Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Espresso Mini Muffins

Sometimes you just need a little pick me up. Especially if your "pillow situation" isn't working out very well. What do you mean you don't have a "pillow situation"? I envy you, my friend. I really do. I have a serious pillow situation. It involves four different pillows, endless combinations of them, and constantly switching them around to get just the right level of pillow perfection that will bring me solid sleep and a neck that doesn't feel like it got run over by a freight train in the morning. Although, the neck thing could be because I sometimes choose to forgo the pillows entirely and lay curled up in this weird position with my head halfway down the bed and hanging off the side. Still, I blame the pillow situation.

flourless muffins

But the point of this story is that sometimes you just need a little pick me up, and when you don't drink coffee but find yourself with a bag of ground espresso in your pantry, that little pick me up comes in the form of Espresso Mini Muffins with Chocolate Ganache. And don't ask how I ended up with that bag of ground espresso in a non-coffee drinking household, that's a story for another day and another post.

espresso muffins

Look at those little babies! Ohhhh yeah. AND guess what? They are gluten-free and grain-free! They are the perfect cross between a breakfast muffin and a dessert with their delicious chocolate ganache frosting. They've got a hint of espresso and are nice and fluffy despite being entirely flour-less! They are a great morning snack and the perfect pick me up for when your pillow situation has got you down. Or if you are normal, and not partially crazy when it comes to pillows like me, then they are the perfect pick me up for anytime you need one! Or even if you don't!

Espresso Mini Muffins with Chocolate Ganache
Makes 12 mini muffins

For the muffins:
3/4 cup almond meal/flour (I used Bob's Red Mill)
1 tablespoon ground espresso beans
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
pinch of salt
1 egg
2 tablespoons coconut oil + more for greasing
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla 

For the chocolate ganache:
2 oz dark chocolate
2 tablespoons coconut milk

Preheat oven to 350. Grease a mini muffin tin well with coconut oil. 

In a food processor combine all the dry ingredients for the muffins. Pulse to combine. 

Add in the wet ingredients for the muffins and mix on high until everything is nice and smooth. 

Fill greased muffin tins 3/4 of the way full. You should have just enough to make 12, if you really scrape the bowl clean.  

Bake for 8-9 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Do NOT over bake!

Allow muffins to cool.

Make the ganache. In a microwave safe bowl combine the coconut milk and chocolate, microwave for 30 seconds, stir, microwave for 15 more seconds if it is not melted. Be careful not to burn it.

Top muffins with desired amount of ganache. Enjoy!

paleo muffins

Love, Luck, and Happiness!


  1. Oh, you crack me up. I too have an intense pillow situation that involves 4 pillows and endless combinations. It's horrible. I feel for you!

  2. I so get the pillow thing. I thought I was the only freak that needed 2-3 pillows and took a pillow with me on trips because I hate firm pillows. I'm having a pillow thing lately as well, and I think I just need to run out and grab a new one. My favorite down pillow has just lost its fluff and it's not getting it back. I have to double fold it over another pillow just to get comfortable. Pain!!
    These mini muffins look so cute and I love the shiny gnache topping!
    I hope you have a restful nights sleep girl!
    xoxo, Jackie

  3. Oh, the muffins are LOVELY! This looks like something I must try. The recipe is great and I loved the picture!!

  4. Would there be any modification if making in a normal muffin pan? would the bake time change?

    1. Sarisha - the bake time would increase a bit, but honestly this recipe wouldn't give you very many regular sized muffins since I did the measurements to only make 12 mini muffins. You could probably get 3 or 4 regular sized muffins out of this recipe.


  5. Gluten free muffins?! I want it! I'm seriously a crappy baker, I wish I could whip something up like this :)



    Southern (California) Belle

  6. These are delectable! I just started baking with almond flour and I love it! It has such great flavor. I recently bought one of these sleep better pillows and it's helped my neck a lot! http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000ZK4QH8/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

  7. Oh yum, these look like the perfect mini cakes!

  8. Ooh these look delicious!!! Espresso + chocolate in one!!! This is definitely going to be something that I'll have to make for the fiance. What type of dark chocolate did you use? Did you get chips or just a bar? I can never find the right type of baking dark chocolate... I'd love any tips! Thanks Michelle :)

    1. Glad you want to make them! I used a 70% cacao bar from Trader Joe's and cut it up into pieces.

    2. So I made these today and they're delicious (I accidentally ate 3 while frosting), but my first batch only made 8 mini muffins (I might have a bigger mini muffin pan than you because 8 was a struggle and I scraped everything off), so I ended up doubling the recipe it since I needed more. I also added some instant coffee to the ganache to make it all coffee flavored. I'm going to have to share your recipe because it was amazing! Thanks Michelle!!!

    3. That's great that you liked them! My muffin tin is pretty small. I assume it doubled well?


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