Chocolate Chip Hazelnut Muffin Pies {Recipe ReDux}

Somewhat of a cross between a cookie, a muffin, and a pie, these chocolate chip hazelnut muffin pies are sure to please. No refined sugar or flour.

When life doesn’t go as planned…

Sometimes, things just don’t happen like you expected them to. Like that time some friends, my husband, and I ducked into a cafe in the middle of a snowstorm in Ankara, Turkey. It was cold, windy, snowy, and the street was deserted. We just wanted a place to warm up for a bit.

We were the only ones in the restaurant, and asked the server for coffee and tea, using a conglomeration of different languages we speak for these two simple words that we thought we knew.

Everything was understood. Or so we thought.

Somewhat of a cross between a cookie, a muffin, and a pie, these chocolate chip hazelnut muffin pies are sure to please. No refined sugar or flour.

One by one, the dishes arrived. Plate after plate of food showed up on our table. Veggies. A huge basket of bread. Lots of sauces, honey, jams, butter, and who knows what else. And finally…a mountain of a cheese platter, the slices all stacked up against each other forming a sort of teepee.

Apparently, the word for breakfast in Turkish is “kahvalti”, which sounds a heck of a lot like “coffee, tea”. So we accidentally ordered breakfast. We weren’t hungry at all, but still enjoyed all that delicious food!

Sometimes accidents have the best results.

Somewhat of a cross between a cookie, a muffin, and a pie, these chocolate chip hazelnut muffin pies are sure to please. No refined sugar or flour.

Like these chocolate chip muffin pies. I don’t really know what to call them. I tried to make a healthier version of pecan pie, but personal size. But then I couldn’t find pecans anywhere in Ljubljana. Turns out they aren’t in season right now, so I used hazelnuts instead.

They didn’t exactly turn out very pie-like. But they’re delicious anyway. I made several dozen over the course of a few days. The hubby brought some to work, I brought some to the deaf school, and everyone loved them.

Bottom line, no matter what you call these things–cookies, muffins, or pies, they won’t disappoint.

Chocolate Chip Hazelnut Muffin Pies
 
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Cookies? Muffins? Pies? I don't know what exactly to call these chocolate chip bites, but they sure do please. No refined sugar or flour.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12

Ingredients
For the crust. Use either your favorite pie dough or the recipe below.
  • ½ cup coconut oil (or softened butter)
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 cup white or regular whole wheat flour
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • pinch of baking soda
For the filling
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup white or regular whole wheat flour
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ¼ cup butter, melted and cooled
  • ½ cup hazelnuts or pecans, chopped
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla (optional)

Instructions
For the crust
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the coconut oil and honey together.
  3. Add the flour, salt, and baking soda. Mix well. Dough will be crumbly. *See Note*
  4. Thoroughly grease a muffin pan with coconut oil.
  5. Press balls of dough into muffin pan in an even layer on the bottoms and sides.
  6. Bake for about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, make the filling.
  7. The dough will have probably slid down the sides of the muffin pan a little. Using a spoon, press into the center of each one to make a little spot for the filling.
For the filling
  1. Mix honey and flour in a bowl. Add egg, butter, hazelnuts, chocolate chips, vanilla, and stir.
  2. Spoon mixture into the half-baked muffin pie crusts and put them back in the oven for about 25-30 more minutes. Remove and let cool.

Notes
*If using solid coconut oil, the dough will be crumbly. If you are in a hot climate and the coconut oil is melted, the dough will not be crumbly, but soupy. Just stick it in the fridge to harden up a little and then follow directions as normal.

 

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