Banana Muffins with Kahlua and Dark Chocolate Chunks

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I'm one of those people who is a firm believer that alcohol only enhances food. A cold beer with a platter of fish and chips. Red wine in your beef bourguignon. Penne with vodka sauce. Sauvignon Blanc in asparagus risotto. Or one of my favorites: Kahlua in Banana Bread.

The alcohol in all of the above burns off in the cooking process leaving your food with a flavor and a moisture level hard to beat, and this is especially true in this recipe.

I'm going to warn you now that Vera helped make these, so they may appear a little messier than yours will.

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Banana Nut Muffins with Kahlua and Dark Chocolate Chunks

Makes 12 muffins or one loaf.

  • 1/4 cup Kahlua (dark rum or even coconut rum are excellent substitutes)
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup melted butter (yes folks, that's one STICK butter)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 very ripe bananas
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chunks

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Begin by mashing your bananas with the Kalhua and setting them aside until the last minute. This allows for the fruit to really soak up the alcohol.

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Next get started on the rest. Mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl and set aside.

In a large bowl mix the melted butter, vanilla and sugar until creamy. Beat in the eggs one at a time and then add the bananas. Next add the flour mixture and stir until completely blended. Finally, add the pecans and chocolate chunks.

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Scrape the mixture into muffin tins or loaf pan. Muffins cook for approximately 25-30 minutes. Loaf cooks for 45-50 minutes (or until a toothpick is inserted and comes out cleanly).

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Definitely eat while hot.

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Enjoy!

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11 comments

11 Comments

  • Emma C.
    Posted April 1, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

    YUM.

  • Evelyn
    Posted April 1, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

    That’s funny…Noah and I made banana bread today–and I should have taken the same mashing picture!

  • Beverly
    Posted April 2, 2011 at 11:56 am | Permalink

    I love this recipe. Thanks for posting! I put peppermint schnapps in my brownies.

  • Posted April 3, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

    Um, that sounds AMAZING. Thanks for the tip!

  • Posted April 3, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Permalink

    Cute!

  • Posted April 3, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Permalink

    They were definitely tasty!

  • Lindsay
    Posted April 4, 2011 at 6:50 am | Permalink

    This sounds so good! Can’t wait to try.

  • Posted April 4, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Permalink

    Let me know if you do!

  • Posted April 27, 2011 at 3:52 am | Permalink

    It is really fun to browse for different recipes, I am learning a lot and also thanks for sharing your ideas because at the same time I am also trying my best to learn how to prepare

  • Linda
    Posted July 27, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

    do these have a coffee taste to them from the kalaha?

  • Posted July 27, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    They don’t at all, actually. And you can substitute coconut rum, if you like!

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