Beyond banana bread: muffins with add-ins (and attitude).

Banana bread.

It’s SO ’50s.

So… home ec.

So GOOD.

And even better with chocolate. Really.

Bananas and chocolate? Well, think banana split. And chocolate-covered frozen bananas.

Trail mix with chocolate chips and dried bananas. And…

Banana chocolate chip muffins.

While unexpected, the marriage of bananas and chocolate is really quite spectacular. As is another fruit/veggie/chocolate combo: pumpkin bread with chocolate chips. Which just happens to be one of our top-rated recipes.

If you’re a fan of classic banana bread, moist and dense and baked in a loaf pan, try our Heavenly Healthy Banana Bread. This recipe graced the back of our whole wheat flour bag for many months, and gets superior customer reviews.

As does our Guaranteed Banana Bread recipe, with its “secret ingredient.”

C’mon, you didn’t seriously think I’d give away the secret right here, did you? Click to the recipe to find out what makes it extra-special.

And finally, Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins. With cinnamon chips, and nuts. And butter-rum or coconut flavor.

Now, THAT’S banana bread with attitude! Let’s do it.

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease 12 to 14 standard muffin cups. You’ll use the larger number of cups if you include the full amount of all three add-ins: chocolate chips, walnuts, and cinnamon chips.

Next, the banana. Hopefully you have nice, ripe bananas like this one. The riper the banana (mottled brown, even black), the stronger the flavor.

You’ll need 1 cup mashed banana, about 2 medium or 1 1/2 large bananas. Mash with a potato masher, or simply beat in the same bowl you’ll use to put together the recipe.

Next, beat together 1/2 cup butter and 2/3 cup sugar till smooth. Add 1 large egg.

At this point, you can also add 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon butter rum flavor or coconut flavor, if you like.

Add the 1 cup mashed banana, and 1/3 cup milk.

Beat to combine. You’ll make a curdled-looking batter; don’t bother trying to beat it smooth.

Add the following:

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1 cup King Arthur Premium Whole Wheat Flour or King Arthur 100% White Whole Wheat Flour

Beat to combine. It’ll still be a bit lumpy, mostly from the banana; that’s OK.

Next, we’re going to add cinnamon chips. Cinnamon Flav-R-Bites are on the bottom; cinnamon mini chips on the top. You can use either or both.

What’s the difference? Flav-R-Bites are more strongly flavored, and more solid in your finished muffin. Cinnamon chips are milder-flavored, and have a melty consistency, like chocolate chips.

Add the following to the batter:

3/4 cup chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts, pre-toasted in a 350°F oven for 8 minutes, if desired
1 cup cinnamon chips or cinnamon Flav-R-Bites, optional but tasty

Can you add just one, or two, of these ingredients? Yes.

Can you omit all of them? Yes.

Freedom of choice: it’s the American way!

If you’ve used cinnamon Flav-R-Bites, allow the batter to rest for 30 minutes at room temperature; this will soften the bites up.

Note: If you’re going to use the Flav-R-Bites, you don’t need to preheat your oven at the start; you can do it now, while the batter’s resting.

Heap the thick batter into the prepared muffin cups, mounding them quite full; a muffin scoop works well here.

Sprinkle the tops of the muffins with coarse white sparkling sugar, if desired.

Bake the muffins for 20 to 23 minutes…

…until a cake tester inserted into the center of one of the middle muffins in the pan comes out clean.

Hey, wait a minute – how come there are only 6 muffins baking here?

Because I was doing an experiment:

On the left: a muffin made from batter that rested before baking. On the right: baked immediately, without a rest.

Even if you don’t use the Flav-R-Bites, letting the batter rest for 30 minutes before baking results in a slightly taller, more peaked muffin.

Transfer the muffins to a rack to cool completely. Looking good, aren’t they?

By the way, this is a 5-star recipe, as ranked by our readers. Take a look at the full recipe – Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins – and add your own review!

PJ Hamel
About

PJ Hamel grew up in New England, graduated from Brown University, and was a Maine journalist before joining King Arthur Flour in 1990. PJ bakes and writes from her home on Cape Cod, where she enjoys beach-walking, her husband, two dogs, and really good food!

comments

  1. Sudy Nally

    Unsalted or salted butter? Should I assume one way or the other from KAF recipes?

    I love this website, the recipes, your blogs! They convey such a positive attitude and encourage us to dive in!

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  2. Ozlem Oktar Varoglu

    They are in the oven:) This is my first time making muffins and I’m 50 🙂
    My son wanted something to eat by our night night tea. I found this recepie. reallt it was so quick and easy to prepare. I hope it will cook good.. So excited:)

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  3. micheal koleowo

    Pls is it only king anthur flour I can use to get best result or other flour can be used

    All of our recipes are made and tested with King Arthur flour. While other brands can be used, results may vary.-Jon

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  4. Mia Ormonde

    I used coconut oil rather than butter and it tastes perfect! Light and fluffy. I also let it rise. I used walnuts and chocolate chips. Yum!!!

    Mia: did you use the coconut in a liquid state or a solid? I wonder if it made any difference. There can be issues with using coconut oil in recipes (a GF brownie recipe was not as successful with the swap, although the eggs were also replaced with non-egg substitutes). Thanks for sharing your success! Kim@KAF

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  5. gegebliss

    Love the muffins, love all of the KAF recipes … that is one reason I now find myself on a program to lose weight. I love that the program allows 20% of my food intake to be “for fun” or indulgences because I am aiming for a new lifestyle and I can’t imagine life without bread and baked goods. My question is this; Are nutritional values available for the KAF recipes? I want to be wise about how I use my “for fun” calories.
    I know. I could never give up baked goods unless someone told me that if I took one more bite, I would die on the spot! I wish we had all of the nutrition facts available but for now I can put your request on our Customer Wish List for more facts! Also, here are some sites you can take a look at for a nutritional calculator. Enjoy! Elisabeth
    http://caloriecount.about.com/cc/recipe_analysis.php
    http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-calculator.asp

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