Some Good Ol’ Chocolate Banana Muffins

I’ve been sitting outside with Wilfy, basking in the sunshine which has finally hit Wales, contemplating what I fancied baking. As much as I love experimenting with ingredients and recipes, creating and playing around with risky foods, sometimes I think we all need something simple and chocolately.

And you know what? I haven’t made chocolate muffins with cocoa powder in a long time. I’ve always been a bit snobby about using cocoa powder, as I think you get a slightly artificial taste, rather than that natural, smooth and rich taste you get when using fresh melted chocolate. However I recently bought some Hotel Chocolat Cocoa Powder (horribly expensive but I wanted a treat) so decided hey ho…. I’d give it a try!

These are so elegant in their simplicity, and the banana (oh how I love using up ripe bananas and baking with them!!) keeps these beauties moist and fresh for just that little bit longer. The dark flavour from the cocoa really gives these a kick and definitely does them justice.

And they taste pretty good with a coffee or cup of tea.

Enjoy these simple and classic munchies!

Chocolate Banana Muffins (makes around 12)

3 very ripe bananas

125ml vegetable oil

2 eggs

100g light brown sugar

225g plain flour

3 tbsp cocoa powder (sifted)

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 tsp cinnamon

Dash of milk (if needed)

75g white chocolate chunks (if desired to make these sweeter)

  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees and line a muffin tray with paper cases
  2. Mash the bananas with a fork and add the oil followed by the eggs and sugar
  3. Mix the flour, cocoa powder and bicarb together and gently beat this into the banana mixture
  4. Spoon into the prepared cases and bake for around 15–20 minutes
  5. Allow to cool and then place on a wire rack

  

  

Enjoying the sunshine pre-muffin making!

Wilfy enjoying a good stick!

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