Thursday, January 15, 2009

Recipe: Banana chocolate-chip muffins for Weston's birthday

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Both my kids have January birthdays, so for us, the holiday season isn't over until January 19. Holiday shopping, holiday wrapping, holiday cooking, holiday entertaining, New Year's Day, and then...there's more! Birthday shopping, birthday cooking, birthday parties. By this time in January it's the homestretch and I am completely spent.

And then I remembered that tonight I had to bake two dozen banana chocolate chip muffins.

When kids at our school have birthdays, parents send a treat so the kids can celebrate in class with their friends. Last week Emery wanted brownies, and I delivered. This week Weston wanted his favorite muffins. Lucky for him his dad is out of town, else there would not be enough tomorrow to go around in class. It's been known to happen that I've baked two dozen of these beauties at night and had only a dozen left 24 hours later. And none left 24 hours after that. They're awfully good.

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Banana chocolate chip muffins
This is my kids' favorite recipe in my baking repertoire, hands down. Banana muffins studded generously with chocolate chips, with a dash of wheat germ for the conscience.
  • 1 cup very ripe bananas, mashed (about 2 large)
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (can substitute white whole wheat flour)
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup wheat germ
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a muffin tin with paper or foil muffin liners, or spray tin with cooking spray.In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, mash the bananas with the sugar. Add the egg and beat about 30 seconds. Add melted butter, yogurt and milk and beat about 1 minute more.Put the flour and salt into the mixer with the banana mixture. With a small sieve, sift the baking powder over the flour (believe me, it's worth it - you really don't want to bite into a lump of baking powder). Beat on low speed until flour is just incorporated; do not overmix. Add the wheat germ and mix briefly. Remove the bowl from the mixer. Stir in the chocolate chips.Fill muffin cups about 3/4 full. Bake until tops are golden brown and a tester comes out with melted chocolate but no crumbs, about 30 minutes. Cool in the tin on a rack.These freeze very well (and my husband will tell you they taste equally good frozen).
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 12 muffins


Christina | Christina's Cucina said...

Erika, how did you know that I have two brown bananas on my counter and didn't want to make banana bread?!!

Erika Kerekes said...

Good question. How DID I know? :)

Valentina said...

these look super yummy (and I'm loving that plate!)

Erika Kerekes said...

Thanks V! The plate was an antique store find. I love it too...although it's kind of distracting in food photos, I'm finding.

Christina | Christina's Cucina said...

Quick question: ingredients states one egg, but directions says "eggs" twice. Which is the typo? I'm making it with one egg as it seems like 2 would be too much, but please confirm. Thanks, Erika!

Erika Kerekes said...

@Christina - sorry. EGG. Singular. I usually double the recipe and got my quantities confused.

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