If there is one thing we always have plenty of in this house, it's bananas. Whenever we run low, Mike is quick to run to the store to replenish our stash. It didn't take him long to learn that there is no such thing as too many bananas. A surplus of bananas means baking bananas, which means treats! As I write this, I have a bowlful of overripe bananas waiting to be mashed, whipped, mixed, baked into something delicious.
To completely change subjects - have I told you about my baking chip collection? I have a thing for baking chips. I love buying chips in anticipation of creating new and exciting treats, but life (i.e. a busy toddler) usually gets in the way of those plans. I decided it was time for a self-intervention. I must begin baking my way through this collection,...starting with these cinnamon chips.
So the two stories come together...in the form of Banana Cinnamon Chip Muffins. These muffins are a delicious and healthy option, made partly with whole wheat flour. They are also made using 3 bananas, which means you can use less oil. The cinnamon chips add just a little extra something that make these muffins special. But if cinnamon is not your thing, these would be great with chocolate chips (mmm, or even peanut butter chips!).
These muffins are moist and delicious. They are all I hoped for and more...yet I ended up doing more with them. I made half of the recipe as just Banana Cinnamon Chip Muffins. Tomorrow I will share with you what I did with the other half of the recipe! ;)
Banana Cinnamon Chip Muffins
Yields 12 standard muffins
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup white whole wheat flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 ripe mashed bananas
1/3 cup canola oil
1/4 cup buttermilk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup cinnamon chips (or chocolate chips)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease or line 12 standard muffins cups. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, sugar, baking powder, and baking soda. Set aside.
- In a separate bowl, mix the bananas, oil, buttermilk, eggs and vanilla until combined.
- Fold banana mixture into flour mixture until just blended (do not over mix). Add cinnamon chips, and fold gently until combined.
- Distribute batter evenly among muffin cups. Bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 5 minutes and then move to a wire rack to cool completely.