Muffins can be eaten any time during the day or evening. Imagine how much fun it would be to make homemade muffins with your kids. Most muffin recipes are simple and easy to follow. It will take less than an hour out of your day. The preparation of delicious muffins will be a rewarding experience.

This recipe introduces kids to the fundamentals of baking muffins. Parents can teach their children a variety of kitchen skills that can be applied to other recipes. Every step of the process can be used as a teaching experience. Within no time, you will be hooked. Baking with your kids will become part of a regular routine.

Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Serves 36
Allergy Egg, Wheat
Meal type Dessert, Snack
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable


  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 stick Butter (is equal to 125g)
  • 3 Medium Ripe Bananas
  • 2 Medium Eggs (beaten)
  • 1/4 cup Vanilla Yoghurt
  • 2 scoops Ground Flax
  • 1 1/2 cup Flour (unbleached white, whole wheat or a combination)
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 cup Chocolate or Carob Chips (optional)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius)
Cream softened butter with sugar.
Add beaten eggs to the sugar and butter and mix together.
In a small bowl, mash the bananas using the back of a fork.
Add the vanilla and yogurt to the bowl and stir together.
In another bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and flax.
Alternate adding the dry ingredients and banana mixture to the larger bowl. Mix until thoroughly blended. Do not over mix.
Add the chocolate or carob chips. (optional)
Use a large spoon to fill each opening in 3 mini muffin pans. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove when slightly brown.

Delegating Responsibilities

  • Can assist with gathering all of the ingredients and utensils
  • Read the recipe
  • Measure ingredients
  • If old enough, can help mix and pour, operate mixer, and/or oven.
  • Cleaning up and putting away utensils

Teaching Points

  • Importance of preheating an oven
  • Learning how to measure dry ingredients.
  • Fractions- How many ¼ cups equal ½ or a whole?
  • Conversion- How many ounces is a stick of butter?
  • Process of creating dough and proper consistency
  • Refrigeration- affect on butter
  • Baking turns dough into a baked good
  • Baking- how does heat affect chocolate?
  • Following directions- adding ingredients in a certain order can change the end product.
  • Estimating- what will be the volume of 3 mashed bananas?
  • Co-operating- working together in the kitchen


  • Being aware of microwave safety
  • Disconnecting plug before removing attachments to mixer
  • Avoiding accidental burns around an oven
  • Use of potholders and trivets
  • Avoid putting hot items on certain surfaces
  • Turning off appliances when done
  • Keeping food fresh- proper storage.

Sandra Bornstein, an international educator and writer, has taught K-12 students in the United States and abroad as well as college level courses at the University of Colorado and Front Range Community College. Sandra holds two masters’ degrees- one in Education from the University of Colorado and another in Jewish Studies from Spertus College.In 2010, her husband’s international job created a unique opportunity to live abroad. In India, she fulfilled three passions – a desire to travel, a zeal for writing, and a love of teaching. Sandra’s Indian adventure became the backdrop for her award-winning book, May This Be The Best Year Of Your Life: A Memoir.
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