One of our favorite weekend breakfast recipes…Banana Nut Chocolate Chip Muffins! These muffins are one of those recipes that are even better the next day! We try to have something fun for breakfast on the weekends when we can. This one is a recipe that we make often on those weekends. There is something about banana and chocolate together…Yumm!
To make these, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and softened butter using either the back of a fork or pastry blender. To be sure your butter is soft enough and will work well, gently press down on the butter. If you can make a fingerprint indentation that is a sign you are good to go! It’s also a good idea to let your eggs and milk sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes. This way they will blend in better with the other ingredients.
Place the mashed banana into a large mixing bowl. Add the eggs one at a time, beating after each one is added. Add in the milk and vanilla. Mix well until ingredients are blended well. Slowly add in the flour mixture with your mixer at low speed…so you don’t end up with half the flour all over the place! ;o) Mix just until the ingredients are combined. With muffin batter, it is important to not over mix it. Add in the chocolate chips and chopped walnuts. I like to use mini chocolate chips in muffin mix but any chocolate chip to your liking will do. Mix only for about five seconds, just until they are mixed in well.
So a little tip I learned and want to share is how to get the muffins to look like bakery style muffins. Using high heat in the beginning lifts the muffin top up quickly making a nice muffin top. Doing this and filling your muffin cups to the top makes them look just like bakery style muffins. I tried it without filling them to the top and the result was not the same. So, make sure you do fill them up to the top. Once your oven is preheated to 425 degrees, line your muffin tins with the liners. Fill up each cup all the way to the top. I use a cookie scoop that measures ¼ cup of dough in each scoop which fills each muffin cup perfectly.
Bake them at 425 degrees for 5 minutes. While they are still in the oven, reduce the temperature to 375 degrees. Bake them for an additional 13-14 minutes. You can check them with a toothpick to make sure they are done.
Take the muffins out of the muffin tin carefully, as they will be hot. I use a fork to lift them out. Line them up and using a spoon, pour the glaze over them while they are still warm. Using the back of the spoon, spread out the glaze if needed. Let them sit just so the glaze can set.
Enjoy fresh from the oven or save for the next day! :o)
Banana Nut Chocolate Chip Muffins
- 2 ½ cups flour
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 6 tablespoons butter softened to room temperature
- 3 ripe bananas
- 2 eggs room temperature
- 1/3 cup milk room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 ½ cup mini chocolate chips
- 1 cup finely chopped walnuts
Glaze Topping (optional)
- 2 tablespoon butter melted
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 3-4 teaspoons milk
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- In a medium bowl, blend together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and softened butter with either the back of a fork or a pastry blender. Set aside.
- Mash up the bananas and place in large mixing bowl.
- Add the eggs to the mixing bowl one at a time, beating after each one. Then add the milk and vanilla. Mix all ingredients until combined well.
- Blend the dry ingredients with the banana mixture just until mixed completely. Do not over mix.
- Add in the chocolate chips and chopped walnuts. Mix in for only about 5 seconds.
- Fill up each muffin liner to the top.
- Bake at 425 minutes for 5 minutes.
- While muffins are still in the oven, reduce temperature to 375 degrees and bake an additional 13-14 minutes.
- When the muffins are just about done make the glaze, if desired.
- To make the glaze, melt the butter and quickly add in the powdered sugar and milk. Whisk together until you have your desired glaze consistency.