Banana Muffins, Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins – nothing new, nothing fancy, but oh so delicious. I have tried numerous recipes looking for the perfect muffin and this is it and I have to add that my boys love them. Like, really, really love them. Whenever I ask them what they want for breakfast these Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins are in their top three items they will ask for. And….I have to admit they are one of my favorite breakfasts as well.
I was given this recipe by a teen that used to watch my boys. He was telling me about these amazing muffins that his mom always made and actually had the image of the recipe on his phone. He said that so many people asked for the recipe after tasting the muffins that this is how his mom would give out the recipe.
These are a basic banana muffin – but a really, really good muffin. There is no fancy ingredient or big secret, just the perfect combination and proportions for a scrumptious treat. They are moist and fluffy, but not dense or dry. I attribute the perfect, moist texture to using oil instead of butter. While butter gives great flavor and I would never use anything else for cookies, these muffins benefit in a major way from using oil. I also find that the rich, delicious flavor of the bananas is elevated by using oil.
These are great any time and keep well, but are especially fantastic right out of the oven. There is nothing like watching the steam escape the inside of the fluffy muffin as chocolate chips slowly melt onto the delicate crevices. When I feel like being a real rebel I love to slather mine with butter. Nothing like some additional fat added to the all-purpose white flour baked goodness to really put you into a full on food buzz.
Try these, you won’t regret it.
Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins
(makes approximately 18 muffins)
1/2 c. canola oil
3/4 c. sugar
1 t. vanilla
3 very ripe bananas, medium size
1 t. baking soda
1 t. salt
2 c. flour
3/4 c. chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a food processor bowl add the oil, sugar, vanilla and bananas. Pulse until smooth. Next add the baking soda and salt. Pulse 2-3 times. Add the flour and pulse 2-3 times, just until combined (no more or you will have sought muffins) and then add the chocolate chips.
Again, pulse just 1-2 times to distribute them evenly.
Scoop the batter into muffin tins and bake for about 20-25 minutes depending on your oven. They will be golden and fabulous when done.