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.}

Chewy, Thick, Better-than-Your-Current-Favorite, Pizza Crust!

I have tried several pizza dough recipes in my 4 short years cooking for my husband. We agree this is the best.

When we first got married, I was still cooking my moms long loved pizza dough. There’s nothing wrong with it. {Although she too has moved onto bigger and better pizza dough’s…) But it hated me. And therefore I hated it. Every time, something else went wrong. Too much flour. Too little. Forgot the oil. Whatever. Let is stand that I still can’t make it right.

Then I tried a new one. Then an even newer one (Pioneer Woman’s, to be exact, is anyone surprised? I’ve tried most of her recipes haha!)

And finally. I found the best! It is so chewy. Fluffy. Gooey. The bottom is crispy, the edges are crunchy and the rest of it is gooey and delicious. I like to do light sauce, easy on the cheese and heavy on the toppings. (When I have em on hand.) But obviously to each her own with the toppings.

Just.

Try.

This.

CRUST.

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