Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

I enjoy eating bananas, however, I like them a little green.  I am not a big fan of the really ripe ones.  So sometimes, the bananas get too ripe for me by the end of the week and last time this happened, I decided to use them to make a dessert with bananas in them.

And these muffins were so good I decided to make another batch the next day and bring them in for my co-workers.  The only thing I did different with this batch was that I used sour cream instead of the pain yogurt since I didn’t have any more.  I would definitely recommend using the yogurt if you can because they were a bit moister, but sour cream can definitely be used in a pinch.

Here is the recipe I used, I got this from allrecipes.com

Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

1 3/4 cup all purpose flour

3/4 cup sugar

1 ts baking powder

1 ts baking soda

1/2 ts salt

1 egg

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup plain yogurt

1 ts vanilla extract

1 cup mashed ripe banana (I did not measure but used 2 medium bananas)

3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips

In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  In another bowl, combine the egg, oil, yogurt and vanilla.  Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.  Fold in bananas and chocolate chips.  Fill greased or paper lined muffin cups two thirds full.  Bake at 350 for 22-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.  Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans. 

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The Art of Creating Your Own Recipe

This is a skill that I desperately wish I had.  All the food blogs I read are these super talented people who create their own amazing recipes.  I have never done this.  I usually am following a recipe I found online to the tee.  I even have a hard time making substitutions.  When I read comments and feedback to others’ recipes, I often see them substituting greek yogurt for sour cream and so on…but for some reason, my brain just does not work that way.  If I don’t have sour cream on hand I simply go to the grocery store to buy some, I don’t think about what I already have on hand that would work just as well.  I guess there have been a few occasions when I omitted something because I did not have it or made other minor changes.  But for the most part..I am stuck to the recipe.

So on this blog, you won’t find too many original recipes from me…but I think I do a pretty good job of finding the best recipes out there so when I test something that works, I’m going to post it.  For example, over the weekend I made some pumpkin chocolate chip cookies that were literally the best cookies I have ever had.  I have somewhat of a pumpkin addiction so these were totally up my alley.  I found the recipe on Pinterest and followed it pretty much exactly.  Next time I make them I am definitely going to post a pic and the recipe.  They were so moist and delicious…HEAVENLY!

So tell me..do you create your own recipes?  Are you good at substitutions?  Do you love cookies? 🙂