Best Ever Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
Some days you win. Some days you lose.
Today feels like a loss. It’s a holiday and I feel like everyone is having more fun than us. I know this isn’t true, but in my mind everyone else on earth is having a FB-worthy barbeque filled with friends and family. It probably has roots in old adolescent scars, I’m sure, but I feel left out. I imagine that the entire rest of America is doing something better than we are right now and sharing it on Instagram. And they all have amazingly white teeth, too, which is weird. Clearly I thought about this a bit too deeply.
Knowing that this is not the case for everyone and KNOWING that it is not the case are two different things, on two different levels for me. And if I let myself, I’ll get carried away with FOMO and feel sad. But when I force myself to focus on who we are, what we have, and what we’re doing–OUR reality–I realize that it’s good. That we’re good. And I’m right where I want to be-Instagram worthy or not.
Our reality is that our kids are happily playing with friends upstairs. They’re laughing and creating and enjoying an extra day where they can just be kids. They’re at this great point in childhood where real friendships are forming. I love to hear their conversations and unapologetically eavesdrop on them so I can learn more about how they think and who they are becoming. Their personalities are blossoming and I get to listen to them give opinions and relate to each other–often solving conflict in ways that make me feel that all of my mediocre parenting is actually paying off.
And that makes me happy.
And I’m in this great place where I get to do what I like to do and share it with people. I get to put music on and find ways to be creative in the kitchen. I get to write. I get to be me. And, honestly, the me that I like best is one that lives a life that maybe isn’t Instagram worthy either.
And that makes me happy, too.
And today, while I could put out some great barbeque recipe or something that you could take to a picnic, what I really want to share is comfort and love. And nothing says that more to me than these muffins. I wish I could claim them for my own, but I can’t. I stumbled upon the recipe a few years ago while searching for a great recipe to use up some browning bananas I had laying around. The author is Jenna Baugh from Eat.Live.Run, which just happens to be one of my favorite food blogs. EVER. Always one to tinker recipes and try to make them my own, this is one of the few that I’ve found that I just flat out don’t have to. They’re just perfect the way they are.
So, if you’re looking outside wondering if everyone is having more fun than you today. Rest assured, we’re not. But we’re ok with it. And maybe you should be to.
And go make these muffins. They’re fabulous.
Find the original recipe here.
Best EVER Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
- 2 very, very, very ripe bananas, mashed
- 4 Tbsp melted butter
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1.5 cups flour
- 3/4 cup chocolate chips
Preheat Oven to 350.
In a large bowl, combine mashed bananas with melted butter and sugar. Mix well. Add the egg and beat well.
Sprinkle in salt, baking soda and flour. Then, gently fold in chocolate chips. Be careful not to overmix!
Divide amongst greased muffin tins and bake for 20 or minutes until golden.