So it feels like it has been snowing forever. I cant remember the last time that I didn't wake up and shovel my drive way. Okay okay that might be overly dramatic but if you live in New England you know what I mean! It has been insane. Snowmagedon times a million.
when I wanted to bake something that would both be delicious, relatively healthy (I mean as close to healthy as I can go with baked goods), and comforting. I was online and reading about ways to bump up your banana bread. They recommended that you roast your banana's. it is a great trick to soften bananas that may not be quite ripe enough! I decided to roast mine with honey and brown sugar, next time I want to do it with rum and do like a banana's foster bread (oh my god my mouth is watering at the thought...). My mom always makes me banana bread, in college she used to bake two loaves for my squash team and then another that was just for me. Lets just say that I am not always the best sharer, especially when it comes to food.
Anyway caramelized chocolate chip banana bread solved all of my problems. I also browned the butter (you guys know how much I love that) so it had an amazing warm and comforting flavor.
You will not be disappointed.
Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Caramelized Banana Muffins
- 3 ripe bananas
- 3 tbs honey
- 3 tbs brown sugar
- 1 stick butter, browned
- 2 large eggs
- 1 c white sugar
- 1/4 c milk (I used almond but regular works too)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 c flour (G-Free or G-Full depending on how you roll)
- 3 tbs chia seeds
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 c chocolate chips
Heat your oven to 350 degrees. In an oven safe dish toss the bananas, brown sugar, and honey. Roast for 25 minutes.
Meanwhile cream the browned butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time until combined. Add milk and vanilla. Once cooled slightly mash in your bananas and all of the caramelized sugar and honey from the baking dish. I used the end of a whisk in order to have a few banana chunks in my bread. Add in the flour, baking soda, chia seeds, and salt. Stir until the ingredients are barely combined. Fold in chocolate chips.
For muffins: bake for 25 minutes
For bread: Line a loaf pan with parchment, letting the excess hang over the sides. spray with nonstick cooking spray or butter. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes. or until a tooth pick comes clean out of the center.