Despite the oppressive weather this weekend, I temporarily lifted my “no oven” embargo to bake up a batch of these Blackberry-Chocolate Chunk Muffins.
And let me tell you, it was totally worth it. I may have gotten miserably hot and sweaty from cranking my oven up to 375 degrees. But a dozen moist, fluffy muffins bursting with fresh blackberries and chunks of dark chocolate is a force to be reckoned with. I just couldn’t say “no”.
I’ve been on a serious muffin kick lately ever since I made these Blueberry-Basil Muffins. To be honest, I had kind of forgotten about how much I liked homemade muffins. But they are leaps and bounds above those typical dense, softball-sized muffins that you find in coffee shops. And once you zero in on a base recipe that you love, homemade muffins are endlessly customizable. I’ve been making versions of the recipe from this book for a couple of years of now, often swapping out or adding ingredients. And whatever I seem to do to them, they always come out great.
Also, muffins are basically as close as you can get to enjoying cake for breakfast without actually eating a slice of cake. And I’m very down with that.
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How can Easter possibly be this weekend? It’s soooo early this year! It almost doesn’t seem real to me. And honestly, I’m still in recovery mode from a weekend of St. Patrick’s Day shenanigans. I’m not sure I’m ready yet to switch gears into fluffy bunnies, baby chicks and pastel colored eggs.
But I guess the calendar is going to keep advancing whether I agree with it or not. So I better just get on board and go with the flow.
In my opinion, Easter is all about the baked goods. Scones, muffins, breads and cakes. That is where it’s at. I’ll save my ham and potatoes au gratin for another day.
So I created these Banana and Honey Roasted Almond Scones with Dark Chocolate Drizzle with Easter brunch in mind. Although really, they can be made and enjoyed at any time of year. Because bananas, almonds and chocolate never go out of season!
The inspiration for these scones started with a container of Blue Diamond’s Honey Roasted Almonds. They are one of my favorite snacks to reach for when I’m craving something salty and sweet. So naturally, I figured they would be really great in baked goods as well (hint: I was right). The Honey Roasted Almonds pair perfectly with bananas and chocolate. And they give these scones just the right amount of crunch.
One note-able feature of these scones is that they have big chunks of banana in them. It’s not just all mashed up in there like it typically is in other banana-centric baked goods. So make sure to use bananas that still have a little bit of firmness to them. This will help the pieces retain their shape during mixing and baking.
If you try out my Banana and Honey Roasted Almond Scones with Dark Chocolate Drizzle, let me know. I’d love to hear about it!
Recipe adapted from my Pear and Ginger Scones with White Chocolate Drizzle