Simple Sundays | Chocolate Banana Muffins

Each weekday morning, I carve out time for myself. I love rising before the children, sipping my coffee while the house is still quiet. As the children dream in their beds, this is my most productive time. Emails are sent, posts are written, photographs edited. I fuel my body for the morning work out and the busy day that will follow.

But as much as I focus on me, me, me, I have to make time for my son when he drowsily pads into the office, his hair standing on end and hands rubbing his eyes. Cuddling time? he’ll ask.


And I nod. For him, his morning starts with a snuggle, and my little guy remains my baby. He’ll warm my heart by saying, “I love you so much, I can’t even tell.” And I hug him tighter, because I can’t help but wonder how much longer we will have cuddling time. One day, that will surely change.

I love these sweet moments and need to hold on to them. I make treats like these Chocolate Banana Muffins for them – warm from the oven, it’s like a comforting cuddle. It’s homey, it’s rich, and they’re made with love.

* I hope you’re having a good Sunday! I can’t wait to share my post with exciting news tomorrow. Be sure to check back soon, okay? In the meantime, have a relaxing rest of your weekend!

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Chocolate Banana Muffins

Yield: 24 muffins

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients:

3 cups flour
½ tsp salt
1½ tsp baking powder
1½ tsp baking soda
½ cup chopped pecans (optional)
2 cups sugar
½ cup unsalted butter
2 eggs
1 cup buttermilk (or substitute 1 cup milk with juice of one lemon)
5 - 6 very ripe bananas
1 1/4 cup chocolate chips, divided

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare two muffin pans with cupcake liners.

Sift or whisk flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Add pecans if using, then set aside. In a separate bowl, cream sugar and butter. Mix in eggs, one at a time, then add the bananas.

Melt 3/4 cup chocolate chips in microwave or double boiler. If using a microwave, melt the chocolate in 20 second bursts, stirring between.

Add dry ingredients and buttermilk, to egg mixture, alternating until incorporated. Try to end with the dry ingredient addition, and be sure not to over mix. Slowly stir in melted chocolate. Fill each muffin tin 3/4 full, then top with remaining chocolate chips.

Bake muffins for about 18 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

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by Liren Baker on July 22, 2012

24 Responses to “Simple Sundays | Chocolate Banana Muffins”

  1. Laura (Tutti Dolci) July 22, 2012 @ 8:06 am (#
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    Happy Sunday, Liren! These muffins do look like a warm hug. Sometimes chocolate for breakfast is just a necessity! :)

  2. SimplyBakes July 22, 2012 @ 8:21 am (#
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    omygoodness Liren! This is my first time to your blog and i am already loving your pics and posts! I loove that banana muffin<3

    btw, isnt buttermilk supposed to be made with 1 cup milk and 1 tbsp lemon juice? :D

    • liren replied: — July 25th, 2012 @ 7:14 am

      Welcome! So glad to meet you. Buttermilk can be purchased, and I admit to always buying a quart, as I do have my favorites out there. But in a pinch, indeed, I do make my own :)

  3. angela@spinachtiger July 22, 2012 @ 8:29 am (#
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    We are on a similar page with muffins this week. These look perfect and I’m sure your children are collecting a lot of good food memories. No one can ever replace that.

  4. Vishakha July 22, 2012 @ 8:35 am (#
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    Those cuddling moments are so precious:))
    I love banana muffins and chocolate muffins. A combination is just perfect! Your photos are so beautiful:)

  5. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious July 22, 2012 @ 9:30 am (#
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    These muffins are absolutely heavenly. Combining chocolate and banana is the absolute best!

  6. Rikki July 22, 2012 @ 7:08 pm (#
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    These look so good, banana & chocolate is a perfect muffin combination. And that story about your son and cuddling time is simply heart melting! How adorable!!

  7. Suzanne July 22, 2012 @ 9:05 pm (#
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    Great combo here, I just might have to make some in the morning since I have some ripe bananas waiting for me. These looked great on instagram and even better here. Hope your week is fabulous :).

  8. Amy @ Food Crush July 24, 2012 @ 8:30 am (#
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    What beautiful photos. I love the way you’ve scattered choc chips around the muffins. So creative!

    • liren replied: — July 25th, 2012 @ 7:15 am

      Thank you so much, Amy! As for the extra chocolate chips, well that was for nibbling between takes ;)

  9. Wenderly July 24, 2012 @ 3:28 pm (#
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    I just love your photos! And yes, linger in those cuddle moments for they slip away quickly! But then again, the tight embrace of a tween & teenager is a most delicious feeling as well! :)

    • liren replied: — July 25th, 2012 @ 7:12 am

      Thank you! And you’re right, I am looking forward to embraces for many years to come (that is, if they still want to hug me, sob!). I’m glad to know they still do give out hugs :)

  10. Bec July 24, 2012 @ 6:06 pm (#
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    Just made these with my kids and they are delicious. Thank you for such a brilliant recipe.

    • liren replied: — July 25th, 2012 @ 7:11 am

      Hi Bec, I am so glad you and your kids enjoyed the muffins! Thanks so much for stopping by and letting me know :)

  11. kankana July 24, 2012 @ 11:45 pm (#
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    now that would make any day interesting. banana is one of my fav fruit and with chocolate chips .. oh my SO yum!

  12. tanja July 25, 2012 @ 1:33 am (#
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    This recipe is just what I was looking for. Did you happen to measure the bananas by any chance (cause the size always varies and you can end up with too much sometimes)?

    • liren replied: — July 25th, 2012 @ 7:11 am

      I must admit that I never really measure the bananas – I have found that if my fruit is on the larger size, the muffins/breads often turn out a little moister. But I would estimate about 3 cups of sliced. Hope that helps!

  13. Baker Street July 25, 2012 @ 3:54 am (#
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    Oh this is such a fantastic combination, Liren! These muffins so absolutely delicious. Soft and tender. Just perfect with a cup of coffee this morning. :)

  14. Jean July 25, 2012 @ 10:23 am (#
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    Those moments are so precious, Liren. I would hang cherish them, too, while they last. Your little man is so sweet. :)

    I smile at this post because I like those quiet mornings, too. They are rare, though. Hubs always manages to get up before I do. I would love to wake up to these gorgeous muffins any morning!

  15. Magic of Spice July 25, 2012 @ 4:46 pm (#
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    How precious…those are the best moments :)

    And as for the muffins…wow! Love this combination!

  16. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts July 27, 2012 @ 6:42 pm (#
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    Your son is too sweet! My baby is 7, cuddling time is fading, but sometimes he still needs it. I take full advantage!
    Love the muffins as well, we are big fans of muffins around here!

  17. A sunday morning classic – perfect for just lounging around! For my birthday (in Sept), my only wish is one day of doing nothing…perhaps a spa day, where I can read, write, blog, and have a massage and facial. Hehehe.

    Your son is so cute! I guess, we should just take what we can get today :) Lots of hugs and kisses :)

  18. shruti August 6, 2012 @ 11:48 am (#
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    hi liren, i made these muffins today & they came out really well :D thanks !

  19. Kochbuch February 18, 2014 @ 11:44 pm (#
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    I love those combination from banana and chocolate, it looks very delicious.

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