Scientifically Sweet: Double Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Double Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Bananas and chocolate are meant to be together.

Have you ever had a dark chocolate covered frozen banana? Ridic!!

I used to get them all the time at Cedar Point in Ohio. Speeding roller coasters and chocolate covered bananas - good times!

These are easy as heck to make and holy cow delicious! It's hard for me to NOT bake these at least once a week.

The batter is so chocolatey and rich. It's flecked with small chunks of banana, loaded with chocolate chips and perfumed with cinnamon.

I love using trigger or quick-release ice cream scoops to portion my muffin batter neatly into these paper cups. This way they all bake up evenly.

I never use this scoop for ice cream. When I want ice cream, I just grab the tub and a spoon. Done deal.

The tops crack up like mini earthquakes. If the ground I walked on was made of chocolate, I don't think I would even notice an earthquake.

Chocolate on chocolate.

Makes more sense than white on rice.

Get on this - I bet you will make them way more than just once!

Double Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins
Makes 12 muffins

1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened Dutch-processed cocoa powder
1 ¼ tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
½ tsp ground cinnamon
¾ cup mashed ripe banana (about 2 medium bananas, previously frozen)
1/3 cup sour cream
1 large egg
½ cup granulated sugar
¼ cup canola oil
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat your oven to 350°F. Line a standard 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners and set aside.

In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon; whisk together to blend evenly and set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together mashed bananas and sour cream until smooth. Whisk in egg, sugar, canola oil and vanilla extract until well blended. Add the flour mixture and the chocolate chips and fold gently until just combined. Do not over-mix.

Divide batter evenly among muffin cups. Bake until the muffin tops spring back when touched gently and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean despite any melted chocolate chips, 20-22 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes in the pan before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

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  1. Having the kids home for the weekend and looking for some baking inspiration. Always come here first. Maybe these for breakfast and the strawberry cinnamon cupcakes for dinner. Love your book - clear inspiring recipes, interesting explanations and outstanding pictures.

    1. Thanks so much Gary! Your kids are in for one sweet weekend!

  2. Looks great! Is it really necessary to have previously frozen bananas? Can I just use overripe bananas I have on the counter?

    1. You can use overripe bananas, but freezing them first helps to break down the little black fibers for a smoother batter. You can see how I use this method to make super a super smooth and yellow batter for my Banana Cupcakes with PB Cocoa Frosting in my book!

  3. I am dying right now. These look too good for words.

  4. To confirm, no there's not much thats better than dark chocolate and bananas. Congratulations on making the foodbuzz Top 9!

  5. These look so perfect! Love that pinch of cinnamon

  6. I saw these and knew I had to make them, so I did. Last night. They were so easy to make. I made the batter and baked them while my dinner rolls were in their second rise (the oven was at the perfect temp for the rolls afterwards). I loved how chocolaty and moist they were and not overly sweet. My only change was to use mini choc chips and reduce the baking time to 17-18 minutes. I took pictures and hope to blog about these soon. Thanks for sharing the recipe!! :o)

  7. This secret blog thing sounds interesting. The muffins sound yummy and perfect for a chocolate craving.

  8. I made these! Thanks for the recipe. They are the tender most wonderful yummy muffin.

  9. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I just made this also and turned very well and become my family's fave. Please visit me and tell me what you think



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