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Banana Muffins with Mint Chocolate and hazelnuts

I made this recipe last week which I adapted from the Joy of Baking but used ingredients I had at home.  I used hazelnuts instead of pecans, demerera sugar instead of white sugar, I had only 2 ripe bananas, instead of 3, so I made some minor adjustments to the recipe.

My twist to the recipe is that I also added some mint chocolates  which made a huge difference to the taste.

Banana Muffins with Mint Chocolate and hazelnuts

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time:  25 minutes
Makes: 12 regular sized muffins

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup hazelnuts, toasted and coarsely chopped (optional)
  • 1 3/4 cups (230 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup (150 grams) demererea sugar
  • 1 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup (113 grams) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 ripe large bananas  mashed well
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 12 mint thin chocolates

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) and place the oven rack in the middle of the oven. Butter or spray with a non stick spray, 12 – 1/2 cup muffin pan or line with muffin cups.

Place the nuts on a baking sheet and bake for about 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly toasted. Let cool and then chop coarsely.

In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nuts.

In a medium-sized bowl combine the mashed bananas, eggs, melted butter, and vanilla. With a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, lightly fold the wet ingredients (banana mixture) into the dry ingredients just until combined and the batter is thick and chunky. (The important thing is not to over mix the batter. You do not want it smooth. Over mixing the batter will yield tough, rubbery bread.)

Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin tins. Bake about 20 – 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Place on a wire rack to cool for five minutes and then remove muffins from pan.

I have been getting a lot of e-mails asking me regarding the progress of the book and when it will be published.  All I can say is that I am working hard, all my spare time, which is not a lot, to learn the new software in order to create the book.    You can see that I am not posting regularly and apart from the time I am taking short breaks and reading a few posts or leaving a comment on Facebook, I am spending the rest of my free time reading tutorials.  I have a long way to go, so hope you can bear with me until then 🙂   I apologize for not visiting you regularly but at least I try to visit back those who leave a comment on my blog.

There are times that I feel like giving up, but getting e-mails asking me about the book  gives me strength to continue,  for at least a while, so thank you.

Kopiaste and Kali Orexi!!

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25 Responses

  1. Wowww am drooling rite now here, muffins looks irresistible!
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  2. Those are very original! I bet they taste heavenly. Beautiful.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  3. it's been a long time I have not seen some "After eight" in France it was very popular in the 80s I will have again a look at the smarket !!Cheers from Beautiful Paris Pierre

    • Ivy

      I don't think I have seen them around either but got them at the airport shop.

  4. Love the flavors Ivy! Great combination—banana and chocolate, perfect!
    Magda
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  5. such a delicious and flavorful muffins,yummmy!
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    • Ivy

      Thank you Alison.

  6. I am sure the addition of after eight in the muffins made a lot of difference. Hang in there with the book, if I can be of any help let me know. I am just a phone call away. Take care!
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  7. This has to be the most original muffin flavor I've ever seen! Wow!
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    • Ivy

      I'll take that as a compliment. Thank you Anna.

  8. This really look fantastic,Ivy!!! What a great combo!!!

  9. Happy Cook

    Thay look absloutley perfect Ivy.

  10. Gorgeous muffins. Love those cute paper cups.

  11. I love after eights and cant begin to imagine what this muffin would taste like!

    Your book sounds like a tough project but one thar will pay off at the end.

  12. I love the mint chocolate here, scrumptious muffins!

  13. I am not a fan of mint chocolate so I am trying to imagine the taste of these muffins.

  14. Cakelaw

    These muffins sound lovely Ivy. Your muffin papers are gorgeous! As a kid, I thought mint thins were the most grown up chocolates in the world.

  15. We used to get a bow of these minty chocolates around Christmas time…something I always looked forward to.

    I bet no one would have guessed that you snuck these treats into the muffins ;o)

    Flavourful wishes,
    Claudia

  16. Your muffins look delicious Ivy! Those dinner mints are favorites in my house. I hope things are going well!

  17. Great mix of tastes. Love those muffins.

  18. Mmmm….beautiful muffins. Wish I can have one now with a cup of tea. It's so cold. This will surely put big smiles on my face 😀
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  19. The mint chocolate sounds like a great twist. And, I love any kind of nuts with bananas!

  20. They look moist and delicious Ivy!

  21. I love mint chocolate! Your muffins look delicious!
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  22. cheffresco

    YUM! Perfect combo of ingredients for a delicious muffin!

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