A delicious muffin that uses up those long forgotten bananas on the counter. Add some chocolate chips and cocoa, it’s a perfect union!
My kids most favorite muffins are Banana Muffins. So when I saw this in a Taste of Home magazine with great reviews, it was on my to-bake list immediately! Is it weird that I have an on going list just for baking? What can I say, I’m a baker at heart 🙂 I may not be the best at it, but I enjoy it. If I did an outside job, it would be baking stuff, doesn’t seem like work to me! Housework on the other hand is…. WORK! Speaking of housework, you’ll notice that I’ve been especially absent the past week or so. I’ve been working and developing a home management routine that works for us! I’ve even pulled out the ChorePacks I had from years ago that never got followed through with! I’ve never had a large family mentality. Things work so much differently in large families. I’ve always did everything that was done in the house with not much help. Well that is fine and dandy for 3 or even 4 kids, but not with 6 kids including twin babies! I just can’t keep up anymore. Not with everything including homeschooling, and cooking on my plate. Like I’ve said before the twins are a full time job alone!
A quote that I have never forgotten: Cleaning up while kids are around is like shoveling during a snowstorm!
That is soooo true! I try to always live in the moment and never have any regrets about raising my kids, to always enjoy them because they grow so quickly. But I do regret not training them to do chores. I never dreamed I would have 6 kids and like I mentioned earlier, I never had a large family mentality. I always felt sad whenever I saw a large family and the older kid had to help the younger ones do something. Or it seemed as though the kids had to do all the chores. I have learned that when you have a large family, all family members need to make a contribution. This is very hard for me. No, not because I’m a control freak or I have to have things done my way. Just the the opposite. I was raised in a typical American family where Mom sends the kids off to school each morning and then kids come home and relax, the housework is done. They play, eat dinner, bath and go to sleep. That’s what I expected from my kids too except when they’re home all day long and make messes all day long. someone is gonna have to clean up! I told my husband that I felt like I was always cleaning up messes just to get to stuff that I had written down on my list that I needed to get done! Most of the time I wasn’t even able to tackle my to-do list. I was too busy just doing basic everyday chores after a family of 8! Things had to change, I had to change and let go of my thinking kids are just young once. That is true, but they need to be given chores to teach responsibility. Better late than never!
So enough of my ramblings. We’re on a good system now and I will report back when we’ve done it consistently for a few months!
Even if you only want 12 muffins, or 6! Always bake double because they freeze wonderfully! I’ll never forget the time I tried to vacuum seal muffins in a freezer bag BEFORE freezing the muffin! LOL! You should’ve seen my face when that machine squished them flat! 😉
Double Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins
- 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup baking cocoa
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1-1/3 cups mashed ripe bananas about 3 medium
- 1/3 cup canola oil
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup 6 ounces miniature semisweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Whisk together the first six ingredients.
- In a separate bowl, whisk bananas, oil and egg until blended. Add to flour mixture; stir just until moistened. Fold in chocolate chips.
- Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full.
- Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 20-25 minutes.
- Cool 5 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack. Serve warm.