Banana Bran Chocolate Chip Muffins

banana bran chocolate chip muffins

Recipe Source: EatingWell

Let me start by saying we love these muffins! They’re the perfect little muffin-sized twist on classic banana bread. It seems like breakfast has been ignored in our house the last couple of weeks. We’ve just been too busy each morning to make a good breakfast and too lazy to buy granola bars or cereal. I found this recipe a few months ago while scouring the EatingWell site for healthier recipes to try and kept procrastinating when it came to actually making them. I’m sorry I waited so long because they are absolutely delicious, but I’m very thankful that I get to look forward to a tasty breakfast the next few days.

Ingredients:

  • 2 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 medium mashed ripe bananas
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup unprocessed wheat bran (You might have to hunt for this ingredient — I found it in the Natural Food section of our grocery store)
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional — but why wouldn’t you want to add chocolate?)

Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line 12 muffin tin or coat generously with cooking spray.
    2. Beat eggs and brown sugar in a medium bowl (or KitchenAid mixer) until smooth.
    3. Mix in bananas, buttermilk, wheat bran, oil and vanilla.
    4. Whisk the dry ingredients (whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt) in a large bowl.
    5. After making a well in the dry ingredients, add the wet ingredients and stir until just combined.
    6. Mix in chocolate chips.
    7. Scoop batter into the prepared muffin cups until they are almost full.
    8. Bake 15-25 minutes until golden brown. They should spring back slightly when touched.
    9. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes.
    10. Remove from the pan and enjoy having breakfast ready for the next couple days!

 

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