Double Chocolate Banana Muffins
Double Chocolate Banana Muffins are the answer to a chocolate lover’s dreams! Double Chocolate Banana Muffins are rich, moist and tempting with both cocoa powder and chocolate chips in the batter! This recipe has been in my recipe box since the late 1990’s, having been clipped out of a newspaper. The recipe is from the Inn of Merridun in Union, South Carolina and was included in a book by Laura Zahn titled Chocolate for Breakfast and Tea: B & B Inkeepers Share Their Finest Recipes.
Double Chocolate Banana Muffins are a treat any time of the day! I made only one change to this recipe – I substituted plain yogurt for the sour cream but either one may be used with great results. The muffins are remindful of brownies but with a muffin texture. This recipe makes 12 muffins. The original recipe for Double Chocolate Banana Muffins is still available on the Inn’s website.
The Recipe for Double Chocolate Banana Muffins
- 1/4 cup butter, softened
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 2/3 cup sour cream (or plain yogurt)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons cocoa
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- pinch of salt
- 1 ripe banana, mashed
- 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 12 muffin tins.
- In a large bowl, mix butter, sugar, egg, sour cream (or plain yogurt) and vanilla.
- Add flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt all at once.
- Mix just until ingredients are blended.
- Stir in mashed bananas, chocolate chips and walnuts.
- Fill muffin tins 1/2 - 3/4 full. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Cool for 5 minutes, then remove muffins from the tins and place them on a rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.
- A chocolate lover's delight!
The Inn at Merridun
Merridun is an antebellum mansion located in Union, South Carolina, a small town not too far from the Greenville-Spartanburg area and about an hour and a half’s drive from Charlotte, North Carolina. Merridun was built about 1855 and is a two-story, Georgian-style frame dwelling. It features a massive two-storied Neoclassical portico with Corinthian order columns.
This 9-acre property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The mansion is surrounded by shady oaks and century-old magnolia trees. The original property included 4000 acres and was known as Keenan Plantation after the owner, William Keenan, a local merchant and the mayor of Union.
In 1878 the home and property was acquired by a local lawyer, Benjamin H. Rice. Cotton was the main industry of the plantation at that time.
In the early 1880’s Thomas Cary Duncan (1862-1928), son of Bishop W.W. Duncan and Medora Rice Duncan, moved to Union to live and work with his grandfather, B.H. Rice. In 1885 T.C. Duncan brought his bride Fannie Merriman (1863-1948) of Greenwood, South Carolina to live in Union. T.C. Duncan inherited the house from his maternal grandparents and renamed it “Merridun”- a combination of three family names that graced this ancestral home (Merriman, Rice, Duncan).
The 7900 square feet Georgian floor plan includes a stunning curved staircase, large foyers on both floors, a music room, parlor, library, dining room, kitchen, 7 bedrooms, multiple bathrooms, and a third story cupola. A brick wing behind the main house once was used as servant’s kitchen, well, laundry house, quarters and a smoke house.
The carriage barn, located behind the brick wing, still houses the Duncan’s carriage; plans for restoration are underway. Unique architectural aspects of this mansion include frescoed ceilings in the music room and dining room, mosaic tiles and turn of the century stenciling and faux graining in the main foyer and beautiful chandeliers.
In conclusion, I enjoyed learning about the Inn at Merridun, especially how the name represents a combination of three family names. Historical information credited to the Inn of Merridun website. If you would like more information, visit their website at http://www.merridun.com. Other recipes served at the Inn at Merridun are available there, too. I enjoyed my virtual visit and hope you did, also!
Make some Double Chocolate Banana Muffins soon – your family and friends will love you for it!
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