Brunch, Cakes and Desserts, Muffins, Recipes, Snack

Spiced Banana, Walnut and Chocolate Muffins, with Chocolate Frosting

As often happens, I found two ripe bananas in the kitchen, and decided to use them as a base for quick muffins.

The bananas found were soon mixed with butter, brown and white sugar, eggs and buttermilk. To that basic mixture, I’ve also added a bit of malted milk powder, which enhances flavors and creates a light texture in pastries.

Chopped walnuts and chocolate chips added their flavor, and crunchy texture, while cinnamon, cardamom and vanilla, added their warm aroma. All these created light and highly flavorful tasty muffins.

While the muffins are tasty on their own, topping them with a thick chocolate and sour cream frosting made them even tastier. This frosting is very easy to prepare, and has a unique tangy flavor, that adds a nice contrast to the muffins.

The muffins are perfect for serving as part of a brunch buffet, or as a light snack any time of the day. Try them and enjoy.

 

 

Notes:

* Malted milk powder is a mix of whole milk powder and malted barley/wheat. It is mostly used when preparing malted milkshakes, but it is also used in baking. It is available in specially stores or online.

* The unfrosted muffins can be frozen, in freezer bags, for up to two months.

 

 

Makes: 24

Prep time: 20 minutes

Baking time: 25 minutes

 

Ingredients:

For the muffins:

1 stick (115gram) butter, very soft

1 cup dark brown sugar, packed

½ cup white sugar

¼ cup malted milk powder (see notes)

1 tsp cinnamon powder

1 tsp cardamom powder

1 tsp vanilla

2 L eggs

2 medium ripe banana

1¼ cups buttermilk, at room temperature

2 cups flour

1 Tbs baking powder

¼ tsp salt

½ cup roughly chopped walnuts

½ cup mini dark chocolate chips

For the frosting (enough for 6-8):

½ cup mini dark chocolate chips

1 Tbs oil

½ cup sour cream

 

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F (175C). Line two muffin pans with 24 baking paper cups.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the butter, brown and white sugar, malted milk powder and spices. Add the eggs and bananas, and whisk until smooth. Add the buttermilk and whisk again. (The mixture will look broken, but that’s fine.)
  3. Add the flour, baking powder and salt, and mix to a smooth batter.
  4. Switch to a spatula, add the walnuts and chocolate chips, and mix to incorporate. Divide the batter between the baking cups.
  5. Bake for about 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Transfer to a rack, to cool to room temperature.
  6. The frosting: place the chocolate chips in a small bowl, add the oil and mix. Melt over a double boiler, or in the microwave. Mix until smooth, add the sour cream and mix well. Spread the frosting over the top of the muffins soon after, as it tends to harden quickly (which is why it’s best to make a small batch at a time). Let the frosting set and serve.
Brunch, Cakes and Desserts, Cookies, Recipes

Oatmeal-Spelt Cookies with Nuts and Dried Cranberries

Oatmeal cookies are among my favorite cookies, and I always enjoy experimenting with finding new flavors for the basic recipe. This time, since I like the unique flavor and texture of spelt flour, I decided to combine it with the oatmeal in the following recipe. Continue reading “Oatmeal-Spelt Cookies with Nuts and Dried Cranberries”

Brunch, Cookies, Recipes, Snack, Sweets

Sweetened Condensed Milk Dough Filled Cookies

The following tasty cookies were inspired by THIS blog post. Though the cookies looked very tasty, I was mostly intrigued by the dough, which listed condensed milk as one of the ingredients. The use of condensed milk in pastry dough was new to me, and I wanted to give this unique dough a try. Continue reading “Sweetened Condensed Milk Dough Filled Cookies”

appetizer, Brunch, Cheese, fruit, Recipes

Camembert en Croûte with Salted Caramel Balsamic Pears  

Baked cheese is one of my favorite ways of serving semi-soft cheeses. The baking process enhances the cheese flavors and makes its texture even creamier. Served with fresh, or cooked fruits, (check HERE for a recipe with quince cooked in spiced red wine) the combination is even tastier.
In the following recipe, I took this combination a step further, and baked the cheese, along with cooked pears, “en croûte”, i.e. in a buttery puff pastry crust, and the result was simply irresistible. Continue reading “Camembert en Croûte with Salted Caramel Balsamic Pears  “

Brunch, Cakes and Desserts, Cookies, Recipes, Snack

Walnut and Raw Cacao Cookies

I recently realized that, while I use walnuts in various recipes, I don’t use them as often when baking cookies. With this in mind, I was set to create cookies with walnuts as the main ingredient. Continue reading “Walnut and Raw Cacao Cookies”

appetizer, Bakes, Brunch, Cheese, Recipes, Vegetables

Leeks, Gruyère Cheese and Walnuts Mini Bakes

Leeks are among my favorite vegetables, and are now at their best; fresh, plump and juicy. So obviously, I found myself buying some and then had to decide how to cook them. While I could use one of my former the recipes (check THIS PAGE), but this time, I’ve decided to use them as a base for mini-bakes. Continue reading “Leeks, Gruyère Cheese and Walnuts Mini Bakes”

appetizer, Brunch, Chicken, fruit, Recipes, Salad

Chicken Salad with Grapes, Tarragon, Mint and Walnuts

Chicken salad is a great dish for buffet-style relaxed entertaining. It can be prepared ahead of time, and tastes even better after chilling. It is easy to serve, and it pairs well with different dishes and salads. Continue reading “Chicken Salad with Grapes, Tarragon, Mint and Walnuts”

breakfast, Brunch, fruit, Muffins, Recipes

Zucchini-Banana Muffins with Dried Fruits, Nuts and Chocolate Chips

Zucchini season is here and, once again, I bought too many. So I’ve decided to use them in some simple  and nutritious muffins. Continue reading “Zucchini-Banana Muffins with Dried Fruits, Nuts and Chocolate Chips”

Cakes, Cookies, Food, Recipes

Spiced Brownies with Walnuts, Dried Cranberries and Cream Cheese Swirl

Spiced Brownies with Walnuts, Dried Cranberries and Cream Cheese Swirl Ronit PensoChocolate and cream cheese combination is one of my favorites, so when I was planning to bake a batch of brownies, I’ve decided to add a cream cheese swirl to it. Continue reading “Spiced Brownies with Walnuts, Dried Cranberries and Cream Cheese Swirl”

Cakes and Desserts, Crisp, Food, fruit, Recipes

Peach, Walnuts and Cinnamon Crumble

Peach, Walnuts and Cinnamon Crisp Ronit PensoFresh peaches are everywhere now and I find it hard to resist baying them. The ones I’ve found this week were so ripe and juicy, I could see they will not keep for long. So I’ve decided to use some of them in a quick crumble – one of the easiest and tastiest fruit desserts. Continue reading “Peach, Walnuts and Cinnamon Crumble”

Brunch, Eggs, Food, Pasta, Recipes, Side dishes

Spaghetti with Goat Cheese, Prosciutto and Walnuts

Spaghetti with Goat Cheese, Prosciutto and Walnuts Ronit PensoThis tasty and easy to make dish I have for you here, is perfect for a quick lunch or light dinner. Once you gather the ingredients it takes minutes to assemble and serve the dish. Continue reading “Spaghetti with Goat Cheese, Prosciutto and Walnuts”