Bangin' banana muffins

Muffins, muffins, muffins, muffins ... MUFFINS! (To be sang to the tune of The O'Jays "For the Love of Money".)

This week I hosted the very first work event I've ever organized completely on my own, and to thank all of the guys down in facilities for helping me set up all the tables and tear everything down, I decided to repay them in the only way I know how:

With baked goods.

I used my favorite vegan banana muffin recipe and then promptly ruined the "vegan" aspect by loading the muffin batter with chocolate chips. (I've mentioned this recipe on my blog numerous times.)

Is is kind of sad that I pride myself on my muffins? (<---I said those words to Clayton last night and he giggled because he's immature. Then I got the joke and laughed as well because apparently I'm immature, too.)

Wanna make your own kind-of-vegan-but-it-totally-depends-on-what-ingredients-I-have-in-the-house-at-the-time chocolate chip banana muffins? Here's how:

3 overly ripe bananas (This means there are numerous brown spots on the peel and the bananas emit an extra banana-y odor. In other words, use bananas that are at the point in the ripening process that I refuse to eat them because spots gross me out.)
1/4 cup coconut oil (or vegetable oil will do fine)
1 cup of sugar
2 cups of all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla

1.) Mush the bananas in a large bowl with a fork (I initially tried to use a rubber whisk and ended up flinging pieces of banana all around my kitchen). Add the vanilla, sugar and oil, and cream the ingredients together. 
2.) Mix flour, salt and baking soda in a separate bowl and then add to the wet mixture.
3.) Fold in about 1.5 cups of chocolate chips. (I'm sure it makes sense to use only about one cup total, but hey, chocolate is amazing.)
4.) Fill paper liners or the muffin tin about 2/3 of the way full. Bake for 20 minutes at 375° or until a fork can pierce the middle and come out clean. (Makes about 16 muffins, depending on how much batter you consume during the pre-baking process.)