Tuesday, August 23, 2011

My Daughter's Favorite - Banana, Chocolate Chip and Walnut Muffins

Do your kids have that one special thing they ask for over and over again?  Well for my younger daughter, its banana muffins and they must have chocolate chips and walnuts in there too.  College girl is back up at school, it's just her and me now and even though I was trying to cut back on the sweets; how could I say no to a muffin request.

Besides I had these hideous looking bananas staring at me on the counter.  I think they contracted the rare banana-spot-itious.  I always think how do they get this disease, come to think of it I didn't see them break out with this rash until I brought home some sexy pears and sat them next the bananas.  Do you think the bananas had a rash of jealousy?  Isn't it funny how we food writing people love to only photograph pretty food?  As ugly as these were, I felt they had a smile only a mother could love.

Banana, Chocolate Chip and Walnut Muffins
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
2 tbsp. milk
2 large eggs
3 ripe bananas, smashed
1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

In a bowl or mixer add flour, sugar, baking powder and baking soda, salt, melted butter, milk, eggs, smashed bananas and mix until combined.  (Some dark rum would be a great substitute for the milk).

Next add the walnuts and chocolate chips and stir in by hand.

Spray a mini muffin pan with non-stick spray and fill each cup full of batter.  Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 10-11 minutes, until a tooth pick comes out clean.

Makes 24 mini muffins.

That guy in the front with the smirk on his face and beady eyes was just begging to be eaten.  Don't worry folks; it was done quickly and humanely. 

I'm going share a few easy things with you this week, because this momma is darn tired.  I'm sure all of you are in the same boat with school starting and fall creeping up on us so quickly.  Go, relax, make some muffins and curl up on the couch.




  1. Banana nut muffins are one of my absolute favorite muffins! I was just thinking of making these the other day and now decided I will. I'm going to try your recipe. Thanks!

  2. I really need to stop looking at all your gorgeous food! -- will deffo at these to my "must eat after wedding" list.

  3. This would be one of my favorites too. Who can resist that wonderful banana and chocolate combo?

  4. Gina, these look so darn good! I definitely agree I definitely agree, the beefy eyed one is just begging to be devoured!
    I'm in washington with my mom for a while. I'll be back on line posting when I get back! But in the mean time I'll be checking your blog to see what marvels you are sharing!
    BWY you were right....two phone calls and 4 text messages!

  5. These beauties look too tasty..Awesome recipe, I can see why they are your daughter's favorite simply because they look irresistible!

  6. Muffins will never go out of fashion! I'm sure of this. Above all if they are muffins like these ones.

  7. Muffins are a favorite here! These look wonderful! I love to know that even when my son is college age, he will still want my cooking!

  8. Love those muffins! Great combination of flavours.

  9. That's looks so perfect, soft n moist ....yum

  10. Those are seriously gorgeous muffins, I can see why they'd be a favourite! GLad you ate the smirking guy ;)

  11. Your mini banana muffins are too cute! But not too cute to be eaten in one go =)
    Seeing these minis make my hands itch! I haven’t done a mini series in ages…

  12. ...i can totally see the snarky muffin face! He was a muffin with some attitude. These look fabulous! I kind of like it when the bananas get spotty, cause that means BANANA BREAD! Or perhaps now BANANA MUFFINS WITH ATTITUDE!

  13. I've using up my bananas like a mad woman. I wish I would have seen this because they sound delicious :)

  14. Your daughter is exceedingly smart! Who could resist those? It is so special when over the years, something you have cooked for your family starts getting requests!

  15. I want to eat that beady-eyed muffin guy! I can see why these are your daughter's favorite, the flavors go so well together and being the naughty woman that you are, you probably sneaked in rum in place of milk!

  16. I can totally see why this would be your daughters favorite muffin! I think it would be mine too... The only other flavor that could trump this for me would be lemon... This sounds soooooo delicious! Great recipe, Gina! Thanks for sharing...

  17. Haha agree indeed. This week was really tough to adjust. My kids now go to different schools which means different time to drop off and pick up and their day is still short that I basically spend the whole morning driving around. Sigh. I hope this will get easier! I wish I have this nice cupcakes for my treat. :-) Have a lovely weekend Gina!

  18. No wonder those are her favorites. These'll be the next muffins I try! kate@kateiscooking

  19. My special request to my Mom was her Banana bread...so much so that her original recipe faded and is no longer legible.

    I'm putting in my request for your daughter's muffins as well...yummy ;o)

    Flavourful wishes,