All around is the sound of trickling water. Icicles shrinking and dripping. The wind blows as though breathing a long baited sigh of relief. The birds sing again. The sun burns red through closed eyelids and thaws the chill from the interminable Winter.

Spring is here. In case you didn’t know, Spring is my favourite season. It’s when Winter fades and slowly life begins again. Winter is like living on pause. Life is frozen in place. It’s time for play.

Speaking of which, I was playing with my original Banana Muffins recipe the other day and transformed it into Chocolate Banana Cinnamon Muffins. I think you’ll like it.

Chocolate Banana Cinnamon Muffins

Makes a dozen muffins.

Source: Adapted from my family recipe.

3 large bananas
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 cup flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder

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Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and position a rack in the center. Line a muffin tin with baking cups and set it aside.

To make your own tulip baking cups cut 2 – 3 inch squares of parchment paper and press them into the muffin tin. Whatever paper puckers up because of being pushed into the muffin tin crease with your fingernail so it keeps it’s shape.

In a large bowl mash the bananas with a fork then mix in the sugar, egg and butter.

In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, cinnamon, salt, baking soda and baking powder then lightly fold it into the banana mixture. The batter should be just moistened and still a little clumpy. Over mixing will produce short tough muffins.

Divide the batter between the prepared muffin cups and bake them for about 20 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Transfer them to a rack to cool and enjoy!

35 thoughts on “Play.

  1. Evan @swEEts

    What beautiful pictures Lindsey.. you really are talented! I think I would like one of these muffins tomorrow morning for breakfast-you ship by any chance!?

  2. Isabelle

    Chocolate banana muffins are always a winner in my books, but I love how you’ve spiced these up with cinnamon and… ummmm… kicked them up a notch, to borrow a cheesy cliche. I’d probably add some chocolate chips to the mix, but that’s just because I’m a total chocoholic and can’t resist adding more chocolate to pretty much anything.

    BTW, just love your diptych of the dripping icicle. It totally captures that springtime-is-finally-here kinda feeling!

    1. Lindsey

      Thank you so much lady! I think cinnamon makes everything better much like chocolate does so it’s perfect! I had a lot of fun taking pictures of melting icicles too.

  3. The Farmers Wife

    Oh how yummy do those look! I have everything to make these right now, which has be unbelievably excited!!!

  4. Sara@CaffeIna

    Oh spring! It’s my favorite season too. What not to like about spring (unless you have strong allergies lol) and what not to love about these muffins! Beautiful pictures!

    1. Lindsey

      Lol it’s funny you mention it because I do have allergies around springtime, but it’s still my favourite all the same. I’m allergic to grass of all things!

  5. Rand

    These look so delicious! Going to bake them tomorrow. Question – Can I substitute greased aluminum foil for the parchment paper?

  6. Pam

    I saw this and had to try it – I tried to make it a bit ‘healthier’ with splenda and egg whites but it didn’t really do it justice – that and maybe the fact I over cooked them a bit. Really enjoy your blog – it is inspiring!

  7. Jean

    Chocolate and banana together is always a winning combination to me but I like even more the addition of cinnamon to the mix. I’ll have to try that sometime.

  8. L

    Seeing this, I was so tempted to make it right now at 12:30 in the morning (:

    But I shall wait till tomorrow morning.

    The pictures look amazing !

  9. Angela@RecipesFromMyMom

    Cocoa-nana beauties! I get so bored with banana muffins and banana bread but you’ve given them a new life.

  10. Sandra @Sandra's Easy Cooking

    I don’t think that I would need anything else for breakfast with my morning coffee than your beautiful muffins. Your photos are so clear and beautiful, and recipe is just amazing!!!

  11. carly

    how did you get the parchment paper like that? it looks wonderful adding these to my list of things to bake for suree

    1. Lindsey

      Thanks Carly! It’s pretty easy actually. You just push the parchment paper squares into the muffin tin and crease down the folds so it holds it’s shape. Good luck!

  12. Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels

    Your muffins are almost too pretty to eat! And your photos are just beautiful. I love the addition of cinnamon to the muffins.

  13. briarrose

    Mmmm….chocolate and banana….the perfect muffin flavor. It’s always a good day when I can start off with a dose of chocolate heaven.

  14. Shirley

    looks gorgeous as always!!! What kind of lighting you use? or the image is taking during good daylight time? Image looks so white and bright.

  15. Kelsey

    Your photos are absolutely gorgeous! You are so very talented. I’m planning to use my summer vacation to work on my photography and your blog will give me much inspiration. Thank you for your beautiful work!

  16. Mila

    These look absolutely delicious! I just stuck them in the oven, and I think they will turn out amazing. Thanks so much! Are they healthy as well? It seems like it!

  17. Nisha

    I tried this out yesterday.. and it was so so gooood!!! Next time i am making it with the cool tulip baking cups!!!

    Oh and I absolutely love the way you write and the recipes are so easy to follow… I am gonna steal most all the recipes you have here… Now only if i could take photos half as good…..

  18. Victor

    hi, Lindsey,

    How yummy they are. Yes, they look perfect except the baking cups are not as good as they should be.

    Maybe next time you would try our good-shaped baking cups which would delight you!


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