Chunky Monkey Cupcakes

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chunky monkey cupcakes, banana, chocolate, walnuts


Chunky Monkey Ice Cream is a family favorite!  The bananas, chocolate and walnuts go together so well.  Since we love the ice cream and the flavor combination I decided to make a cupcake version.  I started with a banana cupcake and added in some chocolate chips and crushed walnuts.  To top it off I made a chocolate butter-cream frosting and sprinkled on a dash of walnuts to make it look pretty.  So the next time you're out of  Chunky Monkey ice cream, whip up a batch of these.  A delicious way to have that Chunky Monkey flavor any time you want!


Ingredients are as follows:

cupcakes:
1 tsp. lemon juice, or white vinegar
1/4 C milk
1 C smashed bananas, about three bananas
3/4 c sugar
2 eggs
3/4 C applesauce
2 tsp. vanilla
2 C flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 C chopped walnuts
1 C chocolate chips

frosting:
2 1/4 C powdered sugar
1/4 C unsweetened cocoa powder
8 Tbsp. butter, room temperature
1 tsp. vanilla
5 Tbsp. milk

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees; line cupcake pan with paper liners.  This recipe made 16 medium or 12 large cupcakes.

  
In a small bowl combine the milk and lemon juice; set aside.

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 Cream the bananas and sugar together.

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Mix in the eggs until incorporated; stir in the applesauce and vanilla.

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Slowly stir in the flour, baking soda, and milk.

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Fold in the walnuts and chocolate chips.

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Pour batter into the pan.

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Bake for 25-30 minutes; until a toothpick comes out clean.

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Remove from pan and allow to cool on a wire rack.  While they're cooling cream together the powdered sugar, cocoa powder and butter.

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Mix in the vanilla; gradually add the milk until it becomes creamy & fluffy.

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Frost the cupcake, sprinkle on some walnuts and enjoy!

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