Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

The other morning I woke up at 5a.m. and I couldn’t fall back asleep. :( So I decided to make the best of it! I got up, got ready for my day and decided to make something special from breakfast. By the time I decided to make banana bread, and found a recipe, the 50 minute cook time was too long. So… I brain stormed and threw together these muffins which took less than half the cook time that bread does.  I’d imagine you can use most any banana bread recipe, but these turned out so nice I wrote it down for later! Enjoy :-)

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{Makes about 3 dozen…}

Place in mixer bowl:
2 cups of sugar
4 cups of flour
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. vanilla
6 Tbsp. sour cream
4 Tbsp. Apple sauce (optional!)
4 eggs
1 cups softened butter
3 ripe bananas

Mix!

On low, add:

1 1/2 cups chocolate chips

- Preheat oven to 350°
- Mix all ingredients (except chocolate chips) in mixer bowl until well combined.
- On low, add chocolate chips. Mix until just combined.
- Pour into muffin tray. Be sure it’s greased or use paper liners so they don’t stick.
- Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.
- Bake for 18-20 minutes. Until just golden.
- Let then rest for 5 minutes and serve warm, with butter.

These are delicious! Claire thinks so so much, this is what happens when I set her next to a tray I was preparing to freeze. She was very proud of herself for figuring out how one might obey mom and “not touch” but still get a bite…

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{Guaranteed these won’t be dry! That’s why I like to add the extra scoop of apple sauce when I happen to have some in the fridge.}

Cinnamon-Apple Dutch Baby

I stumbled across this recipe on the PERFECT DAY! I have a fresh batch of Apple Butter I’m eager to try it, it’s raining and I don’t feel like having scrambled eggs again! Something to go perfectly with that steaming cup of coffee. YUM

This turned out so great! It was so quick and easy to throw together, and it made the kitchen warm up a bit too, to turn on the oven first thing in the morning.

Claire, David and I all loved it! In David’s words “We obviously love Dutch babies!” Haha… (Hailee would have too if she hadn’t been having… a moment.) Even though I over cooked it a little bit, it was interesting how the dark edges didn’t get hard and dry like I was worried they would. They just got a crispy edge, while staying chewy inside. The buttery edges added a delicious touch of saltiness that paired deliciously with the Apple Butter. We found ourselves adding more and MORE sauce on top, the more we ate. Claire ended the breakfast by slurping the last of the Apple Butter from the sauce dish I had on the table. Pretty much made my day!

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