Banana Muffins with Chocolate and Peanut Butter

One thing my kids really like are muffins. It really doesn’t matter what kind of muffins either. Although, they are rather partial to banana muffins. Can you blame them? There are very few things better than bananas, chocolate or peanut butter. Add all of those things together and you have epic banana muffins with chocolate and peanut butter.

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Banana Muffins with Chocolate and Peanut Butter

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Butter, softened
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2-3 Ripe Bananas, mashed (about 1 cup or so)
  • 2/3 cup Peanut Butter
  • 1 TBSP Milk
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Cups Gluten Free Flour (Try thisbanana muffins)
  • 1 TBSP Unsweetened Cocoa
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Cream your butter and sugar together until completely incorporated. Next add your eggs, one at a time, beating well after each egg you add.
  3. Beat in the bananas, peanut butter, milk and vanilla.
  4. Combine all of your dry ingredients and add it to your wet ingredients little by little. Mix the two together with a large spoon or spatula.
  5. Put your banana muffins batter in the fridge for one hour.
  6. Fill your muffin liners all the way to the top with your batter.
  7. Bake at 425 degrees for 10 minutes. Lower your oven temperature to 350 degrees and bake for an additional 10-12 minutes. Check it at the 10 minute mark with a toothpick. If it comes out clean, pull them out. If not, leave them in for an additional 1-2 minutes. Mine took the additional 2 minutes.
  8. Allow the banana muffins to cool in the muffin tin for about 3-4 minutes. Then take them out and put them on a wire rack. They will be hot!

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So…you’re probably wondering why the two temperatures for the banana muffins. I had read that if you wanted to get that nice domed look that professional bakers get with their muffins and cupcakes, you need to do that with the baking. Normally mine will have that domed look, more so than what they have here, but I accidentally used baking powder instead of baking soda. While they taste pretty much how they should…I don’t think they look like they normally do!

How did they taste?

AMAZING! Both kids devoured one very quickly. Technically I am the only one in the house that has to eat gluten free, but my kids prefer the baked goods I make with gluten free flour better than anything else. They are a tad more dense than non-gluten free baked goods, but they are delicious! However, if you don’t eat gluten free, no worries! Simply make this with regular flour!

Also, another FYI tip for you…if you accidentally use baking powder instead of baking soda and realize it before you put the item in the oven, I have a fix for you. After lots of googling, I read that you can use 3 times the amount of baking powder in place of baking soda. Is it a perfect fix? Probably not as good as using baking soda, but it worked just fine!

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Other recipes you may like:

Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Gluten Free Banana Cranberry Muffins

Gluten Free Strawberry Banana Bread

What are your favorite kind of muffins?


Keto Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites

When people hear that I am on the Keto diet, they have so many thoughts and opinions. Usually I am told that I am going to end up with a heart attack because I am eating fat; or I’m told that I’ll never be able to stick with it. Well, sure…I could have a heart attack, but not because I’m eating fat. I get blood work done a couple times a year and my numbers are just fine. As for sticking with it, I’m almost to the 2 year mark and I haven’t gained a single pound back. So I think I’m good in that area too! But, what if I told you that you can be on the Keto diet AND eat Keto chocolate peanut butter bites? Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? Well it’s not!

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Halloween is coming up. One of my favorite candies, before I stopped eating sugar, was Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. I used to confiscated all of them from my kids trick or treating stash and hide them in the freezer. The first Halloween, since being on the Keto diet, was a tad rough. It seemed like my kids got more peanut butter cups than they ever did, but I never ate one. Not a single one. This year, while my kids are eating their peanut butter cups, I will be enjoying my Keto chocolate peanut butter bites. The perfect Keto treat!

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Keto Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites

Ingredients

  • 4 TBS Coconut Oil, divided
  • 8 TBS Sunbutter, divided
  • 4 TBS Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract, divided
  • 1/2 tsp Stevia, divided
  • Silicone mold

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Directions

  1. For the chocolate layer, combine 2 TBSP of melted coconut oil, 4 TBSP of Sunbutter, 4 TBSP unsweetened cocoa powder, 1/4 tsp of vanilla extract and 1/4 tsp of Stevia and mix well.
  2. Using a spoon, fill each of the pumpkin molds half full. Place in the freezer for 10 minutes to set.
  3. For the peanut butter layer, combine 2 TBSP of melted coconut oil, 4 TBSP of Sunbutter, 1/4 tsp of vanilla extract and 1/4 tsp Stevia. Mix well.
  4. Using a spoon, fill each pumpkin mold the rest of the way up. Place back in the freezer and allow to fully set for about 1-2 hours.

If you are following the Keto diet and using My Fitness Pal, you will want to put all of your ingredients into My Fitness Pal to create a recipe to get the appropriate macros for this recipe. Things may be different depending on the mold you use, ingredients, etc. With the molds I used, I got 25 Keto chocolate peanut butter bites. The nice thing about this recipe is that you can use any silicone mold you want!

 

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So, the next time someone tells you they can’t do Keto because they can’t give up chocolate, tell them they don’t have to!

Other Keto Recipes You May Enjoy:

Homemade Gummy Bears

Fuzzy Navel Gummy Bears <—seriously so good!

Cheesecake Fat Bombs


Key Lime Bars Recipe

Memorial day is coming up quick, which means the official BBQ season will be in full swing. BBQ’s are one of my absolute favorite part about summer. Typically the foods are all the same, but there is nothing like a burnt hot dog or a big cheeseburger with bread and butter pickles. While watermelon or strawberry shortcakes (what we usually have at BBQ’s for dessert) are great for dessert, surprise your guests with these delicious key lime bars! Like lemon bars, the tartness of the lime will be the perfect end to your BBQ meal!

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Key Lime Bars Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 C Flour (or this gluten freekey lime bars)
  • 1/2 C Powder Sugar
  • 1 C Unsalted Sweet Cream Butter, softened
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 4 Eggs
  • 2 C Sugar
  • 2 tsp Key Lime Zest
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/3 C Lime Juice
  • 1/4 C Flour (or this gluten freekey lime bars)

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350° and spray your 9×11 baking dish with your favorite non-stick spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the 2 C of flour, powder sugar and salt.
  3. Using a pastry cutterkey lime bars or a fork, cut in the butter until the crust mixture looks like crumbs.
  4. Pour the crust into the pan and pat evenly into the dish.
  5. Bake the crust for 10 minutes. While the crust is baking, begin making the filling.
  6. In another large bowl, whisk together the eggs, lime juice, 1/4 C flour, sugar, key lime zest and baking powder. Whisk until fully incorporated.
  7. Pour the mixture onto the crust and return to the oven and bake for 25 minutes or until set.
  8. Once the bars are cooled, sprinkle with powder sugar and cut into squares. Top with a key lime slice and enjoy!

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Don’t they sound delicious?!? Make them and tell me what you think! Be the hit of your next BBQ. Your guests will absolutely love them!

What is your favorite, must have BBQ food?


Orange Cream Loaf Recipe

One of my favorite things to take to get togethers for the holidays, teacher appreciation week or just to make and have at home are banana breads or this Orange Cream Loaf recipe. They are perfect for brunches and with teacher appreciation week coming up, they are perfect to make and donate to the school to be placed in the teachers lounge. A delicious piece of this Orange Cream Loaf is the perfect pick-me-up at this time of year when the kids are SOOOOOO ready to be out of school and have a countdown of exactly how many days they have left!

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Orange Cream Loaf Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 C Flour
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 3 Large Eggs, room temperature
  • 1 C Sugar
  • 3 TBSP Unsalted Sweet Cream Butter
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 4 tsp Orange Extractorange cream loaf
  • 1 C Orange Juice from 2 1/2 large navel oranges
  • 1/4 C Orange Zest
  • 1/2 C Oil

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease your loaf pan (I prefer this Cake Releaseorange cream loaf).
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In another bowl (or your stand mixer this oneorange cream loaf that is on a HUGE sale), combine the eggs, sugar, butter, vanilla extract, orange extract, orange juice, orange zest and oil. Mix until completely combined.
  4. Slowly add in the flour and mix until fully incorporated.
  5. Pour into your prepared loaf pan and bake for 40 minutes. Once done, set aside to cool.

Frosting Ingredients

  • 1 C Powdered Sugar
  • 1/2 C Orange Juice
  • 1/2 C Orange Zest

Frosting Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients and mix.
  2. Set your Orange Cream Loaf on a plate and pour the glaze over the loaf and let it sit to harden.

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Doesn’t this Orange Cream loaf look delicious?!? If you would like to make a gluten free version, I really recommend this brandorange cream loaf of gluten free flour. I’ve used it many times and everything always turns out fabulous!

What’s your favorite thing to bake?


Dirt Chocolate Bark with Gummy Worms

It’s SPRING! After the very weird winter we’ve had with the up and down temperatures, thunderstorms, and random snowstorms, I am very ready for spring to be here. That means we are one step closer to summer and flip flops! The thought of barbecuing and all the yummy recipes we will start making again makes me very happy. Especially this super cute Dirt Chocolate Bark with Gummy Worms dessert! This would be a super cute dessert to have at your Easter dinner! Kids would love it!

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Dirt Chocolate Bark with Gummy Worms

Ingredients

  • 1 Bag of Dark Chocolate Melting Wafers (like thisdirt chocolate bark)
  • 1 C Oreos, crushed
  • 1/4 C Brown M&M’s (eat the other colors…it’s OK…recipe says so)
  • 1 Bag Sour Gummy Worms
  • 2 Pots or a double boilerdirt chocolate bark
  • 1 Cookie Sheet
  • Wax Paper

Tip…if you don’t want to pick out all the brown M&M’s, just buy this bag of ALL brown M&M’s!

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Directions

  1. Add water to the bottom of the two pots (or your double broiler) and place on the stove on high until the water is boiling.
  2. Place the other pot on top, filled with the chocolate wafers. While the chocolate is melting, place wax paper on your cookie sheet.
  3. Once melted, pour onto your cookie sheet.
  4. Sprinkle the crushed Oreos overtop.
  5. Sprinkle the brown M&M’s on top.
  6. Randomly place the sour gummy worms on the dirt chocolate bark.
  7. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes before breaking apart into pieces and enjoying!

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Doesn’t this dirt chocolate bark with gummy worms look delicious and fun to eat?!? Sour gummy worms are my favorite! Of course, if you aren’t a fan of the sour gummy worms, swap them out for the regular gummy worms!

If you are planning on making this for Easter, then you may want to check out these posts too…

How to Make the Best Ham Ever!

Tween Easter Basket Fillers

Easter Placemat Printable

My Easter Deviled Eggs Recipe

Enjoy this dirt chocolate bark with gummy worms recipe and HAPPY SPRING!

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