Today is Secret Recipe Club reveal day

Today is Secret Recipe Club reveal day. Secret Recipe Club is a gathering of food bloggers where we are assigned a food blog, select and prepare a recipe, and on the designated day, share whose blog we were secretly assigned and post about the recipe. It’s a great way to meet other bloggers and find new recipes.

This month I was assigned Rebecca’s A Dusting of Sugar, a blog dedicated almost exclusively to baking and sweets. It was fun looking over her Sweet 100 List of things ever baker should try, and much to my surprise, I’ve made of number of the things even though baking is not something I do a lot -- strawberry pop tarts, (fresh fig, walnut, and rosemary) upside down cake, baklava, baked Alaska, bananas Foster, angel food cake, hummingbird cake, crème brulee, chocolate soufflé, and panna cotta -- but whoopie pies, Boston cream pie, cannoli, and homemade marshmallows are on my to-make-sometime list. I think these are basic desserts everyone who cooks regularly should try at some point.

Unfortunately, I was a bit short on time to try anything too extravagant, so I settled on Rebecca’s peanut butter chocolate chip banana muffins, something my guys would thoroughly enjoy. However, I was talking on the phone to my mom as I was making them and missed a key ingredient. The chocolate chips. I remembered them as I pulled the muffins from the oven, so I made a simple glaze of melted chocolate chips and a little half-and-half to satisfy the chocolate need. The recipe below reflects the changes I made to the original recipe, and I substituted half the all purpose flour with whole wheat pastry flour, cut the sugars in half, used crunchy peanut butter, and eliminated the additional oil. Rebecca suggests sifting the flour and being short on time, I skipped that step.

My tasters gave these two thumbs up, even with the omission of the chocolate chips. They were not too sweet, with a nice crumb, and the crunchy peanut butter adds nice texture.
Peanut Butter (Chocolate Chip) Banana Muffins
Make 18 muffins

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup packed, golden brown sugar
1 Tablespoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
2-3 large, ripe bananas, mashed-enough for 1-1/4 cups banana
1 cup skim milk
3/4 cup chunky peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 egg whites egg
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, sift together, flours, sugars, baking powder, salt and the cinnamon; combine.

In another mixing bowl, combine mashed bananas, milk, peanut butter, egg whites, and vanilla; mix well.  Add this to the dry mixture and mix just enough to combine.  Stir in chocolate chips. DON’T FORGET THIS STEP.

Spray muffin tins with cooking spray, or use paper liners, and fill tins 3/4 full.  Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Print recipe.


26 comments:

  1. A chocolate frosted peanut butter banana muffin is still a great sounding treat. :)

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    1. Colleen, thanks. Despite my mess up, they sure tasted good.

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  2. Nice improvisation with the chocolate topping!

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    1. What's the saying, "Necessity is the mother of invention"? Appreciate you stopping by.

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  3. Just now saw a peanut butter Bread and here is a muffin., Mmmm.., delicious., I love baking Muffins, very yummy

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    1. Jayasri, Thanks for stopping by. Technically, I'd consider these more like cupcakes because they can be (and were) eaten like dessert!

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  4. Peanut butter, bananas and chocolate is always a winning combination.

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my group "A" SRC entry: Candied Popcorn.

    Lisa~~
    Cook Lisa Cook

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    1. Lisa, yes, these were a winning combo of flavors. Thanks.

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  5. three of my fave things: peanut butter, chocolate and bananas. GREAT recipe!!!

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    1. Thanks for taking a look, Angie. It is a great recipe.

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  6. Awesome flavor combo...one of the best!

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    1. Gretchen, appreciating you reading and commenting. You're right, you can't beat peanut butter, bananas, and chocolate, however it's prepared.

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  7. Great muffins! Chocolate is a great addition to these!

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    1. Trish, just the smear of chocolate makes them very dessert like. Thanks for stopping by.

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  8. Nice save with the chocolate chips! That's one of the difficulties with baking — if you miss an ingredient, it can alter the whole recipe. With savory things? Sometimes, but usually you can adjust. But that chocolate glaze was a great adaption, and looks to me like it made the muffins even better (you almost made cupcakes!). Fun post - thanks.

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    1. John, exactly why I don't bake a lot - not much room for error and baking is not exactly forgiving. These turned out tasty, and you're right. They are dessert cupcakes.

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  9. So many muffins and banana recipes in our SRC group this month! These look great!
    Be sure to stop by Seasonal Potluck this month to link up your pineapple or strawberry recipes http://bit.ly/KeYUr2 Or surf the collection to find some recipe inspiration!

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    1. Interesting the amounts of banana/muffin recipes. Lots of great choices. Thanks for taking a look, Betsy!

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    1. Thanks, Kirstin, appreciate you stopping by.

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  11. This is what I love about cooking - tweaking recipes any way we like to satisfy our families. I love your version and the chocolate glaze sounds even better.

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    1. Vicki, you're much more a baker than I am and better able to make those tweaks!! Thanks for the comment.

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  12. This is my kind of muffin - looks delicious!

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    1. Appreciate you taking a look, Danielle!

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  13. I've never met a peanut butter and chocolate recipe I didn't like! This looks delicious. Love the chocolate frosting

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  14. Looks delicious. Must get Meredith to investigate this variation on our standard chocolate chip bran muffin recipe.

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