Saturday, August 9, 2008

Baking with Adam: Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

My 9-year-old cousin Adam is very interested in cooking and baking and recently took a baking class at his summer camp. He called me a few weeks ago to share a handy cake decorating tip (soften Tootsie Rolls in the microwave and mold them into flowers for the top of your cake) and told me about the delicious banana chocolate chip muffins he had made. He was very excited about the muffins, so I invited him over to show me how to make them. This recipe was super easy and definitely kid friendly. Adam loved smooshing the bananas, measuring the oil and cracking the eggs.

The lure of the Wii was almost too much though - I had to keep calling him back to finish the baking with me as he repeatedly wandered off with Cooking Mama in his hand.

But together we managed to get the muffins in the oven and we Wii-d while they baked. (Side note: I am NOT good at Wii. At all) We made 12 muffins and put the rest of the batter in a small loaf pan. These muffins are very good. Just the right amount of banana flavor with delicious chocolate sprinkled throughout. We tried them warm out of the oven when the chocoalte was all melty -mmmmm. We followed the recipe exactly, but Adam said he's made these at home with Reese's peanut butter chips instead of chocolate chips and they also great. So grab your favorite young sous chef and give these (or your own variation) a try!

Adam's Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

1 1/2 cups mashed ripe banana
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup chocolate chips

Mix sugar, banana, oil and eggs in a large bowl. Stir in remaining ingredients. Pour into a greased loaf pan or prepared muffin tin. Bake at 325 until toothpick instered into center comes out clean.


Amy said...

Ooooh yum! I've just been introduced to the wonderful world of bananas and chocolate together (how have I lived without it all this time?!) and these look fantastic! Nice job, Adam! :-)


Joelen said...

I love this post as it involves kids in the kitchen! I also think its great that Adam is a fan of cooking mama! :)

mac said...

I have a friend who used to make these all the time when I was younger, so I will definitely try out this recipe. Cooking with kids is such a great experience!

Robin said...

Nothing better than chocolate and bananas together. That is so great your little cousin has an interest in baking!

Renee said...

These were great, I just blogged about this recipe. My husband and I really enjoyed them!