Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins: Recipe #254

Bananas and chocolate in a convenient portable (vegan) muffin cup. What could be better? Thanks to Megan for this recipe. I was skeptical about using 4 bananas for one dozen muffins, but it really makes them so moist. They’re definitely the best banana chocolate chip muffins I’ve ever tasted!

Today’s insight comes from my dog, who is sitting here on my lap shivering from fear right now. It’s Tuesday, which means people she doesn’t know come and use loud leaf-blowers to clean up our street. Even though it happens every Tuesday, she’s still scared every time and comes to find me.

All she needs is a comforting lap to sit on and some soothing words, and gradually the shivers subside and she relaxes again. It’s a good reminder that fear passes, so we can just be kind to ourselves when it arises and give ourselves soothing comfort until we relax again.

“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

I hope you enjoy this recipe, which is part of our 1,000 Food Experiments to create sustainable meals for our family and yours.

Ingredients ($3.50 total for 12 muffins)

4 bananas, mashed – $0.76
1/3 cup earth balance margarine – $0.83
2/3 cup brown sugar – $0.44
1 flax egg (1 tbsp ground flax seeds mixed with 2 1/2 tbsp water and left to sit in the fridge for 5 minutes) – $0.12
1 tsp vanilla – $0.20
1 tsp baking soda – $0.02
Pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour – $0.24
1 cup dairy-free chocolate chips – $1.00

Directions for Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

1. In a large bowl, mix the mashed bananas, butter, brown sugar, flax egg, and vanilla. Stir in the baking soda, salt, and flour, followed by the chocolate chips. Divide evenly into 12 paper-lined muffin cups.

2. Bake at 375F for 18-20 minutes or until the tops are golden and spring back when touched, and a knife inserted into the biggest muffin comes out clean (although it might have a bit of melted chocolate on it from all the chocolate chips in this batter!)

Enjoy your banana chocolate chip muffins fresh from the oven or freeze for future enjoyment. Lots of love!

Sustainability Score (explained here)

  • Time to make: 3 = <1 hour
  • Servings: 3 = lots of leftovers
  • Cost per serving: 3 = <$5
  • Deliciousness: 3 = when are we having this again?
  • Environmental impact: 3 = minimal damage
  • Nutritional value: 2 = healthy-ish
  • TOTAL: 17/18

If any of you amazing home chefs tried it, or have other recipes you’d like us to experiment with, please let me know. Wishing you and your family a healthy, happy day!

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