Easy Banana Muffins with Chocolate Chips

These banana muffins are so easy! See how we make muffins that are fluffy, moist, and taste amazing. I love adding chocolate chips, but you can leave them out or swap them for nuts. Jump to the Easy Banana Muffins Recipe or watch our quick video showing you how we make them.

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Why You Should Make These Banana Muffins

I cannot wait for you to try this banana muffin recipe. They are so good I think you will want to make them all the time! Here are a few reasons we love it:

  • These muffins are so easy to make, anyone (even kids) can make them.
  • There are no fancy ingredients and everything you need to make these muffins is probably already in your kitchen.
  • The batter takes less than 10 minutes to put together.
  • They keep well and can be frozen for treats later in the month.

Let Me Show You How To Make The Best Banana Muffins, You’ve Got This!

These easy banana muffins come together quickly and you don’t need any fancy equipment to make them. So whether you bake all the time or this is your very first time, I promise you’ll be a banana muffin baking superstar in no time!

A top down view of four baked banana muffins dotted with mini chocolate chips.

Step One: Whisk The Dry Ingredients Together

So the dry ingredients are well combined, I like to whisk them together in a bowl before combining them with the other muffin ingredients. For the dry ingredients, you will need:

  • Flour — I prefer to use all-purpose flour, but whole wheat works well in this recipe. You can also substitute your favorite gluten-free flour blend.
  • Brown sugar — Sugar adds moisture, sweetness, and makes the muffins tender. If you only have white sugar, don’t worry, you can use it instead.
  • Baking powder and baking soda — These are both leaveners and are what make the muffins rise.
  • Salt — Just a tiny bit of salt makes these muffins ultra-flavorful.

Step 2: Mash The Bananas

You don’t need a mixer to mash bananas — a fork works perfectly fine. For this banana muffin recipe, we need 1 1/4 cups of mashed banana. That means you’ll need two large or three medium bananas to make the recipe. I mash them in the bottom of a mixing bowl so I can fit the rest of the muffin ingredients.

Just like when making banana bread, the bananas you use for these easy muffins matter. We want the bananas to be sweet and extra ripe. If your bananas have lots of brown speckles on them or are black, you are well on your way to making the best banana muffins of your life.

A bowl with three bananas being mashed with a fork and discarded speckled banana peel off one side.
I use a fork to mash the bananas. No mixer or fancy equipment required.

Step 3: Combine The Wet Ingredients

Since I mashed the banana in the bottom of a larger bowl, I add the remaining muffin ingredients directly to them. For the remaining ingredients, you will need:

  • Melted butter — Butter adds a luscious, buttery flavor to the muffins. For banana bread without butter, you can substitute oil. Muffins with oil won’t taste as rich, but the texture will be light and fluffy.
  • Egg — An egg adds structure and tenderness to the muffins. For eggless banana muffins, swap the egg for a flax egg (I’ve provided instructions in the notes section of the recipe).
  • Vanilla extract — I barely bake anything sweet without a splash of vanilla extract. It adds richness and a sweetness that sugar doesn’t really provide.
A small saucepan filled with melted butter being poured into a bowl with mashed bananas, one egg, and vanilla extract.
Melted butter, egg, and vanilla makes these simple banana muffins tender, buttery, and delicious.

Step 4: Combine Everything Together And Add Chocolate Chips

The last step for these muffins is to combine the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients and if you are adding them, stir in chocolate chips. I don’t know if you can tell from the photos, but I add mini chocolate chips to my banana muffins. The mini chips make sure you get a chocolaty bite every time.

I actually use mini chocolate chips to make banana bread, too. In this easy chocolate chip banana bread recipe, I love combining mini and regular chocolate chips.

Mini chocolate chips being poured into a bowl with banana muffin batter.
I love using mini chocolate chips so every bite has little bits of chocolate in it.

How Long Do They Bake In The Oven?

The muffins take 20 to 25 minutes to bake. You can tell when they are done when the tops are golden and after inserting a toothpick in the center of a muffin, it comes out clean.

For mini muffins, the bake time will be less. I’d expect 10 to 15 minutes.

A side view of baked banana muffins in a yellow dish.

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Recipe updated, originally posted February 2012. Since posting this in 2012, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear. – Adam and Joanne

Easy Banana Muffins with Chocolate Chips

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For the best banana muffins, use very ripe bananas. In fact if you can wait a day for browned, overripe and speckled bananas, they are even better. Just before baking, we throw in mini chocolate chips. You could leave them out or swap for regular chocolate chips or fruit like blueberries or strawberries.

Approximately 16 muffins

You Will Need

5 tablespoons (70 grams) unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly

1 1/2 cups (190 grams) all purpose flour

1/2 cup (50 grams) packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

3 ripe medium bananas, mashed with a fork, about 1 1/4 cups mashed

1 large egg

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

3/4 cup (130 grams) mini or regular-size chocolate chips


    Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line muffin cups with paper liners. This recipe makes more than 12 muffins, so you will need to bake in batches.

    Whisk the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.

    In another bowl, whisk the melted butter, mashed banana, egg, and vanilla until blended.

    Add the banana mixture to the bowl with dry ingredients then use a fork to combine. Do not over mix. Stir in chocolate. Fill muffin cups 3/4 full. Bake until a toothpick can be inserted and comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • For mini muffins, expect that the bake time will be 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Vegan / egg-free banana bread: Replace the egg with a flax egg. To make a flax egg, mix 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal (ground raw flaxseed) with 2 1/2 tablespoons water. Set it aside for about 5 minutes to thicken then use to replace the egg in the recipe.
  • Melted coconut oil can be substituted for melted butter.
  • Nutrition facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA database calculator to calculate approximate values.

If you make this recipe, snap a photo and hashtag it #inspiredtaste — We love to see your creations on Instagram and Facebook! Find us: @inspiredtaste

Nutrition Per Serving: Serving Size 1 muffin / Calories 163 / Protein 2 g / Carbohydrate 26 g / Dietary Fiber 1 g / Total Sugars 14 g / Total Fat 6 g / Saturated Fat 4 g / Cholesterol 21 mg / Sodium 182 mg
AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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119 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Sonja July 10, 2021, 7:05 pm

    Great muffins! But the sugar weight and cup don’t matchup for me. 1/2 cup packed brown sugar weighs near 100gms not 50gms. I went with the cup measure. 🙂 Handy tip: Use metal whisk to crush and whisk bananas. So easy and faster than a fork.

  • Tash July 6, 2021, 4:07 pm

    Delicious muffins !! Definitely making them again, moist, light and fluffy 🙂 super easy recipe to follow, I used dark choc chips which tasted really yummy😋

  • Briana May 30, 2021, 9:24 pm

    These muffins are amazing. I made a few swaps, and they turned out really good. I did not have unsalted butter so I used olive oil. I swapped the brown sugar for maple syrup. Finally, I used a mixture of peanut butter and chocolate chips. My family loved them.

  • Bobbie May 15, 2021, 7:43 pm

    Best muffins ever and super easy!!

  • Ana May 3, 2021, 5:45 pm

    Loved this recipe, used margarine instead of butter and still was great!

  • Claire March 8, 2021, 6:11 am

    Made your amazing blueberry muffins yum! Can l use oil in the banana muffins instead of butter and add cocoa for more chocolate? Thanks for a brilliant and very easy recipe.

  • Angelica January 28, 2021, 9:39 am

    Love these! Left out the butter and brown sugar and just did 1/2 cup agave and they were moist and perfect!!

  • Ashleigh December 22, 2020, 9:02 am

    These muffins have become a staple in our home that the whole family enjoy. I’ve started making double batches because my son can eat them for breakfast, lunch and supper! Lol They are so simple to make and taste absolutely yummy. Thank you for sharing this recipe😊

  • Mary H December 7, 2020, 12:12 pm

    This has been my “go to” mini muffin recipe for the last year, so it’s about time I leave a comment. Love that you discuss substitutions, as I get great results switching out the butter for olive oil. Makes them feel almost like a health food. As a batch of these lasts less than 48 hours in our house, any little concession to healthier choices helps!

  • Noelle Franklyn November 21, 2020, 4:02 pm

    This recipe makes great mini muffins. No paper liners needed, just grease up the tin. Easy and delicious!

  • Lauren November 18, 2020, 5:15 pm

    I truly never mileage comments on recipes I find online but WOW! This recipe is amazing and delicious!!! I did add a 4th banana as other people had commented it might be dry without. I laughed when I took a bite they were so good! Saving this recipe forever! Thank you!

  • Arya November 11, 2020, 9:43 am

    Turned out really well! I used light margarine as a replacement to butter and it was still really good! Kids and hubby love it! Thank you!

  • Mercedes Vera October 13, 2020, 1:11 pm

    Excellent and super easy to make! I made 24 mini muffins in less than 30 minutes.Delicious Thanks

  • Akos Amoah-Gyampoh September 21, 2020, 3:17 pm

    Love these muffins! I use 4 ripe bananas instead of 3 and these always come out perfectly moist. When I used 3 I also experienced some dryness .


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