Thursday, August 22, 2013

Chocolate Banana Muffins (Nigella Lawson)

I was a kind of craving for something with banana. But also chocolate. And something easy to make, too - just not in the mood for something tedious only to satisfy my sudden craving. So this recipe was chosen :)

Recipe is from HERE

What you need:

3 overripe bananas, mashed
125ml vegetable oil
2 large eggs
100g soft light brown sugar
225g plain flour
3 tbsp cocoa powder (sifted)
1 tsp baking soda

  1. Preheat the oven to 200degC. Line a 12 regular size muffin pan with cupcake case
  2. Mash the bananas by hand or with a freestanding mixer. Still beating and mashing, add the oil followed by the eggs and sugar
  3. Mix the flour, cocoa powder and baking soda together and add this mixture, beating gently, to the banana mixture, then spoon it into the prepared papers
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 15–20 minutes, by which time the muffins should be dark, rounded and peeking proudly out of their cases. Allow to cool slightly in their tin before removing to a wire rack

This recipe is considerably easy. You can do the mixing either by hand whisk or electric mixer. And all are to mix just til combined. Anybody can make these muffins, even those never bake before
And the best part is, the texture of these muffins are light, soft, fluffy and moist. A little different from the usual muffins. It's like in between muffin and cupcake. I like :)

The taste develops overnight, it's much better the next day
The sweetness is also just right, not too sweet. Well, the end result is highly dependant on the sweetness of the banana used. Generally, overripe ones will give enough sweetness to the muffins
If you want to make it slightly richer, adding dark chocolate chips (or chopped dark chocolate) will be great. I should do that next time :)
Semi sweet chocolate chips or chopped milk chocolate are not advisable though, unless you like a real sweet muffins :)

Overall, I'm satisfied with these muffins :)

I'm submitting this post to Cook Like A Star, organised by Zoe from Bake for Happy Kids, Joyce from Kitchen Flavours and Anuja from Simple Baking where this month guest chef is Nigella Lawson

I'm also submitting this post to  Little Thumbs up (Egg) organised by Doreen from my little favourite DIY and Zoe from Bake for Happy Kids, hosted by Yen from Eat your heart outat this post


  1. Hi Alice,
    If you pass some over, I'll be satisfied too! Haha! The muffins does look moist and soft! The sort of muffin that says "pick-me-up" anytime of the day! :)

  2. Your banana chicolate muffin looks so tasty!

  3. These muffins do look delicious and so chocolatey rich!

  4. chocolate and banana. A pair made from heaven.

  5. Hi Alice, this muffin from Nigella looks simple and moist. Thx for linking to LTU!

  6. Hi Alice,

    I have noticed that your family and you love chocolate too like us :D Nice that these muffins are quick and easy to fix your chocolate craving!


  7. Can i steam this? I would love to try this because my daughter will definitely like this but i don't have an oven.

    1. hello, if u steam it, the cake will turn too wet
      steamed cake requires lesser liquid
      I haven't tried so I cant advise u on the amount of liquid need to use for steaming...

  8. Hi Alice,
    My muffins didn't rise :( could it be due to using baking powder instead of bicarbonate of soda ? Yours turned out looking so moist :)

    1. Hello, I think you overmix the batter
      Replacing baking soda with baking powder shouldn't give any problem...



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