Thursday, September 16, 2010

Chocolate Banana Muffins






This Chocolate Banana Muffin has been in my baking list since I first saw in Honey Bee Sweets. I can't recall what was holding me back for taking so long to bake this muffin, but I am glad that finally made myself available for it.





Recipe adapted from here.

Ingredients (makes about 16)
250g unsalted butter, room temp
200g caster sugar (I reduced to 180g)
5 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
300g cake flour
1.5 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
80g unsweetened cocoa powder
200ml fresh milk
300g very ripe banana flesh, mashed
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips (I ran out of chocolate chips so I used duo chocolate (white & dark) chips)
2 ripe bananas, peeled and cut into 2 cm in length, dust in 1 tbsp of all purpose flour

Method:
1. Cream the butter and sugar together till light and fluffy.
2. Then crack in one egg at a time and mix well before adding another.
3. Add vanilla extract and stir well.
4. Sift the cake flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl. Then add in 1/4 of this flour mixture into the egg mixture and mix well. Then add 1/3 of the milk in. Repeat this until all the flour and milk has been added in and mixed in.
5. Add in the mashed bananas and stir well. Then sift in the cocoa powder and again blend well. Lastly stir in the chocolate chips.
6. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
7. Scoop the batter in to the muffin paper liners to about 3/4 full. Then insert a banana wedge into the middle of the muffin. Repeat till all the batter has been used.
8. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes or till the tester comes out clean.

Verdict?
This muffin is moist and soft, kind of melting in your mouth, the finest texture of muffin that I had ever ate. What's more, it tasted super chocolately and with the bite of banana chunk definitely added extra marks! I had reduced the sugar slightly since I was using very riped bananas, overall the sweetness is just right for me. This muffin is best eaten when warm.

46 comments:

  1. Oooo.... very presentable! Ahh...next round can use some butterscotch chips on this. Yummm... Hope you're enjoying your day.
    Cheers, Kristy

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  2. Nice big chunk of banana in the middle... what a nice surprise when you bite into the muffin!
    ** 2 THUMBS UP **

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  3. oohh another chocolate banana!! nice muffins jess!!!

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  4. Eh, Sonia also did something similiar, I remember.
    The bananas inserted inside give the muffin extra boost of moisture, right?
    I'm sure ur girl loved this a lot.

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  5. oooo I luv bananas & chocolates! waiting for my bananas to ripen to whip up something :)

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  6. These look delicious, love that they're banana filled x

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  7. Lovely Muffins, like the bananas peeping through them. Nice to be here, following you to get more such goodies. best wishes.

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  8. What a wonderful presentation of what I'm sure must be delicious muffins. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  9. Heehee, so glad you finally made this! So good right (thick skin). I was suppose to make this too but I ended up trying another new banana cake recipe. Now looking at yours made me a bit regret, lol!

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  10. I love the surprise banana in the middle! Looks delicious!

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  11. What can go wrong with banana and chocolates! I could almost imagine the choco-bananay aroma from my screen :)

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  12. Nothing can go wrong with banana and chocolate. This is yummy!

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  13. Are these for real?!?! They look so good!

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  14. love the banana in the center. looks delicious! you got the mat in Daiso? I just bought it recently :D

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  15. Banana and chocolate are good partners. Love this combination.

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  16. Yeah, the banana soft in the center completes the texture of this muffin. Nice.

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  17. those muffins look so good! The banana center is such a wonderful idea, what a great taste combination!
    I would love one for breakfast tomorrow!

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  18. Yea, I remember about Bee Bee's too! I love how the slice of banana "floats" so perfectly in the center of each muffin! I myself been dying to make something banana and banana-choco. Not so soon I guess. Haiz ...

    Hey, take care yea? I hope you have not fallen ill!!?? 不要嚇我!這些玩笑開不得ar ... @@ 珍重!

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  19. Oo, those look AMAZING! I love the banana centers.

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  20. O yeah... another delicious banana muffin (cake) from Jess...

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  21. This looks so beautiful and delicious...so moist. I love that banana surprise inside.

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  22. Looks so delicious and moist and the muffin cups are so pretty!

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  23. I also tried Bee Bee' s recipe earlier, my kids love it especially my daughter.

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  24. Thanks Kristy. Oh if with butterscotch chips must be very yummy too, must try next time.

    Thanks Nel, the chunk of banana really gave extra bites.

    Thanks Jess.

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  25. Wendy, ya now I remember Sonia did it b4. Yes my gal love it :).

    Peng, if u are banana choco person, this is the recipe that u must give a try.

    Thanks How to be perfect.

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  26. 鲸鱼蓝蓝蓝,谢谢。

    Thanks sanjeeta for dropping by, do come back again :)

    Thanks Mary.

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  27. Bee Bee, I am so glad too that I made this, I really think we have similar taste bud hahaha.... Dun regret, bake this again when u have banana :).

    Thanks Karen.

    HHB, oh yes the aroma was so strong when the muffin was baking :).

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  28. Hi Grace, I am totally agree with you :).

    Cookie Sleuth, oh yes all are real and not only real, very yummy too hee hee hee.

    Hi Wiffy, the surprise banana chunk added marks to the muffin. Yes I bot the mat at Daiso, we have the sane taste :).

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  29. Hi Christine, I agree with you too, choco and banana are perfect match.

    Thanks Aimei.

    Hi Tigerfish, yes agree with you :).

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  30. Thanks Chef Dennis, I wish I can send it to you so you can have it for your breakfast :).

    Hi Pei Lin, try it dun wait :p ok ok I know you are super busy now, I will wait patiently for your nice bakes. I am fine now, just having flu but not serious, guess my immune system won this battle :). 对不起,让你操心了。谢谢泥的关心,我好感动 :). 你也要保重身体ok.

    Thanks Indie, I love the banana chunk too :).

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  31. Thanks Neyee, try it if you are Choco Banaba fan :).

    Thanks Marymoh, I love this surprise too ;).

    Thanks Cooking Gallery :).

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  32. Sonia, my daughter love it too :).

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  33. The muffins are pretty, I was more interested in the muffin cups, if you could please tell me where I can buy those pretty muffin cups.
    I would really appreciate it.

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  34. Very beautiful! I love the combination of chocolate and banana! The extra piece of banana in the center is a bonus!

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  35. I love the big chunk of banana in the centre of the muffin!!

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  36. The muffins look sooooo delicous, not to mention very chocolatey. Yum yum

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  37. Looks great!! Thanks for sharing Jess !! :)

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  38. Hi Foodie, I bought these muffin cases frpm Lee Bee Enterprise Co
    Blk 507 Jurong West St 52 #01-152
    Singapore.

    Thanks Angie. Yes I both the combination of choco & banana plus the chunk of banana, extra yummy :).

    Thanks Ellie, me too :).

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  39. Thanks SweetsSuccessBaking.

    Thanks Jet, this muffin super chocolately.

    Thanks Weng :).

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  40. I love that there is a little secret stash of banana in the center of the muffin! I'm going to have to try these.. by the way.. where did you get your muffin liners??

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  41. WOooo...So many great pictures and recipes since my last visit. Must come here everyday liao!

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  42. Evan, try it and let me know if you love it. I got the muffin cups in local bakery shop (Singapore).

    Ann, ya come everyday if not I will miss you too much leh :).

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  43. Love the banana surprise in the center! These look delicious - thanks for sharing Jess. :)

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