Sunday, May 29, 2011

Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter Lava Muffins


I think I owe you an apology.

I've been a bit absent.

"Form V Artisan" hasn't seen new posts spewing out butter, chocolate, sugar and....well, more chocolate in a couple of weeks.

It was too much. I felt the repercussions of bakery blogging withdrawal almost immediately and I'm back with something that will make you forgive me.

Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter Lava Muffins.

I bet you've never heard those six words in the same sentence before today.


These are incredible. Deep, dark chocolatey banana muffins studded with chocolate chips and oozing with creamy peanut butter.

Really? I mean, come on. I just ate four.

Yes, that's "4"-- in a row. Incredible.

I even snook in some whole wheat flour and these babies only need 4 tablespoons of oil. The sour cream keeps them moist and the hint of spice is a bit unexpected.

The name promises peanut butter lava. Ummm.....I think it delivers.


Look at that - bubbly, molten, oozing, peanut butter lava gushing out from the top. How is this possible? A scant teaspoon of peanut butter is spooned into the middle of each muffin.

Is it a volcano or a muffin? Muffin or a volcano? I don't know, but it sure tastes freakin' delicious!

The trick to keeping them light is to gently fold in the dry ingredients to prevent over-working the batter which would promote the formation of a tough gluten protein network. This is because muffin recipes are meant to be quick (that's why they're called quick breads), so there are no special steps used to aerate the batter, such as creaming or whipping egg whites. Folding is key.

If these don't say "I'm sorry for being a bit late, but wasn't it worth it?", then I don't know what does.

I hope you've found it in your heart, or stomach, to forgive me.

Love always,

Christina.

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24 comments:

  1. Ha! No, I have not heard those 6 words in 1 sentence. The muffins sound great. Good tip on how to keep muffins light. They often are dense, and not as delicious as they should be. I'm going to have to put this recipe in my "to do" folder!

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  2. Oh wow! Chocolate & peanut butter, one of my favorite combinations!

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  3. Wow! Mouthwatering! Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Wow.....I want! The pb lava is just too cool.

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  5. Gorgeous. I need those. At least 10 of them. I will not share.

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  6. Those are definitely six words I want to hear in a sentence. Who wouldn't love a muffin that has a molten lava center?

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  7. This is absolutely amazing and mouthwatering!!! I love your version of lava muffins!:))

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  8. The peanut butter is different, I've seen the molten chocolates -- white, milk and dark -- but never molten peanut butter. Interesting. Wish it wasn't 90+ degrees here in flipping May so maybe I'd try them.

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  9. All of those flavors just happen to be my favorite so I'm ready to devour one of these as soon as possible.

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  10. Love the flavors in these muffins!!! Doesn't get much better than these flavors. Yum!

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  11. Yum! I wanted to make muffins this week! Problem solved!

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  12. Chocolate and peanut butter is my number 1 weakness! So good!

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  13. Wow..deliziosi!!;-))
    Un bacione*

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  14. yay welcome back! now I can finally start up on baking again lol

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  15. Made these last night. An instant hit! Thanks for another great recipe :)

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  16. how do you eat all this goodness & not gain any weight??

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  17. Yum! I just fell in love with this recipe! Just calling something a lava cake sounds dangerously good, but add chocolate? and peanut butter? and bananas?? This is definitely on my list of new recipes to try! thanks for the recipe :)

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  18. These muffins are phenomenal!! The muffins finished within a day! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  20. Can I use either Dutch process or natural in these muffins? I am dying to try them.

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    1. Either one will work fine in this recipe. Good question though!

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  21. Could one use plain greek yogurt instead of sour cream?! I just happen to have a very large tub of yogurt... Thanks!

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    1. Yes, plain greek yogurt makes an excellent substitute for sour cream.

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