Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

[I want to preface this by saying: since I found this, it has become one of my favourite go-to recipes, legit.]

Have you ever bought a bunch of bananas and as the week goes on realize you aren’t going to eat the entire bunch  that you have purchased? This happens to me all the time. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes I actually eat them throughout the week, but then when that happens, this recipe doesn’t – so it’s good to have a few extra around.

This recipe is perfect for when you have a group of left over bananas about to go bad, or when you just feel like making them because they are super easy to make and you probably have most of the ingredients in your cupboards already. That’s why it’s my go-to; most of the time I have all the ingredients already and now an excuse to use all my bananas that have been laying around. I’ve made this recipe quite a few times when Ferah has come over for Grey’s, simply because I had all the ingredients – half the time we weren’t even planning on baking anything. In fact, we can tag-team and make them within an episode of Grey’s Anatomy (between all the commercials, of course).

The reason that I stumbled upon this recipe in particular, was that I was actually in search of a way to use up some bananas that had been laying around – I didn’t want to throw them away. I was also trying to find a recipe that kept it simple in terms of ingredients – hoping I already had everything required. Now this recipe makes about 12 large muffins, so it hits the spot, but if you want more, then I would probably double the recipe (which I haven’t tested yet, but don’t really see a problem with). My only purpose for making more would be to share with my class or team at work, 12 doesn’t quite do it, so I will definitely be trying this one day in the future.

For now, here’s how to make 12 large and delicious chocolate chip banana muffins with your best friend, while watching Grey’s Anatomy.

You will need:

  • 1 1/2 cups of mashed bananas
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 cup of chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup of cocoa
  • 1 1/2 cups of flour
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1/3 cup of oil

You will need to:

After you have turned on the oven to 350 degrees F, start Grey’s Anatomy and grab the banana’s to throw in a large bowl. While the introduction beings, and Meredith gives us a deep and meaningful quote, phrase or story to reflect on, start to mash your bananas up in the large bowl. We used a fork? But however you want to channel your energy into mashing up banana’s is fine with us.  Once you are reminded of all the drama going on and what’s in store for you this episode, make sure those bananas are mashed up real good and then chill until the commercial before proceeding to the next step – you don’t want to miss anything important.

Commercial time: here’s where it get’s interesting. The original recipe says to include the sugar in with the dry ingredients, but Ferah’s expertise said to count it as a wet ingredient – so that’s what we did. (Although to be honest, I think we’ve tried it both ways, given the amount of times I’ve made these – and sometimes, without her supervision.)  So: combine the banana’s, oil and eggs and sugar in one bowl and the  separately combine other ingredients. Once they are respectfully combined, mix them together and then add in the chocolate chips. Once everything is well-blended, you can put them in either lined or greased muffins trays. We’ve tried them both ways. Bake them for 20 – 25 minutes, until the toothpick comes out clean (minus the chocolate melting inside). When they are cooked, let me cool and then go to town, they are delicious – especially when they are fresh.

*Another difference though; in the original recipe, sugar was used as a topping – but we found these are perfect without the addition of sugar. To be honest, I also kept forgetting about it and then it hadn’t occurred to me until I reviewed the recipe again when I made these last week.

Enjoy!

 

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