Monday, August 23, 2010

The Kids Cook Monday with Mini-Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

It's Monday and time for The Kids Cook Monday segment.  The Kids Cook Monday program is a public health initiative that focuses on starting your Monday (and week) off on a good foot by getting your kids in the kitchen to help cook a healthy recipe.  As their logo says: "Start your week off right: make Monday family night!"  

This Monday's recipe is Mini-Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins.  What makes these muffins "better for you" is the addition of flaxseed in the batter.  Flaxseed is a natural source of ALA Omega-3 fatty acids and a good source of dietary fiber.  The flaxseed doesn't change the taste of these wonderful mini muffins.  They are moist and so good.  Kids would love them for breakfast, in their lunchbox or for a snack.  And don't forget us adults.  We love them too!

Mini-Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins
Adapted from Bon Appetit
Recipe by Jamie from Mom's Cooking Club

Yield:  36 mini muffins or 12 regular size muffins


1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup mashed ripe bananas (2 large or 3 medium)
1 large egg
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons fine ground flaxseed (I used beveri Flaxseed)
3/4 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray mini muffin pans (36 mini muffins) with non-stick cooking spray.  Mix flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon in large bowl.  Mix mashed bananas, egg, melted butter and milk in medium bowl.  Stir banana mixture into dry ingredients just until blended.  Add vanilla and 2 tablespoons of flaxseed to batter and mix.  Stir in mini chocolate chips.

Fill muffin cups 3/4 full with muffin batter.  Bake 15 minutes until tops are pale golden and toothpick inserted into muffin comes out clean.  Transfer muffins to rack and cool.   

My girls had fun baking these muffins as well as eating them.

Marissa and Mariah sampling their freshly baked muffins.


Mom's Cooking Club Lesson:  This recipe also makes 12 regular size muffins.  Use muffin baking liners or spray muffin cups with non-stick spray.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes.  You can use regular size semisweet chocolate chips but we like using the mini ones in these muffins.


Jenny said...

What fun Jamie! Love cooking with my kids too :) Your muffins look fantastic!

Bridgett said...

These muffins would be a big hit with my kids as well. I will have to show my daughter this recipe as I think she would love to give it a try as well.

Aggie said...

oh you know Sammy would love these! :) the girls are so cute Jamie, I love that they are doing this with you! Hope the first day of school went well!

pegasuslegend said...

Absolutely my favorite yum!

Marissa said...

hey mommy
they were so good. you have to make those again.

ILYSM :):):):):)
your favorite daughter

bellini valli said...

These would be a hit with the kids at heart too Jamie:D

Patsyk said...

Those muffins look great! I love baking muffins, so I'm marking this recipe!

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