Chocolate Banana Muffins

On these super hot days we seem to be having in the UK lately spending time baking in a hot kitchen is probably the last thing you want to do. But sometimes you just need cake right? Well this recipe is a win win. You get delicious homemade muffins with very little effort, these lovelies take no more than 10 minutes to whip up and 20 minutes to cook. Another added bonus is that they’re not the worst treat you could make. They’re not exactly healthy, but a lot of the sweetness comes from the banana so there’s less sugar than your average cake. Plus the chocolate flavour comes from cocoa rather than chocolate, reducing sugar levels further again!

 

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You will need

 

3 ripe bananas

125ml vegetable oil

225g plain flour

100g soft light brown sugar

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

3 tbsp good quality cocoa

2 eggs

50g chocolate chips (optional)

 

Preheat oven to 200°C/400°F and line a 12 hole muffin tray, with paper muffin cases.

 

First of all peel and mash your bananas. Give them a really good seeing to. I left mine with some lumps for texture but if you want you can entirely puree them.

 

Add the oil to the banana and stir well before adding the eggs and the sugar. Make sure it’s thoroughly mixed.

 

Sieve in your flour, bicarbonate of soda and cocoa (and chocolate chips if using) and mix. At this point try not to over stir as this can make muffins dense. If possible try to stir a maximum of 12 times, just make every stir count ensuring you’re scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl to incorporate all the dry ingredients.

 

Divide the mixture evenly between the 12 muffin cases then pop in the oven for 15-20 minutes until they are dark and risen or a cake tester/cocktail stick inserted comes out clean.

 

Enjoy with a nice cup of tea out in the sun!

 

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