Ripe Bananas

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffin Top Cookies

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My sister Rachel has started to become a little baker herself.  Unfortunately, I can’t take any credit for this recipe, only the pictures.  My sister had found this recipe online a long time ago.  The original recipe wasn’t very good, but she had the knack to tweak it into a delicious and highly addictive cookie, that tastes and has the texture of a banana muffin.

I’m not a huge cookie person, but I could easily eat three of these at a time.  If this cookie wasn’t good enough already, she sprinkles cinnamon sugar on top right when they come out of the oven, yummmmmm…

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These cookies are easy to make and you probably have the ingredients already in your pantry.  If you’re a mom and have little ones in school, I swear their friends will be jealous.  If I was in 3rd grade again, I would try and barter my fruit snacks for these cookies!

You will be the hero of your family for at least as long as these cookies last, I promise! Banana fans rejoice, because these cookies are delicious! I think that’s the second time I’ve said they’re delicious, but hey, they REALLY ARE D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S.

Thank goodness Rachel started baking, because I would be lost without these cookies in my life.  Okay, maybe I’m being a little dramatic.  How about you make these and see for yourself! Thanks for the recipe Rachel!

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Banana Chocolate Chip Muffin Top Cookie Recipe:
2 1/4 C. All Purpose Flour
2 tsp. Baking Powder
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/2 C. Softened Buter (1 Stick)
1 C. Sugar
2 Eggs
1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
3 Very Ripe Bananas (Mashed)
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1/2 Bag of Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips (Rachel likes to use regular size chips, I prefer the mini chips)

Preheat the oven to 350.

Instructions:
1. Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, cream butter until fluffy, add sugar and continue to mix until fluffy and pale yellow in color.

2. Add one egg at a time, vanilla and mashed bananas.

3. Once incorporated, add your dry ingredients (flour, salt and baking powder). After the dry ingredients are incorporated, add your chocolate chips.  (Note: Your batter will be runner than normal cookie dough).

4. With a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, scoop spoonfuls of batter.  Bake in the oven for 8-12 minutes or until the cookies edges are just starting to turn golden brown.  Sprinkle cinnamon sugar after cookies are taken out of the oven.

Thanks for reading!

xo,
Marlee & Rachel

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

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Chocolate chip banana bread is the best.  I grew up on the this bread and I have been eating it as a special breakfast since I was at least 5 years old.  My mom would make it a lot when I was younger.  When I started getting into baking, I happily took over the job!

SInce I grew up on chocolate chip banana bread, I’ve never enjoyed eating banana bread without chocolate chips.  A banana bread without chocolate chips is like pancakes without maple syrup! It’s just not right.  Plus, who doesn’t want to eat chocolate for breakfast?!

This recipe is really easy to make! It’s perfect for breakfast or an afternoon snack and will please even the pickiest of eaters.

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Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe: (Makes 1 large loaf or 2 medium loaves)
1/2 C. Butter (Softened)
1 C. Sugar
2 Eggs
2 C. All-Purpose Flour
1 tsp. Baking Soda
3 Very Ripe Bananas
1 12oz Bag of Mini or Regular Semisweet Chocolate Chips

Preheat oven to 350.

Instructions:
1. In a small bowl, mix the dry ingredients.

2. In a small bowl, mash the ripe bananas. It should be mashed to the consistency of a thick puree.

3. In a stand mixer, beat the softend butter until light and fluffy. Then add the sugar and continue to mix until fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time.

4. With the mixer on, alternate the mashed bananas and dry ingredients, starting and ending with mashed bananas. Once incorporated, add the chocolate chips.

5. In greased pans, divided the batter evenly. Place in the oven and set the timer for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, loosely cover the top with foil. Cook for an additional 15-40 minutes, depending on how big your loaves are.

This bread freezes really well!
Hope you try it and enjoy!

xo,
Marlee

Honey Banana Blueberry Muffins

IMG_1546It’s the ugly cupcake, known as the muffin! So have you seen that SNL skit with Molly Shannon, Ana Gasteyer and Betty White where they’re on a radio show talking about muffins? Well, thanks to SNL, I can’t shake the image of that skit when baking muffins.  Thanks SNL for making the honest muffin seem so dirty…

Back then, millions of years ago, there was such a thing as a muffin fad.  People couldn’t get enough of the bran muffin. Yummmm… (Que the sarcasm).  But really, why were people so obsessed with muffins?  I mean muffins are awesome, but really, a muffin fad? Bizarre.

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Honey Banana Blueberry Muffins

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If you’re on a health kick like I am, but don’t want a “healthy” bran muffin, these muffins are slightly guilt free.  Their sweetness comes from raw honey, bananas and apple sauce!  This muffin recipe is all my own, no recipe that I found online or a family recipe! I guess working in a bakery has really inspired me to experiment!

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Honey Banana Blueberry Muffin Recipe: Makes 12 muffins

2 Very Ripe Bananas (Mashed)
1 tbsp. Plain Greek Yogurt
1 1/2 C. All-Pourpose Flour
1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
Dash of Nutmeg
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 Stick Butter
1/4 C. Raw Honey (or what’s on hand)
1/2 tsp. Vanilla
1 Egg
1/4 C. Apple Sauce
1/2 C. Fresh Blueberries + 1/4 tsp. Flour
Dried Unsweetened Coconut (Optional)
Sliced Almonds (Optional)

Preheat oven to 350.

Instructions:
1.  Mash 2 ripe bananas and mix 1 tablespoon of greek yogurt together. Set aside.

2.  In a separate bowl mix the dry ingredients.

3.  In a standmixer, cream softened butter.  Then add honey and vanilla. After incorporated, add 1 egg and 1/4 cup of apple sauce.  (I used mixed berry apple sauce, because that was what was on hand).

4.  In three parts, alternate the dry ingredients with the mashed bananas.  Once all incorporated, fold the blueberries that were tossed in 1/4 teaspoon of flour.

5.  Scoop the batter 3/4 of the way full between 12 muffin cups.  Top each muffin with coconut flakes and sliced almonds. Bake for 15-18 minutes.

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Thank you for reading! Happy baking!

xo,
Marlee