Considering that I have run a boutique bakery - Cupcake Couture Lagos for the past 4 years, it is amazing that there is not a single baking recipe on this blog.
There is no better recipe to break the 'no baking recipe on the blog' jinx than this moist and delicious banana chocolate chip muffin one. And to celebrate, its also giveaway time. Oh yaay.
So - banana bread and its variants are very popular with a lot of people around the world. I make a killer banana bread if I say so myself but I am always on the lookout for recipes that use bananas in baked goods in different ways. I was going through one of my many recipe binders that contains printed and torn out recipes from magazines, the internet etc and I found a recipe for banana chocolate chip muffins that seemed easy enough. I tried it and while it was nice, I tweaked the recipe - Uzo style and the result is super moist muffins with undeniable banana flavor that is not too sweet which means the kiddies can enjoy this as well.
To make 12 muffins, you will need:
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 57g butter at room temperature
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 cup buttermilk - Please see kitchen tip post on how to make buttermilk at home
- 3 large very ripe bananas - chopped into small pieces
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 12 cup muffin tin
- 12 muffin liners
Sieve flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl and set aside
In a stand mixer or using a hand mixer, cream butter and brown sugar for about 5 minutes or until fluffy. Add beaten egg and buttermilk.
Using a wooden spoon or spatula, stir in flour mixture until just incorporated. Do not over mix
Add bananas and chocolate chips and fold in gently so as not to turn the bananas to mush
Scoop mixture into muffin liners - filling them 3/4 of the way
Bake in a preheated oven at gas mark 4 or 400F for 20 minutes until light brown and a toothpick inserted into the middle of a muffin comes out clean.
Let muffins cool in pan for 10 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack until ready to eat
I realize that everyone doesn't have chocolate chips or muffin liners lying around - so I am giving away 12 muffin liners like the ones in this picture and 1 cup of real semi sweet chocolate chips - enough for this recipe to 2 readers. All you have to do is: comment on this post, subscribe to www.youtube.com/uzosfoodlabs and follow on twitter: @uzosfoodlabs. Winners will be picked at random and should be able to pickup their gifts from Lekki 1, Lagos.