We love bananas... should I say my son loves bananas. I always have bananas as a healthy snack for him since he can be a picky eater! More often then not I will end up with one or two that are too ripe. I stick them in the freezer until I have three or four and then I make these muffins. I found the recipe in one of my Southern Living magazines. The original recipe was for banana nut but I choose to put in chocolate chips.
Cream Cheese- Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
3/4 cup butter - softened
1 (8oz) package cream cheese, softened
2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
3 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 cups mashed bananas (about 4 medium)
1 cup chocolate chips or 1 cup chopped pecans - toasted
1/2 tsp vanilla
Beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until blended after each.
Combine flour and next 3 ingredients; gradually add to butter mixture, beating at low speed just until blended. Stir in bananas, chips (or pecans), and vanilla. Spoon batter either into muffin cups or 2 greased and floured 8x4 inch loafpans.
Bake at 350
25 minutes for muffins or1 hour for loafs. You might need to cover loafs with foil at the end of the baking time to prevent browning.
There are several topping options on the original recipe so click on Southern Living below to view the full recipe.
Source: Southern Living