Chocolate Banana Muffins

Wow is all we can say about these chocolate banana muffins! They’re dark chocolaty with a light crunch on top and a moist interior.

Chocolate banana muffins

Imagine: a bite that’s perfectly chocolaty, crunchy on the top and moist on the inside. Yes, these chocolate banana muffins are calling you! They’re the perfect texture, not too rich and just sweet enough. This recipe happened by chance when I was searching for a banana bread recipe using two bananas. We turned our Chocolate Banana Bread into muffins and topped it with crunchy turbinado sugar. Now, these muffins have become one of our favorite banana recipes…ever.

Made with just 2 bananas!

Ever had only 2 solitary bananas with peels blackening on your counter? The other day, I had this exact problem (if you could call it that!). Most banana bread and muffin recipes call for 3 to 4 bananas, like our Healthy Banana Muffins. All you need is 1 cup of mashed bananas to make these muffins: which is usually about what we have leftover.

Chocolate banana muffins

Ingredients for chocolate banana muffins

These muffins turns out rich and chocolatey, with just the right texture and flavor. They remind me of a muffin I used to get as a kid at my favorite salad bar: so they’ve got the nostalgia factor, too. Here’s what you need for these chocolate banana muffins:

  • 1 cup mashed bananas: 2 large or 3 small
  • Butter
  • Flour
  • Brown sugar (& turbinado sugar, for sprinkling)
  • Egg
  • Dutch process cocoa powder (or regular)
  • Baking soda, vanilla & salt
Chocolate muffins

What’s Dutch process cocoa powder?

The cocoa powder in these chocolate banana muffins is special: it’s Dutch process cocoa powder. This type is like a dark chocolate version of cocoa powder. It’s been treated with an alkali to make it pH neutral, which gives it a darker color and milder flavor. Why use it here? It’s the key to making these muffins ultra chocolaty.

Where to buy it? You should be able to find dark chocolate or Dutch process cocoa powder at your local grocery store, next to the regular cocoa powder. You can also find Dutch process cocoa powder online. Here are the two brands we’ve used and liked: Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa Powder or Ghiradelli Dutch Process Cocoa Powder.

Want a few recipes to use up a jar of it? Try Healthy Chocolate Pudding, Bliss Bites, or our Flourless Chocolate Cake.

Chocolate banana muffins

Sprinkle with turbinado sugar (or brown sugar)

The best part about these chocolate banana muffins? The lightly crunchy tops! Turbinado sugar is raw sugar with large, light brown crystals. It’s less processed than refined white sugar and tastes more like brown sugar. It’s great for topping baked goods because the large crystals make a nice crunch and a glittery look.

If you don’t have turbinado sugar on hand, that’s ok too! Simply use a light sprinkle of brown sugar. It won’t have quite the same sparkle but it still tastes good.

Step them up with chocolate chips

Now: we love these chocolate banana muffins as they are. They’re just sweet enough and taste like a moist, dark chocolate cake. But if you’re one of those people who wants muffins that taste like a cupcake…add some chocolate chips to the batter! It would take them into rich, double chocolaty territory. Or, you could sprinkle them on the top.

Keep this in mind if you do add chocolate chips to the batter. When you go to test doneness with a toothpick, if you hit a chocolate chip it will look artificially gooey. Try pricking with the toothpick again to find a spot without a chocolate chip (or use your best judgement on doneness).

Chocolate banana muffins

How to store muffins

What’s the best way to store these chocolate banana muffins? It depends on how long you think they’ll be around. Here’s what we recommend:

  • 1 day: Leave the muffins on a cooling rack and cover with a clean, dry dish towel. This helps the texture of the topping intact.
  • Up to 4 days: Place a paper towel in the bottom of a sealed container, then place the muffins in and place a paper towel on top. The paper towels absorb any moisture, which helps to retain the topping texture.
  • Longer than 4 days: Freeze these muffins in a sealable container and store up to 3 months.

This chocolate banana muffins recipe is…

Vegetarian. For vegan, use coconut oil and a flax egg (see below).

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Chocolate banana muffins

Chocolate Banana Muffins


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 10 muffins 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Wow is all we can say about these chocolate banana muffins! They’re dark chocolaty with a light crunch on top and a moist interior. 


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Ingredients

  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 large bananas or 3 medium bananas)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (or coconut oil, for vegan)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg (or flax egg, for vegan)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Turbinado sugar, for sprinkling

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Place muffin liners in a muffin tin.
  2. Mash the bananas in the bottom of a large bowl, enough for 1 cup. Melt the butter, then whisk it into the bananas along with the brown sugar, egg, and vanilla extract.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the all-purpose flour, Dutch-process cocoa powder, baking soda, and kosher salt. Add to the bowl with the bananas and stir together with a spoon until a sticky dough forms. Pour the batter into the prepared muffin tin. Sprinkle the tops with turbinado sugar (or lightly with brown sugar).
  4. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool for a few minutes in the muffin tin, then move to a cooling rack to cool to room temperature before serving.

  • Category: Muffins
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Chocolate banana muffins

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

7 Comments

  • Reply
    Elizabeth
    May 20, 2020 at 6:40 pm

    These muffins are delicious! I took them out of the oven about 20 minutes ago and enjoyed one still warm. The chocolate flavor is marvelous. I did add in some extra chocolate chips, too. Thank you!

  • Reply
    Heather E.
    May 28, 2020 at 1:04 pm

    I had two ripe bananas that were destined to become waffles until I got your email this morning! I decided to try this even though 1.) don’t like making muffins, and 2.) don’t really like chocolate/banana. I’m so glad I did! They are, IMO, perfect! The only thing I did different was not use muffin liners. I just sprayed my tin with olive oil cooking spray. After I took out of the oven I put the pan on a cooling rack and waited 5 minutes to remove the muffins. For anyone cooking by weight, I used 150g brown sugar, 142g all-purpose flour and 42g Dutch processed cocoa powder. Thanks for a great recipe.

    • Reply
      Alex Overhiser
      May 28, 2020 at 1:31 pm

      I’m so glad enjoyed them! Thank goodness for that newsletter :)

  • Reply
    Amber L
    May 28, 2020 at 2:39 pm

    Would I be able to use cacao powder instead of cocoa? Thanks!

    • Reply
      Alex Overhiser
      May 28, 2020 at 2:56 pm

      We don’t have any experience with this substitution. Sorry!

  • Reply
    Kathy
    June 5, 2020 at 10:27 pm

    Just okay!!

  • Reply
    Nancy Kahm
    July 29, 2020 at 12:42 pm

    Can I use regular coco

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