Monday, February 20, 2017

I'm Bananas For These Muffins!

A lot of my cooking skills and food knowledge I gained from my mother, but my love of bananas I definitely did not get from her. My mother really does not like bananas, but when I was growing up she made sure not to impose her dislike of bananas on us and I'm really thankful for that.
I love bananas, I always have a bunch on my counter. The issue is, is that I always buy too many and bananas really have that sweet spot of when they are perfect to eat. You know what I'm talking about, not green any more but not too dark with no spots, that's the best banana. Since I buy too many I always have a few overripe ones. I stash these in my freezer and wait until I have enough to make these simple and delicious banana chocolate chip muffins. 
Three fun facts about these muffins:
1. When I was a private chef for a very large family I used to make these at least once a week to use up the overripe bananas and I would make them in all different sizes (because who can say no to a mini muffin?) 
2. I started selling baked goods in 2015 and this was the first muffin flavor I sold. 
3. The photo above was shared on Food and Wine magazine's Instagram page


Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

3/4 cup white flour 
3/4 whole wheat flour 
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon 
1 tsp vanilla 
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg
1/4 cup oil 
Chopped walnuts (optional) 

Preheat oven to 350°F/175°C 
Line a muffin tin (any size) with liners or spray with non-stick cooking spray 

In a large bowl whisk together the dry ingredients until combined. Add the wet ingredients and stir to combine. Fold in the chocolate chips and walnuts if using. Scoop into prepared muffin tin filling 1/2 way and top with more chocolate chips 
Bake until golden. 12-15 minutes for mini, 20-22 for standard size, 28-30 for jumbo. 
Allow to cool for 5 minutes in the pan and then cool on a rack. 
Keeps in an airtight container for 5 days. These freeze beautifully 

Yield 
24 mini 
12 standard
6 jumbo

All of the ingredients are available at Seasons!