Saturday, September 25, 2010

Spa Sweets : Chocolate Banana Muffins

What's the first thing you think of when you think of going to a spa?  Food, right?
I know, it's strange, but when I think of spas, my mind wanders to thoughts of "spa cuisine" (especially if it involves the HERSHEY SPA)!

So, when Chevy sent a friend and me to the spa for 1-hour massages, my mind naturally went to Chocolate Banana Muffins.  Lori from Recipe Girl (love!) featured a recipe from The Rancho La Puerta Cookbook , Chocolate Banana Bread last year and it's delicious!

I changed it up just a bit and made Chocolate Banana Muffins.  They may just be the unhealthiest, healthy muffins you've ever eaten.  No added sugar...except for the chocolate chips and banana chips, and well, the sprinkling of sugar on top.

They also have a secret ingredient: PRUNES!

Spa Chocolate Banana Muffins
{adapted from Recipe Girl &The Rancho La Puerta Cookbook }

10 oz. pitted dried prunes
2 c. water
1 c. minus 1 TBSP all-purpose (or WHITE whole wheat) flour
1/2 c. dutch-process cocoa powder
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 and 1/2 tsp. baking soda
3/4 c. mashed ripe banana (about 2 bananas)
2 eggs
1/2 c. chocolate-covered banana chips (or reg. banana chips)
1 c. bittersweet chocolate chips (Ghiradelli)
sparkling or sanding sugar (optional)

Combine the prunes and water in a small saucepan.  Bring to a boil over high heat.  Reduce to a simmer  and cook for 20 minutes.  Drain.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350.  Butter 12 cups of a muffin tin.  If you are really paranoid like me, line the bottoms of the muffin cups with a small circle of parchment paper.

In a large bowl, whisk flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, cinnamon and baking soda.  Set aside.

Process the prunes and bananas in a food processor until smooth.  Add eggs and process until combined.

Stir the prune mixture into the flour until combined. Add in the banana chips and chocolate chips.  Spoon into prepared muffin cups.  Sprinkle with sparkling sugar.

Bake 16-20 minutes until the tops bounce back when lightly pressed.  Cool on a cooling rack 10 minutes. Remove from pan and let cool completely.  Enjoy!

{And thank you, Chevy, for the massage! }


  1. Oh my goodness gracious. Those look scrumptious, prunes and all!

  2. oooh, that looks rich...really, really rich -

  3. Cool! They come out incredibly dark, don't they?

  4. These look delicious! Unsure about the prunes though.. but if i can't taste them then that's okay too(:

  5. Those are so dark and rich looking! Yum!

  6. OMGoodness!
    Chevy must ADORE Bridget!
    Just like I DO! ;o)
    They sent you to a SPA!!!!!
    I have never heard of chocolate covered bananas!
    Why am I always saying OMGoodness when I pop into your world?
    I'm down with a terrible sore throat and aches and cole!
    I do not like being sick!
    This is not like me!
    I've missed popping over here!
    These muffins look scrumptious!
    Love you Sweetie!

  7. this looks so yummy! love the super dark color :)

  8. what a unique recipe! i do like prunes (is that weird?) so this looks really really intriguing to me!

  9. Between bananas and prunes, I think I can justify these as a breakfast food :) But I might just like any excuse to include chocolate in my breakfast! A spa trip with one of these muffins sounds and Chevy both rock!

  10. I never would have thought to use prunes. You have me curious now darlin'. So glad that you were able to have a nice massage :)

  11. Those look good! Never would have thought that they have prunes!

  12. They look absolutely delectable... I think it's spa time for me!

  13. Prunes?!? You know how I love a secret ingredient and all...
    I will have to try these :)

  14. OMG these sound WONDERFUL!!

    I add a little chocolate to my banana bread........never thought of adding a little banana to chocolate muffins!!.....OH MY......what if you added just a little peanut butter too?.......oooooo, I. MAY. TRY!

  15. It's so wrong to slip prunes in there.


  16. You had me at Banana & Chocolate. These are definitely next on my "attempt to bake" list!

  17. You had me at Chocolate & Banana. These are definitely next on my "attempt to bake" list!

  18. These look SO good! I love the prunes in there!

  19. These, my dear, look almost too good to be true!! Yummy and rich looking.

    Love the fact that they include prunes. Just because it would be fun to tell my husband after he already ate one.
    Hee hee!!

    Happy Monday!!

  20. woowie! Those looks really fantastic

  21. Spa food is the best! But I have never been to one that served up anything that even remotely looked this good. I want to eat it right off the screen!

  22. I'd personally leave out the prunes but the rest I could see myself making here at home.

  23. What a great way for incorporating fruit into your diet. Plus, who can resist chocolate?

  24. These look dark and delicious. Anything with banana and chocolate has to be good for you. The prunes are a nice healthy bonus.

  25. I made a cake with prunes and it was really good!

  26. I made a cake with prunes and it was really good!

  27. I am one of those people that love prunes-err-I mean dried plums,and in muffins...oh yeah!

  28. Did someone say HERSHEY SPA??!! Oh, I miss that town! :)
    I am loving this recipe and can't wait to try it. I actually love prunes and have never tried them w/ chocolate...I don't know why!

  29. I love prunes, so I imagine this to be a combination! :)

    You are so cute girl!


  30. Que maravilla!!!, me has impresionado!!!!

  31. I love prunes and I'm not an old person. :) I'm not a chocolate fan though. ::sigh:: They do look good, very good.

  32. Bridget, can I come over and just smell your house. Just smell. thats all I need... a big ol' inhale of all that amazing deliciousness that'll be my chocolate fix ;)

  33. This looks delicious!!!

    I received this blog award today and I'm paying it forward to you! I hope you will pay it forward as well :)

    Have a great day!!!

  34. OMG, My family is hooked on chocolate covered banana chips!I was going to make the hubs a banana cake with chocolate ganache but I think that cake just got bumped for muffins! These look awesome!

  35. Chocolate Banana Muffins looking very yummy. i will try make that..
    Great Blog Post

  36. These turned out spectacular. I subbed half the flour for quinoa flakes and topped the muffins with flax seed flour (before baking) for an added nutrition (protein/omega). Love these!

  37. This recipe looks fabulous folks, indeed.

  38. This looks delicious, I love banana flavouring!


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