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Banana Bread & Chocolate Muffins

Banana Bread & Chocolate Muffins combine half plain banana batter and half chocolate banana batter in sweet, moist, bakery-style muffins that make a perfect breakfast or snack!

Banana Bread & Chocolate Muffins ~ these sweet, moist, bakery-style muffins combine half plain banana batter and half chocolate banana batter for a perfect breakfast or snack! | FiveHeartHome.com

I’ve pretty much decided that chocolate and bananas were made for each other. When I have overripe bananas, I often find myself making simple banana treats OR going over the top with a batch of Triple Chocolate Banana Bread…but never before have I combined the two. Until today. And WOW. What was I waiting for? These Banana Bread & Chocolate Muffins are so darn good.

Banana Bread & Chocolate Muffins ~ these sweet, moist, bakery-style muffins combine half plain banana batter and half chocolate banana batter for a perfect breakfast or snack! | FiveHeartHome.com

Now if you’re wanting to feel virtuous about your banana muffin choice, you may absolutely go for my Healthy Whole Wheat & Honey Banana Muffins (which are super yummy and loaded with good-for-you ingredients like whole wheat flour, coconut oil, yogurt, and honey). However! If you’re in the mood for a super delicious, slightly decadent, bakery-style muffin treat, these Banana Bread & Chocolate Muffins fit all of those criteria and more. They are light and fluffy, with an addition of sour cream that really boosts their moisture level. And fortunately, they don’t even need to go overboard on the sugar since the mashed bananas lend a good dose of natural sweetness.

Banana Bread & Chocolate Muffins ~ these sweet, moist, bakery-style muffins combine half plain banana batter and half chocolate banana batter for a perfect breakfast or snack! | FiveHeartHome.com

But of course, the kicker comes when you divide the batter in half and stir some melted unsweetened chocolate into one of the bowls. Then simply use a spoon or small cookie scoop to fill your cupcake liners with half plain batter and half chocolate batter. Or — if you so wish — you can layer or swirl the two batters together to your little heart’s content. After all, marbled banana muffins would be equally gorgeous and tasty!

Banana Bread & Chocolate Muffins ~ these sweet, moist, bakery-style muffins combine half plain banana batter and half chocolate banana batter for a perfect breakfast or snack! | FiveHeartHome.com

It is possible that, in the course of dividing your muffin batter, you may not get the amounts in your bowls perfectly even. And you may end up with a slightly disproportionate amount of chocolate batter. Which may result in a completely-chocolate banana muffin or two at the end. But you know what? It will all be okay. Because being imprecise has its advantages sometimes…

Banana Bread & Chocolate Muffins ~ these sweet, moist, bakery-style muffins combine half plain banana batter and half chocolate banana batter for a perfect breakfast or snack! | FiveHeartHome.com

And that’s it, folks! Easy-to-whip-up Banana Bread & Chocolate Muffins with a flavor and texture worthy of any coffee shop or bakery. Not to mention the fact that they’re totally fun to eat with that split banana bread/chocolate banana bread personality. So the next time you’re pondering how to use up those overripe bananas, go forth and make scrumptious half-and-half muffins! You won’t be disappointed. πŸ™‚

Banana Bread & Chocolate Muffins ~ these sweet, moist, bakery-style muffins combine half plain banana batter and half chocolate banana batter for a perfect breakfast or snack! | FiveHeartHome.com

Banana Bread & Chocolate Muffins

Yield: 12 muffins

Banana Bread & Chocolate Muffins

Banana Bread & Chocolate Muffins combine half plain banana batter and half chocolate banana batter in sweet, moist, bakery-style muffins that make a perfect breakfast or snack!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup mashed banana (approximately 2 to 3 medium bananas)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350Β°F. Prepare muffin pans by lining 12 muffin cups with paper liners.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. In another bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the butter until smooth, and then beat in the sugar until light and fluffy. Blend in the egg, vanilla, mashed bananas, and sour cream until fully incorporated (batter may look curdled at this point...it will smooth out with addition of flour). Gently mix in the dry ingredients until just blended.
  3. Scoop half of the batter into a second bowl. Stir the melted unsweetened chocolate into one of the bowls of batter until fully incorporated.
  4. Use a spoon (or small cookie scoop) to scoop plain banana batter into half of a muffin liner. Use another spoon to scoop chocolate batter into the other half of the muffin liner. Repeat until all twelve muffin liners are full. (Alternatively, you may layer and/or swirl the batter with a toothpick for marbled muffins.)
  5. Bake muffins for 17 to 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center just comes out clean. Cool muffins in the pans for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling completely.

Notes

Recipe can be easily doubled.

For more wholesome muffins, you can always substitute whole wheat pastry flour for the all-purpose flour.

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  1. Wow! These muffins are stunning πŸ™‚ Banana and chocolate were meant for each other. Next time I have overripe bananas, I’ll have to give these a try!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Awww…thanks, Megan! Banana + chocolate is definitely a yummy combo. And these half-and-half muffins are much easier to make than it would appear! Hope you enjoy them if you have a chance to try them, and hope you’re having a great week! πŸ™‚

  2. I love this flavor combo…the attraction of the double colors…and the sour cream. Score. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Weekend Potluck. Have a wonderful weekend friend.

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thank you, Marsha! The sour cream really does make these muffins SO moist. πŸ™‚ I appreciate you stopping by and I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

  3. Hi Samantha!
    I only have yogurt..can i easily swap it out for sour cream in this recipe? I know you can with some recipes
    Thanks!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Hi Jiji! I haven’t yet tried this recipe with yogurt so I honestly don’t know whether it works. But I am planning on trying it at some point and will update the recipe once I do if it ends up working. I can also say that I have another banana muffin recipe on the site that uses yogurt and it turns out perfect, so my guess is that this one would be fine, too. Sorry I don’t have a firm answer for you, but good luck if you decide to try it! πŸ™‚

  4. Made these for breakfast, Awesome!!!! not so sweet which is great and you can really enjoy both combos. Made into mini muffins for the little one. Thank you again for sharing!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Happy to hear it, Jenn…I’m so glad these were a hit at your house! They’re favorites here, too. πŸ™‚

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