Chocolate Banana Muffins

Chocolate Banana Muffins
I recently watched Jamie & Jimmy's Food Fight Club on Netflix.  In addition to the great recipes, the concept of food waste was something that left me thinking more about what we do with our food.

The problem of food waste was emphasized again this week when I ordered a salad in a fast food restaurant. They put the wrong type of chicken on top. Instead of removing the topping and putting on the right one, they THREW AWAY THE ENTIRE SALAD!

This is not right!

What can we do to help stop food waste? One obvious way is to not throw away perfectly good food.

To create this recipe I started thinking about bananas (You know, the almost black ones that most people throw in the bin). With the bananas I also wanted to incorporate chocolate because well, it's CHOCOLATE.

The result is a moist, sweet, delicious muffin. Sprinkle a little bit of shredded coconut on top and this is now one of my favorite muffins!

Chocolate Banana Muffins

1 cup flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3 smashed bananas
1/4 cup milk (or buttermilk)
1 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup shredded coconut (optional)

In a small bowl whisk together the flour, cocoa, soda and salt.  Set aside.

In a large bowl beat butter, egg and vanilla.  Mix in the smashed bananas.  Add the flour mixture alternating with the milk.  Stir in 3/4 cup chocolate chips.

Spoon the batter into cupcake liners placed in a muffin tin.  Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup chocolate chips and 1/4 cup shredded coconut on top.

Bake 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Makes 16 medium size muffins.

Cool before eating.  Store leftovers in the refrigerator or freezer.

We Can Do MORE

Up to 40 percent of the food in the United States is never eaten.
But at the same time, one in eight Americans struggles to put enough food on the table.
According to the UN, a third of food worldwide is thrown away each year.  In North America and Europe, the biggest share of food waste comes from consumers.

Jamie Oliver offers some ideas on how to stop Food Waste.