Double Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Double Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Double Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Last night, my DD reminded me that it was her day for Muffin Wednesday. Say what? Baking really?!

I feel a little back story is necessary. Way back in culinary school, I thought that I might put my art school background to good use and take the path to become a pastry chef. I enrolled in some extracurricular night classes, specializing in cake decorating. What I soon discovered was that I was too picky or type “A” to become a pastry chef. Trust me, my cakes would be beyond perfect but I would never hit the due date and many brides would be very annoyed. I also realized that measuring or weighing the ingredients was sooooo tedious. And that is because baking is really just Chemistry, so I stuck to the chef path at school. 😉

Back to the Muffin Wednesday issue. I hit the web to search for a muffin recipe that could use my extremely over ripe bananas and I wouldn’t have to make a late run out to the grocery store. I found a great recipe and of course I tweaked it.

I must toot my own horn. The muffins turned out awesome; they are moist, with an overdose of chocolate and border on a cupcake without the frosting. 😀

Double Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Yield 24 muffins Bake 17-19 minutes
Adapted from One Bowl Dark Chocolate Banana Muffins – Fork Knife Swoon.
Double Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Double Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Continue to the Recipe for Chocolatey Goodness

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Carrot Sweet Potato Apple Muffins from Juicing Pulp

Juicing is a new adventure in my household. It is time-consuming but well worth it. But sooooo much waste. I was thinking of how I could use the excess to incorporate in other recipes. In cooked recipes such as soups, sauces and stews or baked goods such as cakes, muffins breads.

A sweet and pleasantly spicy carrot-sweet potato-apple-ginger juice will leave you with two to three cups of very usable pulp. Since the ingredients used here are relatively sweet, muffins seemed like a good choice for using what was left of the produce after juicing.

Please note that it is not necessary to peel, trim, or core fruits and veggies in order for them to juice properly. But to incorporate into other recipes it ensures that all the pulp is edible and ready to use. And this is a lesson learned as I had to pass my pulp through a food mill in search of apple seeds! 😉

Carrot Sweet Potato Apple Muffins

2 cups carrot/sweet potato/apple/ginger pulp

1½ cups flour (all-purpose or whole wheat pastry, or a combination)

½ cup of large rolled oatsMuffins

¼ cup of ground flax-seed

2 teaspoons baking soda

½ teaspoons each of cinnamon and ground nutmeg

¼ cup brown sugar

½ teaspoon salt

1¼ cups milk or rice/soy milk

¼ cup canola oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

chocolate chips (optional)

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F, and line a 12-cup muffin tin.
  • Combine the flour, oats, ground flax seed, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ground nutmeg and brown sugar in a large bowl and stir with a whisk or a fork. In a smaller bowl, combine oil, milk and vanilla. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and gently combine, being careful not to over mix. Fold in the pulp and chocolate chips, if using.
  • Scoop into muffin tins and bake for 20-25 minutes. Cool in pan for 10 minutes, before removing muffins to a cooling rack to cool completely.

The muffins are very moist and satisfying.