banana chocolate chip muffins

To be perfectly honest, my appetite post-flu really hasn’t been in full force lately. Nothing has sounded good!

Well, except for The Pioneer Woman’s shrimp scampi and a certain batch of banana chocolate chip muffins.

As I stood over the stove, shoveling the last bit of buttery garlicky angel hair noodles into my mouth, I eyed a couple bananas that I had let go during the past week of being sick and my family visiting. Usually, I would freeze my bananas to make smoothies in the morning (there’s only so much banana breadΒ  you can bake!) but right then, the idea of small muffins, dense with chocolate and bananas, sounded absolutely delicious.

These are one bowl muffins and not just ’cause my Kitchen Aid is broken (fact). They are one bowl muffins because you really don’t need to mix muffin batter all that much. They will turn out like stones! All you do is pretty much dump everything in the bowl, mix gently and bake.

Yep, it’s THAT easy.

After taking a bite, I realized these were exactly what I was craving. They are a bit smaller than your average muffin and maybe not as pretty as their streusel-topped cousins, but wow…were they ever good.

And just to set the record straight: I had the stomach flu. I am 100% definitely positively certainly not pregnant. Trust me on this one.

Banana Chocolate Muffins

makes about 12 muffins

Print this recipe!


2 very, very, very ripe bananas, mashed

4 Tbsp melted butter

3/4 cup sugar

1 egg

1/4th tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

1.5 cups flour

3/4 cup chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350.

In a large bowl, combine mashed bananas with melted butter and sugar. Mix well. Add the egg and beat well.

Sprinkle in salt, baking soda and flour. Then, gently fold in chocolate chips. Be careful not to overmix!

Divide amongst greased muffin tins and bake for 30 minutes until golden.


45 minutes

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  • Natalie @ Nitty Grits
    August 30, 2011 at 4:39 am

    eek! How did your Kitchen Aid break? Muffins look delicious, just as I’m trying to decide what to have for breakfast this morning….

    • Baking N Books
      August 30, 2011 at 5:18 am

      I love a muffin crumbled onto a yogurt dish. πŸ™‚

  • Molly @ RDexposed
    August 30, 2011 at 4:50 am

    You’re not kidding around with a recipe when you throw in a picture of a pound of butter.

  • Khushboo
    August 30, 2011 at 4:57 am

    Chocolate and bananas together is always a good idea! Better yet when butter is added!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    August 30, 2011 at 5:00 am

    muffins are where it’s at…i still don’t understand how i didn’t love them so much before!

  • Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray
    August 30, 2011 at 5:09 am

    The chocolate and banana combination is the best! These look delightful!

  • Kathryn
    August 30, 2011 at 5:11 am

    I love these cute little dinky muffins – so easy to pick up and eat on the go.

  • Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance
    August 30, 2011 at 5:14 am

    When I saw on twitter that you were making shrimp scampi for dinner last night, I was very tempted to have it for breakfast.

  • Kate
    August 30, 2011 at 5:19 am

    thesse look fabulous so rich and gooey!

  • Baking N Books
    August 30, 2011 at 5:20 am

    Jenna, you absolutely made my day. I can’t tell you. The simplicity of a true chocolate-chip banana muffin is exactly my type of thing.

    And I agree when I’m sick or not feeling me, all that really agrees with me are carbs – muffins, bread with butter, pasta – oh and roasted chicken? Don’t ask. There are worst problems πŸ™‚

  • Em
    August 30, 2011 at 5:24 am

    Yum. These look great. I’ll try later this week. I have 5 very, very ripe bananas on the counter right now.

    Glad you’re feeling a bit better. Scampi has very healing properties. πŸ™‚

  • Bev Weidner
    August 30, 2011 at 5:25 am

    I need to figure out how to face-plant those babies and I’m SET.

  • Lauren @ What Lauren Likes
    August 30, 2011 at 5:34 am

    Love banana muffins! Adding chocolate chips of course is a must! Great recipe πŸ™‚

  • Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray
    August 30, 2011 at 5:44 am

    Oh no, I hope your KitchenAid gets fixed soon! Excellent improvisation in the meantime. πŸ™‚

  • R @ Learning As I Chop
    August 30, 2011 at 5:47 am

    For the record, I never thought you were pregnant. Glad you’re feeling better.

  • Kelly
    August 30, 2011 at 5:58 am

    Ugh! It is so aggravating that everyone automatically jumps to conclusions about bloggers being pregnant when they are genuinely not feeling well. Either that or they’re trying to marry you off. People CAN be sick without being preggers, people!! Plus, everything happens on its own time and given the nature of this medium, any big, life altering news will be announced in its own time. Let the girl vomit in peace, I say! πŸ™‚

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg
    August 30, 2011 at 5:59 am

    I’m glad you’re feeling better — and these muffins look delicious — I love choc + banana.

  • Emily
    August 30, 2011 at 5:59 am

    Yummmm!! Hope my banana’s get ripe real soon and that youre feeling better even sooner πŸ™‚

  • Kristen @ Popcorn on the Stove
    August 30, 2011 at 6:04 am

    I am going to make these as soon as I get home!! They look so yummy!

  • Cait's Plate
    August 30, 2011 at 6:10 am

    You really cannot beat the chocolate/banana combo. I make this in cookie form and it’s just so good every time.

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    August 30, 2011 at 6:21 am

    Yummmm sounds delicious! I’d take a muffin over a cupcake any day. I can’t remember the last time I actually ate a banana that was ripe – ALL of mine go into the freezer for smoothies!

  • laura
    August 30, 2011 at 6:26 am

    you possibly being pregnant didn’t even cross my mind, what kinda crazy thoughts!

    I love a simple combo like banana & chocolate, they were meant to be. when summer comes (in australia) around I’m thinking of frozen banana dipped in melted chocolate. I might even get really crazy & freeze the chocolate bananas. ohhhh yummy

    • Katherine
      August 30, 2011 at 5:24 pm

      I’m hoping the price of bananas will have dropped by then, Laura! I’ve been dying to make banana bread (and now these muffins!) but I can’t justify letting the bananas get old when they cost so much : s

  • Corey @ Learning Patience
    August 30, 2011 at 6:29 am

    Ohh….waiting for my bananas to go bad…..must make soon!

    xoxo from Trinidad

  • Mary
    August 30, 2011 at 6:56 am

    Do you think whole wheat pastry flour would work in this recipe instead of all purpose flour? I bought some whole wheat pastry flour and I’m dying to try it, but have never used it before. Thanks!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen
    August 30, 2011 at 6:59 am

    Muffins in general are my favorite thing to bake b/c of how simple they are. Even if a recipe calls for two bowl, I usually cheat and throw it all into 1 and they still come out fine πŸ™‚

  • Jil @ Big City, Lil' Kitchen
    August 30, 2011 at 7:15 am

    Ahh, I was planning on making banana bread muffins today… might have to add some chips to some of them. πŸ™‚

  • Hilliary@HappilyEverHealthy
    August 30, 2011 at 7:37 am

    Banana Chocolate Chip muffins are my all time favorite! It is a rainy day here in Minnesota… I may have to make these! There is nothing better then the smell of banana muffins baking, well and cinnamon sugar!

  • Lisa @ Life in Green
    August 30, 2011 at 7:45 am

    I’d say these would be a perfect pick me up to repair the tummy.

  • Jess @ Fit Chick in the City
    August 30, 2011 at 7:46 am

    Thank you for this! I was just trying to figure out what I wanted to bake with my over-ripe bananas.

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite
    August 30, 2011 at 7:48 am

    I love putting chocolate chips in my banana bread πŸ™‚

  • Erin
    August 30, 2011 at 7:53 am

    Your Kitchenaid is broken!? How sad. Hope it gets fixed soon, in the mean time keep making awesome things like this.

  • Mel
    August 30, 2011 at 7:57 am

    Hahahah, I love your pregnancy disclaimer! Way to tell it like it is. Also, my mom has the same Kitchen Aid as you do, and she’ll never let me use it! She’s too afraid I’ll break it. So I’ve been using an electric mixer circa 1983…LOVE it.

  • Lauren from Lauren's Latest
    August 30, 2011 at 8:00 am

    Being sick is the worst! Hope you’re feeling a little better! These muffins look like they could do the trick!

  • Miriam @ Overtime Cook
    August 30, 2011 at 8:01 am

    Yum! Banana and chocolate go so great together. I’ve gotta try this- bookmarking the recipe!


  • Erika @ The Teenage Taste
    August 30, 2011 at 8:08 am

    Mmmmmmm…bananas and chocolate. Definitely the way to get your appetite back after being sick! πŸ˜›

  • Janna
    August 30, 2011 at 8:10 am

    Hahah! Great comment about not being pregnant lol I think people live vicariously through you and would love any sort of drama in your life, good or bad. Anyway, muffins look great!

  • Lauren R.
    August 30, 2011 at 8:13 am

    Stinks that your kitchen aid is broken. I bought mine from Williams- Sonoma and they have a 100% lifetime guarantee. You should check to see if you have any sort of guarantee to get a brand new one for free! Also, that totally sucks that people jump to conclusions and immediately think that you are pregnant. I will take you for your word that you had the stomach flu! Glad you are feeling better.

  • Stephanie Rose
    August 30, 2011 at 8:19 am

    I swear every time I make something you post about it the next day! It’s crazy. Great minds things a like! I made a batch like this for the morning of the hurricane. They were delicious! Glad you are feeling better Jenna!

  • Carissa @ ChoiceSustenance
    August 30, 2011 at 8:26 am

    I’ve been so hungry for banana bread lately, but all the recipes I find either have a ton of oil or just don’t sound great. I love how plain and simple this one is!

  • Joanna
    August 30, 2011 at 8:28 am

    Oh my word!! I was looking for this exact recipe last night and was somewhat surprised that you didn’t have it or something similar in your recipes. And then this am having my oatmeal and coffee reading your blog… va-voom, here she be!

  • allie
    August 30, 2011 at 8:30 am

    Thanks for sharing! Chocolate chip banana muffins are the best! Love them.

  • Girl in the pink
    August 30, 2011 at 8:32 am

    Another recipe to add to my list!

    I wish that they sold really ripe bananas – I have no use for newer ones!

  • kaila @ healthy helper!
    August 30, 2011 at 8:40 am

    My mom is baking chocolate chip banana bread today! So this post made me even more excited for it to get out of the oven!

  • Anna @ Food Fitness and Frolicking
    August 30, 2011 at 8:46 am

    This recipe leaves no room for excuses why you can’t whip up a batch of banana muffins anytime, anywhere πŸ™‚

  • Caroline @ chocolate and carrots
    August 30, 2011 at 9:12 am

    Perfect after sickness treat! πŸ™‚ I’m sorry to hear about your kitchen-aide. I didn’t think those things were allowed to break. You should demand another one. πŸ˜‰

  • Moni'sMeals
    August 30, 2011 at 9:44 am

    basically this is my favorite combo ever! And for a muffin… I do not want berries or fruit… I want chocolate chips always.
    This is a fantastic, easy recipe and I would not be shocked if I make them later. πŸ™‚


  • Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles
    August 30, 2011 at 9:54 am

    I’ve been craving all things chocolate lately. The banana-chocolate combo is one of my favorites…an ultimate comfort food for those of us challenged with a sweet tooth.

  • Sarah @ Sarah's Modern Bites
    August 30, 2011 at 10:47 am

    Whoa! These would be awesome with some vanilla ice cream, no? Or maybe strawberry ice cream for the banana split effect haha

    Think it would be okay to substitute whole wheat flour in these?

    • jenna
      August 30, 2011 at 5:01 pm

      you could try whole wheat pastry flour..I wouldn’t do 100% whole wheat though…they will be as hard as rocks!

  • Darien
    August 30, 2011 at 10:49 am

    i would weep if Olga (my kitchenaid/workhorse) was out of function.

    also, those muffins make my bowl of cottage cheese and trader joes o’s look sad.

  • Sally Anne @ PaleoRunnerGirl
    August 30, 2011 at 10:52 am

    These muffins must be TO DIE FOR with all that butter! I think that is always the secret ingredient that gives excellent results! Paula Deen would be proud!

  • Cat @Breakfast to Bed
    August 30, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Everytime I even so much as something not smelling good to me, everyone assumes I’m knocked up.

  • Lauren
    August 30, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Just made some banana choc chip muffins yesterday with whole wheat flour, four bananas and a whole stick of butter πŸ™‚ and they turn out sooo good. Hope you are feeling better soon!

  • Shari @ The Daily Dish
    August 30, 2011 at 11:34 am

    These really do sound easy! And they look awesome! Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚

  • Heather {ModernMealsforTwo}
    August 30, 2011 at 11:35 am

    This is perfect timing! I just made banana bread and was eating a piece thinking, this would be even better with chocolate. Thanks for sharing!

  • Elizabeth @ Coppertop Kitchen
    August 30, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Half the time when I come over to your blog, I see a thing that I just made the night before. It’s like we’re having recipe ESP or something. Weeeeird. But yup, banana chocolate chip bread. Last weekend. Fact. Super delicious.

  • Alexa @ Simple Eats
    August 30, 2011 at 11:52 am

    These sound delicious! I’d probably make it more decadent and spear ’em with peanut butter πŸ™‚

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
    August 30, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    I love making muffins with my overripe bananas, too. The ones I make usually don’t have eggs in them, just the nanas and usually no gluten either, i.e. just oats or oat flour, so they never get as pretty as some people’s muffins..they are kind of short and flat but they taste good. Nothing like ripe bananas to make muffies great.

    “I had the stomach flu. I am 100% definitely positively certainly not pregnant. Trust me on this one.”–
    Glad you got that cleared up for everyone. I’m sure people asked you.

    I’m just glad you’re on the mend! πŸ™‚

  • meagan
    August 30, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    …And they’re in the oven! Yum. So excited.

  • KatieG@ Just Roll With It
    August 30, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    These look delicious! Love the gooey chocolate!..okay, now I need chocolate, ha!

  • Katrina
    August 30, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Simple and tasty. Yes please!

  • Natasha (OveLoves)
    August 30, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    These sound delicious. Nothing goes better with bananas than chocolate (well, maybe Nutella but it’s a chocolate form).


  • Leslie Means
    August 30, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    Holy cats – that looks fantastic!! Too bad my husband isn’t a fan of bananas! Guess that leaves more for me and my girls!

  • Meghan @ StruggleMuffins
    August 30, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Ohhh dearrr, these look too tasty to pass up. There’s something so heavenly about a chocolate chip muffin when the choc chips reach that perfect level of meltyess and the banana adds that extra tid bit of feely goodness in that sort of ‘I’m eating something healthy because there’s fruit in this recipe’ way πŸ™‚

  • amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    August 30, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Mmm. I have such a weakness for banana chocolate chip muffins. These look soooo good!

  • Heidi - Apples Under My Bed
    August 30, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    I’m sure these did the trick, helping you get better! Banana and chocolate – a match made in heaven πŸ™‚
    Heidi xo

  • Arlene
    August 30, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Just took a batch out of the oven and they look delicious. I only got 9 muffins of the batch but I guess I like my muffins big!

  • Nicole @ Giraffelegs
    August 30, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    yummm. Anything that incorporates chocolate is right up my alley.

  • Jaydee
    August 30, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    Is this something I can use almond flour for. I have regular flour but I got almond flour thinking I was a cool foodie and I never use it πŸ™

    • jenna
      August 30, 2011 at 5:00 pm

      I wouldn’t! Almond flour doesn’t contain enough gluten to hold them together. Try macaroons instead πŸ™‚

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    August 30, 2011 at 5:00 pm

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  • Anne
    August 30, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Just ate one of 6 big muffins. They are verrry good, a bit too sweet for my taste, but the texture and the color, wow.

  • kristin
    August 30, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    I’m about to change your life. I wish I could claim credit for this recipe. I haven’t met a single person who doesn’t rave over it:
    peanut butter chocolate chip banana muffins – better known (to me) as Chunky Monkey muffins:
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  • Schmitty
    August 30, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    I love to cook, not bake, but I do like bananas and chocolate. It’s about time I develop new methods. This recipe is a nice place to start. Thanks!

  • Izzy
    August 30, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    AHH I wish I had seen this before I made my cherry banana bread this morning! I could always use a little extra choco-loving in my life.

    (Not that I regret having my banana bread…because making that statement would be an oxymoron)


  • Fernando
    August 30, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Oh my. You’re evil.

  • Happy When Not Hungry
    August 30, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    These muffins look amazing! Always love the banana and chocolate combo too. Yum!

  • Heather
    August 30, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    LOL, isn’t it funny how as women we have to defend ourselves against pregnancy rumors when out stomachs are acting up?! Although, I’ll admit I’m one of the first to tease my friends with the idea of them being preggers if they aren’t feeling well.

    Those muffins look delish and super easy, will have to try next time I forget there are some bananas on the top of my fridge.

  • Amber
    August 30, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    These muffins are in my oven right this very second! I halved the recipe (just for me and the husband) and threw in a little vanilla. I am sure they will be excellent! I love banana bread but I always end up with way too much and it takes forever to bake. Thanks for the great recipe!

  • Kelsey @ aslolife
    August 30, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    love these–I’ve been on such a banana kick lately!

  • Lindsay @ biking before bed
    August 30, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    I freeze my rotting bananas too. I leave them whole in the peal. Let thee thaw on the counter for 20 minutes and you can have banana bread anytime! Isn’t it weird what we crave after being sick?

  • Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries
    August 30, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    I LOVE banana chocolate chip bread/muffins! Good choice! Thanks for sharing your recipe…I’ll have to give it a shot!

  • Daisy
    August 31, 2011 at 5:45 am

    peeps though you were pregnant?! good grief

  • Carolyn
    August 31, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    Just made them and they are delicious! Boyfriend approved…he’s already eaten 2 and they came out of the oven maybe 10 mins ago! πŸ™‚ One thing I’ll add, mine took only 20 mins, but it very well could be my oven. Thanks for the recipe and I love your blog….you have been providing me with alot of inspiration these days. Your archives have been my daily reading material. πŸ™‚ Thanks!

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    September 3, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    I made these EARLY this morning (jet-lagged) Like Carolyn, mine only took 20 minutes. Also like Carolyn, my husband devoured two immediately out of the oven. These really hit the spot after a full day of cleaning and laundry. : (

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    Hi Jenna, I am a long time reader and I love your blog! I have never commented but these muffins are by far the best recipe I have tried; I’ve made them over a handful of times! I usually use 2-4 bananas since we always have extra….as some others mentioned, these bake for about 15-20 minutes for me…love them!

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    This is my third time making them after reading your recipe, we’re addicted! Thank you x

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    Yum! Made these today, very yummy! I had chopped walnuts on hand and put some on top of half of the muffins– Awesome!