Quick and tasty banana and white chocolate muffins

I am sure that most of us always end up with a couple of bananas left over at the end of the week that are well past their best, wondering what to do with them. Well, wonder no more as these easy banana muffins are the best way to use up those overripe bananas.

In this recipe we decided to use some white chocolate chips to bring a sweet treat to these and in my opinion make them the best banana muffins recipe. However, I know not everyone loves chocolate as much as I do. If this is you, there is the option to leave out the chocolate and switch in some nuts or blueberries, alternatively, you can leave them out completely.

The first time I made banana muffins, I found them a little dry and bland, however, this is not the case for this recipe. The white chocolate chips in the recipe give you the perfect sweet addition to make them just perfect.

Although this is a great way to use up brown bananas, it is not the only way to do so. If you would prefer to make healthy banana muffins, simply take out the chocolate chips, you could also use whole wheat flour as an alternative to the purpose flour. This alone would make them a lot healthier, it is also a great recipe for a quick breakfast.

Instead of muffins, this recipe could also be used to make healthy banana bread. Just make sure that you extend the baking time to ensure that they are cooked through.

Quick and tasty banana and white chocolate muffins

Right, let’s get to the best part, the recipe itself! Here are the step-by-step instructions on how to make the most delicious banana muffins.

Banana and white chocolate muffin recipe

Quick and tasty banana and white chocolate muffins

Ingredients

  • 75g unsalted butter (melted and left to cool to room temperature)
  • 195g plain flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 95g light brown sugar (this can be swapped for white sugar if that is all you have)
  • 100g white chocolate chips
  • 1 large free-range egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 ripe bananas

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to gas mark 6 and line a muffin tin with paper muffin cases.
  • In a mixer add in the bananas and leave to mash, if you don’t have a mixer this could be done by hand and just adding the mashed bananas in the next step.
  • Add in the vanilla extract, melted butter and egg. Mix until the wet ingredients are well combined.
  • Add in all the dry ingredients and mix until combined but do not over mix.
  • Add the mixture to your muffin cases, and take care to not overfill them (should be about 3/4 full)
  • Pop in the oven and bake for about 25 minutes. You can check if they are cooked by inserting a cake skewer/toothpick and checking if it comes out clear. If it does not, pop back in the oven for a few more minutes.
  • Leave to cool on a wire rack.
  • Enjoy!

Please see below the printable recipe card should you wish to download a copy.

Quick and tasty banana and white chocolate muffins

Banana and white chocolate muffins

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 75g unsalted butter (melted and left to cool to room temperature)
  • 195g plain flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 95g light brown sugar
  • 100g white chocolate chips
  • 1 large free-range egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 ripe bananas

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to gas mark 6 and line a muffin tin with paper muffin cases.
  2. In a mixer add in the bananas and leave to mash, if you don't have a mixer this could be done by hand and just adding the mashed bananas in the next step.
  3. Add in the vanilla extract, melted butter and egg. Mix until the wet ingredients are well combined.
  4. Add in all the dry ingredients and mix until combined but do not over mix.
  5. Add the mixture to your muffin cases, and take care to not overfill them (should be about 3/4 full)
  6. Pop in the oven and bake for about 25 minutes. You can check if they are cooked by inserting a cake skewer/toothpick and checking if it comes out clear. If it does not, pop back in the oven for a few more minutes.
  7. Leave to cool on a wire rack.
  8. Enjoy!

There are lots of recipes that call for things such as coconut oil, olive oil, canola oil or maple syrup but there is really no need. The bananas themselves bring lots of moisture to this recipe.

The equipment needed to make these muffins is super simple:

  • A 12-hole muffin tin/muffin pan
  • Muffin cups/muffin liners
  • Medium bowl/large bowl
  • Whisk/electric mixer or stand mixer
  • Scales
  • Cooling rack
  • Cake skewer/toothpick
Quick and tasty banana and white chocolate muffins

How do you know if your bananas are overripe?

All recipes for banana muffins or banana loaf call for leftover ripe bananas but how do you know when they are ready to use?

For me, this is a personal preference as I like my bananas with just a hint of green skin when I am eating them, so once they get brown spots on the skin, that becomes the time that they need to go into a cake!

This recipe bakes up delicious moist banana muffins that are a perfect treat or great in lunch boxes. They store well in a single layer of an airtight container for up to 4 days and can be popped in plastic wrap or freezer bags if you want to pop them in the lunch box.

If you are looking for ways to tweak this recipe, then here are a few suggestions. If you take out the chocolate chips, you can start with a basic banana muffins recipe that can be adapted to your taste. For example, why not add in a tablespoon of peanut butter if you want a nutty taste or you can add in a handful of blueberries for that burst of freshness.

Another thing that works well with bananas is cinnamon, adding just a touch of cinnamon to your recipe will bring a whole different flavour to your dish.

Next time you have leftover bananas, I hope you give these banana muffins a go, maybe even with some of the adaptations mentioned above or even mini muffins for packed lunches.

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the site though as we have some amazing recipes such as:

Chocolate Twist Christmas Tree Recipe

Easy blueberry muffin recipe

Traditional school jam and coconut cupcakes

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Quick and tasty banana and white chocolate muffins
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