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THE BEST Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

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The Best Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

This is probably my favorite recipe—ever.

I got it from my mom :). I have toyed with similar muffin recipes before, but I’m not sure why because these are by far the best I’ve had. It is my go-to when people visit! I can’t get enough of them.

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Always helping <3

So, without further ado, here’s how to make ’em!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour (sometimes I use white, sometimes whole wheat)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (I highly prefer Hershey Special Dark, but any will do)
  • 1/2 cup butter (make sure it’s room temp)
  • 3/4 cup sugar (I plan to try substituting with stevia sometime)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup ripe bananas, mashed (I always use three, typically ones that I’ve stored in the freezer after they’ve gone bad.)

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350.
Mix first 3 dry ingredients together and stir in chocolate chips.
Cream together butter and sugar. Be sure to dip a finger in for a taste because butter and sugar are an insanely delicious combination. Beat in eggs one at a time. Add banana and vanilla.
Add moist mixture to dry mixture, all at once. Stir until moist but still lumpy.
Fill muffin cups. Bake for 21-24 min (I always do 21 min because I like them moist).
I know recipes usually say to wait for them to cool, but I highly recommend eating one fresh out of the oven!

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Enjoy 🙂

 

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Toasted Coconut & White Chocolate Fondue

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I made this fondue on Valentine’s Day, and, well, it was delicious. When I created our wedding registry back in 2013, I decided to add a few things that were super expensive and figured we’d never get. Couldn’t hurt to try, right?! Well, a Mauviel fondue pot was one of those items, and I’m glad we registered for it because we got it! We only use it a handful of times per year, but it’s always fun. We also got this cookbook, from which this recipe is adapted.

Please excuse my crappy iPhone photography 😛  I’m trying!

fondue ingredients

Ingredients:

  • unsweetened coconut milk – ¼ cup (I used A Taste of Thai coconut milk, which separates in the can, so I used a Magic Bullet to blend it all back together)
  • white chocolate – ¾ lb, finely chopped or 1 package (¾ lb) white chocolate chips (I used Baker’s white chocolate morsels, which melted quickly)
  • lime zest – freshly grated from 1 lime
  • fresh lime juice – 2 tbsp (I used the same lime that I zested)
  • dark rum – 1 tbsp (I didn’t have any and didn’t want to buy a whole bottle, so I used 1 tsp McCormick’s rum extract. Note that rum extract is much richer than actual rum! So, use less.)
  • kosher salt – pinch (I used sea salt because it’s what I had at home)
  • flaked sweetened coconut – ½ cup toasted in a 350-degree oven for 8-10 minutes (I used Baker’s flaked sweetened coconut)

To dip:

  • Pineapple chunks
  • Kiwi slices
  • Strawberries
  • Banana slices

There are so many great dipping options! These are what I used, but you can also use crepes, toasted pound cake cubes, butter cookies, other fruits, etc.

Instructions:

In a small fondue pot over low heat, combine ¼ cup coconut milk and white chocolate chips. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly until chocolate is melted. Add the lime zest and juice, rum (or rum extract), salt, and toasted coconut flakes. Stir! If the fondue is too thick for dipping, add more coconut milk, 1 tbsp at a time.

Before serving, make sure the heat source below the fondue pot is set to very low! Serve right away.

UM, YUM.

dipping fruit husband helping

Aaaand here are some adorable pictures of my three favorite guys on Valentine’s Day.

husband, baby, dog