Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

There are three things you need to know before you read any
further: I am on a major peanut butter and bananas kick right
now, I am obsessed with Chobani Greek yogurt, and I hate
anything with fake banana flavoring.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

(True story: I once ordered a pint of peanut butter
chocolate chip ice cream from the local ice cream stand. I got
it home and joyfully dug in, only to find myself gagging
seconds later when I realized they had given me fake banana
chocolate chip instead. That was a sad, sad day. The end.)

So anyway, I stalk Chobani online a little bit. (A
lot.) Their teases about new flavors leading up to the new year
were almost more than I could bear. When they finally announced
the new flavors, I was half excited and half disappointed: pear
(yay! I love pears!) and banana (oh). I was pretty sure the
banana yogurt would be gross, but I have so much faith in
Chobani that I tried it anyway.

You guys. It wasn’t gross at all. It tastes like real bananas!
Not that gross banana flavoring everything else seems to use. I
didn’t hate it at all. In fact, I liked it.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Short story long, I found myself with 2 aging bananas, some
banana yogurt and a craving for peanut butter one evening.
Obviously there was only one thing to do – make banana muffins.
With peanut butter. And chocolate chips (duh).

I had a few lofty goals for these muffins that I wasn’t sure I
would achieve. First, I wanted them to be kinda healthy. Not so
healthy they tasted healthy, but healthy enough I
could eat them guilt-free. Second, healthy muffins tend to be
fairly dense but I was aiming for something more cakey and
moist. I have to say, on those two counts I think I’ve nailed
it. The muffins are fluffy and tender, and just on the sweet
side with the chocolate chips. Perfectly snack-able any time of
day.

But I couldn’t leave well enough alone.

The peanut butter flavor is kind of subtle when competing with
the chocolate chips and I was looking for it to smack me in the
face. So I frosted my healthy-ish banana muffins. The good news
is that the frosting is healthy too because it’s made with –
surprise – Greek yogurt! So now you can have your cupcakes and
eat them for breakfast too. (Bonus special frosting recipe
below the muffin recipe.)

Question: If you frost a muffin, is it still a muffin? Is it a
cupcake? A muffincake? A cupmuffin?

Disclaimer: Chobani did not sponsor or commission this post
in any way. I just love their yogurt!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Makes 12 regular muffins and about 6 mini muffins

These muffins are just barely sweet as is. If you omit the
chocolate chips or like your muffins on the sweeter side, use
more sugar. Try to be patient and let the muffins cool before
eating them, or they’ll stick to the wrappers. Don’t be afraid
to bake these ahead. I find their flavors are best after
resting for a day or two.

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups (8 ounces) flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
dash cloves
dash allspice
2 very ripe medium bananas
1/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup (6 ounces) Chobani banana Greek yogurt
2 Tablespoons milk
1 egg
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

3/4 cup mini chocolate chips (optional, but highly recommended)

Directions

Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with papers.

Whisk together flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and
spices in a small bowl. In a large bowl, mash together bananas
and brown sugar with a fork. Add yogurt, milk, egg, peanut
butter and vanilla. Whisk to combine (may be lumpy). Add flour
and stir until just combined. Don’t over mix! (Batter will be
thick.) Fold in chocolate chips.

Scoop batter into prepared muffin cups, filling each cup about
3/4 full. (Scoop any remaining batter into lined mini muffin
cups.) Bake at 375°F for 15-18 minutes (10 minutes for minis)
or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Cool completely on a wire rack. Store in an airtight container
at room temperature.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Extra Bonus Peanut Butter Frosting

So here’s the deal. I made this up on the fly and didn’t
make enough to frost the whole batch. In other words, use this
as more of a guideline than an exact recipe. You’ll probably
need to at least double it if you’re going to frost the whole
batch.

Ingredients

3/4 cup (6 ounces) Chobani plain Greek yogurt
2-3 Tablespoons peanut butter or PB2
vanilla extract
pinch of salt
sugar

Directions

Mix together yogurt and other ingredients until desired
consistency and sweetness. Frost cupcakes. Serve immediately.
Frosting should be stored in the fridge.

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