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Monday, September 26, 2011

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins [Secret Recipe Club]

This is my second month as part of the Secret Recipe Club, and I was lucky enough to draw Rebecca from A Dusting of Sugar.  I thought last month's SRC pairing was perfect for me because of the international connection, but this month worked out great too!  Rebecca is a college student, and I work at a college!  I love it when the students I work with get into the kitchen, and if they were half as talented at Rebecca, our campus would be constantly wafting with the smell of goodies from the oven.

I had a hard time choosing a recipe, so I let my coworkers choose for me.  I'd been promising them some baked goods for some time, and this was the perfect opportunity to let them get involved a little with my blog.  They voted for three finalists: Banana Streusel Muffins, Flourless Chocolate Cookies, and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins.  Obviously, the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins won, but not without a fight.  It turns out that one of my coworkers is a picky eater and had never had banana and peanut butter together!  She was a little wary, so I had to promise that I would make her top choice--the flourless chocolate cookies--if she didn't like these.  Luckily, they were fabulous and won over my coworker's taste buds.

These were perfect for breakfast as well as mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks at the office.  The amount of peanut butter, banana and chocolate chips created a perfect balance of flavor...no one flavor outshone the other.  I'll definitely be making these again in the near future!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins
Adapted ever so slightly from A Dusting of Sugar

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 Tbl baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
3 large ripe bananas, mashed
1 cup whole milk
3/4 cup chunky peanut butter (I used all-natural here to great success.)
3 Tbl canola oil
1 tsp vanilla
1 large egg
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl, sift together the flour, white sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.  Stir to combine.  (There will be little bits of brown sugar left in the sifter...just go ahead and toss that in with the flour mixture.)

In another bowl, mix the mashed bananas, milk, peanut butter, oil, vanilla and egg.  Add the wet ingredients into the flour mixture and stir until just combined.  Stir in the chocolate chips.

Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray or place liners in the tin and fill each about 3/4 of the way full.  This will make roughly 1 1/2 dozen muffins.  Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

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Unknown September 26, 2011 at 8:59 AM  

MMMMMMM, anything peanut butter owns my heart!

365daysofbaking September 26, 2011 at 9:21 AM  

LOVE these!! The combined flavors must have been awesome! Such a great idea having your coworkers pick which recipe to make and they were able to enjoy the rewards! It's a win win!

Rhonda September 26, 2011 at 9:41 AM  

Elvis would be swooning over these (as I am)! Personally I'm a big fan of PB and Bananas (especially with Nutella).

Trisha September 26, 2011 at 9:43 AM  

Just by reading the title of your post, I knew u'd picked a great recipe. I've bookmarked it to try out later!

Jess Wakasugi {Life's Simple Measures} September 26, 2011 at 10:20 AM  

Stopping over from the SRC page, these look wonderful! PB, banana, and chocolate? Such a perfect combination! Glad everyone liked them, too.

Unknown September 26, 2011 at 10:27 AM  

oh. my. gosh. This sounds incredible. I want one right now. YUM

kita September 26, 2011 at 10:54 AM  

Good choice from your co-workers! I can never pass by a great muffin.

Melissa September 26, 2011 at 11:32 AM  

Three of my favorite things in 1 muffin! This sounds incredible :)

Eliotseats September 26, 2011 at 11:37 AM  

I think it is great that you let your co-workers choose. That is a great idea. Wonderful SRC pick!

Erin September 26, 2011 at 12:05 PM  

Great muffins!!! I love peanut butter anything, and these look perfect!

Bubbe Bites September 26, 2011 at 3:27 PM  

You got a great blog pick for SRC. It looks like you picked a wonderful recipe. Those muffins would be great for breakfast tomorrow. Thanks for sharing.

Rebecca September 26, 2011 at 4:14 PM  

Awwww, I am honored by your post! All of your recipes look great. I don't read a lot of blogs that have many recipes for *real food*, so I'm glad I have a new site to reference if I want to make dinner!

Plain Chicken September 26, 2011 at 4:25 PM  

I love peanut butter. I bet these were great!

Cindy September 26, 2011 at 5:01 PM  

Three wonderful flavors, it has to be a winner. I'll make these soon.

Georgie September 26, 2011 at 5:53 PM  

You had me at peanut butter, then at chocolate chip and now at banana! Does it get any better at combining flavors - this recipe could become addictive!

marla {family fresh cooking} September 26, 2011 at 6:45 PM  

All of my favorite ingredients in one muffin...love it!
Awesome to be in the Secret Recipe Club with you. Here is my post from group C - http://su.pr/2rtACr

Angie - Big Bears Wife September 26, 2011 at 8:17 PM  

that is so sweet that you made them for your co-workers!! Very lucky people!!! They look really good!!

Glad to be in Group C with you!!

Rivki Locker September 26, 2011 at 8:42 PM  

Lovely choice for SRC . Bananas and PB are an awesome combination. Adding chocolate chips to the mix makes them a KILLER combination. Thanks for sharing! So glad to have found your blog this month.

Gloria - The Ginger Snap Girl September 26, 2011 at 9:44 PM  

What a great flavor combination! How fun you let your co-workers pick. Great idea! Sounds like your co-workers are a lucky bunch. :)

Kelly | Eat Yourself Skinny September 26, 2011 at 10:42 PM  

What a great muffin recipe, this looks delicious! :)

Unknown September 27, 2011 at 12:44 AM  

I've always been wary of the peanut butter/banana combo, too but mixing them w/ chocolate makes them easier to accept.

Becki's Whole Life September 27, 2011 at 7:02 AM  

This is a great flavor combo. I made PB choc chip banana bread last month and that was a hit except I think they would be better in muffin form like this - I will have to try next time!

Anonymous,  September 27, 2011 at 8:34 PM  

Hey.... I think I have all the ingredients in my pantry. YUM

Darcy October 10, 2011 at 9:56 PM  
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Darcy October 10, 2011 at 10:43 PM  

So I'm making these now for work tomorrow. I really should have done a half recipe I think, and I guess I have a fairly small muffin tin - I'll probably get like 2.5 dozen out of this batch! I did leave out the cinnamon and was happy that my frozen bananas worked well!

I did try them and they are pretty tasty! Peel off the paper easy and have a light peanut butter flavor. I like that it doesn't require much oil, I guess because the peanut butter is there. Yum! Thanks for sharing, Mindy!!

Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers February 8, 2012 at 10:33 AM  

I have yet to make a peanut butter muffin, but I must and your recipe looks wonderful!!!

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