Banana Muffins With Walnuts And Chocolate Chips

Banana Muffins With Walnuts And Chocolate Chips
Banana Muffins With Walnuts And Chocolate Chips Recipe

Why is that I always buy bananas for them to just get brown and gross. I usually toss them in the freezer and use them in smoothies. However, my bag of frozen bananas is full to the brim! Clearly, I have a banana buying problem. So what does one do with too many bananas? You make banana muffins. Or banana bread, or even, banana chocolate chip bread! Remember this? So good!

I don’t know why I ever bother to make the full loaf of banana bread though. I end up eating half of it in one day. It’s dangerous! So this time around I thought I’d switch things up and try out some banana muffins. Still just as easy to make and honestly, not that bad for you! I added into my banana muffins some chopped walnuts and chocolate chips. You can also totally add in pecans too if you like. Personally, I’m not huge on nuts in my food, but there’s something about the saltiness of the walnuts that I actually kind of like.

Another thing that I love, is that muffins are just easier to share. After Hannah shot these, I sent her home with half of these moist and flavorful banana muffins. Easy to take on the road for the office, or a snack later in the day. Or just enjoy at 3 pm with a cup of coffee which is what I’ve been doing!

Banana Muffins With Walnuts And Chocolate Chips

You can really take just about any standard banana bread recipe and pour it into muffin tins to make banana muffins. Just bake them at 350 for around 20 minutes instead of the usual hour. But I decided to try a new recipe from Tyler Florence (my favorite) and I love how they turned out. I added a few spices to the mix so it’s slightly different. Here’s how to make it.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 overripe bananas
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (or any chocolate you like)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp clove

Step One

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (if you’re NOT using nonstick pans, preheat to 375) and grease your muffins tins. OR you can always line them with cupcake liners too.

Step Two

In a bowl combine the flour, baking soda, spices and salt then set aside.

Step Three

Mash 2 of the bananas with a fork in a small bowl so they still have a bit of texture. Set these aside as you won’t need them until Step Five. You’ll then take the other two bananas and whip them with the sugar for 3 minutes. This is the step that is TOTALLY different than what I typically do. But Tyler says so, so we did it.

Step Four

Add the melted butter, eggs, and vanilla to the whipped banana and sugar mixture and beat well, scraping down the sides of the bowl once or twice.

Step Five

Mix in the dry ingredients just until incorporated. Fold in the nuts, chocolate chips and mashed ripe bananas with a rubber spatula. Spoon the batter into the muffin tins to fill them about halfway. I topped some of mine with whole walnuts so you know what’s inside. If you like more nuts, you can do this, if you don’t, skip this step!

Step Six

Add muffin tins to your oven and bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool for a few minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to fully cool. Store in Stasher Bags (always duh).

Nutritional Information

Since I’ve been doing TRIM Bootcamp and keeping track of all my meals, I decided to figure out the nutrition content on these. They’re actually not THAT bad and make for a great sweet treat. They’d be even better with wheat flour for the higher fiber content helping to reduce the net carbs on these.

At roughly 250 calories per serving, these banana muffins have 33g of carbs, 2 grams of fiber and 11 grams of fat. They also have 3 g of protein.

Banana Walnut Chocolate Chip Muffins
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Adapted from Tyler Florence

Servings: 12 muffins
Calories: 244 kcal
Ingredients
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 overripe bananas
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup walnuts chopped
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips or any chocolate you like
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp clove
Instructions
  1. Preheat over to 350 and butter 2 muffin tins

  2. In a large bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, spices and salt; set aside.

  3. Mash 2 of the bananas with a fork in a small bowl so they still have a bit of texture.

  4. With an electric mixer fitted with a wire whisk, whip the remaining bananas and sugar together for a good 3 minutes. Add the melted butter, eggs, and vanilla and beat well. Don’t forget to scrape down the sides of the bowl.

  5. Mix in the dry ingredients just until incorporated. Fold in the nuts, chocolate chips and the mashed bananas with a rubber spatula. Spoon the batter into the muffin tins to fill them about halfway.

  6. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

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3 Comments

  1. Morgan wrote:

    We made banana bread this week too because I am the same way! I always let the bananas get too brown to eat 🙁

    -Morgan
    How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

    Posted 4.30.19 Reply
  2. Lisa Autumn wrote:

    OMG they look delish!

    x Lisa | lisaautumn.com

    Posted 5.2.19 Reply