March 25, 2014

Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Hello cutey pie little muffins.

They are all, all gone now. They were my little friends for two whole days, and now they are gone away. All 12 of them. Goodbye cutey pie little muffins.

I can talk about banana bread, more than most people can. WITH AUTHORITY. Because, (as I keep bashing you over the head with this information) I grew up in Hawaii, so that makes me superpoweredly (new word alert!) able to pontificate on the subject of banana bread at great length.

(actually I don't really have all that much to say about it because good banana bread is self-explanatory.)

EXCEPT -- do not give me dry banana bread ever, because I will spit it out into the palm of your hand.

 Also, don't bother making banana bread of any kind unless you have AT LEAST 3 bananas, and they are so black and disgusting looking that you are thinking they are probably rotten and moldy and not suitable for any kind of human consumption. THEY MUST BE BLACK AND GROSS looking.

Not speckled.

Not freckled.


Anyway, this recipe is from my girl Nigella, and I wonder if she spent some time in Hawaii?? Because her banana muffins are very good. Actually her recipe calls for butterscotch chips (WHICH ARE SO GOOD), but I didn't have any of those, and I did have chocolate mini chips, so I used a little bit of those, not too many because I didn't know how to sub a cup of mini chips for regular chips.

I also subbed in a teensy bit of whole wheat flour because that gives depth to your baked goods and that is a good thing.

 (my mom in law is an awesome hand model)

Also, the other great thing about this recipe is that it's EASY like you can't even fathom how easy. No mixer. You can use a fork. FAST. Don't we all want fast & easy muffins? (insert your own fast & easy jokes right here)

CHOCOLATE CHIP BANANA MUFFINS ~ adapted from Nigella Express


1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1 and 1/3 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 and 1/4 cups mashed banana (BLACK ONES) ~ 2-3 very ripe bananas
1 cup chocolate chips, or butterscotch chips, or 1/2 cup or so choc mini chips


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a 12 cup muffin pan with paper liners.

Measure oil into a large glass measuring cup and beat in the eggs.

Put the flours, sugar, baking powder, and baking soda into a large bowl and mix in the liquid ingredients (batter will be very stiff at this point), followed by the mashed banana.

Fold in the chocolate or butterscotch chips, then divide equal portions into the prepared muffin pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 15-16 minutes. Makes 12 muffins.

(Unless you have a really slow oven, I would NOT follow the book's advice to bake for 20 minutes. TOO MUCH. That'll give you DRY banana bread muffins and you don't want me coming over, taking a bite, and then spitting it out into your hand.)


  1. Mmmm, I have some very overripe bananas right this moment, too...

    1. well there you go! now, just let them sit there some more until you are pretty convinced they are totally moldy and rotten. THEN make your banana bread! ha ha ha. if that grosses you out, just go for it and put in lots of choc chippies. :)

    2. I was mistaken. The husband pitched them yesterday, while putting away groceries. Had to make room for the tangelos...

  2. It took me forever to find a good banana bread recipe. This one from Flour bakery is great -- Super easy (and not dry!). I secretly think no one is eating the bananas in the house just so they go bad and have to be made into bread!

    1. I will go see!! thank you for the share!! when I make loaf banana bread, I either use this recipe from some random bed&breakfast cookbook, it uses sour cream in it, or I use the reverse creaming method used in the Joy of Cooking, I like that one pretty well too. I collect banana bread recipes everywhere I go, so I can't wait to check yours out!!!

  3. They look amazing and you're right she is a great hand model.

  4. I hate bananas with passion but I do like banana bread very much. My husband has been nagging me about making some but I still haven't done it so this recipe will probably come handy when hubby nags me again. Never had banana bread with chocolate chips but there it seems very good!!!!

    1. ooooooh you are in for a treat ~ chocolate + banana = heaven :)

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  6. It must be in the air! We've made banana bread twice this week (yeah...I have no defense other than it was a craving), but I love the idea of muffins!! And I'm excited to try your recipe - and hello butterscotch chips? Oh good gracious that's brilliant.


    1. you GOTTA try it with the butterscotch chips -- I was out of them, which is the only reason I did the recipe this way -- the banana/butterscotch combo is so so good!

  7. You crack me up. No, I do NOT want you spitting dry banana bread into my hand. But, I would NEVER serve you dry banana bread!

    1. Miss Allison, from what i've seen, you are incapable of making anything that doesn't look AMAZING!!!