About 2 months ago a dear friend gave me a lot of bananas. She had purchased more than she needed. (You know who you are!)
I came home, peeled the bananas, and put the fruit in the freezer. I made a lot of muffins and coffee cakes with them. Thank you very much, friend.
Yesterday I was delivering some food to my friend at her place of business (where she gave me the bananas). I popped some food in her freezer and lo and behold, I saw some frozen bananas — the same batch of bananas from which she had given some to me!
I took the bananas without her knowing and brought them home. I wanted to make some muffins for her and return her bananas back to her in a usable form!
I think doing things for others is what brings true joy in our lives – it sure does to mine. Go out today and see if you can find some way to give to your friends, and in return I hope it brings joy to you.
- 1 ½ cups flour
- ¾ cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 3 ripe bananas
- 1 egg
- ⅓ cup canola oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¾ cup chopped pecans
- ¾ cup mini chocolate chips
- Preheat oven at 375.
- In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients.
- Add the pecans and chocolate chips to the dry ingredients and stir together.
- In a smaller bowl, mash the bananas.
- Add the egg, oil, and vanilla and mix well.
- Stir the banana mixture into the dry ingredients just until moistened.
- Fill paper-lined muffin cups with batter. I use a cookie scoop to fill the muffin cups.
- The cups should be about ⅔ full.
- The batter should fill 12 muffin cups.
- Bake for 10 minutes.
- Turn the muffin tin around in the oven and bake an additional 6 minutes.
- Begin checking the muffins to see if done.
- Continue baking in 2 minute intervals until they are done (shouldn’t take longer than 18 minutes total).
- Cool for 10 minutes and then remove from pan and cool on wire rack.