Banana chocolate chip muffins

Light textured and delicious muffins – sweet banana moistness with a chocolate bite.


  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar (1/2 cup is enough if you have very ripe bananas)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), melted (FLAXSEED VARIATION – substitute 3/4 cup flaxseed meal for 1/4 cup of the butter)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup mashed banana (~3 bananas)
  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt (if using flaxseed variation, add flaxseed to dry ingredients).
  3. In another bowl mix melted butter, egg, plain yogurt and vanilla.
  4. Mash bananas and add to butter-egg-yogurt mixture.
  5. Pour banana mixture into dry ingredients. Add chocolate chips. Mix until just combined.
  6. Fill muffin tins (greased or lined with muffin cups) 2/3 full.
  7. Bake until tops are brown and toothpick comes out clean. Cook times will vary depending on how full you like your muffins – approximately 15 minutes for mini muffins or 25 minutes for regular muffins.

Makes approximately 16 muffins.


  • It seems strange to substitute a solid (flaxseed meal) for a liquid (butter), but it works. The flaxseed substitution is 3 T flaxseed meal = 1 T butter/oil. So in this case we took out 4 T (1/4 c) butter and added 12 T (3/4 c) flaxseed meal.
  • My friend Nancy uses olive oil instead of butter, and she cuts the sugar to 1/3 cup.
  • This recipe is also great with dried fruit and/or nuts instead of chocolate chips.
  • I fill my muffin tins 2/3 full, like we used to before everything became super-sized. With the kids, it’s handier to have smaller portions, and I with this recipe I make exactly 12 regular sized and 24 mini muffins.

Here’s the link back to New life for old bananas, part 1.

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Megyn Lansing 4 November 2010 at 7:29 pm

Hey L! Best muffins ever! The kids ate them even though they had flax meal in them and loved them! Hope you are well, keep up the excellent work!


cg 14 November 2010 at 2:03 am

yay, megyn! great to hear from you and so happy the muffins were a success in your house!


Betty 7 December 2014 at 5:12 pm

Made this today while Evan was sleeping – girls loved it! Thanks Lillian! So yummy!


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