There is something comforting about having homemade muffins in the morning. Do you like chocolate? How about bananas? I love both so of course, I would like chocolate banana muffins. Do you normally make banana bread with those dark brown ripe bananas? Time to switch it up and make these incredible muffins. They are packed with rich chocolate flavor. If I can do it, you can do it! Let’s get started!
Step 1: Gather the ingredients and tools
In order to make chocolate banana muffins you need the following ingredients and tools:
- Melted butter – I recommend using unsalted butter for these. But if you only have salted you can use it.
- White granulated sugar – These muffins need some sweetness. After you make them the first time, you can choose to reduce or add more sugar the next time. In case your muffins aren’t sweet enough or are too sweet for you.
- Vanilla extract – The ultimate flavor enhancer.
- Egg – The egg will add texture and act as a leavening agent. It will also help bind the other ingredients together.
- Sour cream – this will make the muffins moister and add a hint of zing. Use this homemade sour cream if you like.
- Very ripe bananas – You know those really dark looking bananas that have been sitting on your counter for a few weeks. The ones that are all soft and squishy, yeah those, they are perfect, so don’t throw them out.
- All-purpose flour – Also referred to as “plain flour”. This gives the muffins most of their body and structure.
- Unsweetened cocoa powder – Definitely the star of this recipe. You can’t have chocolate banana muffins without cocoa powder. Just make sure you don’t use the cocoa powder which is for making chocolate milk.
- Baking soda – helps with leavening and browning
- Baking powder – also helps with leavening
- Salt – another flavor enhancer. The salt brings out the flavor of the other ingredients. It will also provide a balance to the sweetness.
- Chocolate chips – oh yeah to make these muffins extra chocolatey. You can use semi-sweet, dark, white, or milk chocolate chips.
Step 2: How to make chocolate banana muffins
Start by preheating the oven to 350 F (176 C). Melt your butter, either in the microwave or on the stovetop, and pour it into a large bowl. Add your sugar to the butter and cream those ingredients together with your mixer or a wooden spoon. If you would like your muffins to be less sweet reduce the amount of sugar by 1/4th of a cup.
Step 3: Eggs and Bananas
Add in the egg, vanilla extract, and sour cream and mix until well combined. Now it is time to mash up those bananas. Since they are already very ripe they should be easy to mash up using a fork. I like to use a meat tenderizer, however, just because I can. So just peel them and mash them until you get a nice banana paste texture. Scrape those bananas into your bowl with the other ingredients and again mix until combined. Don’t over mix the batter. If you are using a hand mixer or stand mixer after mixing in the bananas put the mixer away. This will help ensure overmixing doesn’t occur.
Step 4: Sifting the dry ingredients
Next, place all of your dry ingredients in a sifter and sift them into your bowl with the batter. Or alternatively, if you don’t have a sifter, whisk them together in a separate bowl first. This is important because unsweetened cocoa powder tends to get a bit clumpy. Stir the ingredients in with a wooden spoon or strong spatula until all combined.
Step 5: Oh so yummy chocolate chips
Time to amp up the chocolate flavor by mixing in the chocolate chips. It is up to you what flavor of chocolate chips that you want to use. Sometimes I will use a combination of semi-sweet and milk chocolate. Pour in all but about 1/4 of a cup. We will add those to the top later.
Step 6: Fill up the cups
Now we just take the muffin pan and place the paper cups in it. Fill up each cup about 2/3rds of the way full first then come back around and use the remaining batter. You should wind up with 12 full cups. Once you are done sprinkle the top with the leftover chocolate chips.
Step 7: Bake those chocolate banana muffins
Place the muffins in the preheated oven (350 F/176 C) and bake them for 15 to 20 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean when poked. Once they are baked remove them from the oven and allow them to cool before serving them. Enjoy!
Chocolate Banana Muffins
- Hand Mixer or Stand Mixer
- sifter or whisk
- Muffin pan
- muffin cups
- 1/2 cup butter melted (113g)
- 3/4 cup of white granulated sugar 170g
- 1 tsp. of vanilla extract 5ml
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup sour cream 123g
- 2 large very ripe bananas
- 1 1/2 cup of all-purpose plain flour (192g)
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 25g
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda 3g
- 1/2 tsp. baking powder 3g
- 1/2 tsp. table salt 3g
- 1 cup chocolate chips semi-sweet, milk chocolate, dark, white (175g)
- Preheat oven to 350 F (176 C). Melt the butter and cream it together with the sugar in a large bowl. Use a mixer or wooden spoon.
- Next add in the egg, vanilla extract, and sour cream and mix that in until just combined.
- Peel and mash up the ripe bananas. Use or fork, rolling pin, or meat tenderizer. Add the bananas to the batter and mix until just combined. Put the mixer away now if you are using one. We don't want to over mix the batter.
- Sift the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and cocoa powder into the bowl. Or place them in a separate bowl and whisk them together, then add to the main bowl. Stir those ingredients in with a wooden spoon or strong spatula until just combined.
- Add all but about 1/4 cup of the chocolate chips and stir them in. Use whatever flavor of chocolate chips you want. To make these a little more healthy use sugar-free chocolate chips.
- Place 12 paper cups in the muffin pan and fill them up with batter. Then top them off with the remaining chocolate chips. In to the oven they go.
- Bake them for 15 to 20 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean after being poked. Let the muffins cool before serving. Enjoy!
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