Salted Monkey Business

Salted Monkey Business

Chocolate, bananas, and butter. You can't go wrong.

Now, I don't know about you but I'm a avid lover of salty and sweet. It's like the best of both worlds. Every morsel is appreciated by your taste buds in so many different ways... it's border line orgasmic.

But, back to the story at hand.

This past weekend was sooooo relaxing. It actually felt long for once. Long in a good way, because usually, I can't get enough time to do everything I need (or want) to do. Cook, clean, relax, plan for the week ahead, and still have some time to get out of the house and enjoy the weekend like a normal person. But this past weekend... maaaaaaaan! It was glorious.

I had time to do all the above, and bake! My ultimate favorite past time.

Arthur and I stumbled upon a gem of a chocolate shop one day while we were exploring the city. Dude, Sweet Chocolate. First of all, love the name. But, when we walked in, we immediately fell in love. They have every variety of chocolate you could think of, and in every form. From Break Up Potions with bourbon and agave to chocolate bars with honey and Japanese togarashi. You're able to sample any of the products they carry, which is another reason why we were smitten.

Arthur walked away with the When Pigs Fly fudge (delishhhhh) and I couldn't resist the EVOO infused with hickory-smoked cocoa nibs, vanilla, and cinnamon. I mean, c'mon.

Ever since I found it, I've been waiting to use it in the perfect recipe. One savory, and one on the sweeter side just so I can see how it pairs with both. But then... this gloriously relaxing weekend was bestowed upon me, along with the random urge to eat chocolate muffins, and I just had to use it. Thanks, Pinterest feed.

These didn't take long at all to whip up, easy as pie. Or salted chocolate muffins, should I say.

The recipe calls for pretty standard ingredients, so definitely a winner for those days you feel like making something easy, but want something a little out of the ordinary. And don't worry, regular EVOO can be substituted for the hickory cocoa infused oil.

But, I can't promise you'll get the same layers of flavor. :p

What really takes these babies over the edge is the spread!

Caramelized.

Banana.

Butter.

Every bit as good as it sounds. And, in my opinion, the muffins need the spread. Kind of like a PB&J relationship. They bring out the best of each other, and it's just not the same without one.

Sweet, rich and luscious meets chocolatey, salty, crumbly goodness. Don't mind if I do!

What's your favorite part about the weekend? Any good recipes for me to make next Saturday? Fingers crossed for a weekend that will be just as blissful as the last. Smooches!!

xo Chels