One of my favorite flavor combinations are bananas and chocolate. And consequently, I find different ways to put these two together – like this Banana Chocolate Chip muffin recipe. It’s adapted from The New Laurel’s Kitchen cookbook, modified to meet my needs, depending on what I have on hand.
These are yummy and healthy (especially if you use 60% cocoa dark chocoate chips instead of milk or semi-sweet chocolate). And they freeze well.
3 very ripe bananas (~ 1 cup mashed)
Juice of 1 lemon (I use 3 Tablespoons of lemon juice)
1/3 cup oil or butter (I use butter or olive oil)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup wheat germ
~ 1/2 of a 12oz bag of chocolate chips (60% cocoa dark chocoate is the healthiest, but I’ve also milk chocoate and semi-sweet, depending who I’m making them for and their preference.)
Preheat oven to 375F.
Mash bananas and mix them with lemon juice until smooth. (If you have a
stand mixer – just mix the whole bananas and lemon juice until smooth)
Cream butter or oil and sugar together and add to the banana mix, stirring
well. (I soften the butter and put it in the mixer with the sugar and banana
mix and stir well.)
Sift together flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Mix in wheat
germ. (I just mix it all together in a separate bowl.) Add to banana mix.
Stir until mixed (DON’T OVERSTIR – just mix together until all ingredients
Gently stir in chocolate chips.
Makes 12 cupcakes (cook for 30 minutes) or 1 loaf of banana bread (cook for 45 minutes)
To test for doneness, insert a knife into the loaf or cupcakes. If it comes
out clean, it’s done.
Tip: When you have left over bananas that are starting to turn, just throw them into the freezer peel and all for the next time you want to make this or another banana bread/muffin recipe. Then when you are ready to use them, use the microwave to defrost them up so you can peel and mash the bananas.
Another Tip: To increase the fiber factor in muffins, try replacing 1/4 or 1/2 cup of the flour with Bob’s Red Mill Organic High Fiber Cereal mix. I’ve been doing this with pancakes, waffles, muffins, and rolls with great success and it really boosts the fiber content and adds the Omega-3s from the flax seed. Yummy and healthier!
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