Wholesome Chocolate Banana Muffins | Formidable Kitchen


This unimaginable muffin recipe comes from the AK archives again in 2017 and studying again on the put up was such a enjoyable journey down reminiscence lane. I wrote it proper after Tony and I bought 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 lady 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 a wonderful baking day after discovering my banana chocolate chip muffins and emailed me the kindest word and cutest photograph.

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 put up replace, it’s so enjoyable to assume again on that reminiscence and the ways in which Formidable Kitchen has touched so many lives through the years.

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

healthy double chocolate banana muffins in a muffin tin

What makes these chocolate banana muffins more healthy?

Conventional chocolate banana muffins, whereas completely scrumptious, are usually 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! Additionally they have a lift of complete grains due to complete wheat pastry flour as an alternative of white flour.

Components in the very best wholesome chocolate banana muffins

Whereas they’re chocolate muffins, they’re made with complete 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: you’ll want to use tremendous ripe bananas with a number of brown spots to get the proper quantity of sweetness and banana taste.
  • Honey: we’re additionally including a bit honey to spice up the sweetness. You can too 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: a bit yogurt provides extra moisture and a lift of protein. Be happy to make use of plain or vanilla 2% yogurt or complete milk greek yogurt.
  • Flour: you’ll want complete wheat pastry flour to offer the muffins that fluff issue.
  • Cocoa powder: for the final word wealthy chocolate taste. Make sure to use prime quality cocoa powder or cacao powder for the very best taste!
  • Baking staples: don’t neglect the vanilla extract, baking soda, and salt.
  • Chocolate chips: gotta have that melty chocolate in each chew. Don’t neglect to sprinkle the muffins with a couple of chocolate chips on prime, too.

I like to prime 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 greatest as attainable to make sure that they arrive out completely each time. Listed here are a couple 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 very best moisture, however nonfat yogurt or dairy-free yogurt also needs to work properly.
  • For the flour: be happy to make use of white complete wheat flour or a mixture of complete wheat flour and all goal flour.

Can I make them gluten free?

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

What about vegan?

I haven’t examined a vegan model of those muffins both, however you might attempt swapping the egg for 1 flax egg, and utilizing your favourite plain or vanilla dairy free yogurt. Then you’ll want to use maple syrup as an alternative 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 could 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 in all these scrumptious chocolate banana bread recipes:

Storing & freezing ideas

  1. To retailer: retailer these chocolate banana muffins on the counter in an hermetic 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 tender.
  2. To freeze: place the muffins in an hermetic container or reusable bag and freeze for as much as 3 months. If you’re able to eat them, you possibly can microwave them for 45 seconds-1 minute or till heat.

healthy chocolate banana muffin with a bite taken out

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Wholesome Double Chocolate Banana Muffins

healthy chocolate banana muffin with a bite taken out

Wholesome double chocolate banana muffins made with complete 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 straightforward 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
    complete wheat pastry flour or white complete 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 prime


  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: complete 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 prime of muffins. Bake for 23-27 minutes till the tester comes out clear.

Recipe Notes

*You should use a mixture of common complete wheat flour and all goal, however these are greatest when made with complete wheat pastry flour or white complete wheat flour.


Servings: 12 muffins

Serving measurement: 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 put up was initially printed on January third, 2017, and republished on April twentieth, 2023.



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