February 11, 2013

Banana Dark Chocolate Chip Muffins

Good morning, friends and readers! Do I have the bestest, funniest husband or what?! Now, in my defense, I was never delusional. A bit worried about my blog, yes. Actually, I tried to talk him into blogging this recipe for me... but I should have known, he cannot be controlled! I'm feeling a bit better, thanks so much for your good wishes, but still not "up to snuff". This week is going to be packed to the gills, including a weekend roadtrip, and I'm feeling a little overwhelmed, so I hope you'll forgive me if I take a week off. If there's one thing I've learned, it's that this blogging thing should never feel like a "job"! And that my blogging friends won't mind too much. :) So! I'll be back next Monday, with the two recipes I missed this week (Cream Cheese Brownies and Cherry Almond Scones) and a few more I'm REALLY excited about. Like, really REALLY excited.

Oh!! And the game!! He certainly didn't make it easy, did he?? Well, here are the answers:

Picture one is: A melted chocolate chip inside...

Picture two: A banana muffin, made from...

Picture three: a black banana peel with a lump of over-ripe banana!

And the recipe is...

Banana Dark Chocolate Chip Muffins (adapted from Dulce Dough)
Printable Recipe

2 cups flour
3/4 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs
2 small ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted and slightly cooled
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup Greek yogurt (or sour cream)
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup dark chocolate chips (or semisweet, or chunks, etc)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees, and grease/line a 12-cup muffin pan. Whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt together in a large bowl and set aside. 

In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, melted butter, and vanilla. Stir in mashed bananas and yogurt until well combined. Add to dry ingredients and stir until just moistened (there will still be bits of flour) Stir in chocolate chips. 

Divide batter among muffins cups. Bake for for 18-22 minutes, or until golden-brown and firm to the touch. Let cool a few minutes in pan before removing. 
So many of you were SOO close!! In fact, my Mom had almost all the right answers in her guesses, but then picked wrong for her final choices! Because there are too many of you tied, points-wise, it would be a little bit hard to send you all baked yummies, so I have another idea: each of you that guessed cupcake (close enough), reply to this post with a recipe request! ANYTHING!! And I will research, and over the next couple of weeks, share a fabulous recipe for each request, tried and tested for deliciousness. What do you think??
I hope you'll play! And now, on to the muffins: To start with, dark chocolate and banana? Perfect match!! These muffins were a family-favorite, even the picky one approved!!
Soft and fluffy and banana-y, with warm, melty dark chocolate, the best banana muffins I've ever made. Or eaten! Hands down! And so easy to throw together, as I can assure you after making them while sick!

Well, see you all next week!! And I hope you really do comment those requests!


  1. Yeah...I guessed the cupcake right :) I would love a simple and easy, yet delicious recipe for Tiramisu. My 16 year old son loves this dessert. I've tried one recipe, but it was so complicated that I really don't want to make it again. A more simple recipe would be great! Thanks and hope you continue to feel better!

    1. That sounds awesome!! Would you believe I've never actually had tiramisu?? So, I'm starting my research, do you have an egg preference? Some of these have raw eggs whipped into the mascarpone...

    2. I'm a little scared about the raw eggs, although my local grocery store carries pasterized eggs. They would probably be fine to use if those seem like the best recipes?? I can't wait to see what you come up with :)

    3. As long as you wash the eggs in warm, soapy water first, that should kill all the bacteria and you shouldn't get sick from a raw egg in a recipe. It's what I do for ice cream recipes where you don't heat the mixture before freezing.

    4. I may have found a way to skip the eggs! Tiramisu will be on the menu next week!

  2. April,just send me about a dozen,teehehehe!!..Yall have ton's of fun on the road trip.

    I'll Be looking for your post on yalls return.

    Thanks for visiting LoblollyLane and your comment is so appreciated.

    1. And I want easy recipe for dessert using cream cheese other than cheesecake....I'm talking easy,few ingredients...can't wait to see what you come up with,I will surely prepare it and post about it with your blog as source,teeehehe,this will be so much fun.Maybe you should think about a linky partay,could be called,"YOU ASK,HERE IT IS,NOW DO IT"...I'm smiling already!!!!!

  3. Hmmmm can I request a delicious soup? It's been cold (well, colder than it has been) this week and soup is always comforting :)

    1. Hmmm, a soup... I'll need to find a new one!! Give me a week or two to research. New soup, coming up!! (Until then, check out the soup section, my favorites are already posted!)

  4. Hi April, Sorry to hear you weren't feeling well - and I'm sad I missed the geologist's fun game! We're on the road here (to California eventually). Hope you have some fun on your own road trip and glad you're on the mend!

  5. Oh, haha, I was wrong on all counts! No surprise there. I am glad you are feeling better. I hope you have enjoyed your week off and your weekend away! Looking forward as always to your return, coz I love you to bits and miss you when you're not around. so there. ☺


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