Cocoa Banana Muffins

I’m in this weird phase where I only enjoy bananas in baked good form, which is odd considering I used to have a banana on top of my oatmeal every single morning.  We haven’t been buying bananas much lately, but the Englishman recently bought a bunch while I was in San Diego for work.  As soon as I returned, I promptly began brainstorming ways to incorporate them into a baked good, and came up with Cocoa Banana Muffins.

cocoa banana muffinsTo be honest, Nigella Lawson came up with cocoa banana muffins and I just took her recipe and modified it a bit.  And since Nigella is the queen of all things chocolate in my book, I knew these muffins would be good and they were.  I even took it a step further with the chocolate-ness and added some extra chocolate chips to the batter, so each bite had an extra chocolate punch.  Oh yes.

cocoa banana muffins close upSo the moral of this story is if you have a bunch of bananas sitting on your counter make cocoa banana muffins,  And if chocolate isn’t your thing, make banana spelt muffins.  Or just slather a banana in peanut butter if that strikes your fancy.

Cocoa Banana Muffins (inspired from this recipe)

cocoa banana muffins pin*Makes 12 muffins


3 ripe bananas

1/2 cup canola oil

2 eggs

1/4 cup light brown sugar

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup spelt flour

3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

1 tsp baking soda

Semi-sweet chocolate chips


Preheat your oven to 400F.  Line a muffin tin with paper liners or grease with cooking spray.

Mash your bananas in a small bowl and add your eggs, sugar and oil.  Continue to mix well.

In a larger bowl add your flours, baking soda and cocoa powder.  Fold your wet mixture into the dry and continue to mix.  *Note: I used a stand mixer for this, but you can use a hand mixer or good ol’ elbow grease.

Gently scoop your batter into the muffin tins to about 1/4 full.  Sprinkle some chocolate chips into each muffin cup and then top with the remaining batter.

Place in the oven for 15-20 minutes.  Remove and cool before digging in!

cocoa banana muffins bunchIf you really want to make these muffins out of this world, top them with peanut butter.  PB + Chocolate + Banana = perfection.

What’s your favorite banana recipe?


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