you have no idea how many bunches of bananas i had to buy and how many weeks it took me to get to these little darlings. i have been wanting some banana bread type stuff for about two months now…and of course by the time i finally got to baking something up, i lost my appetite for them….not to say these aren’t fantastic, because, well come on…banana and chocolate cannot go wrong together.
my roomate (sean’s brother) geoff is a banana fanatic. every time i purchase a bunch, so they can get all brown and ready for muffins, geoff eats them…like in a day. this last time i tied a bow on three out of the bunch and announced their purpose. i also gave the “don’t-touch-my-bananas” glare every time either of them (sean often assists geoff in his banana capering) walked by the fruit bowl…really not a bowl, but a cake stand. luckily this time they went untouched and muffins were made!
not much else to say…it’s been hectic round these parts. my preschool class is graduating today (hehe, yeah preschool graduation), so i made cupcakes…more on those soon. plus, i started (finally!) to get the ball rolling on the whole wedding planning thing (we’ve been engaged 3 1/2 years)…oh my. i sense craziness in the near future.
i got the recipe for these from simply recipes. it’s super easy and i just added a handful of chocolate chips to the batter and sprinkled some chopped hazelnuts on top. i really want to concoct some pb & banana muffins or bread…mmm…sometime.
3 or 4 ripe bananas, smashed
1/3 cup melted butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
1 1/2 cup of flour
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts
no need for a mixer with this recipe.
preheat the oven to 350°F. with a wooden spoon, mix butter into the mashed bananas in a large mixing bowl.
mix in the sugar, egg, and vanilla.
sprinkle the baking soda and salt over the mixture and mix in.
add the flour, mix until it is just incorporated. fold in the chips.
pour mixture into a prepared muffin tin. sprinkle tops with nuts. bake for 25-30 minutes. check for doneness with a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin. if it comes out clean, it’s done. cool on a rack.
makes 12 regular sized muffins.