Wholesome Chocolate Banana Muffins | Formidable Kitchen

This unbelievable muffin recipe comes from the AK archives again in 2017 and studying again on the submit was such a enjoyable journey down reminiscence lane. I wrote it proper after Tony and I obtained engaged, and am reposting it now that we’re married in a brand new dwelling with THREE little boys!

Time actually flies, however good wholesome chocolate banana muffins are nonetheless the final word deal with.

These muffins are a tackle my well-known Skinny Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins however with a chocolate twist that critically makes them style like chocolate cake. I initially made them after receiving the sweetest word from a girl named Sara and her (then) 4-year-old daughter, Reagan. Sara described Reagan as a real little chef and baker who was actually wonderful within the kitchen. That they had an excellent baking day after discovering my banana chocolate chip muffins and emailed me the kindest word and cutest picture.

I whipped up the all time chocolate model of these muffins only for Reagan, who’s now 10! Whether or not or not they see this submit replace, it’s so enjoyable to assume again on that reminiscence and the ways in which Formidable Kitchen has touched so many lives over time.

SO, get a baking day in your calendar, make a batch of those chocolate beauties, and have your self a beautiful week.

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What makes these chocolate banana muffins more healthy?

Conventional chocolate banana muffins, whereas completely scrumptious, are sometimes made with a number of refined sugar and butter or oil. I lightened these infants up a bit by sweetening them with simply 1/4 cup of honey and ripe, mashed bananas in order that they’re refined sugar free. You’ll additionally solely want 2 tablespoons of oil as a result of the muffins get further moisture from protein-packed greek yogurt! In addition they have a lift of entire grains because of entire wheat pastry flour as a substitute of white flour.

Elements in the perfect wholesome chocolate banana muffins

Whereas they’re chocolate muffins, they’re made with entire grains, protein packed greek yogurt, naturally sweetened with honey (or maple syrup) and include only a trace of chocolate sweetness. I name them perfection. Right here’s what you’ll have to make them:

  • Bananas: make sure you use tremendous ripe bananas with a number of brown spots to get the right quantity of sweetness and banana taste.
  • Honey: we’re additionally including just a little honey to spice up the sweetness. You too can use pure maple syrup in the event you’d like.
  • Egg: you’ll want one egg on this muffin recipe.
  • Oil: a pair tablespoons of olive oil so as to add moisture.
  • Yogurt: just a little yogurt provides extra moisture and a lift of protein. Be at liberty to make use of plain or vanilla 2% yogurt or entire milk greek yogurt.
  • Flour: you’ll want whole wheat pastry flour to present the muffins that fluff issue.
  • Cocoa powder: for the final word wealthy chocolate taste. Make sure you use prime quality cocoa powder or cacao powder for the perfect taste!
  • Baking staples: don’t overlook the vanilla extract, baking soda, and salt.
  • Chocolate chips: gotta have that melty chocolate in each chunk. Don’t overlook to sprinkle the muffins with a number of chocolate chips on high, too.

I like to high them with a dollop of peanut butter as a result of everybody is aware of PB + chocolate = life.

healthy chocolate banana muffins on a wire rack

Non-obligatory ingredient swaps

As with all baking recipes, I counsel sticking with the recipe as finest as potential to make sure that they arrive out completely each time. Listed below are a number of ingredient swaps I can advocate:

  • For the oil: be happy to make use of avocado oil, melted & cooled coconut oil, or melted butter or vegan butter instead of the olive oil.
  • For the yogurt: 2% plain greek yogurt provides the perfect moisture, however nonfat yogurt or dairy-free yogurt also needs to work properly.
  • For the flour: be happy to make use of white entire wheat flour or a mixture of entire wheat flour and all goal flour.

Can I make them gluten free?

I’ve solely examined these muffins utilizing entire wheat pastry flour or a mixture of entire wheat flour and all goal flour, so I can’t advocate a gluten-free substitute. Be at liberty to attempt my Paleo Double Chocolate Tahini Banana Muffins as a substitute!

What about vegan?

I haven’t examined a vegan model of those muffins both, however you can attempt swapping the egg for 1 flax egg, and utilizing your favourite plain or vanilla dairy free yogurt. Then make sure you use maple syrup as a substitute of the honey in addition to dairy free chocolate chips. Let me know within the feedback in the event you attempt it!

the best healthy chocolate banana muffins on a wire rack

Strive a wholesome chocolate banana bread

I feel these wholesome chocolate banana muffins might be made right into a bread, too! Merely pour the batter into an 8×4 inch loaf pan greased and lined with parchment paper. Bake for 40-55 minutes till a toothpick comes out clear.

Alternatively, attempt one among these scrumptious chocolate banana bread recipes:

Storing & freezing ideas

  1. To retailer: retailer these chocolate banana muffins on the counter in an airtight container for a day, then switch them to the fridge for as much as 4-5 days. The muffins get even fudgier after sitting in an hermetic container for a day; they sweeten up a bit and get tremendous gentle.
  2. To freeze: place the muffins in an hermetic container or reusable bag and freeze for as much as 3 months. Once you’re able to eat them, you may microwave them for 45 seconds-1 minute or till heat.

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Wholesome Double Chocolate Banana Muffins

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Wholesome double chocolate banana muffins made with entire grains and naturally sweetened with honey and ripe bananas. These wholesome chocolate banana muffins are completely moist and made in a single bowl for a simple breakfast or snack! Freezer-friendly and completely scrumptious.


  • 3
    medium ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/4
    honey or pure maple syrup
  • 1
    vanilla extract
  • 1
    massive egg
  • 2
    further virgin olive oil (can sub melted and cooled coconut oil, avocado oil or butter)
  • 1/2
    plain or vanilla 2% or whole-milk greek yogurt
  • 1
    entire wheat pastry flour or white entire wheat flour*
  • 1/2
    unsweetened cocoa powder or cacao powder (use a top quality cocoa powder)
  • 1
    baking soda
  • ¼
  • 1/2
    chocolate chips, plus 2 tablespoons for sprinkling on high


  1. Preheat oven to 350 levels F. Line a 12 cup muffin tin with muffin liners and spray with nonstick cooking spray.

  2. In a big bowl add the mashed bananas, honey, vanilla, egg, oil and greek yogurt. Whisk moist components collectively till properly mixed.

  3. Add dry components to moist components: entire wheat pastry flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Combine till mixed. Stir in 1/2 cup of chocolate chips.

  4. Pour batter into greased muffin cups. Sprinkle the remaining 2 tablespoons of chocolate chips on high of muffins. Bake for 23-27 minutes till the tester comes out clear.

Recipe Notes

*You need to use a mixture of common entire wheat flour and all goal, however these are finest when made with entire wheat pastry flour or white entire wheat flour.


Servings: 12 muffins

Serving dimension: 1 muffin

Energy: 180kcal

Fats: 8.1g

Saturated fats: 3.6g

Carbohydrates: 27.8g

Fiber: 4.1g

Sugar: 13.4g

Protein: 4.6g

Recipe by Monique Volz | Pictures by: Sarah Fennel

This submit was initially revealed on January third, 2017, and republished on April twentieth, 2023.