Banana Muffins + Chattanooga Road Trip

Spring break has come and gone and it’s still snowing in Indiana. What is this life?

Luckily, I did escape the cold for a few days with Cory. We went to Chattanooga, Tennessee. We stayed in two awesome hotels, went to Rock City, explored some shops, drank from local brews, and of course, ate a TON of food! I’m excited to share all of these places with you guys in the coming week…that’s right…a whole week of blog posts! And I mean it this time!

For our drive to Chattanooga, I made these delicious vegan banana muffins since Cory has really been wanting some Banana Bread lately.

Banana Muffins



3 large ripe bananas
1/4 cup applesauce
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons molasses
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup dark chocolate chunks


Preheat oven to 350F and line a muffin tin with 12 liners.

In a large mixing bowl, mash the bananas with a fork. Make sure you mash them really well so there aren’t any large clumps. Whisk in the sugar, applesauce, oil, and molasses.

Sift in flour, baking soda, spices, and salt. Using a wooden spoon, mix until just combined. Do not over mix.

Fold in the dark chocolate chunks.

Fill each muffin 3/4ths of the way full. Bake for 18 minutes.
Remove from oven and let cool on a wire cooling rack. Serve at room temperature or warm with almond milk!


I’m in love with this recipe! The banana flavor is apparent, but not too strong, and the dark chocolate provides a gooey texture along with a hint of sweetness. The cinnamon spice brings the bananas and chocolate together in perfect harmony. Not to mention, these muffins are moist and filling-and for the most part, pretty low fat!

Banana Muffins

Here’s a quick overview of our trip through my camera lens. These are just a few of our favorite spots.

Delta Queen


Jack Daniels



Rock City

I absolutely adored Chattanooga! It’s a small city with lots of culture and fun things to explore. We didn’t have one negative experience at any restaurant or store, and everyone was SO nice. If you’re looking for a weekend getaway and like to explore the arts, outdoors, and food, give Chattanooga a try!

Did I mention we stayed on the Delta Queen? We did!

What did you do over spring break?

13 thoughts on “Banana Muffins + Chattanooga Road Trip

  1. Awesome!! I live in Murfreesboro, only about an hour and a half from Chattanooga. Have you tried Aretha Frankensteins in Chattanooga? Very yummy food.

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