Valentine's Day falls on a Saturday this year. If you're very lucky that might mean breakfast in bed. (I hear you laughing!) Okay, for most of us, just snoozing a little longer is a treat. But then it's time for brunch.
You can whip up these muffins half asleep while you work on your first cup of coffee. In fact, they would go great with coffee! Not only are they quick and easy but your kitchen will smell wonderful. Happily, they taste good warm and cold. (Yes, I tested them for you both ways! How I suffer for this blog.) They turned out so pretty that you could serve them straight from the oven. But if you're in the mood to do something a little fancy for your Valentine (very little, let's not overdo it, right?), then melt some chocolate chips and drizzle the chocolate over top of the muffins.
If your Valentine barks and happens to have four legs and a tail, omit all the chocolate, and you can share a little bit of your muffin with him or her.
Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
½ cup butter
2 cups flour
¾ cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
2 1/2 very ripe bananas
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
additional 1/4 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips (optional)
Preheat oven to 350. Melt the butter, and set it aside to cool. Line a cupcake pan with paper liners.
Mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl and stir with a fork to mix.
Mash the bananas in another large bowl with a fork. Add the cooled butter and vanilla and mix. Add the eggs and mix well with the fork.
Pour the flour mixture on top and fold until the flour disappears. Do not overmix! Gently stir in 1/4 cup chocolate chips.
Spoon into the cupcake liners, filling them almost to the top. Bake 20 minutes or until the muffins are a light golden brown on top.
Makes 12 – 16 muffins.
|Mash the bananas and remove any dark bits.|
|Crack the eggs right into the banana mixture!|
|Mix gently until the flour disappears.|
|Add chocolate chips!|
|Fill almost to the top.|
|So pretty you could serve them just like this!|
|Or dress them up by drizzling chocolate on top!|