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June 3, 2013

Looking For a Recipe For Your Overripe Bananas? Try Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins


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Gluten Free Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins


My youngest has fallen in love with the library. He has always been a very active child so my husband and I waited until this last weekend to introduce him to our public library. While he has been 4 since December it is only in the last couple of months that he has been able to understand not to break, rip or destroy other people's property. I was a little worried how he would react to the library since he has shown little interest in books despite my best efforts. Apparently the library was the perfect answer. He has asked to go back to the library the last three days. Best of all this afternoon he asked me to read three library books and he is recognizing his alphabet letters with very little help. I love libraries! I try to bake special treats when my children hit milestones or accomplish something new. In light of my son's new love of reading I made a batch of Favorite Banana Chip Muffins from the June/July issue of Taste of Home magazine.

This recipe has 10 ingredients. It takes 40 minutes of total time, 20 minutes of which is active and makes 12 muffins. I made a number of changes to the original recipes. Since I eat gluten free I used gluten free all-purpose baking mix. The baking mix I use already has salt so I omitted the salt from the recipe. I am not a fan of lumps of banana in my muffins, so instead of mashing the bananas I pureed them in a blender. This allowed for a great banana flavor throughout the muffin and no lumps. My muffins took an additional 5 minutes of baking time, for a total of 25 minutes. Gluten free muffins tend to take a little longer to bake.

My husband isn't a fan of gluten free baking, but he loved these muffins. Pureeing the bananas allowed for a great flavor and texture. My youngest son was a fan of the chocolate chips and ate 3 muffins in just a couple of hours. This recipe is definitely kid and adult friendly.

For the recipe go to Favorite Banana Chip Muffins.

44 comments:

  1. I have frozen overripe bananas in my freezer. Banana bread is usually my go to...I must lack creativity because banana muffins with chocolate chips sound even better.

    Cheers to your little one!

    Velva

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    1. I make a lot of banana bread too :) I like these muffins since they are easy for my kids to grab, with bread they tend to make a huge mess!

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  2. I have always used overripe bananas for bread, but these sound like a better alternative! Thanks for linking this recipe to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party! I am glad you are here.

    Cynthia at http://FeedingBig.com

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    1. Thanks for hosting :) I like the muffins since they are individual servings, so it cuts out a step.

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  3. Though I'm not a fan of raw bananas, I love them in baked stuff - I'll be book marking these to try the next time I have some ripe bananas - thanks!

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    1. I completely understand, the texture of raw bananas isn't something I enjoy. I love them baked in cakes, breads, and muffins though, yum!

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  4. There's nothing better than banana muffins ... with CHOC CHIPS in them! Thanks ... will make a batch of these on the weekend ;-)

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    1. The chocolate chips are the best part :) If you try the recipe tell me how they turn out!

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  5. These look nice. I always have overripe bananas, sometimes I will make banana bread with them so i am glad to have a new recipe to try! My little girl loves the library, but my son doesn't at all (he is the oldest!) He runs around and just has no interest in books! I'm glad your little boy likes books, he will get so much enjoyment from being able to pick new books, take them home, and take them back to pick some new ones! :)

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    1. My oldest isn't as big of a fan of the library either, but my youngest seems to love it. I read all the time, I love it :)

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  6. Great recipe. I usually made banana bread with my over ripe bananas, but these would be a big hit in my house!

    And the library is so under-rated this day in age, so I think it's awesome that you bring your kids. We visit our library every week and my boys are allowed to get 2 books a week. It's such a great resource and I think introducing them young is fantastic.

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    1. I make a lot of banana bread too :) The library is definitely underrated! My mother made a point of taking me, so I am passing on the tradition to my kids. I love libraries!

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  7. Talk about timing! I got this morning, looked at my 3 over ripe bananas and thought I need to bake up a batch of muffins! My girls will enjoy the added chocolate chips!

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    1. My youngest son loved the chocolate chips, they are very kid friendly :)

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  8. ^ What Maureen said above me, I think your timing is perfect too. We've got overripe bananas today and I was just thinking we need to do something w/them! These look good.

    We like to go to the library too. :)

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    1. I seem to always have overripe bananas in the summer, the heat gets to them so quickly!

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  9. These look delicious. I love banana bread so I know I will love banana muffins, especially with chocolate chips in them. For me a nice cup of coffee with one of these muffins (or maybe two hehe) and I would be set for the day :)

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    1. They would be great with a cup of coffee, and I would have more than one also :)

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  10. Yum! I'm making these tonight!!

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    1. Tell me how they turn out for you!

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  11. these look great. thanks for sharing. glad to hear you have a reader on your hands!! <3 kim

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    1. Thanks :) He has already had me read all the books he found yesterday and is ready to go back to the library tomorrow to find new ones!

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    1. Thanks :) They are a great way to use overripe bananas (which I always seem to have in the summer!).

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  13. I would eat all of those! Even though gluten free these sound like winners!

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    1. These turned out pretty well (even though they were gluten free :) My husband has gotten used to gluten free baking to the point he actually prefers it for a lot of things!

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  14. Yummy! I'm always making special egg free banana bread for my son. I should add should add some chocolate chips sometime as a special treat.

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    1. I had a problem with eggs growing up, luckily I outgrew the allergy (and my milk intolerance for the most part). What a great mommy you are for baking egg free treats for your son!

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  15. I normally just make banana nut bread...... I think my kids will like this one more, thank you for the recipe!

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    1. I make a lot of banana bread too, but my youngest isn't a fan so I decided to make muffins this time around. They were very popular, so I definitely would make them again :)

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  16. These look really yummy! I might have to give them a try the next time we have bananas in the house. I love your blog and the pictures you take! You make everything look delicious :) New follower from the Wednesday Walkabout.

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    1. You're so sweet, thanks for the nice comments :) Going over to check out your blog now!

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  17. Was just adding a comment. Looks yum. Looking for recipies to try out my new mixer I inherited from my in-laws. Thx!

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    1. I have two mixers, one from my mother in law and then a kitchen aid that I bought. I love kitchen gadgets :)

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  18. These sound sooo tasty yummy! must try this.

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    1. Thanks :) They were a great way to use old bananas!

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  19. Banana and chocolate chips?? I'm in! And my 19 month old would love them too. Tired of making the same old banana bread every time I have over ripe bananas. Thanks for the idea!

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    1. I tend to follow the same recipes a lot too, especially with baking :) I inherited my mother's recipe box and I love pretty much every recipe she wrote down!

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  20. GF here too! They look yummy! Oh I saw your pic in the All You mag while standing in lie at Walmart! Thanks for sharing at Eco-Kids Tuesday. Hope you stop by again today! http://likemamalikedaughter.blogspot.com/2013/06/eco-kids-tuesday_11.html

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    1. Hopefully the photo didn't look too bad, I had to take it myself with my tripod :) Going over to link up now, thanks for the heads up!

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  21. Hi these look so yummy. I used my last over ripe bananas in a pikelet mix for the kids. We had it for lunch on Monday as it was a public holiday here. I even added banana yoghurt to make it tasty and good for you, well adding to the goodness of the bananas.

    Must try them next time I have over ripe bananas.

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    1. My kids are big fans of yogurt, they love it in anything, it sounds like it was yummy :)

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  22. Oh my gosh! I just seen this recipe! Looks sooo good!

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    1. They really are good and a great way to use over ripe bananas :)

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