Easy Grab and Go Breakfast – Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

This week we did a great job sticking to our weekly meal plan!  Again, I shopped our pantry and freezer before coming up with our “menu” for the week, and then I ended up only spending $50 on groceries for the rest of the week.  That is less than half of what I would normally spend just going to the store without a plan in place, so that was a huge bonus!  I thought I would share some of the recipes that were a big hit this week.
The first one is for Banana Chocolate Chip muffins.  This is a great grab and go breakfast or perfect for a sweet snack when you’re waiting in-between meals.  It is easy to make, and is a perfect way to use over ripe bananas instead of throwing them out and wasting food.  I like to add flax seed to mine for extra fiber and a heartier breakfast, but that is totally optional (as are the chocolate chips!)
I also used the stand mixer, but I have made this recipe a number of times and usually just use elbow grease and a spoon, so again, totally optional!  I’m not usually a huge baker, because you have to follow recipes pretty exactly.  When I cook I like to throw things together and cross my fingers they will turn out ok, but there is nothing wrong with switching it up!  This also had the added benefit of making busy mornings quick.  Rather than skipping breakfast all together there was an easy option to eat on the go.
Here is the recipe I like to follow:
1.  Pre-heat oven to 350º
2.  Spray muffin tin, or line with cupcake liners
3.  In a large bowl combine 2 cups of flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt
4.  In a separate bowl, or the stand mixer, cream together 1 stick of butter and 3/4 cup of brown sugar

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Creaming butter and brown sugar is so much easier with a mixer!  But not necessary to still make delicious muffins

5.  With mixer on low, add in 2 beaten eggs and 3-4 ripe bananas, to the butter and sugar mixture.  If you are not using a stand mixer, then beat the eggs and banana together first, and then hand mix into creamed butter and sugar mixture.
6. Slowly combine the flour mixture with the banana mixture until well mixed.  You can either use the stand mixer on low, a hand mixer on low, or just use a wooden spoon and bowl.
7.  Optional – Now is when I add in a handful of flax seed and mix completely.
8.  Take the mixture and fill muffin tins with a generous amount, generally I can make 18-20 muffins.
9.  Optional – I top each muffin with chocolate chips
10.  Bake in the muffin tins for 20 minutes, or until a tooth pick comes out clean.
11.  Enjoy!

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The finished product, muffins waiting to be enjoyed

Banana Chocolate Chip Ingredient List:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 3/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 eggs – beaten
  • 3-4 ripe bananas – mashed
  • Optional – flax seed and chocolate chips

Let me know if you give them a try, yum!

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