Sometimes more is not better. Gasp! I know, right? It's shocking. It goes against what society tells us. But hear me out. My boss made these amazing muffins the other day and shared some at work. Banana chocolate chip with oats, ½ whole wheat flour, almonds, milk and white chocolate chips. They were perfectly fluffy and the proportion of chips and nuts to fluffy muffin was spot on.
I asked her for the recipe and she said she had altered one from Allrecipes.com to accommodate ingredients that she had on hand. She sent me her version and then I altered it some more to accommodate the ingredients that I had on hand. I had some pumpkin that needed using. In the Fall I always have pumpkin on hand. I just opened my last can...must get more. Anyways my baking endeavor was not without its hiccups.
First mistake: Buying chocolate chips from the bulk bin so I wouldn't have leftover chocolate chips tempting me. I love chocolate chips. Especially semi sweet. Turns out they were organic and about 1 cup cost me the same as the bag would have. Amateur.
Second mistake: I went food shopping without going home first and ended up having to make two trips when I realized I didn't have oil or sugar. And I went in my pajama shorts which were a bit too short.
Third mistake: I didn't measure the mix-ins. I never do because I believe more is better. But when you don't measure you lose the desired ratio of mix ins to fluffy quick bread texture. The bread also ends up a bit more crumbly. You'd think I would learn by now, but no. Well, lesson learned. When it comes to muffins and quick breads less is more.
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Walnut Bread
adapted from All Recipes Ingredients
- 1 egg
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1/3 cup canola oil
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup pumpkin
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 cups flour (1/2 cup whole wheat flour)
- 1 cup oats
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 1 cup walnuts
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- Mix the first 5 ingredients. Add the next 4 ingredients and mix. Add the next 2 ingredients and mix. Finally add the last two ingredients or any desired mix ins, but remember to measure!
- Pour into desired baking dish (either muffin tins or bread dish). If making bread bake about 50-60 minutes or until firm to touch. If making muffins bake about 12-15 minutes or into firm to touch.
Resciniti, K. Banana oat muffins. All Recipes. http://allrecipes.com/recipe/6714/banana-oat-muffins/. Accessed October 15, 2017.