MOIST CHOCOLATE CHIP BANANA BREAD BAKED INTO MINI LOAF MUFFINS
You’re really going to love this mini loaf banana bread recipe filled with chocolate chips especially if time is not on your side. It is by far the easiest muffin recipe I’ve ever created and completed in just 3o minutes.
Did you know that bananas are the most popular fruit in the world? I didn’t either until I read up about it.
The banana is, in fact, not a tree but a high herb that grows up to 15 metres. It is believed that there are almost 1000 varieties of bananas in the world, subdivided in 50 groups. The most commonly known banana is the Cavendish variety, which is the one produced for export markets.
The creation of this banana chocolate chip muffin recipe started with the very ripe lone banana begging for attention in our fruit basket. I’m not a fan of fruit flies and once I noticed one that was it, something needed to be done. Last year we had a bit of a fruit fly disaster and we don’t want to repeat that if we can avoid it.
Related: How to get rid of fruit flies
I’ve stashed away a large bag of ripe peeled bananas in the freezer that needs using up and since I was in a rush that morning for work the lone banana was my target. Once I got showered and dressed I flew in the kitchen (Super Dad cape and all) to create what I honestly believe are the best banana chocolate chip muffins I’ve ever made. They are so moist and the chocolate, oh the chocolate.
Our son is a huge fan of Tim Horton’s Chocolate Chip Muffins and can devour one with as big of a mess as you can imagine. I wish I took a photo of his face after he smashed into one of these banana chocolate chip muffins for you, but sadly I did not. You’ll have to just imagine what a toddler looks like plastered in chocolate for breakfast. I’m that cool of a dad I guess…good thing his mother didn’t see.
Banana bread mini loaves filled with chocolate chips
Since I was feeling in a healthy mood I added a tablespoon of organic milled flax-seed and coconut flour which no one will ever notice. I like to sneak ingredients like that into baked foods when I can as it adds extra fibre and keeps the family regular, if you know what I mean.
I wasn’t sure if the muffins would taste like banana as I only had one to mush up but I was wrong. The longer you ripen your banana the bolder the flavour you will get.
These banana chocolate chip muffins were made in a mini loaf pan because I wanted the option to slice them like a loaf cake. The reason behind this is that our son makes a disaster with muffins so nice clean slices not only look presentable to guests for a dessert it’s easy to handle for our son.
You’ll find this is a banana bread recipe for kids to practice their baking skills in the kitchen with adult supervision.
Our son hopped up on the chair and asked me if he could stir the batter.Well, he didn’t ask he just grabbed the wooden spoon and started stirring and smiling.
This is something that makes me smile about because he’s just starting to show interest in cooking.
Last week I had him beating egg whites which will become an essential sous-chef duty in the future. It builds kitchen strength!
How do I make moist muffins? Easy…one secret ingredient.
The best muffins always have sour cream inside of them. I’ve made many muffins over the years and bread loaves of all kinds and sour cream is always the star. I also like to pre-heat the temperature on the oven to 350 degrees for 10 minutes to help the muffin tops puff up then I lower the temperature to 325 degrees for the remaining 10 minutes.
If you want a simple breakfast muffin, snack cake to serve to guests or to pop into lunches these are your go-to muffins. You know what you put in them and there’s no fancy ingredients you can’t understand and as a parent that makes me happy.
All I did is take a plain muffin recipe, add a banana, flax, sour cream, coconut flour, all-purpose flour, banana, eggs, butter, salt, other stuff .. and chocolate chips which created these mini loaf chocolate chip banana muffins. This recipe makes 6 Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins in a mini loaf pan with 12 loaf slots. If you want to fill all 12 loaves just double the recipe!
Let’s get baking!
All you need is a bowl to start with and a mixing spoon.
How to make Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chip muffins
- 1 ripe medium banana
- 2 large eggs
- ½ cup softened butter
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- ¾ cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon coconut flour (optional) if no add an extra tbsp all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons whipping cream
- 3 tablespoons 15% sour cream
- pinch of salt
- Large Sugar crystals for top (optional)
- Pre-heat oven 350 degrees (you will bake 10 minutes at this temp then lower it to 325 degrees for another 10 minutes or until muffin is done. You can test with a toothpick to see if it comes out clean)
- This is it... put it all in a bowl and mix until combined and don't over-mix it.
- Spray a mini loaf pan and fill 6 of the slots to the top. If you don't have a mini loaf pan you an use a muffin pan just the same.
- Bake as instructed above. You can add a few more chocolate chips to the top before baking like I did and kind of push them in a tiny bit. I also added some cane sugar to the top for decoration and favour.
It doesn’t matter if you call them banana chocolate chip, chocolate chip banana muffins, banana chocolate bread, banana chocolate chip mini loaves they are all the same just in different shapes. This reminds me of buying pasta in different shapes. They all taste like pasta but the shapes are different.
When I tossed all the ingredients into one bowl I prayed that they would turn out and they were better than fine, they were delicious! Don’t be afraid to experiment in the kitchen to see what works and what doesn’t. This is how you build your experience and knowledge which helps you to become a better baker.
Enjoy your banana chocolate chip muffins or whatever you want to call them!!
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