Very good banana bread/muffins enhanced by the addition of chocolate bits - well isn't everything? Recipe can be doubled. Bread freezes well. Great way to use up those old bananas - I save them in the refrigerator. Kathy's original recipe said "the blacker the better" and I have made use of some very black bananas.
Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
1/2 cup shortening ( 1 stick butter)
1 3/4 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. lemon juice
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
1/2 cup chocolate bits (optional)
1 cup mashed bananas (2-3) The older the bananas, the better
Cream shortening and sugar in mixer. Add eggs. Add lemon juice to mashed bananas and stir into creamed mixture. Sift together dry ingredients. (I stir with a whisk) Add with nuts and chocolate bits to first mixture. Pour into well greased loaf pan or muffin tins which have been dusted with flour and bake at 325' for 1 hour or until done. About 30 mins. for muffins.
Note: Using an ice cream scoop to dole out the batter makes for a uniform batch of muffins. You can also sprinkle sugar on top of the muffins or loaf before baking.
Doubled makes 12 extra large muffins or 24 small muffins
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