1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons best quality cocoa powder
3/4 cup superfine sugar
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips, plus 1/4 cup for sprinkling
1 cup milk
1/3 cup plus 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Special equipment: Muffin tin with paper muffin cases
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Put the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa, sugar, and 3/4 cup of the chocolate chips into a large bowl. Pour all the liquid ingredients into a measuring jug. Mix the dry and wet ingredients together, remembering that a lumpy batter makes the best muffins. Spoon into the prepared muffin cases. Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup chocolate chips on top and then bake for 20 minutes or until the muffins are dark, risen and springy.
And while having the muffins baked, I made my own mixed nuts. I mixed raw cashews, walnuts and almonds together on a baking tray and roasted them for about 10 minutes in the oven (under the muffins tray). I am trying to make the family eat more nuts as nuts are good for general health. Buying the ready made mixed nuts like Tong Garden is very expensive and one pack of mixed nuts is not much. Though the raw nuts is expensive as well, it is much worth than a pack of ready made and I get a lot more. After roasting and the nuts cooled, I added the raisins.