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#32 – Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

My daughter’s (newest) favourite muffin from Tim Horton’s (coffee shop chain) is Chocolate Chip. I don’t mind getting her a treat once in a while but the calories in food from fast food restaurants are unbelievable and make me twitch.  The day I found out my favourite meal combo of hamburger, french fries and pop was an entire day’s worth of calories was a huge eye opener. I’ll be honest, I’ve become a little obsessed with watching the calories in convenience foods. I love making my own food as I know exactly what’s in it and I can (usually) pronounce the ingredients I put in my recipes.

So back to these Chocolate Chip muffins my daughter is just loving. I’m still looking for a recipe for plain chocolate chip muffins, so if you have a good one, please link it up below. Until then, I decided to take our family’s dearly loved recipe for banana bread/muffins and add some chocolate chips.  So good!! And so incredibly easy, my daughter practically made them all by herself… just a little help with the egg cracking and she was a pro!

Super delicious (and easy) Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins  from  365daysofeasyrecipes.comSuper delicious (and easy) Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins  from  365daysofeasyrecipes.com

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

INGREDIENTS
1 1/2 cups All-purpose flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup shortening
2/3 white sugar
2 eggs
1 cup mashed overly ripe banana (about 3)
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Mix together shortening, sugar and eggs. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
  3. Mix the dry ingredients in with the wet. Add the mashed bananas and mix until well combined. Add in the chocolate chips until just combined. Some people recommend adding a tbsp of flour to the chocolate chips before adding them to the batter to prevent them from sinking to the bottom of the batter.
  4. Line a cupcake tray with liners, or well grease the pan if you’re not using the liners. Fill liners 3/4 full.
  5. Bake for 25 minutes until the muffins pass the tooth pick test. Makes about 12 muffins.

Note: you can easily make multiple batches at the same time.

DianaL