Banana, Chocolate and Beer muffins

Beer, glorious beer….  the most consumed alcoholic beverage in the world and within the top 5 of popular drinks overall (with contenders like water and tea… go figure)

So when I was lucky enough to receive a bottle of Kasteel Rouge (Castle Brewery Van Honsebrouck) from the guys at Beer Tourism – I jumped at the chance to find a recipe that it would work with.

kasteel rouge

Kasteel Rouge was launched in 2008 as the fruity sibling to the rest of the Kasteel family – essentially mixing the Kasteel Donker with a cherry liquor – it means that this beer has a wonderful dark colour and an exceptionally fruity and moreish flavour!

From a brewery in Belgium with history dating back to 1811 – these people really know what they are doing when it comes to brewing beer!! And the guys at Beer tourism know beer as well, with a website offering everything you ever needed to know about Beer, Food & Belgium. From the beer dictionary to the Belgian Beer directory … to travel and food… from recipes to breweries.. they have it all!

beer tourism

I had to up my game if I was going to create a recipe with this beer in mind… when I found a recipe on the *googlebox* from the website called the Beerista, I got super excited… and of course – as per normal – I tweaked it a bit 🙂

A banana, chocolate and beer inspired muffin mix!! The banana’s make the mixture super moist and tasty – while the beer acts as a rising agent and allows the mixture to be really light (not to mention adds the most amazing flavour due to the cherry-ness)… and chocolate… well, everyone loves chocolate!

Banana Chocolate & Beer Muffins

kasteel banana choc muffins

3  ripe bananas – mashed

3 cups flour

1/2 cup of cocoa

1/2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)

1/4 teaspoon salt

100g butter, softened

2 cups sugar

3 large eggs

1 teaspoons vanilla essence

1/2 cup milk

1 cup of Kasteel Rouge

Kasteel banana choc muffins ingredients

  • Sift flour, bicarbonate of soda, salt and cocoa into a bowl
  • kasteel banana choc muffins dry
  • Mix together the softened butter and sugar
  • Add in eggs one at a time, mixing between each addition
  • kasteel banana choc muffins egg
  • Add in vanilla essence and mix until mixture if smooth
  • kasteel banana choc muffins wet
  • Add half of the sifted dry mixture and mix well
  • kasteel banana choc muffins mixture
  • Add the beer and once again… mix until well combined
  • kasteel banana choc muffins beer
  • Add the rest of the dry mixture and mix well
  • Add the milk and mix well
  • and finally – add the mashed banana and (again) mix well
  • kasteel banana choc muffins final mixture
  • Place into greased muffin cases (I just used grease proof paper as I have managed to misplace the paper cups that I normally use… *blame it on the move*)
  • kasteel banana choc muffins pre oven
  • Bake for 20minutes at 180C
  • Makes 18 muffins
  • kasteel banana choc muffins oven

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