Easy Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

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This recipe for Easy Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins combines ripe bananas and gooey chocolate to create perfect, fluffy muffins. Warm with a crunchy sugar topping, these chocolate banana muffins are soft and flavorful — perfect for a quick breakfast or a snack on the go! 

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Easy Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Whether you’re looking for a decadent, chocolatey treat to indulge in, or a quick snack to take with you on the go, these easy chocolate chip banana muffins are a great option.

Mix up the batter in one bowl — you can even let the kids help! 

I also have a delectable banana muffin recipe with pecans if you’re not a fan of chocolate, or try Apple Crumble Muffins for a different fruit flavor altogether.

Or, welcome the cooler weather with this deliciously spiced chocolate chip pumpkin muffins!

ingredients for banana chocolate chip muffins

Ingredient Notes and Substitutions

  • Bananas – Aim for a medium size. The more ripe they are, the sweeter (and softer) they are!

    Bananas are at their best for banana bread when they have some brown spots or are starting to turn brown all over.
  • Light Brown Sugar – This adds a light caramel flavor, plus some extra moisture, to banana bread muffins with chocolate chips.

    Granulated sugar can be used in a pinch, but coconut sugar or raw sugar are closer substitutes.
  • Vegetable Oil –  Canola oil is an easy swap, or use applesauce for an oil-free version of this recipe.
  • Chocolate Chips – I love the balance in semi-sweet chips.

    Feel free to use whatever type of chocolate your family likes most here — try milk, dark, or even white chocolate chips in your muffins!
mashed bananas and brown sugar

Tips for Making Banana Bread Muffins with Chocolate Chips

  • Don’t overmix the batter. Stir ingredients just until combined when there are no more streaks of flour.

    Overmixing can cause your chocolate banana muffins to come out tough and dry.
  • And let it rest! Many pro bakers let their muffin mix sit in the refrigerator overnight, covered with plastic wrap.

    This allows the flour to absorb the wet ingredients, making a thicker batter and a tastier pastry!
  • Prevent lumps. Sifting your dry ingredients together can lead to a smoother texture for your batter.

    It’s an easy way to break up any clumps that may have formed during their time in the pantry.
  • Try a topping. For a bakery-worthy presentation, sprinkle a few extra chocolate chips or raw sugar over the batter before placing the muffin tin in the oven.
banana chocolate chip muffin batter in a mixing bowl

Storing Leftover Chocolate Banana Muffins

Once cooled, transfer muffins to an airtight container. They will keep for 4-5 days on the counter, or a few extra days in the refrigerator.

You can also freeze muffins for up to 3 months! Wrap them individually in plastic wrap, then store them in a large freezer-safe ziploc bag or container.

Thaw on the counter, then reheat in the microwave if you prefer to serve these easy chocolate chip banana muffins warm.

Kitchen Tools You Will Need

  • Muffin Pan – Silicone is a great non-stick option, but a standard metal pan helps muffins to brown evenly all the way around.
  • Whisk or Potato Masher if you don’t want to use a fork.
  • Mixing Bowls – I like to have a variety of sizes on hand, and this set has them all.
baked banana chocolate chip muffins

Easy Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins FAQ

How strong is the banana flavor? 

The banana flavor in these chocolate banana muffins is present without being overpowering. 

It adds moisture and sweetness, so even with those who aren’t banana fans will love this recipe!

Why are my banana muffins dry? 

More often than not, it’s because you overmixed the batter or added too much flour. Be sure to stir the ingredients just until combined and use the spoon and level method to measure your flour.

It’s also possible your bananas weren’t ripe enough! There’s no such thing as “too ripe” for banana bread recipes, so let them get as dark as you have the patience for.

How can you tell when banana bread muffins are done?

Test these easy chocolate chip banana muffins with a toothpick! Once you’re timer is up, insert a toothpick into the center of one of the muffins — preferably, one that is also in the center of the tin.

Avoid any obvious chocolate chips as well! If the toothpick comes out clean or with a few dry crumbs, they’re done. If it comes out with wet batter, then they need another minute or two.

stacked banana chocolate chip muffins

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Easy Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Donna Elick
Easy Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins are the perfect treat for any time of day. This recipe for chocolate banana muffins only takes 30 minutes!
5 stars from 1 review
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Method Oven
Servings 17 – 18 muffins


  • 5 medium Bananas, ripe & mashed
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips, (optional- plus more to top)
  • Optional Raw Sugar to top


  • Preheat your oven to 350℉ and line your muffin tin with liners.
  • Mash your bananas in your mixing bowl with a fork (or whisk, or potato masher), and stir in the sugar, oil, and vanilla.
  • Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and stir until well combined and no major lumps.
  • Fold in the chocolate chips.
  • Scoop about ¼ cup of the batter into each muffin liner in the muffin tin (about ⅔ of the way up). Add extra chocolate chips and/or raw sugar to the top if you’d like to make them extra pretty.
  • Bake for 20-23 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool and enjoy!

Donna’s Notes

These muffins will last 4-5 days at room temperature in an airtight container.
These muffins also freeze well and reheat easily in about 15-30 seconds in the microwave.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 233cal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 179mg | Sugar: 20g | Fiber: 1g | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 1mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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Originally published July 2023

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  1. 5 stars
    These muffins are perfect for breakfast! I have made them a few times in the last couple of weeks and the whole family loves them!

    1. Hi Josh!
      They’re a perfect grab and go breakfast. It’s awesome that your whole family loves them!
      TSRI Team Member,

    2. Hi Josh F,
      We are happy you enjoyed them, they are an easy muffin with so much flavor! Have a great day!
      TSRI Team Member,

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