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, tray bakes and even flapjacks recently!
I couldn't just look at all these wonderful creme egg 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.
Can you have a relatively healthy creme egg muffin?
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 don't need anything to make them fancy. I promise you, these creme egg muffins are good enough just as they are!
They are just so simple to make too and you can get your children to help. Although I can't promise they won't try and eat half the creme eggs along the way!
Save brown bananas to make these muffins
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.
So please don't argue with me and say it's just sugar!
If you have some bananas that are going soft and brown but you don't have time for baking then just wrap the bananas in clingfilm and freeze until you need them.
Ingredients for these creme egg muffins
To make these muffins you'll need:
- banana - slightly brown and soft bananas are best
- Eggs - I use large eggs
- Vegetable oil - I use plain vegetable oil but they also work with light olive oil and I'm sure any mild flavoured cooking oil would work.
- Milk - I use semi-skimmed milk but any milk would work and you can substitute it for a plant-based milk too
- Vanilla extract
- Self-raising flour - If you only have plain flour you can use it too but add an additional teaspoon of baking powder
- Baking powder
- Cocoa powder - Or cacao powder
- Caster sugar - I haven't tried it yet but I think soft brown sugar would also be really tasty in these.
- 12 mini creme eggs - You can subsitute these for chocolate chips or another kind of mini egg.
How can you adapt these creme egg muffins?
I've adapted this recipe a lot since I first made it. I often 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.
Tips for baking with creme eggs
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.
Can you swap the mini creme egg for a full size creme egg?
Yes! Did I forget to tell you that you can add full size creme eggs! The muffins are much sweeter and I think the larger creme egg does counterbalance the healthy banana. But, it can be done!
Perfect snack for kids and adults
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!
How long do they stay fresh?
You can keep these muffins in an airtight container at room temperature for about three days.
Can you freeze them?
Yes of course, just wrap them up well and they will keep for at least three months. Defrost them at room temperature for a couple of hours before eating them.
More Great Easter Recipes
If you're looking for more easy muffin recipes then do take a look at the other muffin recipes on my site.
And if you're looking for Easter recipes then why not try one of these?
Chocolate and Banana Creme Egg Surprise Muffins
- 2 bananas
- 2 eggs
- 100 ml vegetable oil
- 30 ml milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 180 g self-raising flour
- 1.5 tsp baking powder
- 45 g cocoa powder
- 170 g 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.