Chocolate and Banana Muffins

Bored of making banana bread every time you have some over-ripe bananas to use up? Give these yummy muffins a go for a change! They produce a moist, chocolatey muffin full of banana flavour and are so easy to whip up using store cupboard ingredients and couple of past-their-best bananas.

Perfect for elevenses…surely they count as one of your five a day too?!

Chocolate and Banana Muffins

I got the recipe for these from Leiths Baking Bible and have made minimal tweaks to the method/ingredients. I think every baker (beginner or more experienced) should own this book. There are masses of recipes (over 600 pages!) and it’s the book I turn to when I have some ingredients that I don’t quite know what to do with. There are very few pictures in it, which is a bit of a shame, but this just means they can cram in more recipes!

Chocolate and Banana Muffins (adapted from Leiths Baking Bible)
Makes approx 12 muffins

225g self raising flour
55g cocoa powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda (I had run out so substituted with just under 1/2 tsp baking powder. They were fine)
225g caster sugar
2 ripe bananas, mashed
85g chocolate chips (Leiths recommend plain but I used milk)
1 egg, beaten
30g unsalted butter
225ml milk

– Preheat the oven to 170C fan (190C/gas mark 5) and line a 12 hole muffin tin with cases

– Gently melt the butter over a low heat. Remove from the heat, pour in the milk and set aside.

– Sift the flour, cocoa powder, bicarbonate of soda into a large bowl and add the sugar. Make a well in the centre and add the banana, eggs, butter/milk mixture and chocolate chips. Mix together swiftly until the ingredients are just combined – don’t overmix!

– Divide the mixture between the muffin cases (they will be quite full) and bake in the centre of the oven for approx 25 – 28 minutes (Leiths say to bake for 20-25 minutes but mine so it might be worth checking after 20 in case your oven works differently to mine!)

– Once the tops are springy when pressed and a skewer inserted into the centre of a muffin comes out clean, remove from the oven and place the muffins on a wire rack to cool.


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