This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Sears and Latina Bloggers Connect. All opinions are my own.
Sharing special moments with family is my favorite thing to do. Christmas is the perfect time of the year because we really share quality time with our loved ones. I remember as a child, my family always liked to decorate the tree. Then, we would bake something delicious and enjoy it with “chocolate caliente” while looking at our newly decorated Christmas tree, feeling proud of our holiday project. We also talked about our plans for Christmas Eve and the New Year. We liked to plan our favorite holiday traditional dishes: roasted turkey, homemade mashed potatoes, arroz con aceitunas and peruvian tamales.
Every year around this time, I also get in the mood for baking. There is something about the cold weather (just a little cold because I live in Florida), the holiday decorations, and the Christmas spirit that gets me in full baking mode. What can be better than your house decorated with a beautiful tree, (I always choose to buy a natural one because I love the smell) and homemade delicious food? We don’t even have to feel guilty about baking because during the holiday season we are allowed to eat many treats. I love it!
This is also the season of giving so we need to buy presents and what can be a better place to do that than Sears? I remember as a child my mother loved this store. Who wouldn’t? Affordable prices and a great selection of products from baby to kid’s toys to home goods, it is the perfect one stop shopping destination to please everyone. They also have an awesome selection of kitchen gadgets and baking tools. This year, Sears has also partnered with the Huffington Post to highlight Latino Holiday traditions! Check out this great story about how a Latino family does Christmas differently. Baking some delicious treats will also be perfect after a full day of shopping at Sears.
I like to keep my holiday traditions, so every year we buy our natural tree, decorate it together, bake and cook yummy homemade meals using fresh ingredients. I would like to share with you my easy to make new Banana Chocolate Chips Muffins. Easy enough for kids to help in the process and ready in less than 30 minutes. I wish I could just share with you the smell of chocolate and banana coming out of the oven…..Delicioso!
Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 large ripe bananas
- ⅓ cup brown sugar
- ⅓ cup melted butter
- ⅓ cup chocolate chips (about)
- pinch of salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, place the flour, baking powder and pinch of salt. Set aside.
- In another bowl, mash the bananas and mix well with the egg, vanilla extract and melted butter.
- Combine everything in the large bowl until smooth. Add the chocolate chips. You can use more if you really like your muffins extra sweet.
- Place in muffin liners previously sprayed with some cooking oil to prevent sticking. You can also use a muffin pan.
- Bake for about 20-25 minutes. If you are baking mini muffins it will take about 15 mins.