This morning I was helping my kids get their lunches together so that they wouldn’t miss the bus. They usually do it on their own but since we all hit the snooze button one too many times I decided to help. As I bagged carrots I told my son that he needed to grab a fruit to add to his lunch. His reaction was a not happy face. This particular child only likes to take unripe bananas or applesauce in his lunch, and I didn’t understand the face because I knew we had some bananas on the counter. I bought them on Friday. So he picked them up to show them to me. How bananas can get so ripe in 3 days, I will never know. The peels were so dark, they were almost black. He needed to go so I grabbed an applesauce, tossed it in the bag and he hurried out the door.

I hate to waste fresh fruit so I decided to make banana muffins after the kids left. Being a busy family we like muffins better than bread because they are more portable. This way they can be grabbed on the way to gymnastics, choir, track practice or any time we are on the run (which feels like all the time).

Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

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1 cup sugar (I use Splenda)

2 cups oat flour (I make my own. Just put the oats in the food processor for a few seconds, and BAM, you have oat flour. The oat flour gives them an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie flavor in a muffin.)

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp pure vanilla

3 tbsp sour cream

2 eggs

1 stick of room temperature butter

3 ripe bananas

3/4 cup dark chocolate chips*


Preheat oven to 350 F.

Mush the bananas on low using your paddle attachment. Add butter, sugar, vanilla, and sour cream. Mix together until creamy.

Add eggs one at a time, mixing until completely integrated.

Add baking soda and oat flour.

Mix until smooth. Do not over mix.

Hand stir in the chocolate chips.

I use an ice cream scoop to scoop the batter into the paper-lined muffin tin. This way all of my muffins are the same size. (You would know why they all need to be the same size if you had 4 kids.)


20 minutes.

I let them cool on a rack for 10 minutes before eating. My husband and kids like them a little warm. But they are just as good room temperature the next day. They have never lasted after 2 days so I really don’t know how long they would last.

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*You can always substitute nuts for the chocolate chips if wanted. I make them both ways.

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