Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins

It was 100 degrees in Boston yesterday. Kill me. With this intense summer heat, my produce has no chance - bananas especially. I usually store my blackened bananas in the freezer ( can freeze insanely ripe bananas for future recipes), but when new, extra ripened bananas came into my possession this past weekend, I decided to make something delicious right away: Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins. Oh yeah.

I worked off this original recipe from Recipe Zaar, but adapted it a little bit - for instance, instead of using white flour I used wheat, and I only made 6 muffins versus 12. Recipe Zaar has a cool feature, too, where you can revise the recipe for the number of servings you'd prefer to make. Awesome!

In the midst of mixing, I also realized I didn't have any baking powder - so I replaced it with an additional 1/4 tsp. baking soda. The muffins still came out moist and delicious, but slightly chewy - I couldn't tell if that was from this replacement or the oats, though.

The final revision I made was I added leftover chocolate chips to half of the batch. The muffins with the chocolate chips in them were purely decadent, but a little too sweet for breakfast. They were perfect for an afternoon snack, though, with a thick smear of chunky peanut butter on top.

Side note: Speaking of banana muffins, I helped Lillian of Lillian's Test Kitchen make her banana muffins with chocolate avocado mousse "frosting" last night. Holy moly were they delicious! I will be sure to link you guys to her cooking video and recipe as soon as they're up on her blog.

What's your favorite dish to make out of over-ripe produce?


  1. These look delicious Michelle! I am also incredibly impressed that you used your oven last night in the heat-though these definitely look worth it!

  2. I love making banana bread with my over-ripe bananas! Also, thanks for the tip about the recipe adjustments on Recipe Zaar - I'll have to check it out!

  3. Thankfully, Fiona, I made these over the weekend - I was just still complaining about yesterday's heat. ;) And Michelle, you can never go wrong with banana bread! I love the stuff!

  4. i learn something new everyday ... i never knew you could freeze ripe bananas!!