Monday, March 27, 2017

Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins with Walnuts

What do you do with bananas that get overripe before they get eaten?  For far too long, I threw those overripe 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.

A while 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 and you'll always have bananas for the yummy muffins on hand.

Banana Walnut Chocolate Chip Muffins-Yum!

Banana Walnut Chocolate Chip Muffins
Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins
This recipe for chocolate chip banana muffins is one yummy way to use those frozen bananas.  It starts with my family's favorite banana bread recipe, with the addition of chocolate chips and walnuts.

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.

Banana Walnut Chocolate Chip Muffins

Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins with Walnuts

Makes 15 muffins

Banana Muffin Ingredients
Muffin Ingredients with Frozen Bananas

  • 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
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.

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 Walnut Chocolate Chip Muffins
Banana Muffins
These muffins will freeze well, too.  Wrap them individually in plastic wrap for a grab-and-go breakfast or afternoon snack.

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Other Yummy Muffin Recipes

Cranberry-Apple Muffins
Morning Glory Muffins
Legendary Blueberry Muffins
Pumpkin Muffins

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