Banana Muffins with Chocolate Chips (Optional)

Banana Muffins with Chocolate Chips (Optional)

Baking with your kids is a delightful way to introduce them to the joys of cooking, and what could be more fun than making banana muffins? Adding chocolate chips makes these treats even more irresistible. Here’s how you can make them together.

- 250g self-raising flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 50g cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
- 75g caster sugar
- 1 and 1/2 ripe bananas, mashed
- 2 large eggs
- 125ml milk
- 125g chocolate chips (optional)


1. Preheat your oven and prepare your muffin tray
Begin by preheating your oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Prepare your muffin tray by lining it with paper cases. This is a simple task that kids can enjoy.

2. Mix the dry ingredients
In a large mixing bowl, combine the self-raising flour and baking powder. This is a great step for kids to help with, as they can get hands-on experience mixing.

3. Stir in the sugar
Next, stir the caster sugar into the mixture. This is an easier step, perfect for younger children.

4. Combine the wet ingredients
In a separate container, lightly beat the eggs, melted better then mix them with the milk. This can be a fun step for kids, allowing them to see the ingredients combine.

5. Combine wet and dry ingredients
Make a well in the center of your dry ingredients and pour in the egg and milk mixture, stirring gently. The goal is to combine them until just mixed; a few lumps are perfectly fine.

6. Add the mashed bananas
Mix the mashed bananas into your mixture. The bananas not only add flavour but also moistness to the muffins.

7. Mix in the chocolate chips (if using)
If you’re opting to add chocolate chips, this is the time to do it. Fold them into the mixture to ensure they're evenly distributed.

8. Bake
Spoon the batter into the muffin cases, filling them two-thirds full to allow room for rising. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into a muffin comes out clean.

10. Cooling and enjoying
Allow the muffins to cool in the tray for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely. Though, tasting a warm muffin is one of the best parts of baking!

These banana muffins, with or without chocolate chips, are a fantastic way to have fun in the kitchen with your kids. They’re perfect for a snack, lunchboxes, breakfast, or any time you need a sweet treat. Enjoy baking and eating them together!

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