Healthy Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
Every morning, I (try to) wake up before my boys so that I can enjoy a cup of coffee in peace. I love the silence in the morning because, let’s be honest, kids are LOUD!! If you have young kids, I need to share with you something that has changed our mornings: the Mirari Ok to Wake! Alarm Clock. The deal with this clock is you can program what time it is okay for your kids to get out of bed. When the pre-programmed time rolls around, the cute little clock turns green and my kids kick down their doors (you can even set a nap timer to do the same thing)! We’ve used this clock since both of our boys were 2 and my 6 year old still won’t leave his room until his green light turns on. Now, I know this won’t work for all kids but our kids live and die by the beacon of green light that emits from “Mirari”. Just thought I would share in case it gave some parent a few extra minutes of sleep!
I find that if I don’t wake up before the boys do, I feel rushed and unprepared for the day. In addition, my youngest, Will, fires out of bed like a cannonball, so I need some caffeine in me before I can begin to keep up with him! He loves to quietly sneak out of his room and hide in our bathroom linen closet unnoticed. Then, while I’m getting ready, he will jump out and yell “BOO”!!! I have literally screamed so many times from him scaring the you-know-what out of me. So, yeah I need some coffee in the morning!
I loooove having a pastry of some sort while I sip my coffee (I would eat a donut every morning if it wasn't so terrible for you - donuts are my weakness). These Healthy Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins are the perfect solution for my sweet tooth; delicious and chocolatey but also healthy and filling. I get my coffee and sweet fix but it’s a whole lot healthier than eating a donut (don’t you worry, I still treat myself to a donut every once in awhile)!
Make sure you use over ripe bananas when you make these muffins. The banana flavor is much more prominent when the bananas are really brown speckled (wasn’t quite sure how to describe “over ripe” but hopefully that gives you the idea 😉)! I often find myself with extra bananas just sitting on my counter getting overly ripe (past the point of finding them appetizing to eat). But, sometimes I just don’t want to whip up a batch of muffins right then. I used to throw the entire banana in the freezer to use for later but now I peel all the bananas before I put them into a freezer bag. This way, you have over ripe bananas whenever you feel like making these muffins and you don’t have to deal with the gooey, sticky mess that is trying to peel a banana that is half-frozen.
When I make these muffins, we eat some right out of the oven and then let the rest cool down and freeze them (make sure to use freezer bags so they don’t get freezer burn). Doing this makes breakfast really convenient for my kids too - I will just take a couple out of the freezer, microwave them for 30 seconds or so and they have a warm and chocolatey muffin ready to devour.
Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
4 over-ripe bananas
1/3 cup mini chocolate chips*
1/4 cup non-fat vanilla Greek yogurt
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
1/3 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large bowl, combine the bananas, Greek yogurt, egg and vanilla. Mix until combined.
Add the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix until combined.
Fold in the chocolate chips.
Evenly divide the batter between 12 muffin cups.
Bake for 20 min until slightly golden.**
*You can use regular chocolate chips instead of the mini ones but I always use mini in my baking - more chocolate in each bite!
**In order to check if your muffins are done, quickly insert a toothpick into the center of one of the muffins. If the toothpick is dry and doesn’t have wet batter on it, the muffins are done! If it comes out with wet batter on it, put the muffins back into the oven for a few more minutes and check again with a new toothpick.
TIPS FOR INVOLVING KIDS
Have them peel the bananas while you get all of the ingredients out on the counter.
Let them help you measure and combine all of the ingredients in your mixer.
If you are feeling brave, let them crack the egg! It’s my least favorite thing to let them do but probably their FAVORITE thing to do!!
There is always going to be a mess when you cook with your kids but, like my little guy Will (3 years old) says, “It’s okay Mom, chefs make messes and then they clean it up.” Have fun cooking with your kids!!