Sometimes a good idea hits you in the head. Literally. That’s what happened as I was making these muffins. I had spotted Shab’s Easy Peasy Banana and Chocolate Chip Muffins on her blog Yum & Delish and decided to give them a try. What I loved about her recipe is that it had lots of banana in it, and I had a bunch of ripe bananas sitting on my counter. As I began mixing up the muffins, I went to my cupboard to get my chocolate chips. I keep them way up high on the very top shelf of my baking cupboard so as to discourage eating the chips up before I can bake with them. Anyway, as I was digging through my stash of chips, a bag of peanut butter chips fell from the shelf and hit me on the head. I looked at the bag and thought, "Hmmm. Banana and peanut butter might make a good combo for these muffins!"
My boys have always enjoyed bananas and peanut butter. It started years ago when we were visiting my mom and she taught them to make what eventually became known in our house as “Gramma Grams”. My mom took a graham cracker, spread peanut butter on it, then sliced a banana and put it on top of the peanut butter. She topped the bananas with another graham cracker to make a sandwich. My boys still make these for an occasional snack, and I knew they would like the banana and peanut butter combo in the muffins too. The muffins were definitely “Yum & Delish”. They would be great with either regular chocolate chips or with the peanut butter chips. I didn't adapt Shab’s recipe much—I just doubled it, used a mini muffin pan, and changed the chips.
Banana Peanut Butter Chip Mini Muffins
Moist, delicious mini muffins.
- 5 - 6 (about 2 cups) ripe bananas, mashed
- 7 tablespoons butter, melted
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups peanut butter chips
1. Spray mini-muffin pan with cooking spray or line with paper liners; preheat oven to 350°F.2. In a large bowl, mix together the bananas and the melted butter.3. Add the eggs, vanilla, and the sugar; mix well.4. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, soda, and salt.5. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients; mix until just combined.6. Gently stir in the chips.7. Fill mini-muffin wells 2/3 full and bake for about 10 minutes or until muffins test done.8. Remove from pan and allow muffins to cool.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: approximately 60 mini muffins