Thursday, December 16, 2010

Banana Chip Muffins

I really think those bears have the right idea.

Every winter, after eating a few fantastic Thanksgiving feasts, they hunker down in their cozy caves, wrapped in their plush fur coats, and dream away the winter.

I want in on that. Especially early in the morning when there aren't enough layers in the world to combat that freezing cold wind while dropping my daughter off at school. And then there are days like today, where, barring high-tech warming devices, it might actually be impossible to warm up. Even my fuzzy socks are failing me today. And to think, I used to constantly fight with mom to even wear a coat in the winter!

Well, since I don't get to hibernate like a bear, baked goods like these will definitely help me get through the cold cold days of winter. I grew up on these muffins, and after losing the recipe my mom gave me, I was convinced that any old banana chocolate chip recipe would suffice. WRONG. I actually tried quite a few different recipes, but soon realized that I wasn't going to be satisfied until I had the ones that reminded me of home.

These are everything a good banana muffin should be, moist, flavorful, and rich, but not too sweet. They are also a total snap to whip together, no mixer needed, just a good wooden spoon. Next time you have a few bananas ready to turn, give these a try. And stay warm out there friends!

Banana Chip Muffins
Provided Sweetly by My Mom


1 3/4 c flour
1/2 c sugar
3 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
1/2 c choc chips
1 egg
1/4 c oil
1/4 c milk
3 mashed bananas


Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and chocolate chips in a large mixing bowl. Make a well in the center.

Beat egg until frothy. Mix in oil, milk and bananas. Pour into the flour mixture. Stir to moisten.

Bake @ 400* for 20-25 minutes.


Erica said...

Hooray for baking :) :) Hooray for an awesome family baked good. Banana muffins or bread is ALWAYS delicious. Add chocolate=fantastic!

Chow and Chatter said...

stay warm and wow I adore muffins like this :-)

Merry Christmas

Libby said...

Yummmm! I love muffins!! You are right though ;) When you grow up with childhood staples like these, it's hard to find a recipe that can even compare to them ;) Nothing like mama's cookin :)

Elina said...

I totally agree - warm muffins can definitely make winter a little more bearable. LOVE the addition of choc chips - makes them even more special.
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Deborah said...

I know I'm ready to hibernate! These muffins look like the perfect morning treat!

Debbie said...

I love all things bananas and these look great. Chocolate and banana are just the perfect combo!

Jennifurla said...

I WANT COLDER WEATHER! LOL, lovely muffins.

Pam said...

I could eat a few right now.

Kim said...

Looks like you're putting your oven to good use! Nothing like mom's recipe when are feeling cold and wanting some comfort. I'll have to file this one away. I always have leftover bananas.

Stay warm.

Liz said...

I love, love, love banana bread with chocolate chips!

Ann said...

Perfect. I am always looking for banana recipes. I always have leftover bananas. Definitely going to make these.

Sook said...

Those muffins will be a hit in my family. My 2-year-old loves them! Yum!

♥peachkins♥ said...

those are perfect muffins!

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Barbara said...

Thank you, Mom! I always serve muffins Christmas morning while we have coffee and open gifts. These are the perfect answer!

Keep warm, Teresa!

Mary said...

Chocolate and bananas are one of those perfect ingredient marriages. Your muffins are delicious. Try to stay warm. Have a good day. Blessings...Mary

Anonymous said...

My favorite ingredients!!!

Joanne said...

I have a long run planned for this morning and the cold weather is NOT agreeing with me! Wish I had some of these to come back to! They sound delicious!

Velva said...

Oh yes! Loving these muffins. Cooking and baking I think are a humans way of storing up their fat for Spring/summer(laugh).

Stay warm. Happy Holidays to you and your family.


Burp and Slurp~! said...

I'd leave off the chips, but now I really really wanna bake muffins...esp because it's rainy outside and I just can't get out of the house!

Cathy said...

I love the banana chocolate combination, especially in a lovely muffin. The weather is freezing cold here as well, and heavy rains on top of that. I shiver when I look out the window.

Happiest holiday best wishes to you and your family, Teresa.

girlichef said...

I'm ready for a good hunkerin' down, for sure! My son is at that age now...fighting me when I tell him to wear his heavy coat...or his hat...or his boots...or his gloves...ugh!! Warmth is cool, dude ;) LOL...I should send a couple of warm banana chip muffins in his hands when he walks out the door. YUM!

Diana's Cocina said...

What I love about muffins is that they're really quite fast to make. Sweet and yum!

The Blonde Duck said...

I love putting pb chips in banana bread!