Banana Chocolate Muffins (with a surprise!)
Enjoy chocolate in healthy moderation with these banana chocolate muffins with just one square of chocolate per muffin and otherwise contain zero refined sugar, sweetened instead with banana and applesauce. Wholemeal flour is used as a healthier option and these muffins are also low in fat, no butter used here, just a little coconut oil.
Kids will love the chocolate surprise inside!
Makes: 12 banana chocolate muffins
- 1 ¾ cup wholemeal self raising flour
- 5 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1 cup very ripe banana, mashed
- 1 cup natural apple sauce (no added sugar)
- 1/4 cup coconut oil (liquid form)
- 1/4 cup almond milk
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 1 block of chocolate (I used Whittaker’s dark chocolate)
- In a large mixing bowl sift the flour, bicarb and cinnamon together.
- In a separate bowl mash the banana then add the apple sauce (use a brand with no added sugar)
- Whisk the milk, oil and vanilla into the banana and apple sauce bowl.
- Make a well in the middle of the flour and then gently incorporate the wet ingredients folding with a spatula.
- Lightly grease a muffin pan and then dust with flour.
- Spoon ½ the mixture into 12 muffin pans. Place 1 square of chocolate in the centre of each muffin. Then spoon the rest of the mixture on top.
- Bake at 180 degrees for 20-25 minutes, being careful not to over cook. When ready the top should be slightly springy. You can test with a skewer if you are careful not to put it right through the chocolate – the skewer should come out clean.
- Let sit in the pan for 5 minutes before loosening the edges with a fork then setting on a wire rack to cool.
Love bananas? Here are some more recipes that include this delicious fruit:
- Banana berry soft serve
- Spiced bananas
- Cherry ripe nicecream
- Glowing trio smoothie
- Peanut butter jelly smoothie (post workout snack)