February 26, 2012

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Good morning!! I hope that everyone is enjoying their Sunday morning! The flavor of the weekend in our house is banana. Ben tried bananas, (see my post about homemade baby food), for the first time this morning, and loved every mouthful. Watching him enjoy his new flavor left me wanting to make something special to celebrate.

A few months ago, someone brought my husband and I some chocolate chip banana muffins, (perhaps from Trader Joes?)... I don't remember exactly where they came from, but they were quite possibly some of the best muffins I've ever had.

As I've admitted before, (and as one could guess, based on the number of posts I've written about banana bread/banana muffins), I love banana muffins. I also love the combination of bananas and chocolate. Growing up, as a special treat my mom would get the banana-chocolate Entenmann's cake... one of those food memories that makes you smile... and want cake. Yum!

Fast forward to this morning... I had three very ripe bananas, an urge to bake, and a desire to make something a little bit special for a Sunday morning treat. I set out to make something reminiscent of the Entenmann's cake...

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins
Makes 2 dozen

2 cups whole wheat flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
2 large eggs
1/2 cups mashed ripe banana
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 bag mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line two muffin pans with paper muffin cups.

In medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt.
In mixing bowl, beat softened butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Alternately add flour mixture and bananas, beginning and ending with flour mixture, occasionally scraping side of bowl with rubber spatula. Beat just until blended. Mix in vanilla mixture. Stir in chocolate chips. Pour into muffin tins, and bake 30 minutes, rotating pan halfway through.

These muffins are awesome. A perfect morning, (or any other time of day) treat... I think I'll have one again later today for dessert.


1 comment:

  1. Must have been banana day. I toasted a pumpernickle (sp) spread a Tb of nutella on top and sliced a banana over the nutella. It was a yummy start as I raced out to church this am.