Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins with Dried Cherries

I love muffins because 99% of the time they are comprised of what you happen to have in your kitchen. On this particular day, I was looking to get rid of some extra ripe bananas and dried cherries that had been sitting in my cupboard. I also happened to have a bag of chocolate chunks (which are far superior to chocolate chips), so I knew I had to throw those in too, because chocolate makes everything that much better. I think sprinkled a good amount of raw sugar over top for a sweet crunch to top everything off. The end result was a very moist, very tasty muffin. The cherries and chocolate chunks go together so well, it’s like some kind of candy in muffin form. The banana taste is slight, but definitely there, and made the muffin’s crumb more dense and added a slight sweetness. I sent these in to work with Kramer and he returned home empty-handed, which I always take as a good sign. Recipe after the jump!

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins with Dried Cherries

Your ingredients.

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins with Dried Cherries

Combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl and set aside.

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins with Dried Cherries

Mash your bananas in a large bowl.

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins with Dried Cherries

And add in your buttermilk (or in my case, milk + vinegar), eggs, melted butter, and vanilla extract. Mix well.

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins with Dried Cherries

Mix in the flour until just moistened. Don’t overbeat!

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins with Dried Cherries

If your dried cherries are big (like these ones from Oh Nuts!), chop them up a bit before putting them in with your batter.

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins with Dried Cherries

Fold in your chocolate chunks (or chips) and dried cherries.

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins with Dried Cherries

Scoop about 1/4 cup of batter into each lined and/or greased muffin cup.

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins with Dried Cherries

Sprinkle with a teaspoon of raw sugar, if you like. Bake at 350 degrees F for 15-20 minutes, until set and golden brown.

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins with Dried Cherries

Allow to cool for about 10 minutes before removing from the muffin tins, then allow to cool completely before serving or storing.

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins with Dried Cherries

Just look at that crispy, crunchy layer of turbinado sugar!

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins with Dried Cherries

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins with Dried Cherries

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2 cups all-purpose flour

2/3 cup + 2 teaspoons white sugar

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup dried cherries, chopped if needed

1 cup chocolate chunk or chips

3 ripe bananas

1/3 cup buttermilk (or vinegar + milk, like I did. All you do is take a measuring cup and put 1 tablespoon of vinegar in it. Then fill it up the rest of the way with milk until you hit the 1 cup mark. Let sit for 5 minutes, and ta-da, you have buttermilk!)

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and allowed to cool slightly

2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

turbinado sugar (for topping; optional)

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and grease and/or line your muffin cups (this makes about 15-20 muffins).

2. Combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl and set aside. In a larger bowl, mash your bananas and then add in your buttermilk, melted butter, eggs, and vanilla extract. Beat until just moistened; don’t over beat!

3. Fold in your chocolate chunks and dried cherries. Scoop about 1/4 cup of batter into each muffin cup and sprinkle about 1 teaspoon of turbinado sugar over the top of each, if you like. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until set and slightly golden brown.

4. Allow to cool for about 10 minutes in the pan before removing, then allow to cool completely before serving or storing. Makes 15-20 muffins.

10 Responses

  1. Laura says:

    Yum!! I might have to make some muffins…I’ve got some of these ingredients laying around. Thanks!

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  3. lululu says:

    yum!!!! a perfect make-over for conventional banana muffins!

  4. CookiePie says:

    YUM – those look fantastic! Perfect morning treats.

  5. christy says:

    i had a dream about these, well like, the cone-shaped cupcake, i don’t know, i’m kind of weird, but i just noticed there’s a tiny little smiley face in the top right corner of your page haha. whether you intended for it to be there or if it’s just a figment of my imagination, just letting you know.
    :]

  6. Erin Brooks says:

    Love the new layout! Great job! The muffins look sooo good!

  7. Nikki says:

    Nice new layout!

  8. Jason says:

    Love the new site layout.

  9. Morgan says:

    Sydney, when are you going to convert to the metric system? All it takes is one food blog to shake the scientific community to it’s core.

  10. Rindy R says:

    These look crazy good! I know what to do with my rotting bananas now!

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