Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Mmmm – you know anything with chocolate is a hit with me.   I was going bananas today, so what better way to channel some crazy energy than to bake with bananas?

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

2 C flour (I used 1 C whole wheat pastry flour and 1 C all-purpose flour to make them healthier)
1 1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
1 C sugar  (yea, I know, it’s kind of a lot.  I may try these again and use some maple syrup or other natural sweetener for 1/2 of it)
1/3 C canola oil
4 ripe bananas, mashed  (I only had 4 bananas so I substituted 1/2 C of applesauce for the 4th banana.  It worked!)
1/4 c water
1 t vanilla extract
1 C non-dairy chocolate chips
1 C walnuts (optional)

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly grease your muffin tins.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, and salt together.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the sugar and oil together, then add the mashed bananas.  Stir in the water and vanilla and mix thoroughly.  add the flour mixture, along with the chocolate chips (and walnuts, if using) and stir to mix.
  4. Fill each muffin tin 1/2 to 2/3 full with the batter.  Bake for 20 – 30 minutes, until they are golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Makes about 12-15 muffins.

Yumm-o.  Nathan and a buddy came home from school and devoured several.  I love feeding them something that’s healthy and yummy.

Are you wondering about these non-dairy chocolate chips?  Real chocolate is non-dairy, but many chocolate manufacturers add milk or milkfat to the chocolate.  I have tried 3 brands of non-dairy chocolate chips:

  • Enjoy Life Foods –  these are specifically non-dairy, soy free, gluten free, etc.
  • Sunspire  makes “regular’ vegan chocolate chips and grain-sweetened chocolate chips (which are very tasty and less sweet)
  • Guittard Extra Semisweet Chocolate Chips – these are not labeled as dairy free or vegan but contain no dairy.

Do any of you have any other brands that are dairy free and yummy?  Post a comment and let me know!

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