Chocolate Banana Streusel Muffins

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This is a bit of a belated post as I made these about 3 weeks ago. I always seem to have some overripe bananas hanging around as I’m not a fan of them when they start to go brown on the outside. This means I’m always on the lookout for recipes that will use them up. I spotted this recipe on Pinterest a couple of months ago and decided to give it a go as I had all the ingredients already. Chocolate and banana is a combination that can’t go wrong and if you add an oaty topping you can almost believe they’re good for you! I think these would be great for brunch but they will work just as well at any other time of the day with a cup of tea or coffee.

This recipe will make 8 muffins. As it is an American recipe the measurements are in cups. With hindsight after tasting these I think you could probably up the amount of banana as when I tried one the banana isn’t that strong so if you like a stronger banana flavour maybe try adding two bananas.

Ingredients:

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Streusel topping:
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons plain flour
2 tablespoons unsalted butter (approx. 30g – cold)
2 tablespoons oats

Muffins:
3/4 cup plain flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons mashed banana (approx. 1-1 1/2 bananas)
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup chocolate spread (I used Nutella)

Method:
1) Preheat the oven to 180C/350F and line a muffin pan with 8 paper cases.
2) In a small bowl combine the streusel topping ingredients until it makes small lumps. Set aside.

3) In a large bowl combine the dry muffin ingredients (flour, sugar, salt and baking powder). Then add the mashed banana, milk, chocolate spread, vanilla extract and egg yolk. Stir well with a wire whisk until the ingredients are combined. Finally stir in the chocolate chips.

4) Fill each paper case approximately 3/4 full with the muffin mixture. Then sprinkle the streusel topping over.

5) Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes until the muffins have risen and a springy to touch. Allow them to cook for 5 minutes in the pan before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

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6) Enjoy!

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