Monday, August 27, 2018

Mini Chocolate Banana Muffins - #MuffinMonday

I am the proud owner of a mini muffin pan. I've wanted one for a while but figured that I just wouldn't use it much and it would just use up valuable kitchen space. Plus, and this is key, I was convinced that I'd hate using it. Scooping tiny amounts of batter into one million little cups? Did not sound like fun. However, I was doing some baking for a baby shower and had to admit that standard size muffins just wouldn't cut it. They needed to be mini.

Hours before the baby shower, I mixed up a batch of mini chocolate muffins. As expected, I don't like scooping tiny bits of batter into one million cups. However, mini muffins have that cute factor so I'm just going to have to get over it and get myself a cookie scoop. I also used the pan to bake mini cinnamon rolls and I loved those more than the mini muffins. 

Pumpkin bar, mini cinnamon rolls, mini cheesecake (I didn't make this), and mini chocolate muffin

To further justify my new purchase, I need to make lots and lots of mini muffins.  I have visions of mini cupcakes and pastries down the road but we will see how that goes. First up are these chocolate banana muffins.

Muffin Monday
Mini Chocolate Banana Muffins 
Yield: ~ 42 mini muffins 

340 grams banana
200 grams brown sugar
2 eggs
120 ml oil
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
225 grams flour
3 tablespoons cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt


Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a 24 cup capacity mini muffin pan.

Mix together the banana and sugar. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg, and oil and then add to the banana mixture along with the almond extract. Whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt.

Gently combine the banana mixture and the flour mixture. Mix only until just incorporated. Scoop into the wells of the mini muffin pan filling each just a bit more than half.

Bake 10-11 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out mostly clean. Repeat with the remaining batter.

Mini muffins bake quickly so check a bit earlier just in case your oven is hotter than mine.
Adapted from I'm Just Here for More Food.

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