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Friday, 1 February 2008

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

It’s a cold blustery day here with impending snow on the way so what does Rosie do best on a day like today? Well, I plod off into my warm and cosy kitchen and turn on the oven to bake some gorgeous muffins!

I had one very ripe banana left lurking in the fruit bowl crying out for attention, so I thought a muffin would be fitting to eat warm with a steaming hot drink and the family will demolish the rest when they arrive back home later, *giggle*.

The textures to my muffins are very light with delights of banana and chocolate chip chunks. When eaten warm, the chocolate is still in its semi liquid form and that instant pleasure erupts into your mouth hitting that vital zone of chocolate heaven – yum!

Showing the texture of the muffins with its semi liquid form of chocolate

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Makes 12 medium sized muffins

275g (10 oz) Self-raising flour
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
125g (4½ oz) caster sugar
175g (6 oz) unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
1 large egg
100mls (3½ fl oz) whole milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 large ripe banana, mashed with a fork
100g (4 oz) Green & Blacks Milk Chocolate, chopped into fine chunks

You will need a 12-hole muffin tin lined with paper muffin cases, medium size.


Preheat the oven to 200°C/fan 180°C/400°F/Gas mark 6.

In a sieve over a mixing bowl sieve the flour, salt and baking powder together. Add the sugar and butter and rub through with your fingertips until it resembles breadcrumbs. Make a well in the middle for adding the liquids. In a large jug add the milk, egg and vanilla extract and give this a little whisk with a fork to blend them together. Pour into the well of the flour mixture and gently stir through trying not to over mix with a wooden spoon. Add the banana and chocolate chips and again gently stir through the mixture. Divide the mixture equally between the muffin cases making sure you leave a slight gap at the top for the mixture to expand when baking.

Place into the preheated oven for 20 –25 minutes or until golden brown and firm to touch in the middle. You can also test to see if baked enough by inserting a skewer into the middle and it should not have any sponge mixture clinging to it.

Place onto a wire rack in the tin to cool for 5 minutes before turning out fully onto the rack. Can be eaten warm or cold.

Note: Chocolate chips can be used in this recipe instead of chopping up chocolate, and dark chocolate could be used instead of milk chocolate.

Very ripe bananas give the best flavour in this recipe. Enjoy :)


Happy cook said...

Banana muffins with chocolate. A excelent combination.
My daughter love these muffins.

Maria said...

Lovely muffins Rosie and i love the combination of choc and banana, yum!


Rosie said...

Hi Happy, I hope you will try the recipe out for your daughter :) I love banana & choc combo very much too!

Hi Maria, I was in sheer raptures eating my muffin with a hot steaming drink today lol

Thanks ladies for calling by and your lovely comments too :D

Rosie x

Namratha said...

Hmm lovely combination Rosie, love the idea of bananas and chocolate in the same muffin.

Pixie said...

Love banana chip muffins. Last time, I added in some strawberries; very yummy!

Donna said...

Delicious looking, Girl!!! A nice cuppa coffee to go with it!LOL Stay warm today!!

Rosie said...

Hi Namratha, thank you :) I'm such a sucker for a banana choc combo lol

Hi Pixie, wow thanks for that little tip of the strawberries and choc, yes another great delicious combo :) Mmmmm going to try this out in summer ;)

Hi Donna, the heating is in full throttle as one would say lol It really is very cold here and just had sleet showers so that hot coffee is in much need!!! lol Have a great day sweetie :)

Thank you ladies for calling by and as always your lovely comments :D

Rosie x

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

Mmmmm. Yum, yes please! A classic combo, isn't it, bananas and chocolate - but that's because it's so darned delicious!

Cakelaw said...

Hi Rosie, These sound great! And I agree that on a cold, miserable day, nothing warms the body or soul as much as a warm oven with the smell of baking wafting throughout the house.

Dhivya said...

This looks awesome rosie...Great job,,Thanks for sharing

MrsB said...

Your muffin look delicious rosie, the sponge looks really soft and tasty, hope you enjoy them! I will try and join in your pudding challenge btw, i will let you know if i do!

Rosie said...

Hi aforkfulofspaghetti, welcome and how lovely to *see* you here!!

I must admit the family enjoy this classic combo :)

Hi Cakelaw, I have to agree with you there 100% :)

Hi Dhivya, my pleasure and I hope you give this recipe a go :)

Thank you very much for calling by and your most welcomed comments everyone, much appreciated!

Rosie x

Rosie said...

Hi Mrs B, thanks a lovely comment coming from a fellow baker! :)

You'd be more than welcome if you're able to join in the pudding challenge :)

Many thanks for your lovely comment! :)

Rosie x

Uma said...

Wow, they look delicious. Shall give it a try. Thanks for sharing.

Bellini Valli said...

I think these are my favourite muffins Rosie. Can't wait to use up those bananas. Also I have tagged you for a MEME. This is an easy one and you are not feelings won't be hurt. Just check out my answers if you get the chance!

Sagari said...

banana and chocolate yummmmmmmmm wonderfull combo

Bharathy said...

I'm thinking of making banana cke for quite a long time..
Rosie,the muffins with choco chips are excellent..:)

Dhanggit said...

hi rosie, you are torturing me with this choco-banana muffin tandem..they look sinfully delicious!! :-)

Rosie said...

Hi Uma, welcome and thanks for visiting! :) I do hope you enjoy these muffins as much as my family have :)

Hi Valli, thank you! I will be over to check out your meme now I’m up and going again with my P.C.

Hi Sagari, awe thanks you are so kind :)

Hi Bharathy, I do hope you will try this recipe out :) Enjoy!

Hi Dhanggit, I wish I could pass you one over to try :)

Thanks everyone for you lovely comments and also for popping by!!

Rosie x

Jeena said...

Rosie I just know that these muffins taste delicious because I still think you have a secret bakers shop! Hehe... :-)

Rosie said...

Hahahaha, nice one Jeena! :D I would have a little tea shop if those lotto numbers came up ;)

Thanks for putting a huge smile on my face with your lovely comment and also for calling by!

Rosie x