Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

April 25, 2017 By Cathy — 6 Comments
Sweet enough for a light dessert, but also great for breakfast, these banana chocolate chip muffins are a cinch to whip up!

Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

One of my very first posts when I started this blog was a recipe for banana bread inspired by my Grandma Ruth. I made a few tweaks to her recipe, but it remains largely the same as the original. Banana bread was a constant in my house growing up and it continues to be in my own home. I swear my boys purposely let the last few bananas go brown because they know there’s no way I can toss them. Usually those extra sweet browned bananas get stirred into flour and sugar and baked into our favorite loaf, but today I’m mixing it up.

Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins


Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

I used my banana bread recipe as a jumping off point to create today’s chocolate chip banana muffins. They’re lighter and not as dense as the banana bread, but still crazy moist with a crunchy top thanks to a sprinkle of turbinado sugar. And of course I added a couple of good handfuls of bittersweet chocolate so these muffins work for breakfast or dessert.

Now, this recipe makes exactly twelve muffins so don’t try to stretch the batter to make more unless you like skimpy muffins (and c’mon, who likes that?). Fill the cups right up so they puff up and give those crunchy tops that are the signature of a solid muffin.

Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Are you a muffin-top only eater? I always think of Elaine from Seinfeld when I bake muffins. She would eat the top only and toss the “stump”. The top is definitely my favorite, but I promise these ones are good from top to toes.

And I’ve had no complaints from my banana bread-loving family. They’re just as happy, or maybe even happier, when one of these muffins shows up in their lunchbox or gets paired with a cold glass of milk after school. I’ll take mine with a cup of coffee and a good book. I think my boys won’t be the only ones letting the last couple bananas turn brown.

Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

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Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins
Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
18 mins
Total Time
33 mins
Sweet enough for a light dessert, but also great for breakfast, these banana chocolate chip muffins are a cinch to whip up!
Course: Muffins
Servings: 12 muffins
Author: Cathy |
  • cup granulated sugar
  • cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 cup butter 1 stick, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 heaping cup mashed banana about 3 very ripe bananas mashed well with a potato masher or large fork)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour sifted
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 Tbsp turbinado sugar for topping
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a 12-cup muffin pans with 12 paper liners. Set aside.
  3. Cream butter and both sugars with an electric mixer on med/high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  4. Add the egg, blending well.
  5. Combine mashed banana and buttermilk in a small bowl and add the banana mixture to the creamed mixture and beat on medium speed until combined, about 1 minute.
  6. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg in small bowl.
  7. Add dry ingredients to wet mixture, mixing until just combined.
  8. Stir in vanilla and chocolate chips, being careful not to over mix.
  9. Pour batter into the prepared muffin pan and sprinkle the tops with turbinado sugar.
  10. Bake for about 18 mins or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  11. Let the banana muffins cool in the pan for 5 minutes before removing to cool on a wire rack.
  12. Serve warm or cooled to room temperature.
Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

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6 responses to “Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins”

  1. Nice! Banana bread of any shape disappears way too fast in our house. In the case of muffins – tops and stumps, all of it:)

    • Cathy says:

      I love that you’re an equal opportunity top and stump muffin-er Milena. And ditto for banana anything my house (with the exception of actual bananas).

  2. Banana bread/muffins are always a hit here Cathy! We always seem to have extra overripe bananas! Can’t wait to try your recipe!

    • Cathy says:

      I think Tom wants to you bake that gorgeous banana bread you posted a while back Mary Ann!

  3. Cindy says:

    I ❤️ banana bread and that was one of my first posts too! This looks scrumptious. So creative!

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