Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Muffins

When it comes to grocery shopping, I try to be fairly exact with my purchases. I plan specific menus for each night of the week and resist impulse buying as much as possible. This helps me a) manage how much money I spend on groceries and b) avoid ordering pizza for dinner three nights a week. I also hate wasting food, and get totally grossed out when you find something weeks beyond its expiration date creeping in the back of your fridge. One of the worst feelings is buying food and letting it sit in your kitchen for two weeks until you throw it out. 

However, there is one very notable exception, and that is bananas. Few things thrill me like finding a bunch of super brown, squishy, over-ripe bananas sitting on my counter, because it means its banana bread time

My go-to recipe for Chocolate Chip Banana Bread is from What’s Gaby Cooking (#1 fan girl, whaddup). I’ve made many variations over the years – even testing out those crazy recipes that use apple sauce and olive oil to make it healthier – but always come back to this one. It is really easy to pull together, super moist (ew, hate that word), and filled with the perfect amount of chocolate chips to make it seem almost decadent.

While Gabby’s calls for a loaf, I love to make banana bread into muffins. That way they are easier to share/give as gifts, and I don’t feel as guilty eating 6 of them. 

So with just a few tweaks of my own, I give you…Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Muffins

 XoXo,
Elizabeth 

 

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Muffins

Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees F. In a large stand mixer, combine the butter and sugar and whip for 2 minutes until combined.

 

Add the eggs, one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl to make sure everything is evenly combined. Add the milk, vanilla extract, and the bananas and mix for 30 seconds. The batter will look a little curdled, this is normal.

 

Add the flour and the baking soda and mix for a few seconds until the flour is evenly combines. Add the chocolate chips and give it all a quick stir.

Spray 2 muffin pans with non-stick spray or line the pan with muffin cups – I prefer to use liners since the melted chocolate chips can sometimes stick to the pan, making the muffins difficult to get out. Evenly divide the batter among the cups.

 

Transfer the muffin pans to the oven and bake for 18-20 minutes, switching pans half way through, until a toothpick can be inserted in the center of the loaf and it comes out clean. Remove the banana bread muffins from the oven and let cool for about 15 minutes before removing them from the pans and serving. 

 

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Muffins
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 3/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  2. 1 1/2 cup white sugar
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  5. 4 teaspoons milk
  6. 3-4 over ripe bananas
  7. 2 cups AP Flour
  8. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  9. 1 cup chocolate chips, plus extra
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large stand mixer, combine the butter and sugar and whip for 2 minutes until combined.
  3. Add the eggs, one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl to make sure everything is evenly combined.
  4. Add the milk, vanilla extract, and the bananas and mix for 30 seconds. The batter will look a little curdled, this is normal.
  5. Add the flour and the baking soda and mix for a few seconds until the flour is evenly combines. Add the chocolate chips and give it all a quick stir.
  6. Spray 2 muffin pans with non-stick spray or line the pan with muffin cups. Evenly divide the batter among the cups.
  7. Transfer the muffin pans to the oven and bake for 18-20minutes, switching pans half way through, until a toothpick can be inserted in the center of the loaf and it comes out clean. Remove the banana bread muffins from the oven and let cool for about 15 minutes before removing them from the pans and serving.
Notes
  1. You can make this either as a loaf, or as muffins. If you want to get really crazy, you could do one small loaf and one tray of muffins!
Adapted from What's Gaby Cooking
Little Bits Bakery http://littlebitsbakery.com/

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