These tasty little mini muffins are loaded with banana and chocolate chips. I swap out the oil with applesauce to make them just a teensy bit healthier.
Pop a few for breakfast or a quick snack.
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I’ve been making these mini muffins for at least 25 years.
They were a favorite with my kids when they were small and they still love them!
They originally started out as regular-sized muffins, but we would gobble them up so quickly that I started making them in a mini size.
Over the years I’ve tweeked them here and there. Most notably, I switched out the oil for unsweetened applesauce.
Mainly because I hate vegetable oil. I know it has a health halo as being “good” but it’s so highly processed that I try to avoid it when I can.
And, even though the applesauce is unsweetened, it still adds a litlle bit of natural sweetness to the muffins allowing me to cut back the sugar some.
You can bake these mini muffins with paper liners or you can give your pan a good spray with baking spray.
I opted for the papers for easy clean up.
For the banana mashing, I let my stand mixer do the work. I just break up 4 very ripe bananas into my stand mixer and let it go until I have the consistency I like (I like a little texture).
Then I scoop out 1 1/4 cups and freeze the rest for next time. Or maybe it will go into a smoothie.
Next, throw in the egg, sugar, and applesauce and stir it until it’s well combined.
Then the rest of the ingredients go in.
Stir it until it’s just moistened. If the batter gets over mixed the muffins will be tough.
Finally, scoop the batter into the mini muffin tins. This recipe makes around 36 mini muffins so you will need 2 tins or you will have to reuse the one you have.
I use a #50 cookie scoop to make things easy.
When I got all of the batter scooped out I dropped a few extra chocolate chips on top so my pictures would look nicer. Yeah, that’s the reason.
Bake your mini muffins for 13-15 minutes or until they’re golden brown on top. Let them cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then remove them to a cooling rack.
Try not to eat them like popcorn!
Be sure to try this Easy Banana Cake with Homemade Vanilla Frosting next. It’s another delicious way to use up some of your over ripe bananas. It starts with a cake mix so, just like it says, it’s very easy. Another of my family’s favs.
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