Monday, November 29, 2021

Chocolate Clementine Muffins and a Book Review #MuffinMonday

This small batch muffin recipe combine the seasonal flavors of chocolate and orange for a wonderful breakfast treat or afternoon snack.

Chocolate Clementine Muffins

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I was inspired to make these muffins while listening to the audible version of Dean Koontz's novel The Silent Corner.

The Silent Corner by Dean Koontz

This is the first in a series featuring protagonist Jane Hawk, former FBI and widowed military wife.  Jane is widowed after her husband takes his own life without any prior warning signs of depression, anxiety or insurmountable problems.

Jane doesn't believe it was suicide and begins investigating which results in her son, Travis, being threatened.  Jane puts her son into hiding and delves deep into a conspiracy that is far reaching with tentacles into governmental agencies, including her FBI family.  

While Jane is investigating she goes to see another recently widowed by suicide military wife.  When she arrives, unexpectedly at the widow's house the widow is keeping her body and mind busy by baking dozens upon dozens of Chocolate Clementine Muffins.

This novel, is typical Dean Koontz suspense.  The protagonist and good guys are very likeable and the bad guys are everywhere.  The narrator does a great job and I was anxious to order up and listen to the second book of the series from my local library.

Chocolate Clementine Muffins pin

Not only will you enjoy the novel if you are a suspense fan but if you love the flavor profile of citrus with chocolate you are going to love these muffins as well.

Muffins, Breads, Breakfast, Snacks, Chocolate, Citrus
Breads, Muffins
Yield: 6 muffins
Author: Wendy Klik
Chocolate Clementine Muffins

Chocolate Clementine Muffins

This small batch muffin recipe combine the seasonal flavors of chocolate and orange for a wonderful breakfast treat or afternoon snack.
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 20 MinTotal time: 25 Min


  • zest and juice from 3 clementines + enough milk to make 1/2 c. of liquid, if needed.
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 c. canola oil
  • 1 c. flour
  • 1 t. baking powder
  • 1/4 t. baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 T + 2 t. baking cocoa
  • 1/4 c. sugar


  1. Whisk together the eggs, juice mixture and oil. Set aside.
  2. Combine the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl,
  3. Make a well in the center and pour the liquid ingredients into the well. Using a spatula or wooden spoon, mix just until incorporated and moistened.
  4. Divide between 6 muffin cups that have been treated with baking spray.
  5. Bake in a preheated 375* oven for 18-20 minutes, until a skewer inserted in the center removes cleanly.

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  1. Chocolate and orange work so well together! Headed to go check out that book, love Dean Koontz!

  2. Orange and chocolate are magical pairs. Love this muffin. Need to try it.

  3. Orange and chocolate are so perfect together. And the book sounds fascinating!

  4. I love a detective-type story with a female protagonist so I'll definitely be looking for the book in my library. What great inspiration for your lovely muffins!

    1. Thanks Stacy, I enjoyed the second in the series as well. The third is going to have to wait while I read two book club books.

  5. This is a very delicious muffin and we loved the flavor profile. I love Dean Koontz and checkout this book. Thanks for the share.

    1. I love him too, hadn't read him in a while and am enjoying this series.


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