Banana choc-chip muffins – the Muffins of Evil

by Jeanne on February 1, 2011

in Recipes - baking

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Looks all demure, doesn’t it, sitting there on its pretty plate with its beribboned cutlery.  Wouldn’t harm a fly, an innocent little muffin like that.  Nothing evil about it at all, right?


Think fishnet stockings and lacy suspenders under a sober business suit; a tattoo under a school uniform; a fluffy kitten with the teeth of a full-grown tiger; or a V-12 Ferrari engine under the hood of a Mini.  Don’t let appearances fool you!  Remember my post a while back about the Banana Muffins of Good?  Well, it’s time for their evil twins to make an appearance. If those muffins were Dorothy, then these are more Damien.

We all know about the benefits of a low-fat, high fibre diet; about the dangers that gluten, dairy and sugar can hold. But let’s face it:  sometimes you just need to be a little, well… bad :o).  Listen to that little demon on your shoulder; haul out the flour; call up the butter; and make sure you swing past the sugar & chocolate shack.  These muffins may politely introduce themselves as a healthy option filled with nourishing bananas, but in reality they are buttery, chocolatey wolves in sheep’s clothing.

Just the way I like them ;o)

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Recipe from Australia

BANANA CHOC CHIP MUFFINS (makes 12 regular muffins)


60g butter
2 cups self-raising flour
1/2 cup caster sugar
1/2 cup milk
2 eggs
2 ripe bananas, mashed
1 cup dark chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 200°C. Line a regular muffin tin (12 muffin cups) with paper cases or, in my case, whip out your nifty silicone muffin cases! Melt butter in a small saucepan or heat-proof bowl in the microwave and set aside to cool slightly.

Sift flour into a mixing bowl and stir in sugar. In a separate jug, using a whisk, lightly beat milk, eggs and butter.  Make a well in the centre of dry ingredients and add the liquid to the dry ingredients, along with the mashed banana. Using a wooden spoon, gently mix ingredients until just combined; then stir in the choc chips. Don’t beat the mixture – just mix until everything is moist.

Spoon the mixture evenly into the muffin cases. Bake for 20 minutes until golden on top and a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.  Leave in the tray for 5 minutes, then transfer the muffins to a wire rack to cool.

And in other news…

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Nisrine|Dinners & Dreams February 1, 2011 at 1:34 am

A killer combination.Chocolate is my favorite addition to banana bread. Have a great week!


Nisrine|Dinners & Dreams February 1, 2011 at 1:34 am

A killer combination.Chocolate is my favorite addition to banana bread. Have a great week!


Nisrine|Dinners & Dreams February 1, 2011 at 1:34 am

A killer combination.Chocolate is my favorite addition to banana bread. Have a great week!


Firefly February 1, 2011 at 6:33 am

Hallo Evil Muffin. Come to me. Pappa wag vir jou.


Liz February 1, 2011 at 8:06 am

Chocolate and bananas – fantastic! Reminds me of camping as a kid, slices if chocolate inside a banana wrapped in foil – roasted in a camp fire – wonderful! Got to go make these now!


Marisa February 1, 2011 at 8:29 am

Awesome combo. If you enjoyed these, you should see my banana bread crammed full of Rolos. Great minds surely do think alike. :-)


Astrid February 1, 2011 at 9:11 am

Ooooooh I feel so weak… want.these.muffins.


joey February 1, 2011 at 9:31 am

Bring on the evil muffins! I think I listen to the little devil on my shoulder more than I should!


Michele AKA 5am Foodie February 1, 2011 at 10:19 am

I made a batch of these because I just happen to need a banana muffin recipe for Thursday and needed to do the all important taste test. Given that I just polished off 2 and am considering a third, I would say they passed the taste test with flying colours! I added cinnamon as well, just because… I’ll use this recipe with my group of 8 and 9 year olds on Thursday. Wish me luck! Mx


Jamie February 1, 2011 at 11:01 am

Two please! I always say that when I moved to Europe I finally learned how to eat guilt-free and enjoy every single sinful, decadent goodie. Thanks for sharing, sister, now pop the bubbly and pass the plate! They look fabulous!


Adele February 1, 2011 at 11:20 am has the best recipes. But don’t you know that the addition of a fruit, ie banana, to any chocolate recipe, makes it part of your 5 plus a day? So, really, if you haven’t had any other fruit or vegetables today, you should have five of these muffins. At least.


Lael Hazan @educatedpalate February 1, 2011 at 12:52 pm

These muffins are the best of both worlds. I’m now envisioning a graphic of a devil on one side and an angel on the other side of the muffin. I just wish I could draw.


Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen February 1, 2011 at 2:38 pm

Ah yes, but you see they are called muffins for a reason – so that we may continue to delude ourselves into eating cake for breakfast! I for one see absolutely nothing wrong with that logic :-D


Antonia February 1, 2011 at 6:20 pm

I definitely need to be bad today and just wish I had some of these divine-looking muffins in my cake tin to help me along. All I can find are the two turkish delight chocolates that no-one wanted from the Christmas chocolate selection… Not going to hit the spot like these muffins.


Barbara February 1, 2011 at 10:57 pm

I like the addition of choc chips to a banana muffin.


SaraOneTribeGourmet February 1, 2011 at 11:02 pm

These muffins of Evil look fabuliciously gooood! I need some in my tummy now!


Martyna @ Wholesome Cook February 1, 2011 at 11:03 pm

These look delicious! I make a choc banana smoothie for brekky quite often, but this is pure decadence! Thanks for sharing.


Krista February 2, 2011 at 6:01 am

Oh mercy. :-) These ARE fabulous!! You know, I’ve never used self-raising flour in my life and am foolishly nervous about it. :-) My Aussie friends bought me a bag though, so I must try it soon. :-)


Kitchens February 2, 2011 at 2:52 pm

These muffins are best of both worlds. I imagine one side, a pair of angel devil muffins the other graphics. I just hope I can draw. I want to brekky often a Choc banana smoothie, but this is pure decadence! Thanks for sharing.


Baking Colours February 2, 2011 at 5:59 pm

Will be just for the ocassion!.. we are having hells temperature here in Argentina, I guess Devil Muffins will be ok for this!… :D
Great Recipe and the most beautiful blog ever!… kisses


Sally February 3, 2011 at 3:13 am

Can I resist that evil temptation? No – great post – there’s a big grin on my face now.


meeta February 3, 2011 at 7:57 am

Theperfect muffin for my Demon! ;o) You know me well sweet sister. Banana and chocolate are made to be with each other – always and forever!


Rosemary February 3, 2011 at 9:52 am

I’m certainly more a muffin than a cupcake fan. Hardly needed an excuse to try another muffin recipe – definitely going to try these “healthy” treats!


Girly Tattoos February 3, 2011 at 12:49 pm

Hello : )
Why do people (society in general) still pre-judge people with tattoos. women especially?
I am a 26 year old F, have got 9 tattoos, many of which cannot be spotted on my everyday travels. Five To Six during the warm months are pretty much constantly on display. I don’t work for attention and I have a loving boyfriend WITH NO TATTOOS .I get the impression that lots of people believe that tattooed persons are blind, once we get stared at, even if we return a glance people carry on staring. When will society improve?


SMITH BITES February 3, 2011 at 1:38 pm

I have a similar recipe w/espresso – soooo good Jeanne! They’re great to bake ahead and put in the freezer; then you can pull one out for breakfast or when you just want a sweet treat!!


Kit February 8, 2011 at 10:55 am

And here I am trying to be a good mother and cook healthy muffins for my kids, when I would much prefer these deadly chocolatey ones myself… I think my secret chocolate habit may just have to be outed from the larder…. oh they already knew about it?!!


Lisa March 5, 2011 at 3:08 pm

I love the comparison of a tattoo under school clothing. All innocent on the outside but with a darker side too. (Yes, I have a tattoo as do many of my friends.) It’s not a judgement, it’s just two sides to the one thing.
I just made these and they are lovely! I admit to adding some cinnamon and vanilla, but then that’s me. Thank you for the recipe!


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