Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Right now I’m in catchup and planning mode. I have a few items that have already been made and devoured. Pictures have been sitting patiently waiting for my attention, waiting for love and writing inspiration. Sometimes it’s easier said than done. Sometimes I just need a break. We all have those days and weeks. On the other hand, I have items waiting to be made. I actually have a whole list of items I’d like to make. Whether I’ll get to them all or not in the near future is obviously yet to be determined. Only time will tell but I do have some truly fun and yummy ideas.

I’m super eager for fall…at least when it comes to all of the yummy food and more predictable weather. With fall comes so much… peaches, though technically that’s still a summer item but if you look at the weather it could be debatable. Apples… oh apples how I love thee. I’m most eager for them. Amazingly juice and large cortland apples. They’re my favorite. I could go on and on about fall but I’ll just stop there. Why ruin a good thing? Apples is really where it’s at.

What also comes with fall… school. Our oldest is starting preschool this year. It’s going to be a challenging time for us adjusting to all of the new changes. I’ve been trying to think of plan ahead meal ideas for breakfast so she can have a quicky item before heading off to school for a few hours. Or even items to pack in her bag for snack time. I’m actually baffled by snack time since school is only 3 hours but whatever…

One item I recently decided to put into action were these amazingly moist banana muffins. I’ve made banana muffins before. One with juicy strawberries and the other with walnuts. This batch is basically a slight twist on the walnut version. It’s mostly the same honestly, just no walnuts and the lovely addition of chocolate chips. You can’t go wrong with chocolate chips. Right? I figured muffins would be a great breakfast or mid morning snack… or late afternoon snack. Maybe even a late night snack. I promise I won’t tell.

*shown above: the difference between a cooked muffin without and with the cinnamon sugar topping.

Yield: makes roughly 16 regular muffins.

Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Ingredients:

1 1/4C flour
1C old fashioned oats
3/4C brown sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
2 medium very ripe bananas (roughly 1C worth)
1/2C butter, softened
1 egg
2/3C milk
1C chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Prepare a muffin pan with liners and set aside.

In a large bowl or stand mixer, add flour, oats, sugar, baking powder and cinnamon. Give a quick mix. Mash bananas until very smooth, add to bowl followed by butter and egg. Begin mixing on low. Slowly add milk. Mix just until all ingredients are combined. Do not over mix. Stir in chocolate chips by hand.

Using a large cookie scoop, divide batter among liners with one full scoop each.

Optional: In a small bowl, combine 2 tbsp white sugar and 3/4 tsp cinnamon. Top off muffin batter with cinnamon sugar mixture.

Bake muffins for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Always begin checking and testing at the earliest time as all ovens cook different.

Cool in pan for a minute or two. Then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before devouring. Store in an airtight container for up to several days or freeze - remember to always label any items you'll be freezing!

 

 


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22 Responses to “Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins”

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    in katrinas kitchen — August 11, 2011 at 9:30 am

    Mmm I could eat muffins every day! My family would devour these :)

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    The Chocolate Priestess — August 11, 2011 at 10:17 am

    I make a fair amount of muffins once the temps drop again. I’ll keep this recipe in mind.

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    natalie (the sweets life) — August 11, 2011 at 10:49 am

    the topping on those looks delicious! we love banana baked goods!

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    amanda @ fake ginger — August 11, 2011 at 11:03 am

    Mmm, everything is better with chocolate!

    I wish I liked apples as much as you do. I just can’t get into them. Even in pie form.

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    Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen — August 11, 2011 at 11:38 am

    I’m so ready for fall as well…I’m more excited for pumpkin than apples though :)

    These muffins look yummy, and the wrappers are so cute!

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    Angie @ Bigbearswife — August 11, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    I love these muffins! But I must also point out how much i LOVE the blue liners!

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    Kate@Diethood — August 11, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    mmmmm!! Definitely taking the ones with the cinnamon-sugar topping! :)

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    Elizabeth — August 11, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    I love chocolate chip banana bread. And I would definitely opt for the brown sugar topping.

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — August 11, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    We LOVE muffins in our house – I always have quite a few in the freezer! I am pretty sure these would be a huge hit with my son!

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    briarrose — August 11, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Muffins make such great snacks. The chocolate chips and brown sugar topping call to me.

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    Sasha @ The Procrastobaker — August 11, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    Adorable :) and im sure just as yummy! those liners really are so cute!

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    Curt — August 11, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    How did you know to put all of my favorite ingredients in those muffins?

    Those sound very tasty!

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    Alan Cooke — August 11, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    Looks good! Can’t ever go wrong with chocolate and bananas! :)

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    megan @ whatmegansmaking — August 11, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    yum! Chocolate and banana goes so well together :)

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    Happy When Not Hungry — August 11, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    What beautiful muffins! Look scrumptious :-)

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    Ann — August 12, 2011 at 12:36 am

    Beautiful muffins…you pictures are super…so CLEAR!

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    marla — August 12, 2011 at 6:38 am

    Love the chocolate banana combo – especially in cakes and muffins :)

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    Heather — August 12, 2011 at 11:39 am

    Bananas and chocolate chips = speaking my language. :)

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    Mama's Gotta Bake — August 12, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    Yep, gotta have the topping! Looks yummy!

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    Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray — August 12, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    Love this combo, especially with the cinnamon sugar topping. And your liners are adorable!

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    Kita — August 12, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Love me some banana muffins, walnuts, strawberries, chocolate or plain. Yeah, I could sneak one whenever.

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    Liz — August 13, 2011 at 10:47 am

    Congrats on the Top 9!!! Fabulous muffins!

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