Sunday, February 26, 2012

Boycott the Box Mix: Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

First and foremost, this is not just about muffins. Well, it kind of is. But there are other things that are more important.

Like how ridiculous a black dog looks when she gets in the way of measuring flour.

What? I can't help it. Mess is my middle name.

Have you ever made muffins from scratch? I don't know why you would when the box mix makes them so darn easy.

I'm working in a high school class right now that is very similar to Home Ec. but minus the whole sewing and cleaning thing. It's called Culinary Tech and the idea is to teach the skills needed to work in a restaurant. Apparently no one needs to know how to sew on a button any more.

Last week we made a recipe for Pineapple Carrot Muffins - quite possibly the most disgusting and bland food I have ever put in my mouth. To try and get back in the kid's good graces the teacher came back a few days later with a recipe for Banana Chocolate Chip muffins. Score.

What a way to introduce the world of homemade muffins. I'm never going back. Doesn't matter if I wanted to, TC won't allow it now. 

Here's my point: Boycott the mix. Embrace the fruit. Make muffins from scratch.

Yes, your kitchen may turn into a disaster zone.

But with any luck you've got someone desperate enough to help you clean up in exchange for a muffin or three.

And for goodness sake, don't let the dog lick the counter. Gross.

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

1 3/4 cup Flour
3/4 cup Sugar
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 cup Plain Yogurt
1 Egg
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
2-2 1/2 Bananas, ripe
1 cup Chocolate Chips

Preheat over to 350F. In a medium bowl mix flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In a separate bowl mix together oil, vanilla, egg and yogurt. Mix until moistened. Fold in mashed bananas (I used a potato masher). Fold in chocolate chips. Scoop into lined or greased muffin tin. Bake for 22-25 minutes until golden. Enjoy!

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