Banana, Pecan & Chocolate Muffins {Soulful Baker by Julie Jones}

Muffins don't really get enough credit in the baking world. They are versatile and can carry pretty much any flavor combination you throw at it.

I have made many of banana muffins in my days, but I never added pecans and chocolate to them, nor have I ever drizzled them with maple syrup....

There were so many recipes in Soulful Baker that I want to try out, but with the kids back to school and a million other life things taking priority I stuck to a simple yet delicious bake!

Banana, Pecan & Chocolate Muffins

80g unsalted butter
300g self-rising flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
100g golden caster sugar
220ml whole milk
1 medium egg
1 tbsp maple syrup, extra to drizzle
50g dark or milk chocolate, chopped or chips
50g pecans, toasted and chopped
100g mushed bananas

Preheat the oven 180C/200C. Line a muffin tin with 8 muffin liners.
Melt the butter in a pan and leave to cool. Place pecans in the oven to toast them, keep an eye as nuts are easy to burn, if you haven't already. Sieve together the flour and baking powder, then re-sift into the bowl of a free-standing mixer. Add the sugar.
In a separate jug/bowl whisk the milk and egg together, then pour onto the flour and sugar mixture. Mix on a medium speed until just combined. Add the cooled melted butter and maple syrup, chopped chocolate, pecans, and the mashed banana. Give it a quick mix until it's just combined.
Bake for about 30 minutes in the pre-heated oven. Use the skewer test to check if they are done and leave to cool a few minutes before eating and drizzle the maple syrup over the top!

Muffins turned out perfectly and were delicious with just the right amount of dark chocolate and pecans. If this recipe isn't enough to convince you to give Soulful Baker a look go check out my review here!

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