Do you ever get a sudden urge to bake something specific? I mean a desire that springs up out of nowhere, for something really random? Well I did. And said urge was for peanut buttery/bananary/chocolatey/hazelnutty muffins. So that is exactly what I baked.
I adore the texture of muffins, particularly the muffin top - (*penny drops*) yes that's where the name comes from - and these are deliciously moist. This is mainly down to all the fabulous mashed banana in the recipe, which also means there's no need for any butter. Hoorah! *dieters of the world rejoice* I also think chopped nuts work wonderfully in muffins to add a bit of crunch.
Sure, there are quite a few flavours going on here, but I think they all work perfectly together, and am a sucker for a peanut butter and banana combo. I find it interesting that you very rarely see muffins like this here in the UK, either in cafés or shops, but imagine they're more commonplace in the homeland of peanut butter, the ole U S of A.
This is an easy peasy quick recipe, and makes (somewhat awkwardly, I'll admit) 13 big muffins. They're especially delicious warm, and make a perfect afternoon tea accompaniment or breakfast treat. I know what I'm having tomorrow morning, that's for sure...
2.5 very ripe large bananas (or 3 small ones), mashed
125ml olive or sunflower oil
250g plain flour
100g caster sugar
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp baking powder
100g peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)
50g chocolate chips (I used dark but any kind will do)
50g shelled blanched hazelnuts, chopped into rough halves
|How I chopped my hazelnuts|
1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC and line a muffin tin with paper cases.
2. Pour the oil into a jug and beat in the eggs until smooth. Measure out the flour, sugar, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder into a large bowl, stir together and then mix in the wet mixture followed by the mashed bananas. Next stir in the peanut butter until no streaks of it remain and fold in the chocolate chips and hazelnuts.
|The egg mix, dry mix and mashed bananas before being combined|