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Easy Chocolate Banana Muffins are a soft and fluffy muffin filled with chocolate chips & sprinkled with sugar. I love baking from scratch when you don’t even have to get the mixer out!

single chocolate banana muffin sitting in wrapper

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Serve these chocolate banana muffins for breakfast with easy homemade pancakes and bacon & spinach pizza.

Since having kids, we always keep bananas on hand. They make the perfect snack or side dish.

But, when they get too ripe (no one likes a brown banana. Actually, my brother does, but most people don’t), they’re perfect for baking.

These muffins are chocolatey with a subtle banana flavor, and the chocolate chips are nice surprises. Plus, the sugar crust on the top? My favorite.

chocolate banana muffin in baking pan


  • Bananas – You’ll want to use bananas that are soft and starting to brown.
  • Vegetable Oil – You could also use unsweetened applesauce.
  • Egg – One large egg.
  • Sugar – I use granulated white sugar.
  • Flour – I’ve only tested with white all-purpose flour.
  • Cocoa Powder – Unsweetened cocoa powder.
  • Baking Soda – To make them fluffy.
  • Baking Powder – Again, for rise.
  • Chocolate Chips – I use mini chocolate chips so they’re not overwhelming.
  • Turbinado Sugar – This raw sugar adds a nice crunchy crust to the top of the muffin and a little sweetness.


  • Mixing Bowls – My favorite mixing bowls with grippy bottoms.
  • Masher – This comes in handy for smashing bananas.
  • Cookie Scoop – This makes scooping out and portioning muffin batter so much easier.
  • Muffin Pan – I got this one a few years ago & it washes really easily.
ingredients laid out to make muffins


STEP ONE: To a large mixing bowl, add the mashed bananas, oil, and egg. Mix together with a spoon.

STEP TWO: To another large mixing bowl, whisk together your dry ingredients – sugar, flour, baking powder & soda.

STEP THREE: Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and stir together. Then pour in the chocolate chips and stir to distribute.

STEP FOUR: Line a muffin pan with wrappers and scoop the batter evenly between the 12 wells. Sprinkle with turbinado sugar. Bake for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

mixing bowl making chocolate banana muffins


Muffins freeze really well! Put any extras in an airtight freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to eat them, you can place them on the counter to come to room temperature, or pop them in the microwave.


You can mash bananas with simply a fork, or I like to use a potato/egg masher. You can also use a hand mixer, but that seems like more trouble than it’s worth.

sliced chocolate muffin on a white plate


  • Use bananas that are on their way out (starting to brown). They’re the best for baking.
  • I use a potato masher to mash my bananas but a fork will work as well.
  • Use a cookie scoop to portion out the batter into the muffin wells easily.
overhead shot of chocolate muffins in a baking pan


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stack of 3 chocolate muffins in yellow wrappers


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bowl of chocolate muffins
single chocolate banana muffin sitting in wrapper
5 from 4 votes

Chocolate Banana Muffins

Servings: 12 muffins
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Easy Chocolate Banana Muffins are a soft and fluffy muffin filled with chocolate chips & sprinkled with sugar. I love baking from scratch when you don’t even have to get the mixer out!


  • 1 ½ cup bananas mashed (this was 3 bananas for me)
  • cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips
  • turbinado sugar for sprinkling on top


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and add liners to 12 wells of a muffin tin or spray with non-stick spray. Set aside.
  • To a large bowl, add the mashed bananas, oil, and egg. Mix with a spoon.
    1 1/2 cup bananas, 1/3 cup vegetable oil, 1 egg
  • In another large bowl, add in the sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and baking powder. Whisk together.
    1 cup sugar, 1 1/2 cups flour, 1/4 cup cocoa powder, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and stir well.
  • Stir in the mini chocolate chips.
    1 cup mini chocolate chips
  • Scoop the batter evenly into the 12 muffin tins.
  • Sprinkle the top of each muffin with sugar.
  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes – when a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean, they’re done.
    turbinado sugar


Recipe from Chef In Training


Serving: 1g | Calories: 275kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 108mg | Potassium: 125mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 65IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg

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Originally published April 29, 2015

Chocolate Banana Muffins - chocolately banana muffins filled with chocolate chips & sprinkled with sugar. Homemade but you don't even have to get the mixer out! | Persnickety Plates

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  1. 5 stars
    These are just wonderful. They are a cinch to put together and come out perfect. I’m not a huge banana person & they’re delicious!

  2. 5 stars
    This recipe was incredibly simple and the muffins were fluffy and moist and delicious. I made a batch and my family ate them in about two days. This is my new favorite recipe.