What do you need after a mini hiatus from writing about food because your favorite person is visiting you in New York and you’ve been drinking your way through the city for 3 days straight? You need wholesome, good-for-you-carbs and healthy sugars in the form of Banana Chocolate Chip and Date Muffins because I think your hands are shaking. Yes your hands are shaking. Just don’t call this post a comeback, I’ve been eating them for days.
You would never forget about a couple of bananas in your pantry, right? Of course you wouldn’t. Not you. You’re an adult and adults have pantries and adults don’t forget about bananas in their adult pantries. Please. Please.
But like, if you did? Which you never will? Because they’re definitely not under a cookie sheet or three? You should make these muffins. Because they are a pretty important addition to your otherwise that-girl-probably-misplaces-fruit-a-lot life.
Things that make these muffins extra delightful: coconut oil and the addition of chopped dates. The dates play nicely with the chocolate plus they add a little extra natural sweetness, just like you at a party. And the coconut oil in lieu of butter is always a good move. Soft and fluffy and wonderfully banana-y, these moist muffins make me melt. And at least 5-7 other “m” words, I’m sure.
BANANA CHOCOLATE CHIP and DATE MUFFINS
makes 12 large muffins
adapted from my incredible Banana Bread Baked in an Apple recipe of yore
- 1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 5 tablespoons coconut oil (I had mine in the more solid room temperature form)
- 12 packets Truvia
- ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
- 2 very ripe bananas, mashed (230g worth? Sounds good.)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 5 dates, chopped
- 4 tablespoons (56g) extra dark chocolate chips
I’d date these muffins if I wasn’t already in a relationship with ice cream and smiling:
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Get your wonderful silicone muffin cups out or grease a muffin pan. (This can also work in cookie form so follow your heart/tummy.)
In a medium bowl, combine the flour, soda, and salt. Set aside. Things are about to get pretty physical.
In a stand mixer or with some electric contraption, beat the coconut oil and the sugar on high speed until nice they’re nicely incorporated. Beat in the applesauce. Beat in the bananas. Beat in the vanilla. Slowly add the dry mixture in on a low speed. Mix in the chocolate chips and dates by hand. Fill them cups.
Bake for 15 minutes. Check the done-ness with a toothpick in the center of one of the muffins. If it doesn’t come out wet, it’s eatin time.