Thursday, March 11, 2010

Banana chocolate chip muffins

Instead of buying granola bars or other packaged snacks for the kids, I often bake muffins. Banana chocolate chip muffins are one of their favourites.

Banana chocolate chip muffins

2mashed ripe bananas
½ Cupmilk
¼ Cupvegetable oil
1½ Cupflour
1 Cupquick oatmeal
1 Tbspbaking powder
½ Cupbrown sugar
½ Cupmini chocolate chips

Note: I don't add salt as I'm trying to reduce it in my diet. You could add ½ tsp. if you want.

Beat the wet ingredients together.
If you're a purist, you should mix all the dry ingredients in a separate bowl and then add the wet to the dry. When almost combined, add the chocolate chips. Spoon into grease muffins tins - or tins lined with paper muffin cups - and bake until browned at 425°, ~20 minutes.

Me, I'm lazy. I just stir the sugar and oatmeal into the wet ingredients and then shake the flour and baking powder over the mixture. I then stir until almost combined then add the chocolate chips.

A couple things to remember with muffins:

  • Never over mix the batter. The batter should be somewhat lumpy, like pancake batter.
  • If you're using whole grains, letting the batter sit for 10 to 15 minutes before baking helps keep the muffins light in texture.
The recipe above is adapted from The Muffin Baker's Guide by Bruce Koffler.

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