Monday, September 15, 2008

Will's Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Muffins

I was recently at Reen's house and I noticed that she had some bananas that were rather ripe. Well, that's a little bit of an understatement. They were, to put it politely, on the brink! I said "Reen, you need to bake something with those bananas, they're perfect!" And without missing a beat she said "That's WILL's specialty!" She went on to tell me how her son, Will, bakes banana bread muffins and everyone goes crazy for them. Truly being his mother's son, he adds a twist to the original recipe and he puts his own personal spin on it. Sometimes he puts chocolate chips in them, (which is his favorite version). He also sometimes bakes them in mini muffin cups, breaks off squares of a Hershey Bar, and tops each one with a square of chocolate just as they come out of the oven. Can you stand it?!? The chocolate melts and becomes a sort of rich icing. How awesome is that!!! Thanx Will!

1 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of melted margarine or butter
2 eggs
1 cup (2 or 3) mashed bananas
3/4 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon of baking soda
2 cups of flour
1/2 cup of Hershey's chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350F.
Cream margarine and sugar. Add eggs. Then add mashed bananas. Sift the dry ingredients together, then mix them in gradually.
Add vanilla. Stir in chocolate chips. Pour batter into greased muffin cups. Bake for 15 minutes.

Thought from Joey:
Clearly, you could make these without the chips, but why would you? I'm just sayin'!

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