May 18, 2008

Earthy Chocolate Muffins

Tired of the same ol' banana bread recipes, I made this delicious chocolate version with buckwheat flour. The key to these is the melted chocolate, it makes them rich while still keeping the sugar count lower than most banana breads. They can be made gluten-free by replacing the all-purpose flour with brown rice flour or a gluten-free flour mix.

Earthy Chocolate Muffins
Lower in sugar and fat than most banana muffins these are full of the earthy flavors of chocolate, banana and buckwheat.
Makes 12 muffins

1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup buckwheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup (2 1/4 oz) dairy-free chocolate chips or semi-sweet chocolate
3/4 cup mashed ripe banana (~2 large bananas)
1/3 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons margarine (or butter or shortening)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

-Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Line muffin cups with papers or grease and flour.
-Sift together the flours, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
-Beat the sugar and margarine together until light in color and fluffy. Add the vanilla extract and beat to incorporate.
-Melt the chocolate chips or chocolate (microwave or double boiler). Mix the melted chips thoroughly into the mashed banana.
-Add the banana mixture and the flour mixture to the beaten margarine and sugar. Beat just until combined.
-Spoon into the lined muffin cups and bake for 17-20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out cleanly.
-Allow to cool 5 minutes and then remove to a wire rack to cool completely. These freeze well.


Jen said...

Those look sooo good! i think I'm going to add them to this week's "to-bake" list! :)

Fearless Kitchen said...

This looks great. It's good to know that they freeze well, too!

michelle @ TNS said...

yum, there are fewer better combos that chocolate and banana. and i bet the buckwheat adds a really interesting edge to the flavor.

Leslie said...

These look yummy..I love to try new healthy things! Love the site!

Jen (Modern Beet) said...

I'm a serious chocolate/banana combo lover... for the longest time my favorite dessert was a chocolate milkshake with a mashed banana in it.... obviously I must try these muffins!

LisaRene said...

A good for you muffin that satisfies the chocolate craving like a cupcake!

Jj said...

These look great, and healthy! Love banana and chocolate together; thanks!

Nanc Twop said...

Sounds like a nice combination - and no one complains if homebaked muffins appear, anytime!

Makes me want to go get a bag of buckwheat flour... what kind of a taste does it add to the muffins?

Thanks for typing in the recipe!

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Bellini Valli said...

Anything that contains the word banana would have to be on my list of things to make next:D I do like the idea also that the sugar content is low.

Jackie said...

A good-for-you chocolate recipe, who can resist!? Thanks!

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

These look great! I love love love buckwheat flour! But it was $6 this week at the store for a small bag, I could not believe my eyes!

Maggie said...

I hope that everyone who tries these likes them as much as I have.

nanc: Buckwheat flour is a little nutty and very earthy in flavor. If you buy the flour try out these buckwheat crepes as well. My son liked them more than the chocolate muffins!

jenndz: It seems like prices are going up on everything!