Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins Have Joy in Every Bite

Servings: 18-24 serving(s)

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total time: 40 minutes

Cooking time: 25 minutes

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When you want just a little something sweet, chocolate chip banana muffins are just the thing. Made wholesome with whole wheat flour, unsweetened coconut and yogurt.

Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

My dining room table makes a pretty good home office. It feels appropriate given that I work in food.

Those I feed are sitting nearby and the kitchen is just three steps to my right. I have a view of the yard, of birds flitting about, and I have been keeping track of a pair of mallard ducks that likes to wander down to our little stream.

We’re a lucky bunch here, for all sorts of reasons, but mostly because we’re tuning ourselves into the simply joys in each day.

“I will look for reasons to feel good and I will find them.”

-Abraham Hicks

I always find joy in the kitchen – and that’s under normal circumstances. Now, with so many people spending more time in the kitchen – for comfort, or necessity, or both – I’m feeling even more inspired. And that means I have all kinds of new recipe ideas to share with you.

Which brings me to this new recipe for Tropical Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins. It’s a recipe I have had kicking around for years, inspired by a recipe from Leite’s Culinaria.

Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

The recipe is a true cross between a cake and a wholesome muffin.

The muffins aren’t quite as sweet as a slice of cake and the texture is so lovely. The recipe calls for chocolate chips but you could substitute walnuts or pecans.


Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Made with whole wheat flour, bananas, yogurt and coconut these muffins have a lovely flavour and texture. They’re a little wholesome and so satisfying.

  • Author: Bridget Oland
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 24 1x


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups vegetable oil (I use grapeseed)
  • 3 Tbsp. Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt (or flavoured, if that’s all you have)
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 lg. eggs, room temp.
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F
  2. Line muffin pans with paper liners or grease them well.
  3. In a large bowl whisk together the flours, baking soda and salt.
  4. In another bowl whisk the bananas with the sugar, oil, molasses, yogurt and vanilla. Whisk in eggs, one at a time.
  5. Add wet ingredients to the flour mixture and stir until almost combined. Stir in coconut and chocolate chips.
  6. Spoon into prepared muffins pans, place pans in the oven and reduce the oven temperature to 350°F.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the tops are golden and spring back when lightly touched.


Substitute walnuts or pecans for the chocolate chips if you’d prefer the muffins to be less sweet.

This batter can be baked in mini banana bread tins. (Adjust baking time accordingly).

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9 thoughts on “Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins Have Joy in Every Bite

  1. Colin Smith says:

    Fun treat! Recipe made 14 for me! Bonus!

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      So pleased you enjoyed them. Thanks for sharing your photo online :)

  2. bonnie berry says:

    I am diabetic wonder if a diet sugar would work?

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Bonnie, Have you baked with diet sugar before? If you have a diabetic-friendly sugar you’re used to baking with you could give it a try. I haven’t ever used a diet sugar so am not familiar with how they perform in baking.

  3. m s hunter says:

    how ripe should the bananas be? i am thinking black skins and maybe bruised banana itself but not totally mushy?
    can i put them in the fridge to hurry the ripening?
    thanks much
    i love molasses! and your recipes!!!

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi – as long as the bananas have some brown spots they’ll be great in this recipe. They don’t need to be black, just no longer perfectly yellow.

  4. David Nicoll says:

    Very good muffins! I followed recipe to the letter and got 17 good size muffins. It would be nice to have nutritional information with your recipes.(?)
    I plan to try your brown soda bread this weekend as well. Thanks!

  5. AD Lister says:

    Sounds very good. Is there a substitute for yogurt? That isn’t something we have in our household.

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      You could use sour cream in place of yogurt.

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