My mom is an amazing cook and baker. She is known as the one who will make you truffles for your birthday and bring the best treats to any party. For years, my dad and I would sneak into the kitchen to steal one of her freshly baked goods only for her to yell from the other room, "If you are going to have one, grab the ugliest one!" The pretty ones were always reserved for a party or a special recipient. I used to hate that as a kid, but ironically, I now do the exact same thing to my husband and son because the prettiest are reserved for photography! Still, even though my dad and I got the runts of the litter, they still tasted AMAZING.
One of my favorite treats has always been her chocolate chip banana muffins. I could eat an entire batch myself in one sitting! Now, I can make the muffins for my family too, but I still love it when we visit my parents and my mom has a batch of muffins fresh out of the oven. How is it that she always times it to be fresh from the oven as we arrive?
For this recipe, you'll need flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, sugar, 1 egg, vegetable oil, vanilla, chocolate chips, and of course bananas. This is the perfect recipe to use your mushy and overly ripe bananas. I make sure my bananas are brown before I use them for this. First, preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. In a small bowl, peel 2 overly ripe bananas and mash them. In a large bowl, combine 1 1/2 cups of flour, 1/2 tsp of baking soda, 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp cinnamon. In a medium bowl, combine 1 cup sugar, 1 egg, 1/2 cup vegetable oil, 1/2 tsp vanilla. Add the wet ingredients to the dry, and combine until all powder has been mixed in and there are no more pockets of powder when you mix.
Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners or baking parchment. Fill each cup 3/4 of the way with batter. Then add chocolate chips on top and sprinkle it with sugar. Then, pop them in the oven for about 25 minutes.