In honour of National Baking Week I thought I would post my latest creation which was born out of frustration and a touch of laziness, if I’m honest! I came across a Banana and Chocolate Chip Muffin recipe recently and immediately wanted to make them. My children have started to have packed lunches so I am trying to make them a bit more interesting and save money on shop bought goods! I digress, anyway back to the story as Ronnie Corbett would say (ask your mum!), on reading the method I realised I had been sold a pup, these were cupcakes not muffins. The recipe wanted the butter and sugar to be creamed together argh. The joy and beauty of muffins to me is the fact that they are so quick and easy to make as you just have to combine 2 bowls of ingredients together. As I wasn’t in the mood for standing with my whisk for 10 minutes I put my thinking hat on. In the past I have made Banana Muffins, Chocolate Muffins and Strawberry Banocolate Muffins so I just needed to combine these recipes to come up with what I wanted bake. Et voila my Banocolate Chip Muffins were born. As I was in a lazy mood I decided that my gadgets were going to take the strain and opted to blend my bananas instead of mashing them. I also decided that the Oxo Good Grips Rotary Whisk I’d been sent recently was going to mix all my wet ingredients and sugar together. For my full review of this fab whisk and your chance to win one of five I have to giveaway please click here.
On my first attempt I left out the teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda and was expecting the beautiful mixture to come out like rock cakes but although they didn’t rise very much they were dense and delicious. My second batch were made perfectly and taste tested on my wider family. The feedback was very positive so I felt that they were worthy of a wider audience, so here they are!
First you blend or mash your bananas.
In a bow sieve all the dry ingredients except the castor sugar.
Then whisk all the wet ingredients and sugar together.
Fold the flour mixture into the wet mixture.
Then add the chocolate chips and put into muffin cases and bake in oven.
Next take out of oven and cool on a wire rack.
I especially enjoy these muffins when they a still slightly warm and the chocolate is all gooey!
Gratuitous final shot!
- 200g/7oz Plain Flour
- ½ tsp Baking Powder
- 1 tsp Bicarbonate of soda
- 30g/1oz Cocoa
- 125g/4 ½ oz Dark chocolate, chopped to chip size
- ½ tsp Salt
- 3 Bananas, med – large
- 150g/5oz Caster sugar
- 1 Egg
- 80g/3oz Butter, melted
- Preheat the oven to 180°C.
- Put 12 paper muffin cases into a muffin tin.
- Blend or mash the bananas to a pulp.
- In a bowl sift together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt.
- In a large bowl combine the banana pulp, sugar, egg and melted butter.
- Fold in the flour mixture until incorporated.
- Then fold in the chocolate chips and distribute evenly.
- Spoon equally into the 12 muffin cases.
- Bake for 25 – 30 minutes or until the muffins spring back to the touch.