Merridun Inn Double Chocolate Banana Muffins

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

Double Chocolate Banana Muffins
Yields 12
A rich, moist chocolate banana muffin containing cocoa and chocolate chips. Good for breakfast, brunch or any time for a great snack!
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Cook Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
  1. 1/4 cup butter, softened
  2. 2/3 cup sugar
  3. 1 egg
  4. 2/3 cup sour cream (or plain yogurt)
  5. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  6. 1 cup all-purpose flour
  7. 2 tablespoons cocoa
  8. 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  9. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  10. pinch of salt
  11. 1 ripe banana, mashed
  12. 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  13. 1/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 12 muffin tins.
  2. In a large bowl, mix butter, sugar, egg, sour cream (or plain yogurt) and vanilla.
  3. Add flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt all at once.
  4. Mix just until ingredients are blended.
  5. Stir in mashed bananas, chocolate chips and walnuts.
  6. Fill muffin tins 1/2 - 3/4 full. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  7. Cool for 5 minutes, then remove muffins from the tins and place them on a rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.
  1. A chocolate lover's delight!
Adapted from The Inn at Merridun Bed & Breakfast, Union, SC
Adapted from The Inn at Merridun Bed & Breakfast, Union, SC

 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.

Parting Comments

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 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!

Remember to Savor the Flavor!


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Winning Snacks to Eat While Watching the Olympics


The 2016 Summer Olympics

The 2016 Summer Olympic Games have begun and many of us are watching Team USA’s efforts to bring home the gold! What a great opportunity the Olympics provide for family and friends to come together to watch our super elite athletes! Team USA has already started collecting gold medals! These super elite athletes inspire us to try harder and push farther to follow our own dreams! 

Olympic Nutrition Requirements

Do you have any idea how many calories Olympians eat while competing? I was quite amazed when I recently read about the quantity of food as well as the specific foods that the super elite athletes eat in order to be in top form. Michael Phelps, Olympic swimmer who has already captured a gold medal in 2016, is reported to consume 12000 calories per day as his workouts can burn 4000-6000 calories per day! That’s a tremendous amount of food!

To stay in shape and maintain their energy during long workout sessions, these strong competitors need constant fuel. Protein is the key ingredient super elite athletes need in their diet. Their food needs to be nutrient dense, that is, to provide a variety of nutrients in large amounts as possible in the foods consumed.

Eating right allows athletes to delay fatigue, work harder and recover faster, possibly giving them the edge they need to set a personal record as well as winning a medal! Protein prevents muscle wasting during exercise and prevents the athletes from feeling hungry during exercise. In addition to protein, athletes need carbohydrates, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals and plenty of fluids to be properly fueled for exercise.

One of the most popular sources of protein among Olympic athletes is peanut butter! One athlete has said that “peanut butter is the lifeblood of every athlete.” Peanut butter is often spread on bagels, toast or used in smoothies. Other popular foods enjoyed by the super elite athletes are turkey sandwiches, eggs, fish, grilled chicken, green vegetables, yogurt and fruit. Here’s a chart from the USDA National Nutrient Database listing some good sources of protein:

 Food Serving Size Protein (grams)
Lentils 1 cup 18
Greek yogurt, plain, nonfat      4 ounces                        17
Kidney Beans 1 cup 15
Protein Snack Bars 1 bar 6.5 – 15
 Low-fat Cottage Cheese 1/2 cup 12
Low-sodium Beef Jerky 1 ounce 9
Edamame 1 cup 8
Almonds 1/4 cup 8
Sim Milk 8 ounces 8
Boiled Egg 1 6
Cashew Butter 2 tablespoons 5


Now let’s look at two recipes for dips to enjoy while we’re watching the Olympics!

Championship Bean Dip Recipe

While cheering and yelling for Team USA snacks and treats are in order to keep our energy levels up. Championship Bean Dip is a winner in its own right! Championship Bean Dip is an appetizing combination of refried beans, three cheeses, sour cream, picante sauce and spices heated on high in a slow cooker for two hours then served with chips, crackers, salsa or whatever you desire. In the unlikely event that there is leftover Championship Bean Dip, make some tasty Bean and Cheese Burritos the next day!

Championship Bean Dip
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An irresistible bean dip made with refried beans, sour cream, three cheese, picante sauce and spices.
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Cook Time
2 hr
Cook Time
2 hr
  1. 1 (16 ounce can) refried beans
  2. 1 cup picante sauce
  3. 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  4. 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Cheddar cheese
  5. 3/4 cup sour cream
  6. 1 3-oz. package cream cheese, softened
  7. 1 tablespoon chili powder
  8. 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  9. Tortilla chips and salsa
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, mixing well, and transfer to a slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 2 hours or until heated through, stirring once or twice. Serve with tortilla chips and salsa.
  1. In the rare case there is any leftover bean dip, use it to make bean and cheese burritos!

 Championship Bean Dip is a savory dip while Gold Medal Peanut Butter Dip is a sweet one! Peanut butter is combined with cream cheese, vanilla, and honey, brown sugar or maple syrup to create a dip that’s great with apple slices, celery sticks, pretzels, vanilla wafers and chunks of banana. After I made this I thought about making a sandwich with bananas as I love peanut butter and banana sandwiches!

Gold Medal Peanut Butter Dip



Gold Medal Peanut Butter Dip
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A delicious dip made from peanut butter, cream cheese, vanilla, milk and sweetener of your choice.
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  1. 1 cup peanut butter
  2. 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
  3. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  4. 1/4 cup milk
  5. 1/4 cup honey OR 1/4 cup brown sugar OR 1/4 cup maple syrup
  1. Combine all ingredients in a mixer bowl and mix until mixture is smooth.
  2. Refrigerate until chilled.
  3. Serve with pretzels, vanilla wafers, banana chunks, celery sticks, sliced apples or whatever you would like!
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Closing Comments

When the Olympics are over, the super elite athletes look forward to having the treats they give up during training to keep their performance at optimal levels. Their commitment to working out and eating right is hopefully rewarded with a winning performance! Enjoy the 2016 Olympic Games and try one or both of these winning dips while you’re watching the games!

Remember to Savor the Flavor!


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