These Gingerbread Chocolate Chip Muffins are a delicious treat to make with your Christmas morning breakfast! Not only are they whole wheat, but dairy free as well!
On Monday we started off the holiday baking season with one of my favorite flavor combinations, cranberry and orange. Today we’re continuing with the baking and using another favorite holiday flavor, gingerbread! I think people are divided on whether or not they like gingerbread. When I was a kid it wasn’t a flavor I was very fond of, but now I’m finding that I love it’s rich molasses, ginger, cinnamon spiced flavor. All those warm spices and flavors are perfect in these Gingerbread Chocolate Chip Muffins.
Normally when I make muffins I tend to use buttermilk because I love the moisture it adds to the muffins. This time however I decided to make my muffins dairy free. To make these holiday flavored muffins dairy free was actually quite simple. I simply subbed dairy milk for Almond Breeze Almondmilk Cashewmilk. I loved the rich nutty flavor this blend had and an added bonus was that the unsweetened version that I used only had 25 calories per serving.
Along with using the Almond Breeze Almondmilk Cashewmilk I also subbed the Greek yogurt that I usually add to baked good with unsweetened applesauce and replaced regular chocolate chips with dairy free ones. Now I don’t know about you guys, but I love a muffin with a good top on it! Yes, I am a muffin top girl. I am 100% that person who would prefer to just eat the muffin tops and leave the stump behind. Please tell me you’ve seen that Seinfeld episode? I was so pleased with how the muffin tops on these gingerbread chocolate chip muffins turned out!
The muffins rose beautifully in the oven and had that perfect domed top that you hope for. The tops had a lovely crust on top of them along with a little crunch thanks to the turbinado sugar I sprinkled on before baking. I also sprinkled a few more of the mini chocolate chips on top because 1) it looks pretty and 2) are you really going to say no to more chocolate chips in your muffin? The gingerbread flavor isn’t overpowering, but it’s still very recognizable. I also added orange zest to the muffin batter which you absolutely must do! If you’ve never paired gingerbread and orange together you’re in for a treat. The two flavors combined with the chocolate chips are magical! As you consider what to make for your Christmas morning breakfast definitely put these gingerbread chocolate chip muffins at the top of your list!
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