My Recipe for Easy Gluten Free Chocolate Banana Muffins {based on a Nigella Recipe}

Hands up who has a couple of blackened bananas left in the bowl every couple of weeks!? I tend to keep a few back now because I love this recipe so much. I adapted it from a non gluten free Nigella one — this is my own version of easy gluten free chocolate banana muffins.

I’m not a fan of banana bread but I really LOVE these. Mega simple to make, the hardest thing about them is spooning the mixture into the cases without slopping it over the edge!! ;) Seriously, they’re so easy.

From this…
My Recipe for Easy Gluten Free Chocolate Banana Muffins {based on a Nigella Recipe}
…to this!

I occasionally make an adapted non-gluten free recipe too, which I’ll share another day. But for now, this is the gluten free version.

Moist and light — these cakes are a winner with the whole family — whether you follow a gluten free diet or not.

Here’s what you need to do.

Recipe for Easy Gluten Free Chocolate Banana Muffins

Makes 12 muffins (or 24 if you’re using small fairycake cases)

You will need:

Muffin cases (or fairycake cases)
3 very ripe or overripe bananas
125 millilitres vegetable oil (I usually use rape-seed oil)
2 large eggs
100 grams soft dark brown sugar
200 grams gluten free plain flour (I use Doves Farm Freee — but any would do) 
3 tablespoons best-quality cocoa powder (sifted)
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
100g chocolate chips (I always use half a packet of Dr Oetker Milk Chocolate Chips and half a packet of Dr Oetker Dark Chocolate Chips — but that’s just my preference).

Method

Preheat the oven to 200C/180C fan/400°F/gas 6.

Line a 12-bun muffin tin with paper cases. Regular cake cases will do, if you don’t have the larger muffin ones (this just means you get smaller cakes, but double the quantity). 

Peel the bananas, then mash by hand; or with a stick blender. I always use my stick as you can really purée the bananas down.

Next add the oil, followed by the eggs and sugar. Beat well, until the mixture is all combined.

Mix the gluten free flour, cocoa powder and bicarb together, then add this dry mixture to the wet. I fold in, using a metal spool, trying to get lots of air into the mixture.

When the mix is all combined, throw in the chocolate chips and make sure they’re (fairly) evenly distributed. 

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Spoon the mixture into the muffin or cake cases. To be honest, I find this is the trickiest bit!! Filling the cases (and trying not to slop it all over the tray) takes me as long as making the actual batter!

My Recipe for Easy Gluten Free Chocolate Banana Muffins {based on a Nigella Recipe}

 Bake in the preheated oven for 5 minutes.

Set the timer!

When the timer goes off, turn the tray round! I find that if I don’t do this, the ones nearest the back of the oven start to catch on the top. Since I’ve been spinning the tray round 180º, they never burn and always cook evenly and perfectly.

Cook — on timed — for another 5 minutes.

When They’re Cooked

When the timer goes off — check the muffins are cooked through with a skewer. Remember that, if it doesn’t come out clean, you might be hitting a melted chocolate chip!!

Check again in another part of the cake and if they’re not quite cooked, pop them in for a further minute or two. 

Allow to cool slightly in their tin before transferring to a wire rack.

My Recipe for Easy Gluten Free Chocolate Banana Muffins {based on a Nigella Recipe}

My Recipe for Easy Gluten Free Chocolate Banana Muffins {based on a Nigella Recipe}

My Recipe for Easy Gluten Free Chocolate Banana Muffins {based on a Nigella Recipe}
Et voila! Easy Gluten Free Chocolate Banana Muffins!

I do love my easy bakes. The gingerbread that I’ve shared on the blog before is really simple to make; as are the shortbread biscuits

But these easy gluten free chocolate banana muffins take something that otherwise would be thrown away, and turn them into something that the whole family love!

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Yield: 12+

Easy Gluten Free Chocolate Banana Muffins

Easy Gluten Free Chocolate Banana Muffins

This recipe for Easy Gluten Free Chocolate Banana Muffins is super simple and an absolute winner. Makes delicious, moist cakes that are a real treat.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • Muffin cases (or fairycake cases)
  • 3 very ripe or overripe bananas
  • 125 millilitres vegetable oil (I usually use rape-seed oil)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 100 grams soft dark brown sugar
  • 200 grams gluten free plain flour (I use Doves Farm Freee — but any would do) 
  • 3 tablespoons best-quality cocoa powder (sifted)
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 100g chocolate chips (I always use half a packet of Dr Oetker Milk Chocolate Chips and half a packet of Dr Oetker Dark Chocolate Chips — but that's just my preference).

Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven to 200C/180C fan/400°F/gas 6.
    2. Line a 12-bun muffin tin with paper cases.
    3. Peel the bananas, then mash by hand; or with a stick blender. I always use my stick as you can really purée the bananas down.
    4. Next add the oil, followed by the eggs and sugar. Beat well, until the mixture is all combined.
    5. Mix the gluten free flour, cocoa powder and bicarb together, then add this dry mixture to the wet. I fold in, using a metal spool, trying to get lots of air into the mixture.
    6. When the mix is all combined, throw in the chocolate chips and make sure they're (fairly) evenly distributed. 
    7. Spoon the mixture into the muffin or cake cases.
    8. Bake in the preheated oven for 5 minutes.
    9. After 5 minutes, turn the tray around 180º, then bake for a further 5 minutes.
    10. Remove from the oven and check the muffins are cooked through with a skewer*
    11. Allow to cool slightly in their tin before transferring to a wire rack.

Notes

* Remember that, if the skewer doesn't come out clean, you might be hitting a melted chocolate chip!! Check again in another part of the cake and if they're not quite cooked, pop them in for a further minute or two. 

Nutrition Information

Yield

12

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 1446Total Fat 147gSaturated Fat 13gTrans Fat 4gUnsaturated Fat 127gCholesterol 34mgSodium 47mgCarbohydrates 34gFiber 2gSugar 17gProtein 4g

Calculations was calculated by Nutritionix and is approximate

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About Caro Davies

Caro Davies art directed fashion and interiors before leaving the world of design to pursue a career in social media. She can now be found chasing the light — and two small twin boys.

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