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Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins and Thrift Store Find

I decided to try the Banana Chocolate Chip Muffin recipe from Get It Ripe by Jae Steele. I’m so glad I did because these muffins are awesome! How much did I like them? Well, I couldn’t find discount bananas  (i.e. starting to go brown) anywhere so I bought full price bananas *gasp*. I had to let them get brown just so I could make these muffins again. I even froze several dozen to take with me on our recent trip to Michigan (Booo! Hiss! Yes, I’m still ticked off at that state).  Everyone loved them. More good news? I was at Caputo’s on Sunday and got a box of discount bananas for $2.00. Yipppeeee!!!

The muffins weren’t too dense. They were light but substantial, not a fluffy muffin. I just really like the way all the flavors came together. They are sweetened with maple syrup. I used the maple syrup I buy at the farm market which comes from Wisconsin.  There is also cinnamon in the muffins and I used my favorite  – Vietnamese Cinnamon from The Spice House.  We got through a lot of cinnamon in our household. I usually buy the 8 oz. bulk bag for $9.99. I really like the staff at the Geneva, IL store. They are fun and very helpful. Where else can you buy spices and listen to someone tell you about their roommate – The Sock Tyrant? Good times.

What better way to display the muffin than on a thrift store find – a Salem North Star small plate. I bought it for 73¢ including tax when we were in Madison, WI last month.  I don’t like to have everything matchy-matchy and have been picking up a variety of retro plates here and there.

Vegan Muffin

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  • tweal August 31, 2010, 7:18 am

    I have that cookbook, but I don’t think I’ve tried those muffins yet. I will have to remedy that immediately.

    Love the plate, too!

  • Life Coach Sara September 21, 2010, 1:57 pm

    I have 2 comments: 1 there is a recipe for banana chocolate chip with walnut muffins recipe in the Joy of vegan baking book by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau(sp). (www.compassionatecooks.com).
    2. If you need to brown bananas peel them, break them into pieces and microwave them, mashing every once in a while. Needless to say I’ve gotten pretty desperate for banana nut muffins on occasion!
    Happy Baking!