Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

With the sun coming up earlier and going down later everyday, it now feels safe to think of places with temperatures twice as warm as here. Places with warm water crashing on white sand, and exotic tropical fruits at every turn. Through the historical dirty dealings of businesses and the US government, both teaming up to take over our neighbors to the South, we have consistent and cheap access to one of these exotic fruits - the banana. Not just a pop culture image, a musical phone, or a noted phallic object, it is also a tasty and useful fruit. For better or worse (local foods-wise, that is), I used it in its latter function for these delicious banana chocolate chip muffins.

The nutmeg and cinnamon give these muffins a warm taste, while the banana evokes images of warm island nations. I like to imagine that the combination leaves the impression that you are on an tropical island rather than in the middle of the country, in the middle of winter. Plus, the inside has a nice color - brown and a pale yellow.

Recipe below!

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
(Makes 12)

3/8 cup white sugar
3/8 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
3/4 cup banana, mashed
1/4 cup water
1 1/2 cup flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup chocolate chips (add more or less to taste)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

In larger bowl, mix wet ingredients (the first 6). In separate bowl, add flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon. Whisk together. Add about 1/3 of dry ingredients to wet, stir a little, add second third, stir a little, then add final third and chocolate chips and stir until all wet ingredients are absorbed. Spoon mixture into greased or lined muffin tin, and put in oven for 18-22 minutes. You can check to see if the center is done by sticking a spaghetti or toothpick into the muffin. If it comes out clean, get those muffins out of the oven!

Wait until they are cool enough to eat (this is the hardest part), then enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. You should fry a banana and make banana chips to go with the chocolate chips. I bet it'd be good or terrible. Plus, there's no such thing as too much banana