Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

I had an extremely busy week last week at TechWave, my company’s annual user conference in Vegas. While I do love Vegas, being there almost a full week is so very tiring. And of course in such an indulgent place, I ate so many rich things that by Saturday I couldn’t wait to come home to cook (and eat) my own food.

This banana chocolate chip muffin speaks comfort to me (as does any baked good with bananas), and surprisingly I never posted this recipe before! So here’s an oldie but goodie of mine to share while I catch up on sleep and get back to everyday life.

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Ingredients:
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chocolate chips
2 large eggs
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted halfway (so that it’s not completely a liquid)
6-8 ripe bananas, mashed well
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Line a mini-muffin pan with paper liners.
3. In a large bowl mix the dry ingredients together (flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt)
4. In another bowl combine the wet ingredients: bananas, eggs, melted butter, and vanilla.
5. Fold the banana mixture into the dry ingredients until just combined. Then fold in the chocolate chips.
6. Scoop batter into prepared mini-muffin pan. Bake about 12-15 minutes until muffins turn golden brown and a cake tester comes out clean.
7. Let cool slightly, remove loaf from pan, and serve warm. Makes about 48 mini muffins.

Chocolate Banana Loaf

We had a wonderfully tiring weekend, visiting friends from all over. We drove over 700 miles, stopped in 5 different cities and met adorable baby Joseph, played with a bunch of little kids, chatted with a handful of college friends, had dinner with my old church small group, and even saw a few friends from our high school days. There were many more we wish we could have seen, but we’re saving them for another trip.

I made this chocolate banana loaf for Jon, one of the coolest friends we have. Thanks for hosting us and for treating us to some great soondubu! Glad you were able to eat some Sunday morning, and I hope you’ve enjoyed more since.:)

Among all the catching up, we were asked how our families are doing, and we heard some great compliments about our family members. Specifically, we heard from Tim’s high school buddy how he recalls my mother-in-law, Mama, being the sweetest person he’s ever met. Mama, I hope that you’re reading this and that you realize you’ve touched many people’s hearts with your love and kindness. Happy Birthday to my dear mother-in-law!

Chocolate Banana Loaf

Ingredients:
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chocolate chips
2 large eggs
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
4-6 ripe bananas, mashed well
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Butter and flour the bottom and sides of a loaf pan.
3. In a large bowl mix the dry ingredients together (flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt)
4. In another bowl combine the wet ingredients: bananas, eggs, melted butter, and vanilla.
5. Fold the banana mixture into the dry ingredients until just combined. Then fold in the chocolate chips.
6. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake about 60 minutes until bread has risen and a cake tester comes out clean.
7. Let cool slightly, remove loaf from pan, and serve warm.