Chocolate Banana Muffcakes

In an effort to not gain weight, Dan and I have been purchasing limited quantities of dessert. This way, instead of immediately eating cookies from a box, we spend an hour discussing whether to get ice cream or make cupcakes.

This weekend, cupcakes won out.

After foodgawking for 15 minutes, I clicked on a chocolate banana cake/muffin recipe, and immediately decided to make it. We had all of the ingredients, including exactly 0.5c of sour cream that was languishing in our fridge and leftover frozen bananas.

The recipe came together very quickly, especially with some help from Dan.

The end result is tender, moist and equal parts chocolate and banana. The crumb was tight, but had a lot of give. They would make spectacular cupcakes without the chunky fillings, and topped with peanut butter frosting.

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Chocolate Banana Muffincakes
makes 6 jumbo muffins

1.25c AP flour
0.25c cocoa powder
1t baking soda
0.5t salt
1 stick butter, room temperature
130g sugar
2 eggs
1t vanilla
0.5c sour cream
1.25c mashed bananas (4-5 medium)
0.5c chocolate chips
0.5c slivered almonds

1. Preheat the oven to 325°F.
2. Sift together the first four ingredients.
3. In a stand mixer, beat the butter and sugar until slightly fluffy, then add the eggs one at a time. (It looks kind of like pancake batter at this point.)
4. Add the vanilla, beating to combine.
5. Add the sour cream and dry ingredients alternately, beating until just combined.
6. Fold in the mashed bananas, chocolate chips and almonds.
7. Divide into jumbo muffin tin and bake for 35 minutes, or until center is set. (Test w/ a toothpick). 
For regular muffins, divide into 12 muffin cups, and bake for 18-20 minutes at 350°F.
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These were good even the next day, and didn't need any warming for consumption. Keep them in an airtight container, preferably out of sight (or you'll eat them faster than you should).

Note: These are in no way good for you, unless you're trying to gain weight. They've got about 500 calories apiece! I think they're delicious for breakfast--I can't handle less than about 600 calories in the mornings.

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