Kitty Blackadder

A Scottish blog about making art, too much eyeshadow and becoming a grown up.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

BUDGET WEEK: Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

I love baking, like many of you I imagine. But seriously, how freaking expensive can baking be these days?! It used to be that people baked because it was so much cheaper to do so than to buy a premade cake, but (with my complete lack of expertise or research) I kinda doubt that's often the case these days. Sometimes, for special occasions like Christmas/birthdays I'll go all out and bake super cute cakes with 100 different icings and toppings and cut into a myraid of shapes - but for day to day baking, how to keep those costs down and still have some yummy treats?



Roll on the Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins! Before we start I should point out that this is an adaptation of a Nigella Lawson recipe (and not adapted that much) so I'm not looking to take credit for it!


Ingredients:

3 overly ripe bananas (when they get to that mushy, nobody wants to eat them stage)
125 ml vegetable oil
2 eggs
250g flour
100g caster sugar
half tsp. bicarbonate of soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
150g - 200g chocolate

So, let's just talk a little about why I love these muffins so much.

1. You can use up old/leftover food and that makes them super budget friendly. When bananas reach this stage they normally end up in the bin - this gives you a way to save them, and the extra sweetness they've gained from becoming overly ripe, makes the muffins taste all the better. You can also use up 'scrap chocolate'. You'll see here that I'm using up an Easter Egg that has somehow survived into August, and also some leftover Christmas choccies (don't worry, still in date!). We seem to end up with a lot of novelty chocolate or little bits and bobs floating about, and every so often I round things up and bake them into muffins.

2. All the ingredients are cheap things you have laying around. What I love about making these is you look in the fruit bowl and go, ick, those bananas are past it and then you just pull things out of cupboards and voila, you're baking. No shopping list full of expensive baking ingredients, everything in here is cheap and probably in your kitchen anyway.

3. They get eaten a lot more than cake. Don't get me wrong, I love cake, my family loves cake - but sometimes I find when I bake them, some gets wasted. People aren't home for dinner so it doesn't get eaten as pudding, or they're just so sweet people don't want to eat so much of them. But these muffins are great for so many occasions; warm out the oven, for breakfast, to pack in lunchboxes (they travel pretty well...), with a cuppa... the list goes on.

So how do we make them - it's easy peasy.


1. Preheat your oven to 200c/Gas Mark 6 (slightly less for a fan oven). Then you want a cake tin/muffin tin and line it with muffin cases. I actually use silicone ones unless I'm baking these to be given away. Silicone ones may seem less budget friendly and yes, there's a bigger initial outlay but a) it's kinder to the environment not to be binning 12 cases every time b) the cost evens out pretty soon (especially if you keep an eye out for TK Maxx bargains) and c) I find the muffins cook better in them - maybe because they're sturdier?


2. Mash the bananas and then set them aside. Banana, plus fork, plus bowl - easy done.


3. Pour the oil into a jug and beat in the eggs. Again, just go in there with a fork and get it all beaten and mixed up.



4. Put the flour, sugar, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder into a big bowl and mix in the egg/oil combo, and then the mashed bananas.  This isn't dainty stuff, it's just  a case of chucking it in a bowl and making sure it's all evenly combined.


5. Prep your chocolate. I have used anything from about 110g to 220g and it still works, it's  not a make or break thing. I have also used about 6 different kinds of chocolate at once, and they still taste good. Basically take whatever you're using and chop it into chocolate chunks, just a bit bigger than a 'chocolate chip' should be.


6. Fold the chocolate into the mixture. Gently fold the chocolate into your bowl of ingredients - try to get it kinda evenly dispersed. 


7. Place the mixture evenly into your muffin cases and bung in the oven for 20 mins. It can be a little tricky getting this neatly into cases, I use a 'spoontula' and a teaspoon to peel it off and into the case. As for the cook time, do keep an eye on them as all ovens are different and you don't want to over cook them, you want them to be nice and moist at the end.



And that's it, super budget friendly, super easy, super tasty Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins. As I write this, we are on the last two of the batch I made to photograph. Kenny's nabbed a fair few for his morning coffees and to take to work, and mum has been eating them as after dinner treats and me, well, I had to eat some now for research, didn't I? ;)

Thanks for reading, please do let me know in the comments if you'd like to see more posts like this on kittyblackadder.com

2 comments:

  1. These are my dream!! I love anything banana/chocolate flavoured - defo going to try these out! :) x

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    1. I'm the same, I freaking love bananas; banana loaf, banana yoghurt, banana milkshakes... it's no wonder these are my favourite muffins really!
      Thanks for reading :)
      Kitty
      xx

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