Beautifully moist and just a little bit decadent. These chocolate and banana creme egg surprise muffins will delight adults and children!
Just look on the internet and you’re sure to see tons of amazing looking creme egg baking creations. I’ve been tempted by brownies, cakes, traybakes and even flapjacks recently!
I couldn’t just look at all these wonderful recipes without creating my own too. However, I didn’t want the result to be overly sweet and sickly. I wanted something that would excite the children without being so sugar laden that it should be saved for special occasions.
And I think I’ve done it! My children were so excited to discover a whole mini creme egg hidden inside the muffins. The excitement of the hidden creme egg alone was enough to thrill them. I didn’t need to do anything else or decorate them in any way. They are just so simple to make and you can even get your children to help you, although I can’t promise they won’t try and eat half the creme eggs along the way!
I’ve been making banana and chocolate muffins regularly over the last few months. They’re a great way of using up brown and slightly squashy bananas rather than throwing them away. They also make me feel like I’m giving the children a healthier sweet treat because of the hidden fruit. Please don’t argue with me and say it’s just sugar!
I’ve adapted this recipe a lot since I first made it. I usually just add chocolate chips to the mixture instead of hiding a creme egg in each one. Sometimes I don’t add cocoa powder and use a bit more flour instead. I’ve even missed the chocolate out altogether and used raisins! I’ve also used Lindt eggs instead of creme eggs but they’re a little bit smaller and they disappeared into the muffin a bit more. Basically, the recipe is adaptable.
What I haven’t tried yet is putting a full sized creme egg inside each muffin! I think it would be too big but it might have to be done. Just once! Maybe when we actually get to Easter.
I put the creme eggs in the freezer for a while before before making the muffins. This helps the creme eggs keep their shape without melting into the muffin. However, as the chocolate is quite thick I don’t think it would matter if you skipped this step.
In our house, it’s not just the children who love these creme egg surprise muffins. My husband is possibly the biggest fan of all and might even count them to check he gets his fair share! They may be simple for a creme egg bake but they are just as tempting!
I’d love to know how you like to use creme eggs in baking. If you’re looking for a slightly less unhealthy creme egg bake for Easter then these creme egg surprise muffins are THE thing the make. Do let me know if you try them!
Moist banana and chocolate muffins with a mini creme egg surprise in the middle. Perfect as a treat for kids or adults!
- 2 bananas
- 2 eggs
- 100ml vegetable oil
- 30ml milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 180g self-raising flour
- 1.5 tsp baking powder
- 45g cocoa powder
- 170g caster sugar
- 12 mini creme eggs
- Half an hour or more before making the muffins, unwrap the creme eggs and put them in the freezer.
- Using a fork, mash the bananas in the bottom of a large mixing bowl until they have become a puree.
- Add all the rest of the ingredients. Sift in the cocoa powder if it is lumpy. Fold together until everything is just combined. Don't overmix.
- Line a muffin tin with muffin cases.
- Put a spoonful of mixture in the bottom of each case. Put a creme egg in the middle of each one. Top with another spoonful of mixture. The cases should be about two thirds full.
- Bake in a preheated oven at 160C for 20 minutes.
- Cool for a few minutes in the tin then transfer the muffins to a wire rack to finish cooling.
Replace the creme eggs with another type of chocolate coated mini egg in the middle of each one. To make banana and chocolate chip muffins, replace the creme eggs with 70g chocolate chips stirred into the mixture at the end.
If you’re looking for more easy muffin recipes then do take a look at the other muffin recipes on my site.
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