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How to make easy banana muffins from scratch. We add mini chocolate chips, but they are excellent plain or with nuts added. Jump to the Easy Banana Muffins Recipe or read on to see our tips for making them.

Forget the air freshener, make these muffins instead! The sweet aroma of banana, sugar and chocolate baking in the oven is amazing. If a candle maker is reading this, we just found your new scent.

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How to Make Really Good Banana Muffins

These easy banana muffins come together quickly and you don’t need any fancy equipment to make them.

How to Easily Make Banana Muffins

Start with the dry ingredients: flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Just mix everything with a fork or whisk. For the wet ingredients, combine 3 very ripe bananas with an egg, vanilla extract, and melted butter. Then simply stir the wet ingredients into the dry until a batter forms.

For a lighter version of these muffins, 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.

Adding the wet ingredients to the dry

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.

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Baked muffins

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 Recipe 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 unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1/2 cup 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 mini or regular-size chocolate chips


    Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line muffin cups with paper liners. (This 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 come out clean, about 25 minutes.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • Nutrition facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA Supertracker recipe 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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40 comments… Leave a Comment
  • rhea June 6, 2014, 5:10 am

    The muffins were delicious! Just like in the picture..

  • Miss Goodas April 28, 2014, 4:40 am

    Can I replace the brown sugar with Splenda?

    • Joanne May 16, 2014, 12:21 pm

      Hi there, you might be able to. We have never tried this. You could check advice from Splenda (maybe on the bag?) for how to substitute for it in recipes.

  • Christin March 27, 2014, 12:36 pm

    Great muffins! I only had 2 bananas, but the muffins still taste wonderful. I also forgot to buy vanilla this week, so I used maple syrup instead. These are tasty muffins! Will make again.

    • Joanne April 3, 2014, 11:07 am

      Maple syrup is a great idea.

    • Christin January 17, 2016, 9:46 pm

      Still making these muffins 2 years later. Everyone loves them. Five stars!

  • liezl March 2, 2014, 12:44 pm

    I love it! Quick-easy-simple recipe. My muffin turned out perfect! Thank you for fork advice no wonder my muffin turns out rock solid sometimes. I baked mine 25 mins and it was perfect!

  • puja sharma August 28, 2013, 11:20 am

    hello…saw ur recipe n would love to make it…but can u pls tell me how much is 1 cup in terms of grams/oz for ur recipes…as i googled i found that 1 cup sugar = 200 gms/ 8 oz and 1 cup flour= 140 gms/ 5 oz…is this measurements apply to ur recipes too…pls help…thank u… 🙂

    • Joanne August 28, 2013, 12:45 pm

      Hi there — Yep! In our kitchen we usually get between 140 and 145 grams for one cup of flour and 200 grams for sugar.

      • puja sharma August 29, 2013, 6:22 am

        thank u soooo much for ur reply… 🙂

  • Julien March 23, 2013, 6:05 pm

    it was very nice and delicious it turned out wonderful, but i did not add the chocolate chip as it will make the muffin very sweet.(so it is just a banana muffin)

  • Kim August 31, 2012, 12:28 pm

    I made these in mini muffin tins and my 2 year old loves them. Very good recipe

    • Jennifer February 28, 2017, 10:37 am

      Hi I am wondering how long you made the mini muffins? Same time frame and temperature?

  • Nina Cross May 17, 2012, 1:33 pm

    So excited to try these!

  • CJ @ Morsels of Life February 29, 2012, 10:17 pm

    Looks so tasty! I made some banana chocolate chip bread before, but these muffins look better. I’ll have to give them a try. 🙂

  • Nahomy February 27, 2012, 7:26 pm

    yumm!!! so delicious, but I like banana nut muffins better 😉


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