I am slowly but surly baking more these days. My muffin recipes won’t be a weekly thing; hell they may not even be a monthly thing. I’m on a kick with all things chocolate chip, banana and peanut butter (did you see my chocolate chip banana muffins, and my peanut butter banana muffins?). So it only made sense that I combine all three into one muffin recipe, right? Okay maybe not, but that’s what I did! These peanut butter banana chocolate chip muffins are a new family favorite.
Here’s the thing about banana: it’s a natural sweetener for so many things! I use bananas in smoothies, overnight oatmeal and in baking all the time. The natural sugars in banana are easily released when mashed or heated and it makes for sweet perfection.
The other thing I like about bananas is if you do use them in cooking, but don’t want the recipe to taste like banana, their flavor profile is so subtle that you can hide the flavor if you want. My peanut butter chocolate protein smoothies almost always have a banana but you can barely even taste it.
Also, both my hubby and my daughter enjoy banana flavored baked goods, and peanut butter, and chocolate, so everyone in our house was satisfied with this recipe.
I obviously have a thing for muffins (maybe it’s an addiction, I dare not go for a diagnosis), but I make them for everyone to enjoy. If my hubby doesn’t like them, I probably won’t make them again. Same goes for my daughter. Because lord knows I will not be eating them all myself. And most of the time I send them to work with the hubs. I send all my goodies to work with him. It helps me gauge how good the recipe is. If a stranger will eat a peanut butter banana chocolate chip muffin and rave about it, then the recipe is probably a winner. My hubby is usually pretty honest about what he likes and doesn’t like, but I know his palette. So I always like to get an outsider’s opinion.
Oh! And did I tell you that I’m only using dark chocolate chips or chunks in my baking now? They give my recipes a great chocolate flavor and they are wayyyy lower in calories than semi-sweet chocolate chips, so it was a must for me. If you haven’t made the switch I highly recommend it!
Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
- 3 ripe bananas well mashed
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 6 tablespoons butter softened
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 1/4 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/4 cups dark chocolate chips or chunks
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Lightly grease muffin tin or line with cupcake liners.
- In a mixer with paddle attachment, combine mashed bananas, butter, peanut butter and brown sugar.
- Add in egg and vanilla and mix.
- Add 1 cup flour, baking powder, soda and salt. Mix until just moistened.
- In a small bowl, mix chocolate chips and 1/4 cup flour, just to coat the chocolate chips (this keeps them from falling to the bottom of the muffins.
- Using a spatula, fold in chocolate chips.
- Divide batter evenly among the 12 cups. Batter should fill the cups all the way full.
- Bake 22-25 minutes, or until tops are golden brown and toothpick comes out clean.
- Allow muffins to cool 10 minutes in pan, then remove to wire rack to cool completely, or serve warm.
If I know I'll be using my mixer, I first add the bananas and let the mixer do the mashing!
Chocolate, PB and banana is the BEST combo! It’s still way too hot here to be turning on any ovens, but these looks sooooooooo good!
chocolate chip, banana and peanut butter?! You’re a tease. Need to try these!
I bet my kids and husband would love me if I made these for them!!
These sound so good– you really can’t go wrong with peanut butter & chocolate anything!
Yum! I may have to make these for the kids. I’m trying to find sugar-free recipes since they’re practically diabetic :-/ This is at least a little less sugar 🙂
Oh my you had me at peanut butter and chocolate, too. Seriously going to try these soon here now 🙂
I could literally LIVE on peanut butter. It is my absolute fav…I can’t believe it is already muffin time.
Mmmmm, these look and sound delicious! I just love your muffin recipes Tiffany! I’ve tried a few and they never disappoint!
Thanks for sharing!
These sound delicious! Thanks for sharing!
This looks really yummy. I make muffins all the time because my boys LOVE to eat them for snacks. I love the use of banana to sweeten them with a little less sugar. Thanks!
Mm Mm Mm Mm MM!
I am so excited to try these because you’ve combined many of my favorite things.
Once I discovered how great of a sweetener banana is it changed my life. I’m glad you put out another muffin recipe because they’re the bomb dot com.
I’m a huge muffin fan too! 🙂 These look awesome and I know they’d be a crowd pleaser for my family (which is not easy!). – Erin at Stay at home yogi