September 12, 2011

Pinipig, Coconut & Chocolate Granola Muffins

This week's Muffin Monday recipe came courtesy of New York Times' Recipes for Health series. The muffin consists of granola baked along whole wheat flour, sweetened by raisins and a touch of honey. The healthiest muffin baked so far by the Muffin Monday bakers!

I had planned on making granola for this muffin recipe but weekend plans got the best of me so ended up using this organic granola. I followed the recipe only altering it by using whole wheat pastry flour but had to say the recipe gave me not-so-good results. The muffins came out with flat domes and burnt edges even after they've only baked for 15 minutes. Imagine if I waited to checked in 20 minutes like the recipe stated? Crunchy edges aside, I had to taste these muffins which were not at all bad (but not spectacular either). Not too sweet which I prefer but a bit one-note. My oldest son described it best when he said it tasted like raisin bran. My granola of choice might be the culprit since it was very plain. I realized then that the success of these muffins depend greatly on the granola used.

So off to bake again, this time using ingredients I would use to make my own granola: pinipig, coconut flakes and chocolate. Pinipig is glutinous sweet rice that was harvested while still young and pounded flat. Fresh pinipig is usually bright green but quickly loses it color as it dries. Puffed rice (Rice Krispies' Snap, Crackle & Pop) can not compare to pinipig in terms of flavor and crunch.(More information on pinipig from Market Manila here.) Toasting them before use makes it even better; the heat releases their light sweet rice fragrance.

So the second time around I can say is a success; the muffins came out with a light, fluffy texture with still-crunchy pinipig here and there. The coconut flakes throughout made for a satisfying chew while the tiny pieces of bittersweet chocolate added a little sweet bonus.

Pinipig, Coconut & Chocolate Granola Muffins

85g pinipig
140g (1 cup) whole wheat pastry flour
10g (2 tsp) baking powder
2g (1/4 tsp) salt
2 eggs
355ml coconut milk
60ml vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
60g coconut flakes
80g bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped

In a dry skillet, toast pinipig over medium heat, stirring constantly to avoid burning (about 10 minutes). Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Prepare muffin tins with pan spray.
In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.
In a medium bowl, beat eggs along with coconut milk, vegetable oil and vanilla.
Stir in the pinipig, coconut flakes, and chocolate into the wet mixture
Sift in the flour mixture and stir only until moistened.
Spoon into muffin tins, filling 3/4 full.
Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until it pass toothpick test.
Remove from oven. Let it cool in pans for 10 minutes. Remove from tin and enjoy.

A big "Thank You" goes to Anuradha for all the work she does week after week. Check out her Granola Muffins along with the links to all my fellow Monday Muffin bakers.

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elena @3greenonions said...

wow the things one learns thru muffinmonday...I'd never heard of pinipig till now. Your muffins look super healthy and yum. And I agree; the type of granola definitely makes a big diff in these muffins. Thankfully the one I used (loaded with nuts and raisins) is so good I can eat handfuls of it by itself...and then muffinized, it was perfection! Great baking with you again!

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to get my hands on some pinipig! thanks so much for introducing me to this ingredient. Kudos to you for testing this recipe twice, they turned out great :)

Elizabeth of QueensNotebook said...

Caroline, I love how you added PINIPIG to this Muffins! I was just wondering the other day where on earth could I get pinipig from this parts? I'm sure the crunch in those was sheer delish!

The Poet Herself said...

Wow, you made them twice?! Glad the second attempt worked out much better than the first. :)

elena @3greenonions said...

wow, you leave you learn - first time I hear of pinipig!! I sort of wish I did a second batch too, we're all out!!

Bianca @ South Bay Rants n Raves said...

Nice to see a little Filipino flair in the muffins. The taste does truly depend on the granola. I stuck w/ a basic one too cuz I didn't know what to expect. Never seen pinipig in a muffin til today.

Baker Street said...

You made them twice! WOW! Glad they turned out well the 2nd time.

I had coconut in my granola and it tasted super delicious.

Anonymous said...

I really loved yours! Chocolate granola muffins... what a delight!

Annapet said...

Wow, Carol. I love pinipig and coconut, of course! So happy to bake with you again!


Oh great - now I'm craving some pinipig and up until your post I had never even heard of it ;) Glad your second attempt turned out better...the coconut is a great idea!

Unknown said...

Pinipig and coconut, how delightful! I loved your determination in making these muffins tastier, and you're right, the granola used makes a whole world of difference.

terra said...

Pinipig sounds so lovely, thank you for sharing, I have never heard of it! I am a new lover of coconut milk, love the addition in your muffins. Just beautiful! Hugs, Terra

Julia @Mélanger said...

I had never heard of pinipig until now. I thought it was just some cute word you had come up with in your title, until I kept reading. Great looking muffins!


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