Chocolate + bananas. Such a delicious flavor combination! These chocolate banana muffins are a quick and easy breakfast idea and a great way to use overripe bananas.
Mac loves to help me in the kitchen. He loves measuring ingredients, adding them to my mixing bowl, and mixing. Simple baking recipes like pancakes and muffins are our favorites to make together because the end product comes so quickly. It’s difficult to get him to eat dinner foods, but he’s all over breakfast so we have a lot of fun with that.
We altered our favorite banana bread recipe last week to create these chocolate banana muffins. Last fall we made chocolate pumpkin muffins and the results were so yummy that I was determined to do it again. We also have a delicious zucchini bread recipe that could use a bit of chocolate. What do you think?
These muffins are chocolatey, sweet from the bananas, and have a hint of cinnamon. The cinnamon does distract from the banana, but I think it’s definitely worth adding! Feel free to omit it if you’d like.
Tip: You can turn any muffin recipe into a chocolate version by adding replacing 1/3-1/2 c. of the flour with cocoa powder.
Yep, it’s as simple as that. I like adding chocolate chips too. I add half of the chocolate chips to the batter and save the other half to press into the finished muffins as soon as they come out of the oven. This really takes them up a notch and adds texture.
Tip: for extra moist muffins, place hot muffins into the microwave, close the door and let sit for 15-20 minutes.
I like doing this for my yeast breads as well as banana and pumpkin bread recipes. The moisture in the closed space really softens the tops of the bread.
How many chocolate banana muffins does this recipe make?
This recipe yields 16-18 muffins. I like filling my muffin liners almost to the top.
Can you freeze muffins?
YES! Make a double batch and freeze half for another day. Simply thaw before serving. Freezing muffins is a great way to speed up breakfast prep time on busy mornings. They are also great to add to lunches. Add a frozen muffin to your child’s lunch and it will thaw by lunchtime.
CAN YOU FREEZE UNBAKED MUFFINS?
YES! Place entire tin of uncooked muffins into the freezer. Freeze for about 3 hours. Remove muffin cups and place in a gallon sized ziploc bag. Write baking time and temp on bag. When you want to bake them, place frozen muffin cups into a muffin tin and bake, adding an additional 5 minutes or so to compensate for the frozen batter.
Can you use frozen bananas in chocolate banana muffins?
Yep! Freeze overripe bananas with the peel on and save for future baking! When ready to use, thaw unpeeled bananas on the counter (or in the microwave), then mash, and use as normal.
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Chocolate Banana Muffins Printable Recipe
Chocolate Banana Muffins
- 1/2 c. butter softened
- 1/2 c. sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 3 bananas mashed
- 1/2 c. milk
- 1 1/2 c. flour
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 c. cocoa powder
- 1 c. chocolate chips seperated
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Cream butter and sugar.
- Add eggs, one at a time.
- Add vanilla and mashed bananas. Mix.
- Mix in milk.
- Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Mix in with wet ingredients.
- Stir in half of the chocolate chips. Reserve the other half.
- Line a muffin pan with muffin cups. Divide batter into 16 muffin liners.
- Bake for 15-18 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
- Immediately press remaining chocolate chips onto the tops of the finished muffins.
- Allow to cool for 5 minutes. Then remove muffins and set on a cooling rack.Tip: for extra moist muffins, place cooling rack into the microwave, close the door and let muffins sit for 20 minutes inside closed microwave.
Can you freeze muffins?YES! Make a double batch and freeze half for another day. Simply thaw before serving. Freezing muffins is a great way to speed up breakfast prep time on busy mornings. They are also great to add to lunches. Add a frozen muffin to your child's lunch and it will thaw by lunchtime.
Can you use frozen bananas in chocolate banana muffins?Yep! Freeze overripe bananas with the peel on and save for future baking! When ready to use, thaw unpeeled bananas on the counter (or in the microwave), then mash, and use as normal.
Here are 15 meal prep breakfast ideas for busy moms! from The Girl on Bloor