Recently I had gone shopping and picked up some Cocoa Nibs from Trader Joe’s. I had no idea what I was going to make with them. I just thought they were interesting. I had tried cocoa nibs for the first time in Costa Rica on a “spice” tour and thought they were fantastic. Cocoa nibs are chocolatey but not sweet. I like my chocolate very dark so these little nibs appeal to me. Now I just needed to figure out what to do with them. As I was thinking about my newly purchased cocoa nibs (nibs for short), I spotted some very ripe bananas on my counter. Normally, I’d make my Goodness Runs Through It Banana Bread when I see ripe bananas but I had these newly purchased nibs to consider. Hhhhhmm….what to do, what to do. Why not combine bananas and cocoa nibs? I could use up my ripe bananas and cocoa nibs. Surely, cocoa nibs would go with most, if not all, fruit. I thought muffins would be perfect so here are my Banana and Cocoa Nib Muffins. Ha! See how good these look!
I really like bananas, and these muffins have a big banana flavor, but what really brought these muffins to the next level is the little cocoa nibs. They added such a nice, not too sweet, chocolate flavor and a crunch that was very pleasing. Give them a try! I am now trying to figure out what else I can do with these cocoa nibs so any suggestions from you would be great.
- 3 very ripe bananas
- ¾ cups sugar
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 3 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/3 cup cocoa nibs
- Non-stick spray butter flavor
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large mixing bowl, mash the bananas. Add sugar, oil, eggs and vanilla. Mix together until thoroughly combined.
Sift flour, baking soda and salt into the banana mixture. Stir until all ingredients are incorporated then mix about ¼ cup of cocoa nibs into banana batter.
Spray the cups of a 12-cup muffin pan with non-stick spray. Pour banana batter into each cup until the cup is almost full. Sprinkle the remaining cocoa nibs on the top of each muffin.
Bake for 15-19 minutes. The muffins are done when they are slightly browned and a toothpick can be inserted into the middle of the muffin and come out clean.
Let cool on a wire rack and enjoy!