There are days when my teenagers get me emotionally exhausted and yesterday was certainly that kind of day. If you have teenagers, maybe you can relate. My husband and I were on the receiving end of an emotional outburst last night and again this morning. My son’s attitude was completely out of character and after him apologizing on his own about his behavior and thankfully, being very remorseful, I still find I’m emotionally drained.
I can remember when my kids were very small, I used to think I couldn’t wait until they got a little older so we could do more together, so I wouldn’t have to deal with the temper tantrums and so I wouldn’t be as exhausted as I was. Well, to be honest, not much has changed. Sure, they’re older and we have tons of fun together but the hormonal outbursts truly leave me as exhausted. I sometimes miss the days of cuddling on the sofa and reading or playing together. When they misbehaved, I seem to remember that it being easier to get them to understand when they did something wrong. I guess we always think things were better or easier, way back when.
When I feel this way, I can never seem to get much accomplished. I try to work on my freelance projects, but my mind is so often cloudy. So, I found myself in my “therapy room”, aka my kitchen whipping up a batch of these deeply satisfying double dark chocolate banana muffins. I may not be much of an emotional eater but I sure am an emotional baker. It’s the thing I do to relieve stress, hey...it could be worse, right?
These muffins were just what I needed. With a hot cup of tea and a cool breeze outside, I escaped to my backyard to enjoy a break. The double dose of chocolate is good for the soul and the bananas made them totally healthy for me…they are loaded with bananas after all…
The addition of dark chocolate morsels give these muffins a wonderful richness and a delightfully moist texture. I even enjoyed one this morning with my coffee and since everyone was in a happy mood, I even shared them with my kids ;).
Double Dark Chocolate Banana Muffins
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 3 bananas , overripe
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup butter , melted
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F . Line muffin tins with paper cupcake liners or spray non-stick spray into each muffin tin.
- In a large bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder; set aside.
- Mash 1 of the bananas with a fork on a small plate and set aside.
- With an electric mixer fitted with a wire whisk, whip the remaining bananas and the sugar together in a bowl.
- Add the melted butter, eggs and vanilla and beat well.
- Stir in the mashed banana.
- Mix in the dry ingredients just until incorporated.
- Fold in the chocolate chips.
- Pour batter into prepared muffin tins.
- Bake for about 15 minutes. Remove pan from the oven and let cool on a cooling rack for about 5 minutes.
- Remove muffins from the pan and continue to allow to cool on rack.