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I talk a lot about how much I enjoy quiet time {and coffee}.  It’s not a matter of not appreciating having a house full but sometimes I just need to have that quiet time to focus and plan my day.  Mornings are my time to get the day together and set goals.  I always have a cup of coffee…always, and it’s important to me that that cup be GOOD.  

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I recently found McCafé coffee at Walmart.  I buy pods right now but I also like to keep bags of premium coffee on hand for when I pull out the big guns…aka, the old-fashioned coffee maker…and make an entire pot. McCafé  comes in both forms and in 8 flavors (I will be buying the other flavors-variety is the spice of my coffee cup).  

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 I found the McCafé in the coffee aisle ~ the pods were to the right of the bags.  Once I reached high to get the pods I was ready for action! Oh….did you notice that the McCafé is 100% Arabica Beans….I’m a coffee geek….that impresses me.  

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I was excited to try it and I am really glad I did.  To me, good coffee isn’t just the flavor but it’s the experience……the aroma while it’s brewing, the first sip and the lingering taste.  (I made you want a cup now, didn’t I???).

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I couldn’t wait once I got home to try it and the next morning that’s the first thing I did.  I was so pleased…..I hid the box.  I know….I shouldn’t do that….so I did share with my husband when he got up {he loved it, too….maybe I shouldn’t have shared….drat}.  He thought it would be great added to a recipe…he leaves the WHAT of the recipe to me, and  I couldn’t have agreed more.  

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The next day I set about making a batch of fresh muffins early in the morning to have with my coffee.  I had two little helpers….my youngest son (the kid in the green robe) and a little bird he thought would look cute in the pictures.  😉  They {the muffins} were so good and the McCafé coffee added just the flavor I was looking for.  

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Yields 12

Banana Coffee Chocolate Chip Muffins

25 minCook Time

25 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

1/3 cup melted butter

2 large rip bananas, smashed

3/4 cup sugar

1 egg, beaten

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 1/2 tablespoons of fresh strong brewed coffee {make a cup and drink the rest!}

1 tsp. baking soda

1/8 tsp. salt

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup chocolate chips ~ I used cacao ~ they intensified the flavor of the coffee to just the right degree

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line a muffin tin with paper liners.
  3. Using a mixer mix the melted butter into the smashed banana.
  4. Mix in sugar, egg, coffee and vanilla.
  5. Add the flour just until blended.
  6. Gently fold in chocolate chips.
  7. Pour mixture into muffin tin and bake for 25 minutes.
  8. Cool on rack.
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 I overfilled the cups but I like the way they rose…..I had enough for 10 muffins but if you are a little less generous you will have an even dozen.

Banana Chocolate Chip muffins with a secret ingredient ~ fresh coffee! from cupcakesandcrinoline.com #McCafeMyWay #adI made a full cup of coffee to use in the recipe and then, of course, drank the rest while I was waiting for the muffins to bake.

So now you know what a typical morning is like for me…..how do you start YOUR day?  I’d love to hear about it.

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