Friday, March 16, 2012

Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins with Walnuts

What do you do with bananas that get over ripe before they get eaten?  For much too long I threw those bananas in the trash.  I'm one of those people who likes to eat bananas that are firm and barely ripe.  Any brown spots signal that the bananas are getting too ripe for me. Sometime ago I learned that bananas could easily be frozen and used in a multitude of recipes.  Just remove the skin and wrap each banana individually in plastic wrap.  Freeze them together in a plastic zip top bag.  So now when bananas start to brown they go into the freezer and wait for me to use them.  No more wasted bananas.

Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins
This recipe for banana muffins is one way to use those frozen bananas.  It starts with my family's basic banana bread recipe, but adds chocolate chips and walnuts.  Baked in a muffin tin with cupcake liners reduces the cooking time by half. 

Make them for a weekend breakfast treat and the leftovers can be wrapped individually and frozen for a quick grab-and-go breakfast during the week.

Muffin Ingredients with Frozen Bananas
Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins with Walnuts
Makes 15 muffins

  • 2 eggs, at room temperature

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature

  • 3 small, or 2 large ripe bananas, mashed

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/4 cup hot water

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 cup chocolate chips

  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped



  • Directions
    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Line muffins tins with paper liners. Mix together the flour and salt. Set aside. In a separate bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition.  Mash the bananas with the back of a fork and add to the egg mixture.
    Dissolve the baking soda in the hot water and add to the batter. Add the flour mixture and the vanilla. Stir to combine. The batter will be lumpy. Stir in the chocolate chips and walnuts until just combined.  Scoop the batter into the prepared muffin tin using an ice cream scoop.
    Banana Muffin Batter
    Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Be careful not to over bake.
    Banana Muffins
    Enjoy!
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    2 comments:

    1. Could you make these with whole wheat flour? Would you even want to? I just like to do whole wheat whenever possible and I like the 'weight' of it, actually.

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      1. I haven't made these with whole wheat flour, Allie, but I bet you could substitute 1/2-2/3 cups of the all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour.

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