Category Archives: Banana

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

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Somewhere along the way, blogging became a chore. So I stopped doing it. 

I don’t know what got me into this funk. Maybe it’s because I’m drained from working so much (like actually, I can’t wait to go back to school, things will slow down for me then). Maybe it’s because I have to write for two other blogs for my jobs.  Maybe it’s because I haven’t baked anything exciting and worthy to talk about. 

The last thing I wanted to do was push myself even farther away from baking, so I stopped before I could hate it.

Before summer started, I bought a set of fondant cutters and modelling tools, feeling determined to improve my cake skills. Three months have passed and I haven’t even touched it. Weird, I know. The only thing that hasn’t changed about me is my love for chocolate. I still eat it with every meal of the day 🙂

I’m sure my excitement for baking will come back soon… if it doesn’t I’ll have a little soul searching to do. I’ve always identified myself as a baker, runner and nutrition enthusiast. One third of me will be missing if I realize that I no longer want to be a baker.

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Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1  cup bananas, mashed (about 2 medium size bananas) 
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips

How To

1. Line wells of a muffin tin with paper liners. Heat oven to 375 degrees F.

2. Place flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl and whisk to combine; set side.

3. In a separate bowl combine sugar and eggs and whisk to until well combined and mixture becomes thick and light in color, about 1 minute. Drizzle cool butter into mixture and whisk to combine. Add oil and buttermilk to mixture, whisk to combine. Add in vanilla,mashed banana mixture and mini chocolate chips, whisk to combine.

4. Pour flour mixture into wet mixture, and using a wooden spoon or sturdy spatula, gently fold the batter until no flour streaks or pockets remain (do not over mix).

5. Fill liners to almost full. Bake at 375 degrees for 17-20 minutes or until tops become golden brown and tester comes out clean. Remove from oven and transfer muffins to a wire rack to cool.

source: Bakers Royale

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Cinnamon Swirl Banana Cake

Summer started not even a week ago, but I can already feel my brain mushing.

All I do is eat, eat, look at some food porn (yea, it’s a gross term for ‘poring through recipes’) and then eat some more.

I should probably read a book or something. Probably.

Anyways, since my brain is in summer mode so it can’t function at it’s best, I’ll keep this post short and simple.

I found this recipe on Lovin’ From The Oven. Her blog was the first food blog I have ever visited and it inspired me to bake! Yes, it’s that awesome of a blog, go check it out!

(I have yet to figure out how to insert links into posts, sorry folks)

I had some trouble trying to figure out whether to call this cake or bread. But I decided to go with cake in the end because I baked it in an 8×8 square pan. (I need to invest in a bread loaf pan ASAP!)

I’m a huge fan of banana bread (actually, that goes for everything else too). However, I did not enjoy this recipe as much as I have with other recipes. Maybe because I like to keep things simple; I’m a no frills kinda girl. The cinnamon sugar added a nice flare to switch things up a bit, but I think I prefer good ol’ unadorned banana bread/cake.

The cinnamon sugar created a crispy flaky top texture and it added a crunch in contrast to the soft cake part. If you like cinnamon and crunchiness, definitely try this out!

Cinnamon Banana Cake
source: Lovin’ From The Oven

Ingredients:

  • 3 over-ripe bananas, smashed up
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • dash of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbs cinnamon

How – To:

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Butter and flour a pan. Just adjust the time as needed depending on what kind of pan you’re using.
  2. Mix bananas, butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla together. sprinkle baking soda and salt around on top of the banana mixture. Then gently stir in flour. Be careful not to over-mix!
  3. In a small dish, mix together the 1/3 cup sugar and 1 Tbs cinnamon.
  4. Add 1/2 of the batter to the loaf pan and then sprinkle half, or a little more than half of the cinnamon-sugar mixture all over the batter in the pan. Add the rest of the batter, and then sprinkle the leftover cinnamon-sugar on top.
  5. Bake for 50-60 minutes, but remember, if you’re using a different-sized loaf pan, be aware that it might require a different baking time!
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