BEST Banana Bread Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache, an easy banana bread recipe turned into a festive, chocolate cupcake dessert for St Patrick’s Day.

BEST Banana Bread Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache

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Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, enjoy this Banana Bread Cupcakes Recipe with Chocolate Ganache. If you love homeamde banana bread, then this recipe is for you! The secret is in the quality of chocolate you use, so don’t be afraid to pay a little more money if you have to. I love Guittard chips and Ghiradelli!

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If you’re a banana bread lover, you can also make my Sour Cream Caramel Banana Muffins Recipe (also yummy with a ganache), or my popular Sour Cream Banana Bread Recipe.

MOIST Banana Bread Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache

BEST Banana Bread Cupcakes

You can even bake the simple banana bread cupcakes ahead, and then frost the day of serving.

Top with a delicious ganache.

Don’t forget a little St. Patrick’s Day sprinkle :)

Snowflakes are kisses from heaven.


Alder at Sunriver Resort

Well, winter came late this year. For several days, we got a ton of snow here in central Oregon.

And then the sun came out!

Sunriver Resort, Sunriver, Oregon

Time to get outside, when the pups get anxious inside.

If you follow my Instagram stories, you’ll see lot of videos showing how beautiful it is here in Sunriver Resort, but if not, I’m sharing some photos today. (Remember you have to be on your phone or an iPad to see the Instagram stories, you cannot see them on a desktop.)

Sunny day at Sunriver Resort

Have you ever seen such blue skies?

The crunchiness with each step, the clean smell in the air, cold cheeks, brisk walks.

When I remember snow as a kid, I think of taking the church bus up to the mountains for sledding and fun. I never had warm enough boots (I think I wore rain boots), and used flimsy gloves (the knitted kind). Coming back to the bus freezing, we always had good food, like chili, and always hot chocolate.

Then some kind of cupcakes or cookies.

BEST Banana Bread Cupcakes

Those were the golden days as a kid. So much fun. We didn’t get much snow, so when we did, it was glorious!

Later in high school, I took up skiing and never looked back …

Today, enjoy these BEST Banana Bread Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache.

Maybe serve them to your favorite people on a snowy day?

MOIST Banana Bread Cupcakes

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BEST Banana Bread Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache

BEST Banana Bread Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache, an easy banana bread recipe turned into a festive, chocolate cupcake dessert, topped with a delicious homemade ganache. Don't forget the sprinkles!
Prep Time: 50 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Yield: 24
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  • 1 stick butter, 1/2 cup, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup mashed bananas, about 3
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 3/4 cup pecans, chopped (optional)
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips, good quality


  • 2/3 cup whipping cream
  • 1 cup 6 oz semisweet chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare pans for 24 cupcakes (either grease, or add muffin papers).
  • In a large bowl, cream the butter with sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and mix well.
  • Whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt; combine with the butter mixture.
  • Add the sour cream, bananas, vanilla and pecans; stir well. Gently stir in the chips.
  • Scoop into prepared cupcake papers and bake for 20 minutes.
  • Cool for 10 minutes.
  • In 1-quart saucepan, heat whipping cream over low heat, just to boiling. Remove from heat; stir in chocolate chips until melted. Let stand about 15 minutes.
  • Spoon 1 tsp. chocolate mixture onto each cupcake. Garnish with sprinkles!
Cuisine: American
Course: Dessert
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