Thursday, March 5, 2015

Chocolate Banana Muffins

So I love chocolate. Like, a whole whole lot. I'm probably addicted... it could be worse though, right? As I was scrolling through Pinterest a few days ago, I found a link to a recipe for double chocolate banana bread. It looked sooooo tasty that I could not pass up pinning it. And (since I had three bananas just begging to be used before they decomposed on my counter top) I knew that I just had to try it out. But I didn't trust our crazy oven with something so potentially tasty in a loaf pan. I decided to make my first change to the recipe: make muffins instead! Way easier to freeze and take out as needed, plus you don't have to worry about getting out a knife and cutting a slice to eat when you feel that chocolate craving coming on ;) Since I did change some things, I thought I would go ahead and write up a post about these delicious things. And with a couple of the changes I made, it's okay to eat them for breakfast, right? :)

The liquids (and sugar)

With the dry ingredients mixed in (minus the cocoa)

With the cocoa and chocolate chips mixed in

The gooey, tasty, chocolate-y finished product

3 ripe bananas
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup chocolate chips (I used semi-sweet)

Preheat oven to 350. In a large mixing bowl, mash the bananas. Add in **coconut oil, sugar, egg, and vanilla and stir until combined (I used a whisk but electric mixers would work fine as well). Mix in flour, baking soda, and salt. Then mix in cocoa powder. Last but not least, add in those chocolate chips for an absolutely tasty addition :)

**You'll want the coconut oil to be a liquid for proper consistency/mixing, so if it is solid like mine was, just microwave it for about 30 seconds first

Transfer batter into muffin tins (either lined or greased) and bake for 15-18 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. [Again, our oven is crazy. I started out with 13 minutes and then added time until they were cooked through. Took 18 minutes for me.]

Makes 12 muffins.

No post would be complete now without mention of my darling little angel. She has been doing great sleeping at night lately, and the naps are improving each day. She has been having trouble eating lately, but it seems to be correlated to when she wasn't able to get a good nap in and really rest because if she has had a good nap right before, she eats just fine! Despite the frantic crying that comes when she is so tired and not wanting to eat, this little girl is mostly all smiles and is so precious. Graham and I are totally smitten :) And I finally was able to capture one of those darling smiles on my phone. Normally she gets camera shy so I don't even try to pull out my phone to snap a picture because I would much rather continue seeing her beautiful smiles. You guys got lucky though because she cooperated yesterday!

I have a great life with a wonderful husband and a darling little girl. Life is good people. It's amazing what our Heavenly Father blesses us with each and every day. Taking the time to say "thank you" is always worth it. Grateful people are happy people! And it is good to be happy, even through the tough times. 

From Marissa, with love.