Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Chocolate Chip Espresso Banana Muffins

Growing up in a tropical country,
 it's either you are surrounded by coconut trees or bananas.
Unknown to some, Bananas are not trees.
Yes, you heard it right!
Bananas are giant perennial herbaceous plants.
It does not have a wooden trunk.

Just like the coconut,
we use almost every part of the banana in my country for traditional dishes.
We use the inner core of the banana trunk 
which we call in my island "UBAD",
roughly chop we use it to make chicken stew.
We also use the banana hearts, and the banana leaves for cooking.

Talking about bananas brings back so many memories.
When my parents got married, my mom's parents gave them a house.
My grandfather had the property beautifully landscaped.
Everytime my father expects my grandmother (My Mom's mother) to visit,
my father would go to the back of the house,
and harvested bananas to give to her.
He does this because I think he feels guilty for ruining the beautiful bermuda grass
 in our property that my grandfather spent so much money on.
How did my father ruined it?
He planted bananas and other fruit trees around the property.
Because Bananas have underground stems that multiplies,
it killed the bermuda grass.
So to get on the good side of his in-laws,
 he always make sure he has fruits to give to my grandparents.
Pretty funny!

This recipe also reminds me of my Aunt Dianette (janet),
who loves to bake.
I think that's where I inherited my love of baking.
She makes delicious bakegoods especially banana bread.
Everytime I visit my grandmother,
my Aunt would be in the kitchen making something for her customers,
and the house would smell so heavenly.
I  looked forward in visiting, and tasting the yummies my Aunt made.

Now, my daughter and her friends are the ones looking forward
 in coming home after school,
 because they all raid my kitchen.
I should start charging their parents for groceries. 

At my home there's always very ripe bananas left uneaten.
And what is a good Mom to do?
Banana Bread.
I'm tired of the usual banana bread recipe.
So I thought why not add a few ingredients that I love
 enhance the flavor of this classic banana recipe.
What is it?
Espresso and chocolate.


3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp instant espresso powder
2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs
1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
4 ripe bananas, peeled and mashed


  • Preheat Oven to 325 F.
  • Line 18 muffin cups with muffin/cupcake paper liners.
  • In a medium bowl, add the first 6 dry ingredients, whisk to blend.
  • In a separate large bowl, add sugar, oil and eggs, beat to blend.
  • Stir in mashed Bananas. Mix well.
  • Add all dry ingredients, stir until blended.
  • With an ice cream scoop, divide batter among the prepared muffin cups.
  • Bake the muffins on the middle rack for about 25 minutes or until top is golden brown.
  • Transfer to a rack and cool.
  • Muffins may be eaten warm or cooled competely. 


  1. Oh my, this sounds heavenly! Thank you for sharing.

    1. you're WELCOME! Thanks for stopping by at The Red Apron.


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