Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Banana Nana Fo Fana

WW Banana CC muffins, originally uploaded by mud pie gourmet.

My kids tend to go through phases of what they will gorge themselves on. Example: Little Man will eat 2 bananas in two minutes, but will not want any the following day. Boo will eat a heap of green beans one night, but another night she won't have touched them. They are good at trying new foods, yet have their favorites. Still, sometimes they don't even want their favorites if they are not in the mood. Hence, sometimes I don't have any bananas when we need them, other times they just sit on the counter getting brown and black. Here's my cure for not wasting those "nanas."

Whole Wheat Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

1/4 cup olive oil
4 T softened butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/4 cup applesauce
1 cup mashed, ripe bananas
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup chopped pecans
1-1 1/2 cups chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line or grease muffin tins.

Combine olive oil, butter and sugar and mix until combined well. In another bowl combine flour, soda, and salt. Add eggs, applesauce, bananas and vanilla to butter mixture. Add dry ingredients and combine. Mix in chocolate chips by hand.

Place batter into muffin tins (I use a cookie scoop so they are the same size). If you are using miniature muffin tins cook for about 20 minutes, if you are using regular muffin tins cook for 25 minutes.


Sam said...

The night Julie made these I got home around 7:30 from work after having to work through lunch. These were still warm and in the muffin tins. I had six with a glass of milk. They are delicious. I am a pig.

Carrie said...

Sounds great! Ryan LOVES banana bread. Muffins sound better today. When my bananas get too old, I throw them in the freezer. Then when I'm ready to make the bread (or muffins) they are there...just thaw regular or in the microwave. Many people think its so odd, but really it's perfect...I usually only have one or two bananas that are too ripe at a time, so the freezer keeps them for when I want to make the goods. Only one problem, wish they were already made. Warm muffins sound really good!

The Friendly Marine said...

I like muffins . . . I didn't get any muffins.

How about macaroni and goat cheese or a nice coconut bread pudding? Mmmm, bread pudding.

Push it to the limit.

Carrie said...

PS - LOVE THESE!!! Super good. The wheat flour goes so great with bananas! Thanks:)

teamstowell said...

Love these! I used several ingredients out of my food storage and love the end product (and so did the kids). Yummy!!

Tracie said...

I'm all about making an excuse to put chocolate in anything. Sam, you are a pig, but I support you. And who the heck is the friendly marine. gettin weird, here.

Sam said...

The Friendly Marine is a good buddy of mine. Nothing to be afraid of, although the name does come across a bit "Hi, I'm Chris Hansen with Dateline NBC." Maybe you should change that, Neil.

Jules said...

Weird. I swear I left a comment and I don't see it...FM--Good ideas. I will make that bread pudding--but I'm not making any promises on if it will before this baby comes or after! Hope you guys had fun at the Wizards game without me!

Hanchetts said...

I've never added whole wheat flour, what a good idea. I use mini chocolate chips and there is a perfect amount of chocolate per bite.

Tracie said...

Have we officially retired? I am in desprate need of a Julie recipe fix:) No pressure. I just don't know how many more times I can look at the banana muffins. Just tell me if you're retired, so I can put myself out of my misery.