I love bananas! Almost every time I open one up I feel glad, delighted and amazed. I think of how kind God is, that he made this incredibly sweet and smooth piece of nutritious food, wrapped in a special little package just for us to enjoy. They are my absolute favorite fruit and my kids have always felt the same. Every Bateman child favors bananas above every other fruit offered. As babies I could feed them just about anything paired with banana and they would chow down (I am experiencing this with the twins every day). As toddlers I would have to tell my daughter “no more bananas today” because she would typically eat two in the morning and always want one more in the afternoon. I had to draw the line somewhere!
Then, out of nowhere, Judah decided he no longer liked bananas! I thought he was kidding. It was unfathomable to me that any child that came from my body would not like the most glorious fruit ever created. Then I rationalized that it was just a phase and he would get over it in a day or two. It has been about 2 years since he has completely refused to eat bananas from the “wrapper” and will even walk away if someone else is eating one within smelling distance.
As you know I do allow my kids a list of 3 items that they can refuse to eat. Bananas have been #1 on his list for longer than I could have ever imagined. It deeply saddens me. I could cry just thinking about it.
Thankfully, he is not offended by their presence in a smoothie and he can tolerate them in muffins as long as there are enough chocolate chips to mask the banana flavor (or scent). So, here are my Whole Wheat Banana Nut Muffins, with Chocolate Chips for my Bananaphobic son.
Chocolate seems to be the answer to a variety of parenting dilemmas. Most of us learned that during potty training!
- ½ cup Coconut Oil
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ¾ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp sea salt
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 ripe bananas
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups of white whole wheat flour
- ½ cup chopped walnuts
- ½ cup chocolate chips
- Beat together the coconut oil, sugar, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla in the bowl of your mixer.
- Add the banana and eggs, beating until smooth.
- Add the flour, nuts and chocolate chips. Turn on the mixer and beat on a low level just until all of the ingredients are incorporated.
- Let batter rest for about 10min.
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Prepare muffin pan with a natural spray oil, butter or liners.
- Pour battre into prepared muffin pan
- Bake for 18-20 min.