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Whole Wheat Banana Chocolate Chips Muffins

Whole Wheat Banana Chocolate Chips Muffins

I love muffins. They are so easy to make and perfect for breakfast or snacking in between. Its been a while since I made muffins at home. Every week during our grocery shopping, I was getting some Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Muffins from Wegmans. Finally yesterday I thought to bake some at home. I am glad i did because these muffins are light, flavorful and delicious. And the best part of these muffins is that they are not too sweet, the way I wanted. I love these muffins with a cup of tea.

Whole Wheat Banana Chocolate Chips Muffins

Whole Wheat Banana Chocolate Chips Muffins

Ingredients: 

  • 2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 2 extra large eggs, at room temperature
  • 3 large ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup light olive oil
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and place liners in a muffin pan.
  • Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar in a large bowl. Then add the chocolate chips to the flour mixture.
  • In another mixing bowl, blend the bananas on low speed  for 3-5 minutes until well mashed.
  • Add the oil, milk, eggs, and vanilla and mix again on low speed for 1 minute until combined.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the banana mixture and combine until just blended. Don’t over mix the batter.
  • Divide batter equally among muffin cups, filling about 3/4 full.
  • Bake muffins 20-25 minutes, until tops are starting to brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • Remove pan from oven and let cool on a rack for 5-20 minutes then remove muffins to a rack to cool to room temperature.
Whole Wheat Banana Chocolate Chips Muffins

Whole Wheat Banana Chocolate Chips Muffins

Recipe Yields: 12 muffins

I was just going through my recipe index and saw  this chocolate chip muffins and to be honest that was the best muffin recipe I have ever tried. The recipe is so simple and easy to put together. Looking at the pics, I started craving some muffins with some chocolate.

And then I decided to bake this simple vanilla cupcakes with chocolate ganache..yummm..sounds heavenly, correct..it was..

The cupcakes were soft, buttery and has melt-in-mouth kinda of taste with a chocolate ganache on top. These cupcakes are simple but the chocolate ganache on top take it to the level of deliciousness which you will know only after taking a bite of it..as I am writing this I can’t stop visualizing the flavor of those yummy cupcakes in my mouth. I hope you try this recipe and see how easy and delicious this cupcake are.

Ingredients:

  • 1  1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 1 extra-large egg, at room temperature
  • 2 egg yolks, at room temperature
  • 1  1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1  1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

For Chocolate Ganache:

  • 1/4  cup heavy cream
  • 4 ounce good semi sweet chocolate chips ( I have used Ghirardelli)
  • 1/4 teaspoon instant coffee granules
  • 1/2 teaspoon olive oil

Method:

  • Pre heat oven to 350 degree Fahrenheit.
  • Line muffin pans with 12 paper liners.
  • In a large bowl, combine all-purpose flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and keep it aside.
  • In a bowl of electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment, mix butter and sugar until blended completely.
  • Add one eggs at a time and mix well. Now add vanilla extract, yogurt and mix well.
  • Slowly add in the dry ingredients and mix until just combine together. You will have to add dry ingredients in batches. Do not over mix the batter.
  • Spoon the batter in the prepared muffins tins with liners and bake .
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes on 350 deg fahrenheit or until a tooth pick inserted comes out clean.
  • Cool it on wire rack before putting the ganache on cupcakes.
  • Meanwhile, On top of a double boiler, cook the heavy cream, chocolate chips, oil and instant coffee until smooth and warm, stirring occasionally.
  • Dip the top of each cupcake in the ganache and cool the same before serving.

Recipes Yields: 12 Cupcakes

Ginger , Zucchini and Lemon Cupcakes

I had some zucchini lying in my fridge for some days and I was wondering what else I can do with this veggies except the regular addition to pasta or noodles.  Fortunately I saw this recipe of the healthiest cupcakes on the wall of wordpress.

So I look it into the recipe and thought of giving this a try. I am not a big fan of frosting or should I say I don’t like to eat the frosting. But this light frosting works very well with this cupcake and it turned out so cute and beautiful.

So, heres goes the recipe.

Ginger, Zucchini and Lemon Cupcakes

Ginger, Zucchini and Lemon Cupcakes

Recipe adapted from here.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups grated zucchini
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp grated ginger
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda

Preparation:

  • Combine all the dry ingredients together and keep it aside.
  • Preheat a oven to 350 deg farhenheit. Prepare a muffins tin by placing liners and brush the outer part of the tray with butter and keep it aside.
  • Take a large bowl, whisk in olive oil, honey, eggs, vanilla extract, cinnamon,grated ginger and lemon zest. Slowly with the help of saptula mix in the grated zucchini with the wet ingredients.
  • Working in batches add the dry ingredients to wet  ingredients and incorporate well.
  • Spoon the batter in the prepared muffins tins with liners and bake .
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes on 350 deg fahrenheit or until a tooth pick inserted come out clean.
  • Cool it on wire rack and meanwhile prepare the frosting.

For frosting:

  • 100 ml heavy cream
  • 1 Tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp grated lemon zest, some for garnishing
  • 1 Tbsp butter, at room temperature

In a electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment, beat all the ingredients under frosting until light and fluffy about 3-4 minutes.

Frost the cupcake and garnish with some lemon zest to serve.

Ginger, Zucchini and Lemon Cupcakes

Ginger, Zucchini and Lemon Cupcakes