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

Directions

    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.
  • Nutrition facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA database calculator to calculate approximate values.

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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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102 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Jenny Karson August 6, 2020, 1:09 am

    Delicious and fluffy! Batter refrigerates well too

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  • Liz July 29, 2020, 10:39 am

    Excellent recipe! Muffins are delicious. My 15 year old son requests them all the time. I follow the recipe exactly as written but only bake about 18 minutes (my oven is fast).

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  • Angel Reyes July 8, 2020, 7:39 am

    Best banana chocolate chip muffins, I have made these three times and every time everyone has loved it. Fully recommend.

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    • Bronwyn July 23, 2020, 10:22 am

      This is now my go-to banana muffin recipe. I use 1 cup of whole wheat flour, 1/2 cup of all purpose and reduce the chocolate chips a tad and they still come out great.

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  • Azura June 30, 2020, 6:23 pm

    Tried this with some added milk to ease stirring in the wet ingredients, muffins turned out wonderful! Thank you.

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  • Dean June 25, 2020, 9:58 am

    G’day from Perth, Western Australia! Have made these a few times for the office and again this morning for our girls to take for school lunch box. So easy and stunning results every time! Thanks so much you guys and keep up the great work…..time to look for some recipes to make for cold, wet winter nights down here 🙂 Cheers Dean

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  • Ernestina Lopez June 3, 2020, 10:20 am

    Yummy and easy to make. I add chocolate chips on top. You should try this.

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  • Kristi Willard May 31, 2020, 4:14 pm

    I made these this morning in my mini muffin pan and they are glorious! Twelve minutes was all they needed to become moist and delicious.

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  • Christine May 29, 2020, 12:49 pm

    Just made these this morning. Other than being slightly dry, these are hands down the best banana chocolate chip muffins I’ve ever had. They are disappearing quickly!

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  • Ally May 27, 2020, 1:03 pm

    They were good. I added a tsp of cinnamon just for personal preference. Otherwise, I followed the recipe exact and they came out a little dry. I only baked for 20 min.

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  • Margaret Northcott May 19, 2020, 7:16 pm

    i just made the Banana muffins. Delicious. Substituted chocolate chips for chopped walnuts. Will most definately make them again.

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  • Cristina Hernandez May 18, 2020, 9:10 pm

    I just made these and wow, they’re amazing! If you’re wondering if you should use this recipe or not, do yourself a favor and go make it right now!

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  • Meagan May 17, 2020, 10:26 am

    BEST BANANA MUFFINS! My children are OBSESSED with these muffins! They want them for every meal and BEG me to make them! They request them for dessert even over chocolate chip cookies and CRY when they run out. I never leave reviews but I had to after theses were such a hit. You will NOT be disappointed! Also, you can use this batter in a greased waffle iron and make banana chocolate chip waffles which are also incredible. Do yourself a favor and make these!

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