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
Why You Should Make These Banana Muffins
I cannot wait for you to try this banana muffin recipe. The muffins are so good. I know you will want to make them all the time! They are so easy to make. Anyone (even kids) can make them. For banana bread, take a look at our original banana bread recipe or this healthier banana bread made with olive oil and a little less sugar.
Here are a few more reasons we love these banana muffins:
- 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
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!
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 ¼ 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.
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 the 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.
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.
Vanilla extract — I barely bake anything sweet without a splash of vanilla extract. It adds richness and sweetness that sugar doesn’t provide.
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 use mini chocolate chips to make banana bread, too. In this recipe for chocolate chip banana bread, I love combining mini and regular chocolate chips.
How Long Do They Bake in the Oven?
The muffins take 20 to 25 minutes to bake. Take them out of the oven 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.
More Banana Recipes
If you love banana muffins, you will love banana bread! Here’s our classic banana bread recipe.
For a lighter version of these muffins, please take a look at our healthy banana blueberry muffins. In that recipe, we swap olive oil for the butter, use whole wheat flour and add blueberries instead of chocolate chips.
Our perfect banana pancakes made with buttermilk, mashed banana, and spices are such a treat!
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
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 can leave them out or swap for regular chocolate chips or fruit like blueberries or strawberries.
Watch Us Make the Recipe
You Will Need
5 tablespoons (70 grams) unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
1 ½ cups (195 grams) all purpose flour
1/2 cup (95 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 ¼ 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° Fahrenheit. Line muffin cups with paper liners. This recipe makes 12 regular-sized muffins.
Whisk the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.
In a separate 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 overmix.
Stir in the chocolate chips.
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 or melted vegan butter 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.