Monday, July 20, 2009

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

With our crazy, busy weekend schedule during baseball season, I was constantly looking for items for breakfast that would be easy to grab and go. There's nothing worse than rushing tired and hungry kiddos out the door very early in the morning....well, unless those tired and hungry kiddos cause Mom to hop on her broom that early! One of the easiest options (and least mess in the car) is muffins...they're so wonderfully versatile, easy to pack for the road and made a great mid-morning snack between games. :)

Earlier this summer I fed my obsession and purchased "The King Arthur Baker's Companion". As I read through (yes, I read cookbooks like most people would read a book...it's an illness!) I marked several breakfast recipes to try while my kids are home this summer. Since everyone in my family LOVES muffins, I chose to bake up this recipe first. These were moist and delicious and perfect for our crazy mornings. The kids raved about the banana/chocolate combination (haven't we all?) and the best kept secret is that there is just a small amount of whole wheat flour in these that makes them a "touch" healthier!!

From the heart of my kitchen to yours, may your experience be fun and the food always flavorful. Enjoy!

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

8 tablespoons (1 stick, 4 ounces) unsalted butter
1 cup (7 ounces) granulated sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon allspice
2 medium-size ripe bananas, mashed (about 3/4 cup, 5 1/2 ounces)
1/3 cup (2 3/4 ounces) milk
1 cup (5 ounces) white whole-wheat flour or traditional whole-wheat flour (5 1/4 ounces)
1 cup (4 1/4 ounces) unbleached all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup (4 1/2 ounces) chocolate chips
1 cup (4 ounces) walnuts, chopped

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until they're smooth. Scrape the bowl down, then beat in the egg, spices, banana, and milk. In a separate bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients, then gently stir them into the butter-sugar mixture.

Spoon the batter into 12 lightly greased muffin cups. Bake the muffins for 20 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven, and after 10 minutes turn them out of the pan to cool.

Source: The King Arthur Flour Baker's Companion

13 comments:

Karine said...

I love banana and chocolate chips together! Your muffins look sssooo great!

Coleen's Recipes said...

That is one PERFECT muffin!! These look delicious.

Pamela said...

Well, you are not alone in reading cookbooks like a regular book! :o) Nice muffins...they look perfect for anytime.

CaSaundraLeigh said...

Love the blog background! Where do you get all your cute layouts from?! By the way, I have the same cookbook illness ;-)

Patsyk said...

They look like the ideal grab and go breakfast or snack.

I also read cookbooks like books... you are not alone in that! LOL!

Christy said...
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Christy said...

CaSaundra-I find all my backgrounds @ www.thecutestblogontheblock.com.
I hope you find one that you like.

Pam & Patsy-I'm so glad to hear that I'm not alone in my "illness"!! :) Marty laughs at me when I crawl into bed, turn on the reading light and open a cookbook to read. I guess it's too much to hope that he understand!

Snowbell said...

I love anything with banana in it so I might be a bit partial but these seem lovely :)

http://snowbellskitchen.blogspot.com

Lynda said...

This is a perfect sounding muffin; bananas and chocolate chips and healthy sounding ingredients! Yum!

Lisa said...

Muffins are the perfect pick up food. These look great.

Rachel said...

We love muffins around here and always have an abundance of bananas :) Can't wait to try these!!!

Ingrid said...

Oh, goodness Christy I TOTALLY get you. It's the same for me and I hate with a capital "H" waking up early. 5/6 am is waaaaaaaaay to early! It's earlier than I wake up to go to work!

These muffins looks awesome and my kids love bananas. Thanks for the muffin tip. I hadn't thought of it.
~ingrid

HoneyB said...

This muffin looks PERFECT!