These easy and scrumptious chocolate banana muffins are great for an on-the-go breakfast. They’re perfectly moist and deliver on the classic flavor combination of bananas and chocolate that we all know and love.
My family loves having muffins for breakfast; enough so that the whole batch is usually gone within a few days. They’re a staple for days when we have to get going early.
But who can blame us? They make a great snack or quick breakfast. You can just take one – I like them warm so I heat mine up – and it’s a fast bite that has enough substance to keep your body going until lunch. Not to mention they’re delicious!
These muffins also work great as a make ahead and freeze. They can be put in an airtight zipper bag and into the freezer for up to three months. That way you can pull them out at any time and have breakfast minutes away from being served. Or they can be taken out one at a time for a snack when nothing else hits the sweet chocolatey spot.
Ingredients You’ll Need
- Ripe bananas – Bananas that are fully ripened are the best to use for these banana muffins. Don’t use green or unripe bananas.
- Chocolate chips – I use semi-sweet chocolate chips, but you can use dark chocolate or milk chocolate chips if you like
- All purpose flour
- Granulated sugar
- Baking powder
How to Make Chocolate Banana Muffins
Step One: Pre-heat oven to 350°F and line a 12-muffin cup tin with paper liners.
Step Two: In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Mix mashed bananas, egg, melted butter and milk in medium bowl. Stir banana mixture into dry ingredients just until blended (do not overmix).
Fold in the chocolate chunks until evenly distributed throughout the batter.
Step Three: Divide the batter between the 12 muffin cups, filling each about 3/4 full.
Step Four: Place in the pre-heated oven to bake until cooked through and puffy, approximately 30 minutes. A toothpick inserted into the center should come out clean.
Remove the muffins from the oven and allow them to cool for 10-15 minutes before removing from the muffin tin to serve. Enjoy!
Tips for Making Chocolate Banana Muffins
Use very ripe or even over ripe bananas for this recipe. This is a great way to get rid of bananas that are a bit past their prime. In this recipe you have to mash the bananas, so it’s better to use ripe ones because they mash better.
Riper bananas also will release more moisture while baking which will help your muffins stay tender.
If you like bananas, you’re going to also want to check out our Bananas Foster pancakes recipe, which is to-die-for. These two recipes will help you use up any over ripe bananas you have hanging around.
Make sure not to over mix the muffin batter. Yes, it seems like it wouldn’t be a big deal. But, over mixing muffins makes them more dense and tough when ideally you want them to be light and moist.
To aid with not over mixing avoid using an electric mixer. This recipe does fine with a simple rubber spatula and some arm muscles. Mixing about 10 to 12 times is perfect. There will be some lumps left in the batter.
When adding the muffin batter to baking cups you can use an ice cream scooper to make sure that the same amount gets into every cup. This will help the muffins all bake evenly and make them look more uniform when they come out of the tin.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Type of Chocolate Chips to Use?
I like to use semi-sweet chocolate chips or chocolate chunks for this recipe. They give a nice balance between sweet and bitter to balance out the bananas. If you’re more a fan of dark chocolate, you can use dark chocolate instead, or really any type of chocolate chips you want.
How do I know when they’re done?
These muffins take about 30 minutes to cook through. They are done when you can insert a toothpick into the center and it comes out dry.
How do I make sure these banana chocolate muffins turn out fluffy?
Using eggs, butter, and milk that are at room temperature helps them form a smooth mixture that traps air and expands when heated in the oven. That expansion makes your muffins fluffy and light.
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Chocolate Banana Muffins
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 large ripe bananas mashed
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup butter melted
- 1/4 cup milk
- 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- Pre-heat oven to 350°F and line a 12-muffin cup tin with paper liners.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
- Mix mashed bananas, egg, melted butter and milk in medium bowl. Stir banana mixture into dry ingredients just until blended (do not overmix).
- Fold in the chocolate chunks until evenly distributed throughout the batter.
- Divide the batter between the 12 muffin cups, filling each about 3/4 full, and place in the pre-heated oven to bake until cooked through and puffy, approximately 30 minutes. A toothpick inserted into the center should come out clean.
- Remove from oven and allow muffins to cool for 10-15 minutes before removing from the muffin tin to serve. Enjoy!
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Jillian Morris is the resident baker for A Food Lover’s Kitchen. She started baking when she was very little and found she had a great passion for it. She is a high-schooler in a small town in Oregon, where she enjoys music, writing, and baking in her spare time.