The Best Skinny Double Chocolate Banana Muffins

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These Skinny Double Chocolate Banana Muffins are the muffins of your dreams! A refined sugar free healthy muffin recipe that’s naturally sweetened with maple syrup and bananas. It’s a crazy moist banana muffin with loads of chocolate flavor – perfect for breakfast or on the go snack.

Looking for more Banana Muffin Recipes? Try out my Marbled Chocolate Banana Muffins, my Healthy Spiced Chai Banana Muffins or my Blueberry Banana  Muffins!

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My Favorite Chocolate Banana Muffin Recipe

What do you do when life gives you brown bananas? You make banana bread of course!

Or in this case, you make Skinny Double Chocolate Banana Muffins! In my opinion the second one sounds WAY better. Don’t get me wrong. I love a good banana bread recipe but adding chocolate to the mix, (quite literally) well that’s just a game changer in every way possible!

My idea for this recipe came from a food photography video I was watching by Lindsay from Pinch of Yum. She was demonstrating how to photograph an object while keeping the rule of thirds in mind as well as composition of the object and blah blah blah. It was a great video, but all I could focus on was the huge store bought Chocolate Muffins she was using as a prop. And that my friends is where this recipe was born!

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Yeah, I know. I had you at double chocolate. Wanna know how I knew that? Because I had ME at double chocolate. The only thing that can make banana muffins better is adding two different kinds of chocolate to the batter. Am I right? Holy Yum y’all! This is one of my most popular recipes for a reason!

How to make Chocolate Banana Muffins?

Secrets out. I had a different version of this recipe earlier, it had applesauce and greek yogurt in it. But as I was going through recipes, I decided to revamp this one to be less in calories. But don’t worry it’s still tender, light and moist. So, if you’ve made the old recipe and liked it. Get ready for the upgraded version!

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large bowl, add bananas. Using a fork mash up bananas until just very small lumps are left. Add maple syrup, vanilla extract, coconut oil and egg.
  3. Using a fork mix until combined.
  4. Add in cocoa powder, white whole wheat flour, salt, cinnamon and baking soda. Using a spatula, mix until wet and dry ingredients are completely combined!
  5. Fold in the mini chocolate chips.
  6. Line each muffin tin with a cupcake liner (or spray with pam so muffins don’t stick to pan if not using liner).
  7. Fill each muffin tin 3/4 of the way full.
  8. Bake for 15-17 minutes. Serve.

Now, if you live in my house these double chocolate banana muffins won’t last long. Usually they are gone in 2 days and once you try them you’ll find out why.

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Can I tell you another secret about these muffins? There is no refined sugar in them! Just maple syrup and bananas, which adds to the moistness of these babies! Can I tell you another secret? I swap out maple syrup or honey for granulated sugar almost every time I bake. Why? Because it leaves you with super moist product in the end! You’re welcome!

How to store Banana Muffins?

Store chocolate banana muffins in an air tight container or ziplock bag at room temperature. If stored properly these banana muffins will last up to 3 days on the counter.

Can I freeze Banana Muffins?

To freeze banana muffins, let muffins completely cool. Place on a baking sheet and put the muffins in the freezer for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, remove from the freezer and place in a freezer safe storage bag. Muffins can be kept for up to 3 months. To reheat, wrap muffins in a paper towel and place in microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute.  

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Hands down. These are the moistest muffins I have made so far! Normally I will let Mike bring a couple of my baked goods into work with him to share the love (and because I don’t want them in the house or I’ll end them), but not these babies. These were all mine. 

They are absolutely incredible and filled with rich chocolate flavor from the dutch processed cocoa powder and chocolate chips in every bite! Yet, they still have that delicious banana taste that everyone loves and not overly sweet! I really can’t describe to you enough how good these are! Go make them. I promise you will fall in love!

Bon Appetit! 

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The Best Skinny Double Chocolate Banana Muffins

  • Author: Krista
  • prep_time Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • cook_time Cook Time: 17 minutes
  • total_time Total Time: 22 minutes
  • yield Yield: 12 muffins 1x
  • category Category: Breakfast, Muffins
  • method Method: Oven
  • cuisine Cuisine: American

Description

These Skinny Double Chocolate Banana Muffins are the muffins of your dreams! A healthy, refined sugar free muffin recipe that’s naturally sweetened with maple syrup and bananas + loaded with chocolate.

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Ingredients

  • 3 bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup of maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 2/3 cup of white whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/3 cup of mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large bowl, add bananas. Using a fork mash up bananas until just very small lumps are left. Add maple syrup, vanilla extract, coconut oil and egg.
  3. Using a fork mix until combined.
  4. Add in cocoa powder, white whole wheat flour, salt, cinnamon and baking soda. Using a spatula, mix until wet and dry ingredients are completely combined!
  5. Fold in the mini chocolate chips.
  6. Line each muffin tin with a cupcake liner (or spray with pam so muffins don’t stick to pan if not using liner).
  7. Fill each muffin tin 3/4 of the way full.
  8. Bake for 15-17 minutes. Serve.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 muffin
  • Calories: 197
  • Sugar: 15 g
  • Sodium: 62 mg
  • Fat: 8 g
  • Saturated Fat: 5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 30 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Protein: 4 g
  • Cholesterol: 16 mg

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129 Responses
  1. Mariko

    I’m so excited to find this recipe since I’m currently not eating sugar, but love chocolate! however when I read the ingredients it calls for chocolate chips, which do have sugar. Or are these a special kind of chip without sugar? If so please tell me where to find it.

  2. Cindee

    Four years after your original post, and still going strong! I made these tonight, and they came out great! I did make a small substitution (Drives me nuts when someone says a recipe is good, or not, but have chaged the entire recipe!). I added ground All-Bran Buds cereal (ground it to a fine bran flour), and replaced 1/3 cup of the flour .. added it at the very end, so it didn’t turn the batter to goop. Came out great, These will be in my regular rotation! I may add some dried strawberries or raspberries in the future .. then it would be like a banana split .. bananas, chocolate, and strawberries! Thanks so much for sharing.

  3. Nathalie

    Made them for the first time today, put vegetable oil instead of coconut oil melted and added a little bit of milk as I found the mix little thick and dry…. result is excellent, they are very good! Happy to have a chocolate muffin that is not like a chocolate cake! Thank you!

    1. Krista

      hey nika, I definitely wouldn’t use olive oil it will leave a bad taste. I would use coconut oil, canola oil, or vegetable oil instead. I’ve never used spelt flour before so unfortunately I can’t speak to that.

  4. Sheryl

    Thanks Krista for sharing this awesome recipe. I was on a search for healthier bakes and chanced upon this skinny banana muffins. I made some for the family today and it was incredibly moist! I used cake flour in place of whole wheat and it was perfect still.. Just wondering if it’s possible to reduce the honey ( as it was a little too sweet) and substitute this by adding more greek yogurt?

    1. Krista

      Hey Sheryl, yes you could definitely reduce the honey and I would replace it with either greek yogurt or unsweetened applesauce. That would keep the moistness. 🙂

  5. Miranda

    OMG! I saw these yesterday, pinned them, and made them tonight for a sweet treat. SO DELICIOUS!!! I know what I’m eating for breakfast this week!!!

  6. Sarah

    I found your recipe on Pinterest and made these muffins yesterday. I had to come back on to say they are seriously yummy! I used plain white flour as I didn’t have whole wheat flour but other than that I followed the recipe exactly. They were so easy to make and my husband and I have already finished the lot – whoops! I will definitely be making these again!

  7. Donna Fredin

    The muffins look fabulous! However if these muffins are normal size it’s far from “Skinny Muffins”.. I am sorry… I am 50 yrs old and I use to experiment with recipes all the time I found out what worked and how to make low fat/ less calories.
    You would have to replace coconut oil with apple sauce or fat free / light sour cream or yogurt or even low calorie butter if you can find that anymore.
    Honey and sugar has the same calorie content.. you can replace whole egg with egg whites. . ( wouldn’t probably make much of difference.
    Now would I call these muffins healthy.. YES! It has healthy ingredients and it would satisfy .. which in the long run could help you loose weight. . I just wouldn’t call them “Skinny”. 🙂

    1. Heather

      Hi Donna, I a 64yo, and have been an experimental cook for a long long time. The coconut oil is actually healthier than your subs, the unsweetened apple sauce is fine, but in ‘light’ anything the fat is usually replaced with sugar or worse artificial sweetener. Honey is far better for you than sugar and never replace eggs with just the whites. Yes, perhaps not totally skinny, but far and away better than most and they are healthy. (and very, very
      yummy!!!)

      1. Donna Fredin

        Hi Heather
        I agree with you 100% 😃 I am just saying the term Skinny muffins to me equate less calories .
        Even tho these muffins are not low in calories they have satisfying healthy ingredients which could help in weight loss…. If you can stop after eating 1 muffin.😂😂😂

  8. Johanna

    I made these today and they turned out amazingly delicious. I used Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 gluten free flour, and canned coconut milk instead of the yogurt.

    Thanks so much! <3

  9. Charmaine

    Forgive me if this has been asked before, but I haven’t read all the comments above. I would love to make these, but am gluten intolerant, any chance I can make these with Gf self raising flour or coconut flour? They look soooo good and my daughter will love these to take to school for her birthday party. Thank you.

    1. Krista

      Hey Charmaine, I haven’t tried it with either of those flours but I’m sure the GF self rise would work fine. Let me know how it turns out!

  10. Patty Weber

    I started eating “clean” about a year ago and have had a bit of trouble finding baked goods that are satisfying. I made these tonite following the recipe exactly. (I used stevia sweetened chocolate chips) They were the best muffins that I had ever had! Thanks you so much for sharing this recipe! 🙂

  11. Natsuko

    These are sooo delicious!! I love how moist they are… I substituted the egg with ground flax seeds and still turned out amazing. I will make these over and over. Thank you for the great recipe!

  12. Angela

    Hello,
    I wanted to ask if i can use unsweetened cocoa powder instead of the dutch processed.
    Also can i use olive oil instead of coconut oil?
    Thank you for the awesome recipe!

    1. Krista

      Sure, absolutely, unsweetened cocoa powder will work just fine. I wouldn’t recommend using olive oil though. If you want to substitute the coconut oil, I’d use canola or vegetable. Olive oil will give it a strong olive flavor… no bueno. 🙂 Hope you enjoy Angela!

  13. Alex

    Could you substitute regular flour or cake flour for the whole wheat? I have everything but that and would hate to run to the store just for that.

    Thanks!

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