To know me lately means you have probably heard how much I have been craving bananas. To be fair, I've always been partial to banana flavour, especially in cake/muffin recipes (my favorite might still be this recipe for Sticky Toffee Banana Cake). But admittedly, it's become a bit more noticeable since I've been pregnant. I accidentally started talking about bananas at work the other day and I didn't really have a transition sentence onto the topic so it caused a bit of confusion. I just kind of threw out the confession that I had spent (an embarrassing amount of) time looking up potential banana muffin recipes a few weekends ago and don't you know it: there are NO recipes in existence that put enough banana into the mixture. I guess I just had something specific in my mind and nothing was cutting it. My mom, knowing I was in need to find the perfect one, tried her best by sending me a hand-me-down banana muffin recipe from my grandma. She called it "Best Ever Banana Muffin Recipe." High stakes! You don't want to upset a pregnant woman on the quest for more banana. But despite my suspicion, Grandma didn't disappoint. I had to tweak it of course by upping the banana quota, but the result has been the stickiest, yummiest banana muffins. I even made one batch with spelt flour and one with oat flour which are denser flours, and the result was still delicious.
I've been enjoying these as a breakfast on the go or a dessert so I thought I'd share for fellow banana cravers. If you're anything like me, you could use a little bit of a pick me up. The last few weeks of winter are always the hardest ones - but we've got this you guys. I like to think about the tulips huddled away under the frozen ground, just waiting for their moment to pop up. I just love those little reminders from God that are all over - I can't rush nature because it's busy preparing for the show. (But still... would it be too much to ask for winter hurry up and finish already!?)
Very Banana Banana Muffins
5 Large Ripe (or frozen) bananas (the original recipe called for 3)
1/3 c. melted butter
1 tsp. Vanilla
½ cup white sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
1 ½ c. Spelt or oat Flour (or regular if you prefer)
Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips (you decide how much!)
1. Line a muffin tray with large muffin cups and set aside.
2. Mash bananas in a bowl or over med-low heat on the stove. I freeze my bananas so I like to put them on the stove with the butter and vanilla. When combined, pour mixture into bowl and add sugar and slightly beaten egg.
3. In a separate bowl combine the dry ingredients with a fork or a whisk.
4. Combine the dry ingredients slowly to the banana mixture. Stir in chocolate chips and use an ice cream scoop to divvy out mixture into cups.
5. Bake at 375 for 20 min.