Sunday, April 1, 2012

Paleo Banana Chocolate Surprise Muffins

This is what our new house looks like. 

This is what our car looks like when we go to Ikea.

This is what breakfast looks like when I finally locate and unpack my pots and pans.

And this...this is what paleo banana muffins look like when you throw in a chocolatey surprise!

I am not going to act like I am the only one around here with a life, but "Whew!" things have been BUSY! Unpacking, furniture shopping, furniture assembly, cleaning, seems never-ending. But, such is life. 

Things are starting to resemble a normal house around here. Room by room, we are slowly getting things put away, but it is not a speedy process. I am learning to accept it, though. :) Onto the good stuff...

The husband's parents were here with us last weekend to help us move and I wanted to cook them a big ol' thank you breakfast before they headed home. I would like to say a lot of thought went into these, but I kind of made them up as I went along. There are not many things that go better together than bananas and chocolate (except maybe bananas, chocolate and almond butter) and these muffins did not disappoint in that arena. But I think what makes these muffins really special is that on the outside they just look like regular banana muffins. Not until you bite into it do you find the chocolatey surprise waiting inside. We mostly stick to veggies and protein for breakfast so this was a nice treat on a Sunday morning after a day of packing and moving. 

Paleo Banana Chocolate Surprise Muffins
Yield: 12 Muffins

Prep Time: 15
Cook Time: 25
Total Time: 40

-2 1/4 cups almond flour
-1/4 tsp sea salt
-1/2 tsp baking soda
-1 tbsp cinnamon
-1 tsp nutmeg
-2 ripe bananas
-2 tsp vanilla extract
-1 tbsp honey
-3 tbsp coconut oil or ghee, softened
-3 eggs
-2 tbsp cocoa powder

-Preheat oven to 350 F.
-In a large bowl, add almond flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Mix well and set aside.
-In a separate bowl, mash the bananas. Add vanilla, honey, softened coconut oil or ghee and eggs into bowl with bananas. Whisk until large clumps disappear and mixture is mostly smooth.
-Pour wet ingredients into bowl with dry ingredients and mix well.
-Transfer 1 cup of the muffin batter to a small bowl. Add cocoa powder and stir until well incorporated.
-Line a muffin tin with liners or spray with cooking spray.. I also spray the liners just for a little extra insurance that the muffins won't stick.
-Using a spoon, scoop about two tablespoons of the regular muffin batter into each tin. Top each with a spoonful of the chocolate batter. Finish by topping each muffin tin with an even amount of the regular batter until you have used it all up.
-Pop the muffins into the oven for 20-25 minutes (until a toothpick entered into center of the muffin comes out clean).