Chunky Monkey Cupcakes (Chocolate Walnut Banana) – Food Wishes
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hello this is chef john from food wishes
comm with chunky monkey cupcakes that’s right we are frosting some muffins and
calling them cupcakes since as far as I can tell that is the only real
difference between those two things but anyway I will double check that with one
of my attorneys later but in the meantime what I do know for sure is it
banana chocolate and walnut are one of the all-time great combinations which is
why these cupcakes are such a crowd-pleaser so with that let’s go
ahead and get started with the least exciting step and that would be mixing
up our dry ingredients which will contain some all-purpose flour into
which we will mix some baking powder baking soda and some salt and then once
everything’s in there we’ll go ahead take a whisk and give this a mix for
about a minute if which point we’ll simply set this aside and move on to the
star of the show bananas ba na na s bananas and we really do want to use
ripe ones here with that skin starting to turn black and since these are almost
never sold in this condition if you want to make these cupcakes today you’re
gonna want to buy these bananas last week and what we’re gonna do is go ahead
and peel three of them and we will add them to this bowl and toss in a couple
tablespoons of milk along with a touch of real pure vanilla extract and then
all we need to do is take a potato masher and smash these until we have a
fairly smooth and relatively unsightly puree and by the way I add it because I
always have but I’m not exactly sure how much difference that little bit of milk
makes so if you have some added in but I’m not sure I’d run to the store to get
those two tablespoons but anyway we’ll go ahead and mash our bananas until our
bananas are mashed and hopefully looking a little something like this
at which point we’ll set that aside and we will move on to making the actual
batter which is going to start with one stick of room temperature which we will
add a little sprinkling of white sugar and then we will grab a nice big spatula
and mix all this together or as we call it in the business cream our sugar and
butter together and if your butter is nice and soft this will only take you
about two or three minutes but if your butter is still cold and firm this will
take you like 20 minutes so the point is do not use cold firm butter
and what we’ll do once that’s been smashed and smeared into a beautiful
light creamy paste is clean off our spatula and switch to a whisk and then
whisk in two eggs one at a time okay when we’re mixing eggs into a
butter based mixture if we add too much at once it can break
in other words separate to a bunch of particles but if we add one at a time
and make sure it’s incorporated before adding the next we usually won’t have
that problem having said that one of these days I’m going to make this recipe
by just adding every single ingredient into a bowl at once and then just mix
everything in one step to see how much differently it comes out but anyway
we’ll go ahead and whisk in two eggs as shown at which point we can go ahead and
add our banana puree which as you can see is oxidized a little bit and kind of
turned brown but that’s not a problem so everybody relax and then what we’ll
do after giving that a quick whisk is toss in whatever we’re gonna use to make
these monkeys chunky which in my case is gonna be a whole bunch of walnuts and
chocolate and please note I’m using chocolate chunks now chocolate chips
because these are called chunky monkey cupcakes not chippy monkey cupcakes but
of course if you want to use regular chocolate chips or even mini chocolate
chips go ahead I mean you are after all the Ben and Jerry of how this will vary
but personally I really do like the larger pieces of chocolate in this and
that’s it our last step will be to mix in our dry ingredients which we will do
with a spatula and we will only do that until our flour disappears alright the
more you work a batter that contains flour the tougher it can be although
have you said that this is such a moist batter that you’d really really have to
overwork it but in general using best practices we only want to mix things
until they’re mixed otherwise you’re just moving your arm for nothing and
then what we’ll do once our batter is mixed just go ahead and transfer that
into a paper lined muffin tin sorry I mean cupcake tin and my personal
strategy for this is to fill them all up just to the top and then going around
with the extra adding a little bit to the top of each one and of course
because everybody’s bananas are a little bit differently sized you may have a
little more than this or you may have a little less than this but the point is
getting as even as you can so they cook uniformly and that’s it once those have
been filled we’ll give them the old Tabata
at which point they’re ready to transfer into the center of a 350 degree oven for
about 25 minutes or so or until the tops are lightly browned and our batter is
cooked through and normally for something like this we could test with a
toothpick unless what you’re cooking has giant chunks of molten chocolate inside
in which case it is much harder to tell but I could tell these we’re done things
to experience and instincts but if you want to try poking in a few different
spots go ahead and then very important we want to let these cool down
completely before we frost them which is gonna give us plenty of time to make our
dark chocolate ganache which i think is the best and easiest frosting ever and
to make it all we need to do is pour some very hot cream over some chocolate
chips as in cream we heated up until it was almost ready to simmer and what we
do is pour that over and let it sit for a couple minutes at which point we
simply stir it all together and fair warning when we first start whisking it
does not look good in fact it looks bad real bad but then about 45 seconds in
something magical happens as this turns into a beautifully glassy luscious
looking chocolate sauce so even though you’re going to be nervous halfway
through I think you did something wrong you didn’t just keep stirring and it
will eventually turn into this and then at this point all we have to do is let
this cool down until it’s as thick as we want
all right fully cool this has the texture of like a fudge or the inside of
a truffle but generally we want to apply it when it’s much thinner and if it’s
still relatively thin you could just dip in your tops to get a thin coating which
I attempted to show you here but it had thickened up too much so I just switched
to a spoon and started spreading it over like regular frosting and after doing a
couple like that I remembered a spoon is not a great frosting tool because that
bottom is rounded so I did switch to the correct tool which would be some sort of
thin flat spatula or even just a butter knife would work better than the spoon
but anyway one way or another we’re gonna frost those tops and then I
decided to garnish the tops of mine with some candied banana chips since it kind
of looks like a slice of fresh banana but unlike a slice of banana will not
discolor and turn brown and look really really bad after a few hours and yes for
extra credit if you want you could roll those edges in
finely chopped walnuts and that’s it once garnished our chunky monkey
cupcakes are ready to enjoy and by the way it’s generally not a bad idea to
refrigerate these for a little bit so that frosting kind of firms up but I
didn’t do that and went right in for a taste and what’d it taste it was all
right banana bread is one of my favorite things of all time and I love just a
plain one but when you combine an extra rich moist banana bread with tons of
chopped walnuts and chunks of chocolate frosted with our beautiful dark
chocolate ganache we are talking about something very special indeed and yes I
really did make these extremely chunky all right if you want you can be less
generous with the nuts and chocolate but here I really did want them to live up
to their name and of course if you did want something slightly less decadent
you could just skip the chocolate frosting and call them chunky monkey
muffins although good luck getting that banana chip to stick out but either way
with the end of stuffin muffins or crushing cupcakes I really do hope you
give these a try soon so head over to food rush calm for all the ingredient
amounts of Morpho as usual and as always enjoy you you

100 thoughts on “Chunky Monkey Cupcakes (Chocolate Walnut Banana) – Food Wishes

  1. My grandmother always used black walnuts, from the trees that grew on her yard, in her banana bread–on cupcakes! Gotta say, I've yet to have a banana bread that compared to hers. I was so glad when my younger sister shared Grandma's recipes with me–I had lost my copy. Chef John, have you tried this recipe using black walnuts?

  2. Alternatively: go ahead and buy bananas today, just bake them for 30 @400Β° and they'll turn black and so sweet and delicious. I've baked my banana bread like this for years and everyone loves it

  3. My mom used to bake like that, just throwing everything in a bowl and mixing it. Eons later, my daughter is making chocolate chip cookies. I walked up just as she's pouring the chocolate chips on the pile of unmixed ingredients. They turned out exactly like my mom's. They were hard and dry. I don't understand the science but thats what happens. I tried telling her after school one day how the home-ec teacher said you're supposed to mix dry and wet separate. She just barked that she didn't have time and went on making her crappy cookies to this day.

  4. They look delicious, Chef!
    Maybe instead of walnuts, you could use toasted hazelnuts. And instead of the ganache, use Nutella. Ya know, just to change it up a bit.

    Great, now I'm drooling. 🀀

  5. I like the fact that whenever he finishes his sentence, the last syllable is descending in tone. πŸ˜‚πŸ‘ŒπŸ˜†

  6. Lol.. "everyones bananas are differently sized.."
    It's not the size of your banana, it in the way you peel it!
    Ok.. I know. That was just bad lol.
    Love from Miami

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  8. I've always lived near markets that sell not perfect but still good produce. So very ripe bananas are no problem anytime. And really cheap.πŸ‘

  9. Hello Chef John. Just so you know, that video was awesome thanks alot. I've been wanting to try my hand at baking and this looks like the perfect little cherry breaker.

  10. Made this… both in muffin and small loaf form… it works both ways. The only problem with the loaf is it needs much more baking as the interior is wet from all the chocolate… which is not really a problem.

  11. Y U M "Nipple-less of Venus" …I'll go for it Chef J…Will begin my preparation in 20 minutes or so… (butter's coming to room temp). However, I'm thinking the dried banana chips need a little sumpin… : )

  12. " Ingredients for 12 Chunky Monkey Cupcakes:

    2 cups all-purpose flour

    1 teaspoon baking powder

    1 teaspoon baking soda

    1 teaspoon kosher salt

    3 ripe bananas, mashed

    2 tablespoons milk

    1/4 teaspoon vanilla

    1/2 cup soft butter

    1 cup sugar

    2 large eggs

    1 cup chopped walnuts

    1 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips or chunks

    12 banana chip for garnish, optional

    – Bake at 350 F. for about 25 minutes.

    For the Dark Chocolate Frosting:

    1 cup dark chocolate chips

    1 cup very hot, but not boiling cream

    – Pour cream over chips, wait a few minutes, and stir. Wait until mixture is cool enough to be spreadable. "

  13. β€œI mean after all you are the Ben & Jerry… of how this will vary”
    That should be the t-shirt quote you were looking for πŸ‘πŸΌ

  14. Chef John is human people. He put the Cayenne in the ganache. You didn't see it but he did. Its there. I swear. For he is the spice master around here, especially when chocolate is near.

  15. Chef John if you're ever in the market for cool cake ideas, might I suggest this roll cake called Brazo de Mercedes? It sounds spanish but is actually a Filipino dessert that has a light and airy meringue outer layer and a sweet decadent custard in the center. It would mean the world if you check it out

  16. I guess my daughter and I won't be making that delicious Boston cream pie for Thanksgiving!! We found the substitute 😁

  17. I've been making Chef John's 🍌 bread at least once a month. I'll definitely have to try this.
    PS. I like it better with half brown sugar half white sugar. Don't @ me. πŸ™ˆπŸ™‰πŸ™ŠπŸ«πŸŒ

  18. I tried this today, I used hazelnuts coz I don't have any walnuts. But still, it was sooooooooo goooooood!!!! 😍

  19. Oops, the video calls for both baking powder AND baking soda but the recipe calls only for baking soda. Can you clarify this please as I know from sad experience that it matters. Thanks!

  20. yesterday i had a dream my friend texted me that he got the chunky monkey then this was posted. either its foresight or chef john is mind beaming his videos into my mind

  21. Does anyone else freeze their bananas and keep them in freezer so you can always have bananas for things like this?

  22. Hi chef! Could you please cover my food wish for Bibimbap?

    We like to make it in a cast iron bowl so the rice fries while you eat it!

  23. Chef John, everyone has been going nuts recently what with Popeye's releasing a new chicken sandwich. People are saying that it's better than Chik-Fil-A. But I got a hunch that a Chef John chicken sandwich would be much better. hint hint

  24. Anyone else watch so many episodes of Chef John that you no longer notice the inflection of his voice until someone else mentions it? Guilty!

  25. I'm pretty sure one of them is the bigger form's batter in cups and the other actually had recipe changes. I can't remember which.

  26. Great recipe. I substituted buttermilk for the regular milk and also added the baking soda to the banana / buttermilk mixture. Not sure why, but there's some sort of reaction there that results in super moist muffins/cupcakes, gives a better rise, and it cuts the sweet down just a notch.

  27. With it being October, can you do a video on pumkin juice? I heard that it is so yummy and I love pumkins and all things October. Halloween, Devils Night, and All Saints Day. Having a beverage that really tastes like the holidays would be fantastic. Please, please, please. And Thank you.

  28. Oooh – please! Do a remake of this – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0F-MQSLan3k&t=135s – classic, easy, wonderful!

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