Wake and Bake

Breakfast snacks for those who get peckish first thing in the morning.

Wake and Bake: Vegan Chocolate-Coffee Muffins

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[Photograph: Carrie Vasios Mullins]

The cool thing about a lot of the great chocolates being produced these days is that they're vegan. In fact they're vegan without intending to be vegan; their short, focused list of ingredients simply excludes dairy products and other potential animal by-products. Having all that high quality chocolate makes it that much easier to make great vegan sweets, which in my book is always a good thing.

These muffins are really simple to put together, but they do come with a few caveats. First, they have a dense, moist crumb that's not going to be exactly like a traditional muffin in texture. (See photo below for a visual.) Second, they have a double dose of coffee— a cup of the freshly brewed stuff and instant espresso powder—so be ready for a literal pick-me-up.

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And finally, the batter is on the sticky side, so I highly recommend using paper liners instead of just greasing the muffin tin. But if rich, deeply chocolatey breakfast sweets that contain no dairy or eggs are your thing, then give these a whirl.

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