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.
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 to make chocolate banana creme egg filled muffins
these muffins are really simple to make and there is a full recipe card wfurther down the post.
First mash the banana with a fork until it is like a puree. Sift the cocoa powder, baking powder and flour into the bowl. Then add the egg, vanilla, oil, milk and sugar. Fold or lightly whisk everything together until just combined.
Line a muffin tin with cases and fill each one half way with about two thirds of the mixture. Put a mini creme egg in each one and then top with the rest of the muffin mixture.
Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes at 160C.
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. Mini eggs also work well.
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.
Chocolate and Banana Creme Egg Surprise Muffins
- 2 bananas
- 2 eggs
- 100 ml vegetable oil
- 30 ml milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 180 g self-raising flour
- 1.5 teaspoon 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.
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?
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What a clever idea! I think muffin sounds more healthy than cupcake so I will make these and convince myself it's a little bit better. Creme Eggs are a firm family favourite so I'm sure they will be enjoyed a lot
I'm sure your family will love them! Mine are all creme egg and mini egg addicts so love any baking I do with them.
Anna l Serving Dumplings
such a great idea, I think my son would go crazy for this
My kids love these and my husband does as well! They never last very long at all.
Such a fun idea Corina! My kids will be so thrilled to find a creme egg inside their muffin!
Thanks Mandy! I made these few times last year and I need to start making them again soon!
These are just the kind of treat my kids flip for too. Great recipe - thankyou.
Thanks Lucy! I think anything with creme eggs is irresistible for kids, right?
Oh wow, these muffins look so fun and delicious. Love the idea of hidden delicious treasure. So Fabulous. I am sure kids would go crazy over these muffins.
Thanks! My kids absolutely love these muffins. I have been making them for a couple of years and need to make my first batch of this year soon.
Julie's Family Kitchen
I think my children would go potty for these, so clever.
They are great for children! And adults - my husband loves them too!
So cute! I bet these taste absolutely delicious!
Thanks Colleen! They are lovely with the surprise creme egg.
Those are really cute! What a nice surprise!
Thanks Karen. My children and my husband (especially my husband!) loved them!
How fun, and now I want to go and look for some mini cream eggs so I can play too. Thanks so much for linking this to First Monday Favorites.
Thanks for hosting again Sid!
What a fun surprise inside these muffins!
Thanks Wendy! They were very popular!
I didn't realise you could mini version of Creme Eggs. They go perfectly in these muffins!
I only realised that this year! They are perfect for something like this because the full sized creme eggs are a bit too big and I always feel I've eaten too much sugar when I have one. These are just right!
These look incredible, I adore your photography. Have to make these. Wheat isn't my friend so will try them with gluten-free flour x
Oh thank you! I hope you like them and do let me know if they work well with gluten free flour.
These are a winner! A definite must for Easter. I might have to trial them a couple of time before then.
haha That's exactly what I'm doing too!
These look so delicious - you've got to love a hidden creme egg at Easter! I love the fact that they're easily adapted for the rest of the year too.
Thanks Charlotte! I've even adapted them since by putting creme eggs on top!
I love this idea. We made the creme brownies before and they were so sickly.
Creme egg bakes can be really sickly, can't they? I've since remade these but put half a larger cream egg on top of some of them but my daughter just wants the plain banana and chocolate muffins! My husband would love it if I made creme egg brownies though
Kat (The Baking Explorer)
I'm always looking for ways to use up bananas and it's brilliant how adaptable this recipe is. I love the idea of hiding a creme egg inside - perfect for Easter! Thanks for linking up with #TreatPetite
Thanks Kat! I always end up buying too many bananas and this recipe gets made almost every other week although not always with creme eggs in!
I love the idea of putting chocolate and banana together. Yum. #bakeoftheweek
They go so well, don't they? These muffins are a real favourite with my kids, although I've only put creme eggs in twice so far. Usually I add chocolate chips.
Kate - gluten free alchemist
This made me smile! I made some surprise Creme Egg cupcakes a couple of years ago for my daughter's school Easter fair and it was lovely watching the kids faces when they discovered the hidden egg. I can vouch for the deliciousness.... I imagine the banana just adds to the whole experience x
Oh yes! They are yummy and children do love the surprise of finding the creme egg! x
Kirsty Hijacked By Twins
My eldest loves creme eggs, got to admit I am not a fan but these cakes look lovely! I will have to show J them later on I know he will want to make some! Thank you for sharing with #CookBlogShare x
I hope J likes them! I have to admit that my husband is the biggest creme egg fan in our house even though the children loved these. I'm going to have to hide the packets as he keeps eating them all before I have chance to use them!
ooooh these sound great - I love that you have added some of our 5-a day goodness to these muffins aswell as a creme egg. yummy - thank you for linking ups to #Bakeoftheweek x
I know, you don't normally see creme egg bakes with anything healthy in but I do like to try and add a healthy ingredient or two when I can!
So inspired! I must grab some creme eggs and make something with them soon. Thanks for entering these into #TreatPetite
I'm so pleased you like them! I'm trying to think of what to make next now!