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Black Bottom Banana Muffins

​​I can’t believe I haven’t already shared this extra-delicious muffin recipe with you. Of course the recipe itself is not the delicious part … it’s the rich chocolate you discover as you bite deep into this moist treat. Easy to make and a great way to use over-ripe bananas that take the place of shortening.

Servings: 12  Preparation time: 30 minutes   ​Baking time: 25-30 minutes  Eating time: Anytime!

Ingredients 3 medium ripe bananas 1/2 cup no-sugar applesauce 1 large egg 1 cup sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1-1/2 cups all purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup unsweetened powdered baking cocoa ​1 cup dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions 1. Preheat oven to 350°. 2. Arrange paper muffin cups in a muffin tin. 3. In a mixing bowl, cream bananas and sugar together. Mix in applesauce, egg, and vanilla. 4. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. 5. Add the flour mixture to the banana mixture and mix well. 6. Place half of this batter in the now-empty flour bowl, and add the cocoa powder and chocolate chips. Evenly distribute this mixture in the bottom of the muffin cups. 7. Spoon the vanilla batter on top, distributing evenly. 8. Bake for about 25 to 30 minutes. Test for doneness with a toothpick. (It will come out clean.) Tops of muffins will be golden brown. 9. Cool and serve.

I hope you enjoy my recipes. Let me know if you’ve tried any of them and how they turned out.

Good cooking to you!  ​Linda ​​​​​Note: Would you like a printout of this and other recipes? These directions may help: Use your mouse to select only the text you want to copy rather than the entire page. Then press Ctrl+C, open your Word program and press Ctrl+V to paste the semi-formatted text. Print it from there.

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