This week I decided to move away from cupcakes and cake decorating and focus on some good old fashion comfort food. I love banana bread. Its so wonderful. It reminds me of grandma’s house, and school bake sales, and small corner delis that sell pastries and desserts. But what I love even more is banana muffins…because it almost tastes like banana bread…but….in the shape of a cupcake. How fun is that? I had a bit of a tough week. I’ve been puppy sitting for my boyfriend’s parents while they’re away, so I’ve been getting less sleep than usual, and my car has officially passed away. I’m hoping I can find someone to revive her but I’m not willing to fork out the cash so she’s comatose for now. Which brings me to my next reason for making something other than cupcakes – no car means no grocery store, which means I had to make do with the ingredients I had at home. I stared at the tasty looking bananas on my counter and thought…hmmmmm I could totally make banana muffins. So I did. However, half way through my baking adventure I realized that, while banana muffins would be really comforting on this fine snowy Sunday afternoon, it’s just not enough…I could go for some chocolate too. And there in lies how I came to the conclusion that chocolate chip banana muffins would be the perfect “It’s Sunday afternoon, you’re exhausted and a puppy just pooped on your duvet, and you don’t have a car so you have to buy a buss pass, and tomorrow is Monday and Mondays really suck, and could that be a cold coming on?” kinda day. I got this recipe from browneyedbaker, but added in the chocolate chips as this is just a banana muffin recipe, and I desperately needed the chocolate. God. I’m gaining weight thinking about this… anyways.
Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil (I used canola oil…since that’s literally all I had at home)
3 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
4 ripe bananas, peeled and coarsely mashed (I used a potato masher to break down the bananas)
3/4 cup chocolate chips
Line 18 muffin cups with paper liners. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Whisk the flour, baking soda, salt, and baking powder in a medium bowl to blend.
Beat the sugar, oil, eggs, and vanilla in a large bowl to blend. Stir in the banana. Add the dry ingredients and stir just until blended. Fold in the chocolate chips.
Divide the batter among the prepared muffin cups. Bake the muffins on the middle rack until the tops are golden brown and a tester inserted into the center comes out with no crumbs attached, about 25 minutes. Transfer the muffins to a rack and cool slightly. The muffins may be eaten warm or cooled completely and frosted…or any way really. They are fabulous.
I also was feeling really productive yesterday, despite my irritation towards my car, monday, my poopy duvet, my looming cold, and just in general my overall needyness, so I decided to make…wait for it…some chocolate chip cookies! I will post it later this week. They turned out quite well, however I may make some changes to them if I make them again. For those of you who know me, you know that I am somewhat of a geek, I love video games and often disappear for weeks when I find one I like. So…my boyfriend and I designed a Mario themed gaming room…I’ll also post those pictures later this week! It turned out amazing I’m so excited to show it off.