Banana Chocolate Muffins

Skinny Monkey Muffins

Well, the title is my take on chunky monkey muffins.  I don’t think these could make you very chunky!  There isn’t much to them.  My neighbor and friend made them for the kids one day and Maddox shoved like 4 in his mouth while going out the door – after he’d already had his snack.  Soooo… I paid her off to give me the recipe.  No, Hilary’s nice and just gave it to me plus she’s a super awesome lady.

I don’t recommend cupcake/muffin liners on muffins.  They don’t let the muffin rise and give it that nice dome top sometimes.  I wasn’t 100% sure they would come out of my metal pan and had liners to get rid of, so I tried liners again and it wasn’t as good as when I don’t use them.
I love my Williams-Sonoma muffin pan.  Easy to clean, aluminum and always bakes evenly.  I have used silicone before and for kids muffins I think it would work well, too.  My silicone pans would smell sometimes, but I didn’t taste it in the food.

Skinny Monkey Muffins

yield 8 large muffins  or 16 regular muffins or 30 mini muffins

1 tsp. lemon juice + 1/4 cup skim milk
3/4 cup AP flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 Tb. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
pinch salt
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips (Nestle makes semi sweet mini ones)
3 small ripe bananas, mashed (2 medium or large bananas)
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease muffin tin.
2.  In a measuring cup, add the juice and then fill the milk to the 1/4 cup mark.  Let sit so the acid can do its thing.
3.  In a big bowl, do the muffin method!  Mix dry: flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and chips.
4.  In a medium bowl,  beat with a kitchenaid or hand mixer: bananas, sugar, egg and vanilla.
5.  Add wet to dry and  just barely combine.
6.  Divide the batter between wells.  I use 3 Tbs. cookie scoop for regular size muffins and 1 Tb. cookie scoop for mini muffins.
7.  Bake minis for 8-12 minutes.
Bake regular ones for 10-15 minutes.
Bake large ones for 17-20 minutes.  Just use the toothpick and see if it comes out clean.

Recipe adapted from

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