Chocolate Banana Muffins

My parents have some pretty incredible neighbors. Growing up, my neighbors were really close. We had what was called “chairs” every Sunday, where all the neighbors would bring their lawn chairs and gather in my parent’s driveway to talk and mingle. It has been years since I lived at my parents house, and sure enough, every sunday they are still gathering for “chairs”.  I seriously love that neighborhood.

One of my mom’s closest friends and neighbor is Faith. Faith brought my mom over some of these muffins a week or so ago. Its one her family’s recipes and I got the special permission to share with you :)

Let me tell you. These could be my most favorite muffins ever. If not my favorite then definitely in the top 3. They are so moist and have the most incredible flavor! This would be a great recipe to use if you have some ripe bananas. The sugar on top adds a fun sweet texture to each bite. Both my mom and I could not rave about these muffins enough! You are going to LOVE them!

Chocolate Banana Muffins from chef-in-training.com …These muffins are so moist and have the most delicious flavor! Definitely one of the best muffins I have ever eaten!

4.9 from 41 reviews
Chocolate Banana Muffins
 
These muffins are moist and delicious! They have the most amazing flavor!
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups mashed bananas
  • ⅓ cup oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1½ cups flour
  • ¼ cup cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips
  • Sugar for sprinkling on tops
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine bananas, oil, egg large mixing bowl.
  3. In a separate large bowl, sift together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder. Add to banana mixture. Stir in chocolate chips.
  4. Spoon batter into greased or lined muffin tins. Sprinkle the tops of each muffin with 1 teaspoon of sugar.
  5. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes at 350 degrees F.

Enjoy!

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  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks

    Thank you to Faith for sharing this! If you're saying it's in your top 3, or maybe THE most favorite muffin of all times, it's gotta be amazing and they truly do look amazing! Pinned of course.

    And Chairs...what a great story. Everyone needs more of that in their life!

  2. Katie

    These look amazing. I am going to make them - a perfect use for browning bananas!

    How many does it make? I'm guessing 12....

    1. Robin

      5

      Mine made 15

  3. lacey

    These look wonderful, I can't wait to make them! Beautiful picture!

  4. April

    I can't WAIT to try these!!! They sound delicious!

  5. Tanya

    What oil would you recommend using?
    Thanks!

    1. Chef in Training

      I use vegetable but canola would work too

    2. Heike Mattias

      5

      coconut oil is the best for this!! try it

  6. Heather

    5

    These look delicious! I'm actually about to make some! Question tho. I have one who is not a huge chocolate fan. Can I just eliminate the chocolate from the recipe and would they require anything else? Less sugar? More flour? Thanks in advance!

  7. April

    5

    Seriously! I just made these and they turned out so well. They have such an amazing flavor! I actually made these for my boyfriend's work but had to taste test. You bet that I saved a few for myself! Thanks!

  8. Barbara

    5

    Thanks for this recipe. I was so tired of making banana bread to use my over ripe bananas. This was just perfect!
    My husband has Celiac Disease so I made this Gluten Free. The only change I needed to make was to use all-purpose
    Gluten Free flour. He loves these cupcakes - they are DELICIOUS. This recipe made a dozen cupcakes.
    I will definitely try more of your recipes and convert them to Gluten Free.

  9. Sue

    5

    My husband absolutely loved these. So easy to make too. Great way to use ripe bananas. I do finish with confectionary sugar after they cool off so for more polished look.

  10. Lori G.

    How many muffins does this recipe make?

    1. Chef in Training

      12 muffins

    2. Maizan

      Are you using small or medium size muffin cup?

    3. Chef in Training

      medium size

  11. Bonnie

    Any idea of the approximate calorie count per muffin? They look heavenly !

    1. Stacey

      5

      On myfitnesspal it says each muffin is about 273 calories!

  12. Lauren Carroll

    Sounds great ! Do you think the measurement will be the same if I use coconut oil? :-)

  13. Amanda

    4

    What kind of sugar did you use to top with? Powdereds\ or fine or just regular?

  14. Jamie

    5

    I made these tonight and they were delicious :)!!! Thank you for the great recipe!

  15. Paula B.

    great recipe!!! I only had one cup of banana and supplemented with 1/2 cup greek yogurt. I also added 1/2 tsp salt and 1 tsp vanilla and cut the sugar by 1/4 cup. I bake egg-free, using flax seed, and the batter tasted amazing!! I don't eat baked goods, but one of my girls says the muffins are delicious; the other hasn't eaten one, yet. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Paula B.

      can't wait to try again, with the right amount of banana!!

  16. Diane

    5

    Made these today-- EXCELLENT and easy.

  17. Sheryl

    5

    Made this for a family gathering and there were "oooohhh's" and "MMMmmm's" after their every bite! Moist, chocolatey, banana-y!winner! Can't wait to bake this again... Can I make this into a loaf cake? Thanks for sharing the recipe :)

  18. Denise

    These look hood. Can't wait to make them. I was wondering if spplesauce could be used in place of the oil?

  19. Leslie Fisher

    These muffins are delicious! Have you made these into bread? I would love to try making this in a loaf pan. Just wondering if it would work.

  20. Ashley

    5

    Hi! These muffins look delicious. They need 1/4 cup cocoa. I have 8 oz Nestle Toll House Cocoa and I also have 8 oz Hershey's Cocoa Natural Unsweetened. Which cocoa is the best to use? Thank you in advance and Happy Holidays!

  21. Nadia

    5

    These muffins were absolutely delicious! Thank you. I read your story about your husband's recovery and it was so touching. What a great testimony about how the Lord Jesus answers our prayers and humbles us in our times of trials. Although I am a KJV Bible believing Christian, and not a Mormon, your words were inspiring and encouraging! God Bless you and your family.

  22. Alanna

    I only have regular sized chocolate chips, would that work, or should I get mini?

  23. Carol

    i started to make these this morning and realized I didn't have enough chocolate chips so instead I added 1cup of finely chopped walnuts and topped with what mini chocolate chips I had left with half a tsp of sugar and they are looking great. Awesome Recipe! Thanks

  24. Jea

    5

    These are delicious! A great way to use up extra bananas!! If you like chocolate banana combo, this recipe is for you!!

  25. Kim

    My girls and I made these recently and they were delicious! (And I don't even like bananas!)

  26. Kristin McNeil

    Just made these little gems tonight! I halved the sugar, and I used half mini semi sweet chips and half milk chocolate chips that I chopped (cuz I didn't have enough minis). Ah-freakin-mazing! Moist and chocolatey... So good!

  27. EDawgATL

    5

    I like to make muffins each week for my 3 and 6 yos to eat for easy breakfasts and snacks. These turned out AWESOME! For the record, I used four small, very ripe bananas. I used white whole wheat flour, coconut oil and 2/3 cup of agave syrup in place of white sugar. I also cut the chocolate chips to probably 1/3 cup - I hate measuring so I just judge based on "the look." I think next time I will use 1/2 applesauce in place of some of the oil and maybe use flaxseed instead of egg, adding nuts or craisins would be tasty too. I love making tasty things even more wholesome and healthy. Thanks for this recipe - it's a keeper!

    1. EDawgATL

      oops - I forgot that I also added 1 tsp of vanilla.

  28. Allison

    5

    Made these today and the are delicious

    1. N

      Made these today - they are yummy with 1/2 the sugar and a pinch or two of salt...

  29. Paulina

    5

    Definitely the best muffins I have prepared so far!

  30. Tasha Hess

    I just made these and they are not out of the oven yet. But upon rereading after mixing them I was wondering if the Baking soda and Baking powder amounts are not supposed to be reversed? I don't recall ever making a muffin where there was more soda then powder. Thank you

  31. Jaime-Lee

    So glad I tried out this new recipe! My boyfriend loves banana muffins, but is super picky about when they taste too "bread-like" or plain. These were a huge hit all around, and so nice and fluffy!

    I let the batter sit for about an hour before cooking them, and I think it gave it just the perfect amount of rise.

    Thank you for sharing!

  32. Alyson

    Hi should I use a coffee mug for cup measurements or do u have the recipe in grams. I do not know what a cup measurement is. In England it's always grams xxx

  33. Kim

    These muffins are awesome! My boys finish a wholw batch in one night. I substituted low fat sour cream for the oil and reduced the fat and calories a bit. My boys didn't even notice.

  34. Patrice

    I used avocado oil and God a dozen regular sized muffins and 8 minis. My. 5 year old son helped make them (messy fun) and loved the "cupcakes" for dessert.
    Thanks for the recipe.

  35. Liz Thomsen

    These are delicious! My batch made 11 muffins. Will definitely make these again!

  36. Kristi

    5

    I made these this morning for breakfast and my 2 year old, my husband, and I each ate 3..oops! Very tasty! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe! Will definitely make again!!

    Just as a side note, I got 14 muffins from the mix and I used 3 medium bananas, 1/2 the sugar, white whole wheat flour, all coconut oil, and less chocolate chips..had to do some changes to justify eating them for breakfast :)

  37. Abby C

    5

    I made these tonight and they turned out fabulous! I used 1/2 the sugar and added some vanilla. Definitely will make these muffins again. Thanks for the recipe!!!

  38. Jaime

    Made these this morning. They turned out amazing! Thanks for sharing this recipe :)

  39. heather

    I've made these twice. They're delicious! The only change I made the second time was adding a half teaspoon of salt to boost the sweetness.

  40. christa

    5

    It's true - these are amazing!
    Although, I haven't actually tried the full real recipe. I was out of chocolate chips so substituted peanut butter chips... which was a marvelous substitution, I highly recommend trying that variation!

  41. Joann Rouston

    4

    As published, this batter was very dense. I added 1/3 cup coconut milk and 2/3 cup white sugar. Skipped the sugar on the top. Very tasty and beautiful. This chef needs to go back in training!

  42. Dorothy Daus

    Super yummy,easy too

  43. Yan

    Is it alright to use bananas that aren't that ripe yet?

  44. Kat

    Could I make these mini?

  45. Juanna

    5

    Best recipe ever.. simply delicious.

  46. Christine

    So many positive comments. Why only 2.5 stars??

    1. Chef in Training

      Thats just how many show up filled in on mobile. On desktop all 5 show up filled in and it says 5 stars from 22 reviews. So sorry about the coloring glitch. I am going to get it looked into. Hope that helps :)

  47. Jane Cappel

    Cannot wait to try Chocolate Banana Muffins!!

  48. Stevie

    5

    Great! I improved and made these "Mexican hot chocolate" style and added a little bit of cinnamon and they were very tasty! Also used brown sugar to top which looked great!

  49. Lynne

    5

    Easy to make and oh so delicious! I will be making them again this weekend. Thank you for sharing such a great recipe. I love your site!

  50. Marcella

    5

    This is my go to recipe. Everyone who has tasted them has just oooed and awwed over them. I moved to Oregon this past year and got a message from my friend in Cali to please make and mail her some....lol! We are big chocolate people so we use the regular size chocolate chips, perfection!

  51. Fran

    5

    OMGosh! Just made these muffins and they really are great! Awesome flavor and a great way to use over ripe bananas. My hubby isn't a huge fan of banana bread but he does love muffins...these were a hit :)

  52. Aurora Grace A. Solitario

    5

    i am pretty excited to prepare this! may i just ask? will it be powdered sugar for sprinkling on top or just the refined one? and shall i sprinkle it over a partially cooked muffins or over the batter when i already lined them on the tray? thank u...just im really bit scared to fail on these.

    1. Chef in Training

      granulated sugar :) and sprinkle it over the batter

  53. jill

    I just made these in my square muffin tin. They look beautiful! They taste pretty good too- but I do wish they had some salt in the batter.

    1. jill

      ooh so these are FANTASTIC with some Kosher salt sprinkled on top!!!

  54. Squeaky

    4

    This is a nice recipe, but I find they are quite sweet enough with 1/2 the sugar and 1/2 the chocolate chips, especially if you really puree the banana with an immersion blender. I find that makes the banana even sweeter when used in baking. But, I have made these a few times now (with the sugar halved) and everyone likes them!

  55. Trey

    Making these now. The batter seemed a little...lacking? Seems like it needed more oil or possible some rich butter in it. Could be wrong though. Never made such a muffin but will deff post when its done!

  56. Florainne

    Thanks for sharing the recipe! Easy to make and delish!

  57. Rachel

    5

    I only had 1 cup banana so I added 1/2 plain Greek yogurt. I added a heaping 1/4 cup cocoa. Other than that I followed the recipe. It was very easy to make and delicious. Thank you!

  58. Rhiannon

    Batter was waaaaaay to dense. I added half a stick of unsalted butter just to get it combined. Hopefully they turn out....

  59. Leslie D. Moran

    5

    looks yummy think i will make these this morning :)

  60. Katie

    I made a half batch substituting plain Greek yogurt for a third of the banana, and used dark chocolate chunks. They turned out perfectly moist and fluffy, so delicious! Thank you for this recipe!

  61. Christie

    5

    Thank you so much for this recipe. I found it ages ago on Pinterest and I make it for my boyfriend and all our co-workers (at two jobs) at least every two weeks. People buy me bananas just so I'll make these. They're VERY popular!!

  62. Nancy

    This is a wonderful recipe - a very light - textured muffin with good flavour.

  63. Carol

    I've made these once before and they came out fantastic!

    My son has preschool graduation coming up and parents are bringing things, I would love to make these again but "Toddler" size 😊

    Any thoughts on baking time for Mini sized???

    Thank you!

    1. Chef in Training

      I am not sure on baking time, but if you try it, please come back and let me know :) Thanks so much for your feedback! I am glad you liked them!

  64. Carol

    Made these once before and they came out wonderful.

    Would like to make again but Mini Size...

    Any thoughts on baking time?

  65. Maryam

    My little sister made these the other day, and I totally fell in love with them! Soo delicious and moist. Definitely a repeat!

  66. Maryam

    5

    My little sister made these the other day, and I totally fell in love with them! Soo delicious and moist. Definitely a repeat! Thumbs up!

  67. Rana

    5

    We reduced the amount of sugar by half, added about a tablespoon extra oil to make up for the lower sugar content and these were still excellent and just the right amount of sweetness for my family's taste. Thanks for sharing!

  68. Laura

    4

    These muffins taste great; however, I would not call them muffins. In my opinion, they are cupcakes because they are extremely sweet and full of chocolate. I would not server these as breakfast muffins, instead serve them as a dessert. I doubled the recipe and ended up with 36 medium size muffins.

  69. Roberta Meredith

    5

    I am not a banana fan! In fact, I would say I loath them. Why do I tell you this? So you will comprehend how how amazing it is for me to say that these muffins are the best! When I think of making muffins for an occasion these are often the ones I choose!

  70. Michele

    I just made the muffins and they were fantastic...I did add walnuts & sub'd with coconut oil...KEEPER FOR SURE..thank you for this simple recipe ;)

  71. Bobbi Hodge

    This is a great recipe! I made mini muffins and got 42 muffins from the batch. I only had regular size chocolate chips, so that is what I used. Yummy...plus I added teaspoon of vanilla (because that's what I do!). I baked them for 15 minutes. This is a keeper recipe for sure! Thank you!

  72. TJ

    Decided to make mini-sized muffins, and they took about 16-18 minutes. I also added some vanilla extract and nutmeg to the batter, and it ended up tasting delicious !

  73. Sue

    These just came out of my oven and they look and smell amazing!! I made them a little bit smaller and ended up getting 2 dozen muffins. Wish they'd hurry up and cool so I could eat one!
    Thanks for this recipe!

  74. Karen

    I just made these muffins today. And they are delicious! So happy to have found a great chocolate banana muffin!

  75. Grrodz

    These look delicious! I'm out of oil- do you think I could use butter or margerine to save a trip to the store?

  76. HB

    5

    These muffins were so good! They were moist and had the best flavour! Loved the sugar on top also, I never tried that before, but it turned out so good!

  77. Heike Mattias

    5

    best muffings ever says my daughter!! I made them with coconut oil, light brown sugar and whole weat flour and they are really delicious

    1. Brenda

      Did you melt the coconut oil

  78. Kavitha

    This is a keeper, very nice and delicious.

  79. Sheri Shingler

    A firm family favourite! Thank you so much for sharing. This is a very forgiving recipe, and the muffins are always devoured with complimentary 'yum' sounds.

  80. Heidi Wilton

    5

    Fabulous muffins...perfectly balanced flavor between the chocolate and the banana! Love the sugar on top! Perfect!

  81. lisa

    5

    So i just made these and super yummy. i did make some adjustments because i'm always trying to get my kids to eat a little healthier even with their dessert. So i used about 2 1/3 cup of flour and 1/3 flaxseed and 1/3 chia seed and i also added frozen spinach (the chocolate totally hides the color of the seeds and spinach). you can't taste the flaxseed or spinach at all, but the chia seeds have tiny crunch but other than that, it was delicious!

  82. Mindy

    Could I use frozen bananas?

  83. April

    5

    these were excellent

  84. Claire Geel

    Amazing. I might have had a little too much flour, so I added another egg to the mix. It came out perfect.