Honey, Peanut Butter, & Banana Muffins with Chocolate Chips

Honey, Peanut Butter, & Banana Muffins with Chocolate Chips
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  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • ⅓ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • ¼ creamy or smooth peanut butter (I used smooth, but I would have preferred crunchy)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon all-spice
  • pinch of kosher salt (less than ¼ teaspoon)
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (1½ cups if you're making regular sized muffins)
  • raw sugar, for sprinkling (completely optional)
  1. Grease and/or line 48 mini-muffin cups or 18-20 regular muffin cups. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, mix together the mashed bananas, peanut butter, honey, and melted butter. Add in the white sugar, brown sugar, egg, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, all-spice, and salt and beat together until just combined.
  2. Add in half of the flour and the 1 teaspoon of baking soda. Mix in, then add in the rest of the flour, scraping down the sides of the bowl with a spatula as necessary. Don't over-beat. Fold in the chocolate chips by hand.
  3. Spoon two teaspoons or so of batter into each mini-muffin tin (or about ¼ cup of batter into each regular sized muffin tin) and sprinkle with the raw sugar, if you like. Bake the mini-muffins for 10-12 minutes, or bake the regular sized muffins for 18-20 minutes, until set and lightly golden. Allow to cool completely before removing from the tins.
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First thing’s first: I did not get into Teach for America. I found out in an e-mail, but they didn’t say why or anything like that; not that I expect them to due to the number of applicants and whatnot. It hurts, especially considering all of the time and effort that goes into the application process. First there was the application itself, including a letter of intent, then a phone interview, then a bunch of paperwork and going out asking people if they will fill out online recommendation forms on your behalf. After that, I was invited to the final interview that lasts an entire day where I presented a lesson plan in front of two interviewers and the other applicants, worked on a group problem solving activity, took a test, and finally had a one-on-one in-person interview. Only 15% of all of the applicants (which is around 400,000+ people) get asked to become corps members, and most people don’t even get to go to the final round of interviews, so I’m glad that I at least got that far. The amount of spaces open for people wanting to stay in NYC are few and far between, as the most amount of help is needed in New Orleans and the Mississippi Delta, and there were no positions available in the field that I specified. I knew that going in, so while I’m not completely crushed, I really would have liked to have had the opportunity to teach. C’est la vie, right? Thanks for all of the kind words from everyone as I was going through the process!

Now, onto what’s really important: muffins! My husband and I went upstate this weekend to see his family for his grandmother’s birthday. I love going up there because the food is always fantastic and the people are , food and drink, cheesy potato soup, olive oil, maltese cuisine, cayenne pepper, chicken soup, cauliflower soup, roasted potatoes, cooking, pur??e, roast, potatoes, soups, cauliflower, cuisine, garlic
good company. Aunt Beth always puts out quite the spread, including her amazing spinach dip, which nobody can seem to get enough of! Kramer was in charge of grilling the steaks and shrimp (which were delicious), and Beth made some out of the world twice-baked potatoes, as well as asparagus and salad. It was quite the party! I wanted to bring something, but transporting baked goods between two subway rides and the train out of Grand Central is somewhat difficult, especially when you’ve got a weekend bag packed and a purse! I figured that mini-muffins would be a safe bet, as I could bring a lot of them, they keep pretty well, and I don’t have to worry about frosting melting or anything like that. I had some bananas that needed to be used up (who doesn’t?) and set to work making this muffins, which led to me basically cleaning out my cupboards. A little honey here, some extra peanut butter there, some cinnamon, nutmeg, all-spice, and some chocolate chips, all sprinkled with a bit of raw sugar, and before you knew it, I had some tasty muffins on my hands! All of the flavors work wonderfully together, especially the cinnamon and peanut butter, which I felt were the most prevalent out of all the flavors. The raw sugar gives each bite a lovely little crunch, the chocolate is a fun surprise when you bite into them, and as these are mini-muffins, they’re fun to just pop in your mouth! I had some for breakfast before we left for the train; they’re perfect for that, especially for an on-the-go breakfast! These muffins were sweet, but not overly so, and very light and moist. I was even able to please Grandpa Russ with these, who is a very picky eater! Knowing that he liked them really made my day! There’s not much to making this little treats (they are, in fact, made with only one bowl!), so scroll on down to get the recipe for yourself!

Honey, Peanut Butter, & Banana Muffins with Chocolate Chips
Your ingredients. Before anybody freaks out at the color of my bananas, don’t! I keep them in the refrigerator so they’ll last longer. The result of this practice is that the peels become very dark, but the bananas themselves stay more ripe than their peels would have you believe.

Honey, Peanut Butter, & Banana Muffins with Chocolate Chips
Beat together your mashed bananas (which you can see at the bottom of the photo and lo and behold, they’re just lightly golden after having been mashed, not overly ripe or rotting like the peels would make them seem), peanut butter, and melted butter.

Honey, Peanut Butter, & Banana Muffins with Chocolate ChipsHoney, Peanut Butter, & Banana Muffins with Chocolate Chips
Add in the brown sugar, granulated sugar, egg, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, all-spice, and salt. Beat together until just combined.

Honey, Peanut Butter, & Banana Muffins with Chocolate Chips
Add in the flour and baking soda and mix in a bit at a time until just combined, scraping the sides of the bowl as you go.

Honey, Peanut Butter, & Banana Muffins with Chocolate Chips
Fold in the chocolate chips by hand, then fill each mini-muffin cup with two teaspoons or so of batter. Sprinkle with a bit of raw sugar, if desired. Bake at 350 degrees F for 10-12 minutes, or until set and lightly golden, for mini-muffins, or 18-20 minutes for regular size muffins.

Honey, Peanut Butter, & Banana Muffins with Chocolate Chips
Allow to cool completely before removing from the tins.

Honey, Peanut Butter, & Banana Muffins with Chocolate Chips
Serve and enjoy!


30 Responses

  1. Niamh says:

    Aw, sorry to hear you didn’t get into Teach for America :o( it hurts to have to jump through so many hoops and not get there in the end, but you learn something from every interview you do, so look at it as a stepping stone to future success. Something else will come up – what’s meant for you won’t pass you by!

    In other news, I need these muffins. NOW.

  2. Shannon says:

    Where’s the honey? :)

  3. Katy says:

    I starred this on my Google Reader just from reading the title of the recipe! These sound amazing.
    I’m sorry you didn’t get into Teach For America. It does sound like a very long process to be then told you didn’t make it. Well done for trying and getting as far as you did though.

  4. Laura L. says:

    Hi Sydney, sorry you didn’t get into Teach for America. It’s such a bum out when we know we would be PERFECT for a job and they overlook us. Especially when the process is so involved like this one, and you have such high hopes. But, in the end, I always try to find comfort in the fact that everything happens for a reason, and if I didn’t get a particular job it’s because there’s something else better for me out there. You’ll find that job. I think any teaching program would be lucky to have you. Good luck!!

    • Sydney says:

      Laura L: Thank you for the encouraging words! I’m on the job hunt right now, hopefully I’ll find something soon; I’m getting tired of sitting at home! Although I try to remind myself to enjoy it while it lasts, haha.

  5. Juliana says:

    Nice combination of flavors…banana, peanut butter, chocolate chips…love the idea of sprinkling with raw sugar :-) Love presentation!

  6. Jen T. says:

    Sorry about TfA, Sydney. That sucks. I know you’ll find something else, though, hopefully before you go stir-crazy! It’s great that you were able to get away for the weekend and have some fun to get it off your mind.

    Also, love the pretty new blue CoW format. I don’t know how new it actually is since I’ve mostly just been using my reader and haven’t been over here for a while, but it’s such a pretty shade!

    • Sydney says:

      Jen T: Thanks, I hope that I find something else soon, too! And thanks for the compliment! We just put it up a couple of weeks ago, and I’m very pleased with it!

  7. Alexandra says:

    You probably already know this, but in case you don’t! New York has a local program very much like TFA: http://www.nycteachingfellows.org/

    We also have great local education schools, if you’re really set on teaching. :)

    Muffins look great, btw!

    • Sydney says:

      Alexandra: Thanks! Yeah, I’ve seen that program, but I’d have to wait until next year if I wanted to get into the program. Maybe I’ll apply when the time comes around.

  8. Erin says:

    Hi there! Long time reader, first time commenter here. First off, I’m sorry that you didn’t get into TFA. Trust me, I know how that goes. I was recently wait-listed for a similar teaching program (although mine was abroad), and after all the effort that goes into it, not to mention coming so far, it really seems a little cruel.

    That being said, these things happen for a reason even if it doesn’t seem that way at first: you become stronger for it, and are more often than not positioned for something even greater than you could have imagined. I’ll be sure to keep you in my thoughts. For now, keep posting and I’ll keep reading :)

    • Sydney says:

      Erin: I’m glad you like the site! haha. Yes, everything does happen for a reason and I’ve been applying everywhere so I’m very optimistic. Thanks for the encouragement and we’ll see what happens!

  9. tigerfish says:

    OH…..look at those crystals on top :)

  10. Emma says:

    Too bad you didn’t get the job. I’m unemployed myself so I know the feeling. As you say, you put down a lot of work in the whole process, so it is perfectly normal to feel disapointed when you don’t get it. I’ve tried to do lot of volunteer work to keep myself busy, I’m thinking that it might be a good thing to have on the CV to show that I really want to do something. Maybe that could be a possibility while you are job hunting?

    The muffins look great, by the way!

    • Sydney says:

      Emma: I’ve been thinking about that! I’ve been keeping busy by cleaning, cooking, running errands, applying for jobs, exercising, etc. Thanks for visiting the site!

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  12. Emma (newbiecooking) says:

    I just wanted to say thanks for the comment on my blog, that was nice of you considering you couldn’t read it. :) I write in Swedish by the way. I’ve been reading your blog for about 1 year now and find it amazing. Anyway, I hope you find a job soon.

  13. Corina says:

    I sympathize with your situation re: teaching. It’s very competitive in Ontario, Canada, where I lived for twenty years. It was so competitive that Canadians go to the U.S. (Buffalo) to get their teacher’s certification there! Crazy. There are thousands upon thousands of graduates from the Bachelors of Education degree every year in Ontario alone and yet there are no jobs, or the ones that are made available are incredibly competitive to get, as you can well imagine. The ongoing myth circulating out there is that England has many more opportunities for teachers, but I haven’t found that yet since moving here with my husband 8 months ago. That being said, if teaching is truly something that you would live to pursue, go for it and try to find a niche for yourself!

    • Sydney says:

      Corina: Thank you so much for sharing your story and for the words of encouragement; I really need them right now! Best of luck to you, and thanks for visiting my site!

  14. Christianne says:

    I made this as a loaf without the chocolate chips and it came out so delicious! My boyfriend said it’s even better than the normal banana bread I make. Surprisingly, I’ve never thought to add peanut butter even though that’s the best idea ever. Thanks!

  15. Rebecca says:

    Have you ever substituted canola oil for the melted butter?

  16. Adena says:

    I made this last night and they came out great, thanks for the recipe!

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