Avocado Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins
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Scroll down for the recipe for these deliciously moist, better for you Avocado Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins
In our home, the number one sign I need to head to the grocery store is when we run out of whole milk. You could say milk is life around here. Ever since they were the ripe age of one, my three kiddos have been requesting their 8-ounce cups of milk, and years later things have not changed.
An 8-ounce glass of milk is served with breakfast, snack, and dinner. We are not a big juice family here so it is either milk or water for the children. While they occasionally enjoy some chocolate milk, they prefer the red-capped whole milk.
I guess my kids probably inherited their love of milk from me. My mom once said she needed to invest in a cow when I was younger because she wet through so much milk. At least 6 gallons of milk were replenished weekly for my brothers, sisters and I.
Having grown up on a small farm, we had cows as pets. A few of them even had babies, and I got to milk them. I will never forget that amazing experience and know it helped to shape me into the person I am today. There is nothing like farm-life chores which contain so many wonderful life experiences in one.
One of my favorite memories was watching the baby calves suckle from their mommas. It was so sweet to see the bond between a mother and baby in the animal kingdom.
I really lucked out too because down the street there was a working dairy farm that had roughly 100 cows. It was so fun to watch them be milked nightly and see the truck transport the milk to nearby processing facilities. Seeing the cows milked first hand, really made my daily glasses of milk more appreciated.
Did I mention that I am also blessed to currently live abutting a dairy farm? You have NO idea how cool it is to wake up to cows grazing in the pastures. My rustic home has plenty of vintage dairy charm sprinkled throughout too…haha!
Did you know that milk has nine essential nutrients including:
- B vitamins (riboflavin, B-12 and niacin) for converting your food into energy
- High-quality protein for lean muscle
- Vitamin A for a healthy immune system
- Potassium to help regulate the balance of fluids
- Bone-building nutrients like calcium, Vitamin D, and phosphorus
Plus, dairy milk contains just 3 ingredients- milk, vitamin A, and vitamin D. I love that it is minimally processed and farm fresh which I know first hand. When you compare the ingredient list of milk to non-dairy milk alternatives, you may be surprised at what you find. Many non-dairy alternatives have 10 or more added ingredients including salt, sugar or thickeners like gums.
That brings me to today’s recipe for Avocado Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins. This recipe was inspired by my Banana Avocado Muffins recipe which went viral on my lifestyle blog Savvy Saving Couple. I used almond milk in these muffins, but have been craving them. This time, I decided to make them with dairy milk and boy was there a difference texture-wise!
My Avocado Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins were surprisingly moister and fluffier. My kids could not gobble them up any quicker! Milk alternatives may seem like a simple swap for a dairy-free diet, but it’s important to know milk and milk alternatives are not created equal. In fact, they differ greatly in 5 key areas: nutrition, ingredient list, added sugars, price, and taste.
And let me tell you, this recipe is PROOF!
These Avocado Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins are a must-try recipe for a few reasons:
1- They are better for you and contain avocado and dark cacao chips
2- They go great with a glass of ice-cold milk
3- They freeze well
4- These are a great muffin recipe for over-ripe bananas
Honestly though, I typically always prefer to bake with whole milk because I do feel as if my recipes come out better, and it is more cost efficient. At just about a quarter per serving, milk delivers more nutritional value per penny than just about any other beverage.
Soy milk is $0.44 per 8-ounce serving. Almond milk is $0.45 per 8-ounce serving. Coconut milk is $0.56 per 8-ounce serving. Flax milk is $0.61 per 8-ounce serving. Rice milk is $0.79 per 8-ounce serving.*
I don’t know about you, but I will take the dairy milk– thank you very much!
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*Sales data from IRI, calendar year 2017, and average online grocery prices for top markets.
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Avocado Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins
- 2 cups white flour
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 pinch salt
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- 2 large eggs
- 4 squares of 100% baking cacoa chopped *can sub in semi-sweet chips if wanted
- 1 ripe Avocado
- 2 small ripe bananas
- Pre-heat oven to 375. Grease a muffin tray with nonstick spray. In a large mixing bowl, mash your bananas, and avocado. Mix in the eggs and milk Add the sugar, baking soda, salt, and flour; mix well, but do not over mix or puree the batter. Fold in chocolate chunks. Fill muffins cups 3/4 way full. Bake for 15-16 minutes or until done.