nigella chocolate banana muffins before my last overseas trip, i froze 3 bananas and totally forgot about it till the maid reminded…  (⌒_⌒;)… Nigella offers a very easy to make choco-banana muffin recipe and i put these together in a matter of minutes …

Original recipe adapted from Nigella

3 very ripe or overripe bananas
125 ml vegetable oil
2 large eggs
100 grams soft light brown sugar
225 grams plain flour
3 tablespoons best-quality cocoa powder (sifted)
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

nigella chocolate banana muffins
– Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas mark 6 and line a 12-bun muffin tin with papers. Don’t worry about getting special papers: regular muffin cases will do the job
– Mash the bananas by hand or with a freestanding mixer. Still beating and mashing, add the oil followed by the eggs and sugar
– Mix the flour, cocoa powder and bicarb together and add this mixture, beating gently, to the banana mixture, then spoon it into the prepared papers
– Bake in the preheated oven for 15–20 minutes, by which time the muffins should be dark, rounded and peeking proudly out of their cases
– Allow to cool slightly in their tin before removing to a wire rack

nigella chocolate banana muffins
Personal notes:

– i added half tsp of ground cinnamon to the dry ingredients
– i filled the muffin cups to the brim and baked them at 230 degrees C for 8 mins, and 190 degrees for 5 mins (do this only if you want a dome shaped muffin)
– i may consider adding vanilla extract and some chocolate chips/chopped nuts to the batter in the future
– i may also consider replacing cocoa powder with melted chocolate to give it a bit more “powder” ヾ(*⌒ヮ⌒*)ゞ
– i ended up dressing my muffins with melted chocolate, flaked chocolate logs and sprinkles (again).. sigh… ( ̄(エ) ̄)ゞ
– all in all, i still think this is a good basic muffin recipe (but please ensure your bananas are overripe, otherwise you may want to consider adding more brown sugar)
– refer to this link on tips for freezing bananas ~ personally i prefer freezing bananas in mashed form … i tried freezing them as a whole in a freezer bag, skin on, but when thawing, it was a total mess…. that said, of course you freeze bananas as a whole if you intend to make chocolate coated bananas

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nigella chocolate banana muffinsEnjoy this simple treat (o⌒.⌒o)


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