Chocolate Chunk Banana Muffins

by Michelle

I have been reduced to a raving lunatic.

One of the challenges of cooking in three kitchens – Carmarthen St , the farm and the IbN – is remembering what ingredients I have in each one. This morning, on Carmarthen, I thought I was ahead of the jump because I had everything in-house for a batch of chocolate chunk banana muffins. My plan was to pump out a pan of muffins before I headed into the restaurant. Nothing to it! Except when I realized the eggs that Ralph brought to the farm on Saturday had not come from the grocery store. He took them from our fridge in the city. Arrrgggh! I love cursing on-line

I had to stop everything and run to the corner store for a carton of eggs.

Pivotal moment … would I take the time to change from my flannel orange and pink snowflake pj’s and brown rubber flip-flops into suitable attire or just take the chance that the only person who would witness my alluring sleepwear would be the store owner, Sam.

The store is one block from my home. In the ninety seconds that it took me to sprint for the eggs, neighbours west and south of me were leaving for work, a local high school teacher drove by and honked, a friend walked by with her dog and Sam was training two new employees!

Maybe not raving but definitely lunatic…

Chocolate Chunk Banana Muffins

makes 13

preheat oven 375*F

Grease muffin tin

1 cup all purpose flour

1 cup whole wheat flour

1/2 cup kamut flour

1 cup brown sugar

1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

6 over ripe bananas, mashed

3/4 buttermilk

1/2 cup olive oil

2 eggs, slightly beaten

3 ounces semi sweet chocolate, coarsely chopped

Stir together flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt

In a separate bowl combine mashed bananas, olive oil, buttermilk and eggs

Mix wet ingredients with dry ingredients until just combined – add chocolate 3 strokes before you are finished stirring

Divide between muffin cups

Place in oven and bake for 25 minutes

I created this muffin recipe, not completely confident that I would like the addition of extra virgin olive oil. The recipe is bang on! The muffins are scrumptious.

No more talk about my wardrobe… promise!

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