So, it took us a while to get in the kitchen to make Banana Bread since it is hot outside and inside. I have not used my oven in months and Franc actually asked me, “Mommy, what’s wrong with our oven?” When a 4 year old notices that you have not turned the oven on, you know it has been a while.
Alas, my bananas were getting close to the point of no return. We cranked up the heat in the oven and had a debate over what we should include in our bread: Ruble said, “B is for bananas.” Franc said, “C is for Chocolate.” Lira said, “N is for nuts… but we have not gotten that far yet.” Franc said, “But B is for bread.” Lira replied, “But muffins cook faster… right Mommy?”
Mommy said, “This is your first lesson in compromise.” The result? Chocolate Chip Banana Nut Muffins!
Chocolate Chip Banana Nut Muffins
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 medium very-ripe bananas
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped pecans (pronounced pee-cahns in our house!)
Place the bananas into zip-top bags and let the children squish them. This is a great sensory activity too!
If you have a bunch of kids, you might have to make a bunch of muffins because everyone wants to squeeze a bag. We tripled our recipe and shared it with PennyMom and Dad (my parents).
Then, combine your dry ingredients together: the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Sift together with a whisk.
Put the butter and sugar into a different mixing bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until creamed. Add the eggs and vanilla. Beat until well combined. Mix in sour cream.
To add the bananas, snip the corner from the zip-top bag, making about an inch hole, and squeeze the bananas from the bag into the mixing bowl. Mix well.
Stir in the chocolate chips and nuts.
Using a large cookie scoop, fill muffin cups 3/4 full. Bake at 325 degrees for about 20-30 minutes. If you make this into a loaf, cook for about one hour.
To print this recipe in pdf format, get it here: Chocolate Chip Banana Nut Muffins
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