Buckwheat Banana Muffins
with Chocolate Chunks & Cacao Nibs

Buckwheat Banana Muffins with Chocolate Chunks & Cacao Nibs

Up until a few weeks ago, I had never made anything with buckwheat flour. Nor could I even recall enjoying anything made of buckwheat (other than the occasional soba noodle dish). Kind of crazy, right?

I realized this when Alanna posted a recipe for Chocolate Buckwheat Banana Muffins, and I thought to myself, “I wonder what that tastes like with buckwheat flour?” I could kind of imagine it, thinking back to my teenage days of slinging pancakes on the weekends. I remember watching the strange cement-colored buckwheat batter being poured onto the griddle, and then carrying the plate of rich browny-grey pancakes over to their table, noting their nutty smell in the dozen or so steps it would take me to reach my destination. I was curious, but apparently not curious enough to actually try them.

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Pumpkin Doughnut Muffins,
Filled with Nutella

Yup. I warned you these were coming! As if pumpkin doughnut muffins weren’t tasty enough on their own, I needed to fill them with nutella. Sometimes cramming as much delicious as possible into one treat just seems like the right thing to do.

This decision, quite frankly, was for my own good. Apparently I have this problem with nutella where, uh, I can’t stop eating it. I don’t even want to tell you how much had disappeared by the end of this photo shoot. “Oh look, there’s some excess nutella on this plate, might as well clean it up with my fingers.” “And oh no, now this knife is covered in it too. I certainly wouldn’t want to waste it by washing it down the sink!” “Oh and of course I will eat this bread covered in nutella.” That went on for 20 minutes. I spent the next half an hour cursing my lack of will power and the serious serious stomach ache it had caused, while slowly sinking out of my chair, onto the floor. At that moment, I never wanted to see nutella again. I even managed to climb back up into my chair to put out a call to local facebook friends to please PLEASE take some off my hands. But the nausea soon subsided, and the nutella cravings returned.

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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.

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Pumpkin Chocolate-Chip Muffins

When I first saw this recipe a couple weeks ago, I was immediately reminded of my mother’s zucchini bread. The recipes are quite similar, which brought to mind the following logic equation:

If p = D
and m = D
then p + m = D + D

SO, if p represents pumpkin, m represents my mother’s bread, and D represents delicious, then this pumpkin bread is going to be freakin’ delicious.

Oh yeah, high school math. And I thought I’d never use it again. (Admittedly, I had to do some googling to find the logic mathy stuff I was channeling. I hope I don’t have to use it again for another ten years. Five minutes of reading about theorems and direct and indirect proofs gave me a headache.)

I usually opt to transform my mother’s bread recipe into muffins. Both are yummy, but the bread ends up creating a lot of crumbs, and sometimes it’s still a little gooey in the middle. I also tend to be somewhat neurotic when it comes to other people’s bread cutting habits. Some take giant, pig-sized slices. Others do a haphazard cutting job. And then there’s the people that lean on the other end of the bread while they’re hacking off their slice. Come on!

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