Banana, Pecan & Valrhona Dulcey Muffins

Banana, Pecan & Valrhona Dulcey Muffins | Patisserie Makes Perfect

It’s my first real post of 2018, as my previous recipe was made in 2017, I hope the new year is being kind to you so far. We’re only 9 days in, but that’s still plenty of time for it to all go horribly wrong! Thank goodness for Banana, Pecan & Valrhona Dulcey Muffins.

Breakfast is probably one of my most overlooked meals of the day. It’s not that I don’t enjoy breakfast, I just never have much time to devote to it. During the working week I have porridge with maple syrup or overnight oats because I can prepare it all in advance.

Banana, Pecan & Valrhona Dulcey Muffins | Patisserie Makes Perfect

On the weekends it’s even worse, I end up skipping breakfast or just grabbing a slice of toast because we’ve had a lie-in and it’s time to walk the dog and before I know it, it’s lunch time – I do make time for coffee though.

So sadly there’s rarely any pancakes, waffles, smoked salmon and scrambled eggs or trendy baked eggs of some description on offer at our house. I love all these things and I should probably make time for them, but as my waistband would suggest, I probably don’t need to give them too much extra thought!

Banana, Pecan & Valrhona Dulcey Muffins | Patisserie Makes Perfect

There are however muffins and they are a fine thing, these muffins are based on a Nigella Lawson recipe. I changed the recipe slightly to include Valrhona Dulcey and some pecans. I love these banana, pecan & Valrhona Dulcey muffins for a number of reasons. Firstly they are so tasty and moist (sorry, I know some people hate that word, but it describes these perfectly) because of the banana.

Banana, Pecan & Valrhona Dulcey Muffins | Patisserie Makes PerfectSecondly they freeze really well, so you can make a batch – or even a double batch if you want and freeze them. When you want to eat one, just pop them in the microwave for 30 seconds, not only are they then soft to eat, they’re warm too!

The Valrhona Dulcey in these muffins gives them a lovely toasted caramel flavour and vanilla notes, you have to make these muffins, here’s the recipe so now you have no excuse.

Banana, Pecan & Valrhona Dulcey Muffins | Patisserie Makes Perfect

Banana, Pecan & Valrhona Dulcey Muffins | Patisserie Makes Perfect

Banana, Pecan & Valrhona Dulcey Muffins

Patisserie Makes Perfect
Delicious soft muffins filled with pieces of Valrhona Dulcey and pecan pieces. This recipe is inspired by Nigella Lawson's Butterscotch Muffins.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 12


  • 3 Ripe Bananas
  • 125 ml Vegetable Oil
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 250 g Plain Flour
  • 100 g Caster Sugar
  • ½ tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 150 g Valrhona Dulcey Feves
  • 100 g Pecans
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract


  • Preheat the oven to 180C Fan/200°C/gas mark 6/400°F and line a 12-hole muffin tin with muffin cases.
  • Puree, or mash the banana in a small bowl and set it to one side.
  • Pour the oil into a jug and beat in the eggs.
  • Put the flour, sugar, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder into a large bowl and mix in the oil mixture, followed by the pureed bananas and the vanilla extract.
  • Take the Valrhona Dulcey Feves and pecans and chop them lightly, you still want some quite large pieces.
  • Fold these into the mixture, then place equal quantities in the prepared muffin cases.
  • Place the muffins in the oven to cook for 25-30 minutes.
  • When the muffins are cooked, leave them in the tins to cool, when cool these muffins freeze really well, you can just give them 30 seconds in the microwave and they are defrosted, soft and gooey.

Banana, Pecan & Valrhona Dulcey Muffins | Patisserie Makes Perfect

Thanks for reading.


18 Responses

  1. Jodie Dodd

    Love muffins! They’re so versatile, great for breakfast or as a little dessert. These muffins sound fantastic, without the pecans though. 🙂 Sounds like you need to have breakfast for dinner Angela! Love having pancakes and sausage in the evening or even an omelette & toast.

  2. Diana

    I’ve never heard of Valrhona Dulcey before! I love making banana muffins, you are right they turn out so moist and delicious! Love your blog 🙂

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