Double chocolate banana muffins are moist, full of melty chocolate chips and perfect for snacking! They’re also whole wheat and naturally sweetened, with no added sugar.
After some gloriously warm weather last week, we had a chilly weekend and it was really kind of nice. We made a fire pit, snuggled with blankets and watched a movie, enjoyed some soup and stayed super cozy. ❤️
And this week, we are looking forward to Valentine's Day, the end of the kids' basketball seasons and some fun extended family birthdays to celebrate!
So of course, to celebrate, I had to bring you a chocolate goodie! And I think you are going to LOVE it!
I have to say though, I’ve made several variations of these double chocolate banana muffins.
I adore banana and chocolate together and these muffins just seemed like such a fun treat!
Plus, it’s double the chocolate with the cocoa powder AND chocolate chips.
But it took a few tries to get them just right. I wanted them to be CRAZY delicious, not just good.
And my friends, we did it! 🙌
These muffins and tender and moist and just loaded with chocolate flavor. I especially love them warm (or warmed up) so you can enjoy each bite with those melty chocolate chips. 😍
They are great for an afternoon snack or late-night chocolate fix. But they also work for a school lunch treat - or shoot, even a breakfast treat!
(You know me and my healthy chocolate for breakfast recipes! See my whole wheat chocolate baked donuts, chocolate overnight oats and chocolate chip oatmeal waffles.)
Plus, I've created a slightly healthier version of these muffins because they are whole wheat and naturally sweetened, with no added sugar!
(Bonus: You just need 1 bowl to make this recipe! 🙌)
So go make a batch and have these on hand for all your chocolate snacking needs!
Notes on chocolate banana muffins:
- You need 2 very large bananas or 3 medium bananas.
- You want your bananas to be extra ripe for this recipe. If yours aren’t quite ripe enough, consider adding some extra honey to increase the sweetness.
- Flour: I use white whole wheat flour, but you could substitute whole wheat flour or all-purpose flour if you prefer. Or use a combination of whole wheat and all-purpose flour.
- Servings: I make 12 big muffins from this recipe. You could probably get 14 muffins out of these if you want to use a second pan.
Also, as with all of my healthy muffin recipes, I think it helps to use liners AND to spray them with a nonstick cooking spray.
It ensures all your glorious chocolate muffin deliciousness will stay together, and not get stuck to the pan or to the liner.
(I think it’s especially important in recipes like this that are lower in fat.)
Want to make a vegan chocolate banana muffin? Totally do-able.
- Substitute a flax egg for the egg and use oil or coconut oil in place of the butter.
- Substitute agave or maple syrup for the honey.
- Use your favorite non-dairy milk, such as soy milk or almond milk.
- And of course, use a vegan chocolate chip. 👍
- You can store these muffins at room temperature, in a bag or container, for 1-2 days.
- After that, I like to put them in the refrigerator. (I do this with any baked good that uses banana because I find it can start to turn if it sits out too long.)
- The muffins will keep in the fridge for another 3 days at least.
- Or, you can freeze these chocolate muffins for up to 6 months. I wrap each muffin in a strip of aluminum foil and then place them in a freezer-safe ziptop bag (that’s labeled and dated).
Then you can defrost them overnight in the fridge or just pop it into the microwave (once the foil is removed) and warm it for 30 seconds or so.
I hope you love these, whether for a healthy Valentine’s Day treat or just anytime you get a little chocolate craving.
(And if you are looking for something super festive for the holiday, check out my Valentine's Day snack mix. It's so addictive!)
P.S. Check out my other favorite chocolate muffins and snacks:
Healthy chocolate chip muffins
Banana chocolate chip snack cake
Pumpkin chocolate chip mini muffins
Peanut butter chocolate chip cookie bars
Or go browse ALL of my healthy muffin recipes for more yummy inspiration. 😊
Healthy Double Chocolate Banana Muffins
Double chocolate banana muffins are moist, full of melty chocolate chips and perfect for snacking!
- 2 large, very ripe bananas (about 1 heaping cup when mashed)
- ⅓ cup honey
- ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted (or sub oil or coconut oil)
- ¼ cup milk of choice
- 1 large egg
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 ¼ cups white whole wheat flour (see notes)
- ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350. Line a muffin tin with muffin liners and spray with cooking spray.
- Mash the bananas in a medium bowl until completely mushy.
- Add the honey, butter, milk, egg and vanilla and stir until well combined.
- Sprinkle in the dry ingredients: flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Mix the dry ingredients into the wet until just combined.
- Fold in the chocolate chips.
- Spoon the batter into the muffin tins, filling each cup almost all the way to get 12 very full muffins.
- Bake at 350 for 18-22 minutes, until they are just done. (You don’t want to over-bake them.)
- Remove the muffins from the muffin tin and let cool completely before storing.
Bananas: You need two very large bananas or 3 medium bananas. And you want your bananas to be extra ripe for this recipe. If yours aren’t quite ripe enough, consider adding some extra honey to increase the sweetness.
Flour: I use white whole wheat flour, but you could substitute whole wheat flour or all-purpose flour if you prefer.
Yield: I make 12 big muffins from this recipe. You could probably get 14 muffins out of these if you want to use a second pan.
Vegan: To make these muffins vegan:
- Substitute a flax egg for the egg
- Use oil or coconut oil in place of the butter
- Substitute agave or maple syrup for the honey
- Use your favorite non-dairy milk, such as soy milk or almond milk
- Use vegan chocolate chips
Storage: These muffins will keep at room temperature for 1-2 days. After that, they are best stored in the fridge (for another 3-4 days) or frozen for up to 6 months.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 304Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 40mgSodium: 314mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 4gSugar: 21gProtein: 9g
Wow - what a yummy healthy treat! I love that you used natural sweeteners in these muffins. I could eat these for breakfast all week!
Thanks Holly! I definitely snack on these ALL day long! 😊
I absolutely love one-bowl recipes! Thanks for this delicious chocolatey one!
Less clean-up, more chocolate - total win!!
Hi Kathryn, thanks for sharing this great recipe! These muffins are delicious and so healthy 😀
The bananas make them so soft and moist, perfect! I made them with coconut oil as you suggest in the recipe and they were so good.
Yay, I'm so happy you enjoyed them Marta! Thanks for sharing! 😊
First of all, thank you for this recipe. Everyone in our home loves these muffins, and I love that I can make them dairy-free and whole wheat. We pretty much constantly have them around.
Now for a favor…😬 on instruction #4, it says, “put a feel in the center” 😂. I assume you mean “well”. Even so, the liquid ingredients mix up way too liquidy to form a well. Is it possible to correct this? Again, thank you for another delicious recipe.
I'm so happy you all love these muffins! Thank you so much for sharing! And thank you for pointing that out - that's definitely a typo as well as a mix-up (you would otherwise make the well in the dry ingredients and add the wet). I'll go in and fix it now. Thanks again! 😊