Chocolate Banana Muffins

Every so often when I shopping, I see those pretty, yellow bunches of bananas and I just can’t resist buying a bunch.   I have visions of my children suddenly loving the texture of bananas and begging for more.  Or of myself making grand breakfasts every morning teeming with bananas and all sorts of other healthy things.

But in reality, I give my boys bananas for lunch and they crinkle their noses and tell me they’re slimy.  And I make myself peanut butter and banana toast once and promptly forget that I have bananas.  Until, of course, the smell of overripe bananas permeates my kitchen.

When this happened (again) I was about to make some banana bread.   But my boys sometimes get finicky about banana bread (have I mentioned that they’re picky?) so I decided to make some muffins instead.  And not just any muffins, chocolate muffins…with flax seed…and two kinds of chocolate chips.  I think I might hide these from the kids and just eat them myself.

Recipe Notes:
*Don’t have access to flax seed?  Replace it with additional whole wheat or all purpose flour.

Chocolate Banana Muffins
Adapted from Edesia’s Notebook

3 very ripe bananas, mashed
½ cup canola oil
½ brown sugar, packed
2 eggs
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup all purpose flour
¾ cup whole wheat flour
¼ cup ground flax seed
6 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
¼ cup white chocolate chips
¼ cup mini semi sweet chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line muffin tins with paper liners.

In a medium sized bowl, stir together the mashed bananas, oil, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the flours, flax, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.

Pour the dry ingredients over the wet ingredients and stir until just combined.  The batter will still be quite lumpy.  Fold in the chocolate chips.

Divide the batter evenly into the prepared muffin tins; filling each up about 2/3 full.  Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the muffins comes out clean.  Move to wire racks and cool.

Makes 14 muffins


  1. You certainly found a way to make bananas appetizing plus some. I find that children either love or hate bananas. There doesn't seem to be a middle ground.

  2. These sound delicious and I don't blame you for hiding them front the kids ;) Bananas are a funny thing - I love them by themselves and sometimes in things, but sometimes they have a way of overpowering baked items. With all of these other strong flavors, I'm sure it's a delicious balance. Thanks so much for sharing...

  3. Absolutely gorgeous muffins!!! They look great.

  4. I had that problem with leftover bananas before.. Now somehow I buy more and we eat more :D have none for muffins :D

  5. i made these last night. they are so good! thanks for the recipe, amy!


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