I've got a lovely recipe for you today-thanks to my mom!
If you are like most people, Mondays are rough. No matter what your day looks like there is just something about facing an entire new week that makes you want to stay in bed. I decided to ease the frustration of being back at work by whipping up a batch of 'Java Muffins' for my coworkers. These are delectable with just the right hint of coffee flavor.
Java Muffins (adapted from Taste of Home recipe): makes 12 muffins
1/4 cup butter, completely softened
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup strong brewed coffee
1 Tbsp instant coffee granules (I used Starbucks VIA brand)
3/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans, divided (optional)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In a large bowl or mixer, beat butter and brown sugar until crumbly. Add eggs and mix well. Add applesauce.
In a small bowl, whisk buttermilk, coffee, coffee granules and vanilla until granules are dissolved. Add to butter mixture and mix in.
In another bowl, whisk together the flours, baking powder and soda, cinnamon and salt. Add in as two batches to the butter mixture, stirring each batch in until just mixed. Fold in 1/4 cup of the pecans, if using.
Prep a 12-cup muffin tin with muffin liners, or coat with cooking spray. Fill each cup 3/4 full and sprinkle the remaining pecans on top (if using). Bake 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Cool several minutes before removing from the pan onto a wire rack. Serve warm.