That’s right, not just your average chocolate chunk muffins, Mexican Hot Chocolate Muffins. For those of you who have never heard of this kind of hot chocolate, its hot chocolate but with a kick! Remember… the movie? Chocolat?
Now, real Mexican Hot Chocolate is made with pure cocoa, cinnamon, and chiles – so I can’t say that these are perfect – but using hot chocolate mix, ground cinnamon and chipotle spice is certainly on the right track. The addition of hot chocolate to the regular cocoa powder makes for a bit of a creamier taste to the muffins, and also allowed me to decrease the amount of white sugar.
Perhaps these won’t pass as breakfast muffins, but they do have less sugar than a cupcake, so perhaps its best they remain a snack. The chocolate muffin base is based off of a recipe from http://www.cacaoweb.net/chocolatemuffins.html, but I have modified it quite a bit.
Depending on how spicy you are willing to go you can add more spice to the top of the muffin. I would say 1/8 teaspoon may not be enough! These were delightfully chocolatey and had a smokey undertone with the chipotle. Alternatively I would try cayenne or chili powder to see what kind of different tastes you get!