Thursday, December 8, 2011

Chip off the old bananas

I had three bananas sitting on the counter. Three lonely bananas, with peels more brown than yellow. They were far past their eating prime, even for a girl like me who prefers her bananas soft and sweet. It was either trash or treat.

I chose treat.

I quickly surveyed my kitchen for available ingredients: flour, sugar, butter, sour cream, peanut butter chips, white chocolate chips and egg substitute. A muffin I could make.

Mini Banana Chip Muffins
Adapted from Paris Sweets in Seattle

1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter softened
3/4 cup sugar (I reduced the sugar from 1 cup to 3/4 cup but after tasting, I think 1/2 cup would do it)
1/2 cup egg substitute
3 medium bananas, mashed
1/2 cup reduced fat sour cream
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup assorted chips (chocolate, peanut butter, butterscotch)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray mini muffin tins with non-stick baking spray.

In a bowl, combine flours, baking powder and salt; whisk together. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together butter and sugar. Beat in egg substitute a bit at a time. Add mashed bananas, sour cream, water and vanilla, mixing between  additions. Gradually add flour mixture and mix until just combined. Fold in chips.

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until a tester comes out clean. Cool muffins before removing from tin. Makes 45 muffins.

Nutritional stats (per muffin): 75 calories, 3 grams of fat, 11 grams carbohydrates and 1 gram protein.

The verdict: Yum - and that's not just my opinion. I shared some with my co-workers and bites were enjoyed by all. The rest are in the freezer for a day after Christmas brunch I hope to host.


  1. how do you find time? I'm jealous on all counts!

  2. Definitely yum! Healthy(ish), too!

  3. Thank goodness I just ate dinner and am stuffed otherwise I would have eaten through my laptop screen just to have a bite -they look super!!!! Totally going to make those for Christmas day brunch to wow my MIL :) Yay!

    p.s. Not sooooo sore today (thank goodness!!!!)

  4. I don't like bananas, but those muffins sound delicious!

  5. YUMMY!!! I love banana muffins and love when those babies start turning brown on the counter. I count the days till they are soft enough to bake treats out of :)