Ok, I have a confession, sometimes I bake simply so my house will smell warm and cozy. Also, I tend to buy more bananas than can be consumed in order to ensure that I can make banana bread. The following is the only banana chocolate chip muffin recipe you will ever need. It includes cinnamon and chocolate chips and very little sugar. In my house we often use these as breakfast, snack or even a late night dessert. I usually only put nuts in the streusel mixture which makes it easier to leave off for the babes.
1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (I prefer mini chocolate chips)
1/2 cup chopped pecans (or walnuts), optional
1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup granulated sugar
6 Tablespoons butter, softened to room temperature
1 large egg
3-4 Ripe bananas
3 Tablespoons vanilla yogurt
Combine the ingredients for the streusel in a small bowl and set aside.
Combine flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, & salt and set aside.
Beat butter and sugar together until fluffy, mix in egg until well combined and then add the bananas and yogurt (I prefer to squeeze the bananas while still in within the peel, it gives the bread a better consistency). Fold in dry ingredients until well combined and fold in chocolate chips.
This is where you can assemble the muffins based on preference. I have assembled multiple ways and they always end up being delicious. You could put half the batter in the muffin tin, put half the streusel over the batter, place the rest of the batter on the streusel and finish with more streusel. Or, simply top each muffin with steusel.
These muffins really are amazing. They have a great banana flavor and have the perfect texture!