Dark Chocolate Banana Muffins

These rich, moist and chocolatey banana muffins are the perfect recipe for your overripe bananas sitting on your counter. I recently made another banana muffin but my Banana Espresso Chocolate Chip Muffins were so popular with my coworkers that I knew I had to try this recipe. I had just bought some bananas that I swear went from green to spotted black within one day-I had to do something with them! These muffins are perfect for an on the go breakfast that will satisfy your early morning chocolate cravings. :)

Dark Chocolate Banana Muffins

Ingredients:

2 whole very ripe bananas
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon espresso powder
6 ounces 70% cacao chocolate baking bar
3/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line muffin tins with paper or foil cups.
Mash bananas in a medium bowl, leaving some small chunks. Stir in egg, sour cream and melted butter. In a large bowl combine the sugar, flour, baking soda salt, and espresso powder.
In a small, microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate baking bar in the microwave on high power for 45 seconds. Stir. If un-melted pieces remain continue microwaving and stirring the chocolate in ten-second intervals until it is all melted and smooth; set aside.
Pour the banana mixture into the dry ingredients and stir just to combine. The batter should be lumpy. Stir in melted chocolate, 1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips, and vanilla. Divide batter among the prepared muffin cups and sprinkle each with the additional 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips for the topping.
Bake in preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes. Muffins are done when the tops of the muffins look dry and cracked. Because of the melted chocolate chips in the muffins the traditional toothpick test may not be reliable.

Source: adapted from Chiquita Banana