I kid you not, I have found the ultimate muffin recipe and this is it - banana, chocolate & peanut butter, the best muffin recipe in the world! Hot out of the oven, the chocolate bits ooze out in little melts of goodness and the dollops of peanut butter inside just hit the spot. If you're eating this days later, there's no need to reheat the muffin, it stays moist through and through. Unfortunately, these didn't last very long for me to test how many days they stayed moist for but trust me, taste one of these and you'll be uttering the words 'OMG!' and then proceed to shovel a few more into your mouth.
In a small bowl, melt together 50g plain dark chocolate with 50g smooth peanut butter over a pan of simmering water.
When melted, remove from heat.
Preheat oven to 160 degrees. Line 10 holes of a muffin tray. Peel 3 medium sized bananas and mash in a large bowl. Add to the bowl 100g brown sugar and 60g softened unsalted butter. Mix well. Add 1 beaten egg to the mixture and stir in 1/2 tsp vanilla extract.
Sift into the wet mix 100g plain flour, 50g wholemeal flour, a pinch of salt and 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda. Tip in the bran from the wholemeal flour that remained in the sieve. Add 35g just boiled hot water. Fold ingredients together and add the melted butter and peanut butter and stir thoroughly to mix. Stir in 50g chopped plain chocolate.
Spoon just a little of the muffin batter into each liner. Add a teaspoonful of peanut butter to the centre of each.
Cover the peanut butter with the remaining batter, filling the liners evenly.
Bake for 30 minutes until the muffins are well risen and spring back when you press gently the tops.
Makes 9 yummy muffins.
I've more or less followed the recipe out of 'Mad about muffins' which I think is the best muffin book written (every recipe I've used so far has turned out superb and are recipes which I refer to time and time again). The recipe suggests you can even use crunchy peanut butter if you are after a bit more crunch but I think smooth peanut butter is the way to go. Typing up this post is making me want to bake another batch!