Banana Chocolate-Chunk Muffins

When I set out to make these muffins, I was prepared to:

Tediously chop up chocolate

Smash bananas into mushy oblivion

Eat every speck of stray crumb topping left behind on the muffin tin

Chow down on some delicious muffins

What I was not anticipating, however, was having to fend off animals, wild and domestic alike. After taking pictures of in-process batter on the porch, I came back into the kitchen to find my cat on the kitchen counter, licking batter off the beaters of my hand mixer. Animals on anything higher than a chair is strictly verboten in my home, and such transgressions are punishable by livid, curse-laden shouting, a kitchen sink hose-down, and exile. I was feeling merciful that day, so Izzy was only subjected to cursing and rooftop exile.

The next incident occurred while the muffins were cooling on the porch. A squirrel (whom I have named Mr. Pibb) lives in the other end of the window box Izzy is sitting on in the above picture. Pibb and I don’t exactly get along. I left his home intact two springs ago when I planted in the window box, and he showed his appreciation by destroying everything. So this year, I replaced his home with New Guinea impatiens. He retaliated by wreaking havoc on my main garden, pulling peppers off plants and throwing them on the ground. (There are tons of squirrels all over the neighborhood, but I know it was him.) Now that the flowers are gone, Pibb is settling back into his old home, and trying to break into mine. While cleaning up in the kitchen, I heard a bizarre racket coming from the porch. I peeked out to see Pibb, hanging on one of the screen window near the muffins, shaking it with all his might. I grabbed my camera, but by then he had retreated to the safety of a nearby tree.

Banana Chocolate-Chunk Muffins

(adapted from Smitten Kitchen)

yield: 12 muffins

  • 9–12 oz. of high-quality, extra dark chocolate (80% cocoa), chopped into chunk-sized pieces (I used upwards of 13 oz., and I thought it was too much)
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • ⅓ cup of butter, melted
  • 1 cup of light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • a splash of milk
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. nutmeg
  • pinch of cloves
  • 1 ½ cups of all-purpose flour

Crumb topping:

  • ¼ cup of all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup of brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp. butter, chilled

Preheat oven to 350°. Mash bananas in a large bowl, then add butter and stir to combine. Mix in sugar, egg, vanilla, milk, and spices. Add baking soda and flour, and beat until batter is smooth. Stir in chocolate chunks.

Make the crumb topping by combining sugar and flour together, and then cut in the cold butter until a crumbly mixture forms. (I really tried to think of another adjective to use besides “crumbly,” but all I could come up with was “little flour and sugar coated butter chunks.” So whatever. I’m sure you know what a crumb topping should look like anyway. Even so, I’m still going to show you a picture.)

With a spoon, evenly distribute batter in a standard-sized muffin tin, and then evenly distribute crumb topping amongst the cups. Bake for 25–30 minutes, or until the tops begin to brown and a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Remove from tin and let cool (preferably in a place free of ravenous, indignant squirrels).

Comments

  1. Cecilia says

    Sound wonderful! I just made a marvelous banana nut bread, and thought I’d try these. I wrote down the ingredients and realized you have left out the amount of flour to be used in the batter. Flour measurement for crumb topping was included in the recipe. Please post the amount of flour.. thank you!

      • Cecilia says

        I couldn’t wait! lol So, I added 1 1/2 cups flour…and see that was the appropriate amount.

        I also doubled the crumb topping and they turned out beautiful, moist, and delicious!

        Thank you!!

        • says

          Hurray! I’m glad they worked out. And I think I will go with double the crumb topping next time too. (I’ve actually thought about making just crumb topping, baking it, and eating it by itself…)

  2. says

    I just discovered your blog through photograzing and it is gorgeous!! I’ve been waiting for this bunch of bananas on my windowsill to ripen because I specifically had choc chip banana muffins or cupcakes in mine. I am totally using your recipe. Although I think I’m going to go for cream cheese frosting in lieu of streusel. :)

  3. Marlina says

    oh god, other than your food, i love your sense of humor. if i wasn’t a food enthusiast in the first place, i would probably stalk my way to your blog anyway, cos i have a talent for discovering awesome blogs. your blog is simply gorgeous–and sinfully delicious–, and i will try this recipe cos banana muffins are super delicious!

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