 at 1:03 pm

These look gorgeous! I have been wanting to make chocolate muffins but I hadn’t found a recipe I had wanted to use. I think I have now.

29 Laura @ The Art of Cooking Real Food February 8, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Oh, man! These sound so rich and decadent! Gotta try these.

30 Laura 2 Sprint 2 the Table February 8, 2012 at 3:07 pm

That last picture sent me over the edge for these – I’ve never heard or ricotta in chocolate muffins, but I bet the saltiness and creaminess it adds is unreal!

Lots of #chocolatelove your way!

31 Tina (PinayInTexas) February 8, 2012 at 3:36 pm

This is pure deliciousness! Would you mind sending me one?

32 dudut @mytwistedrecipe February 8, 2012 at 10:18 pm

perfectly domed muffins, Suzanne!

i love the addition of ricotta cheese πŸ™‚ can this be substituted by cream cheese?

would love to do this sometime πŸ™‚

33 Suzanne February 8, 2012 at 10:21 pm

Thanks, you could try cream cheese it is a heavier cheese but if you use less cream cheese it might work. Try it and see how it does.

34 valerie February 9, 2012 at 2:35 am

They look awesome! I especially love that last picture of yours.

35 Jackie @ Vegan Yack Attack! February 10, 2012 at 1:42 am

These muffins look like they make the most amazing breakfast (or dessert)! Since you used ricotta, I’m almost sure that I’ll be able to use some Silken Tofu to achieve nearly the same result. Thank you for the #chocolatelove inspiration! πŸ™‚

36 Alida's Kitchen February 10, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Oh wow, look at those!! Gorgeous! I love the use of ricotta in these. What a great breakfast treat!

37 Richa@HobbyandMore February 10, 2012 at 6:46 pm

how moist and fudgy are those muffins! yumm. i’d love to bite into that gorgeous perfection

38 Cindy (Http:// February 14, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Wow, this looks awesome! (pretty and yummy) πŸ™‚ Sending you some co-host chocolate love! Happy valentines day!

39 Tammy February 18, 2012 at 6:52 pm

What a great recipe, they turned out great!! My husband bought part skim ricotta so maybe they will be somewhat better for us LOL! I used Your tip & used half cake flour, I also add 2 tsp. espresso powder I didn’t have chocolate chunks so used 1/2 bag of mini semi sweet chips & a handfull of regular chip. These are by far the best chocolate muffins I’ve ever ate……EVER!
Thanks for sharing,

40 Suzanne February 18, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Thanks for leaving such a sweet comment, so glad they turned out great for you. I bet with your adjustments they were even better!

41 Ashley February 21, 2012 at 3:37 pm

I’ve made these twice and loved them both times. Thanks for the fantastic recipe! The photos are gorgeous!

42 Suzanne February 21, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Awe that so nice, thanks for letting me know. Glad they are a keeper for you!!

43 Susan January 30, 2016 at 8:03 pm

When do you add the melted butter, with the milk and vanilla? I am not seeing the butter mentioned anywhere in the list of instructions. Thanks!

44 Suzanne February 8, 2016 at 12:19 pm

Hi Susan, so sorry it didn’t say when to add the butter. I’m sure by now you have figured it out. But I did change the recipe to read to add the butter with the milk and vanilla. I hope the muffins turned out yummy for you, thanks for making them and visiting my blog.

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