Chocolate Banana Muffins

Wow is all we can say about these chocolate banana muffins! They’re dark chocolaty with a light crunch on top and a moist interior. Imagine: a bite that’s perfectly chocolaty, crunchy on the top and moist on the inside. Yes, these chocolate banana muffins are calling you! They’re the perfect texture, not too rich and just sweet enough. This recipe happened by chance when I was searching for a banana bread recipe using two bananas. We turned our Chocolate Banana Bread into muffins and topped it with crunchy turbinado sugar. Now, these muffins have become one of our favorite banana recipes…ever. Made with just 2 bananas! Ever had only 2 solitary bananas with peels blackening on your counter? The other day, I had this exact problem (if you could call it that!). Most banana bread and muffin recipes call for 3 to 4 bananas, like our Healthy Banana Muffins. All you need is 1 cup of mashed bananas to make these muffins: which is usually about what we have leftover. Ingredients for chocolate banana muffins These muffins turns out rich and chocolatey, with just the right texture and flavor. They remind me of a muffin I used to get as […]

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Wow is all we can say about these chocolate banana muffins! They’re dark chocolaty with a light crunch on top and a moist interior.

Chocolate banana muffins

Imagine: a bite that’s perfectly chocolaty, crunchy on the top and moist on the inside. Yes, these chocolate banana muffins are calling you! They’re the perfect texture, not too rich and just sweet enough. This recipe happened by chance when I was searching for a banana bread recipe using two bananas. We turned our Chocolate Banana Bread into muffins and topped it with crunchy turbinado sugar. Now, these muffins have become one of our favorite banana recipes…ever.

Made with just 2 bananas!

Ever had only 2 solitary bananas with peels blackening on your counter? The other day, I had this exact problem (if you could call it that!). Most banana bread and muffin recipes call for 3 to 4 bananas, like our Healthy Banana Muffins. All you need is 1 cup of mashed bananas to make these muffins: which is usually about what we have leftover.

Chocolate banana muffins

Ingredients for chocolate banana muffins

These muffins turns out rich and chocolatey, with just the right texture and flavor. They remind me of a muffin I used to get as a kid at my favorite salad bar: so they’ve got the nostalgia factor, too. Here’s what you need for these chocolate banana muffins:

  • 1 cup mashed bananas: 2 large or 3 small
  • Butter
  • Flour
  • Brown sugar (& turbinado sugar, for sprinkling)
  • Egg
  • Dutch process cocoa powder (or regular)
  • Baking soda, vanilla & salt
Chocolate muffins

What’s Dutch process cocoa powder?

The cocoa powder in these chocolate banana muffins is special: it’s Dutch process cocoa powder. This type is like a dark chocolate version of cocoa powder. It’s been treated with an alkali to make it pH neutral, which gives it a darker color and milder flavor. Why use it here? It’s the key to making these muffins ultra chocolaty.

Where to buy it? You should be able to find dark chocolate or Dutch process cocoa powder at your local grocery store, next to the regular cocoa powder. You can also find Dutch process cocoa powder online. Here are the two brands we’ve used and liked: Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa Powder or Ghiradelli Dutch Process Cocoa Powder.

Want a few recipes to use up a jar of it? Try Healthy Chocolate Pudding, Bliss Bites, or our Flourless Chocolate Cake.

Chocolate banana muffins

Sprinkle with turbinado sugar (or brown sugar)

The best part about these chocolate banana muffins? The lightly crunchy tops! Turbinado sugar is raw sugar with large, light brown crystals. It’s less processed than refined white sugar and tastes more like brown sugar. It’s great for topping baked goods because the large crystals make a nice crunch and a glittery look.

If you don’t have turbinado sugar on hand, that’s ok too! Simply use a light sprinkle of brown sugar. It won’t have quite the same sparkle but it still tastes good.

Step them up with chocolate chips

Now: we love these chocolate banana muffins as they are. They’re just sweet enough and taste like a moist, dark chocolate cake. But if you’re one of those people who wants muffins that taste like a cupcake…add some chocolate chips to the batter! It would take them into rich, double chocolaty territory. Or, you could sprinkle them on the top.

Keep this in mind if you do add chocolate chips to the batter. When you go to test doneness with a toothpick, if you hit a chocolate chip it will look artificially gooey. Try pricking with the toothpick again to find a spot without a chocolate chip (or use your best judgement on doneness).

Chocolate banana muffins

How to store muffins

What’s the best way to store these chocolate banana muffins? It depends on how long you think they’ll be around. Here’s what we recommend:

  • 1 day: Leave the muffins on a cooling rack and cover with a clean, dry dish towel. This helps the texture of the topping intact.
  • Up to 4 days: Place a paper towel in the bottom of a sealed container, then place the muffins in and place a paper towel on top. The paper towels absorb any moisture, which helps to retain the topping texture.
  • Longer than 4 days: Freeze these muffins in a sealable container and store up to 3 months.

This chocolate banana muffins recipe is…

Vegetarian. For vegan, use coconut oil and a flax egg (see below).

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Chocolate banana muffins

Chocolate Banana Muffins


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 10 muffins
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Wow is all we can say about these chocolate banana muffins! They’re dark chocolaty with a light crunch on top and a moist interior. 


Ingredients

  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 large bananas or 3 medium bananas)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (or coconut oil, for vegan)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg (or flax egg, for vegan)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Turbinado sugar, for sprinkling

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Place muffin liners in a muffin tin.
  2. Mash the bananas in the bottom of a large bowl, enough for 1 cup. Melt the butter, then whisk it into the bananas along with the brown sugar, egg, and vanilla extract.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the all-purpose flour, Dutch-process cocoa powder, baking soda, and kosher salt. Add to the bowl with the bananas and stir together with a spoon until a sticky dough forms. Pour the batter into the prepared muffin tin. Sprinkle the tops with turbinado sugar (or lightly with brown sugar).
  4. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool for a few minutes in the muffin tin, then move to a cooling rack to cool to room temperature before serving.

  • Category: Muffins
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

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Vegan Banana Muffins

These are the BEST vegan banana muffins, moist and fluffy with just the right banana flavor and a crunchy streusel topping. They’re irresistible! Here’s a vegan banana muffins recipe that will make everyone say, “Wow!” They’re fluffy and just sweet enough, with the perfect banana flavor. Even better, a streusel topping gives every bite a little crunch and extra touch of sweet. You’d really never know these are a vegan baked good, so they work for eaters of all diets! We served them to some friends and heard “best banana muffins” mumbled between bites. Here’s how to make them. Why to make these vegan banana muffins There are lots of vegan banana muffins recipes in the world, but this one is our favorite. Our son Larson gobbles them down like there’s no tomorrow. Why? Here the features of this tasty muffins: They’ve got just the right banana flavor: and it works as a binder! These muffins are perfectly scented with banana. Even better, it works as a binder so you don’t have to use an egg substitute like a flax egg. (We love using them, it just cuts out a step for this recipe!) Crunchy streusel topping. This topping adds […]

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These are the BEST vegan banana muffins, moist and fluffy with just the right banana flavor and a crunchy streusel topping. They’re irresistible!

Vegan banana muffins

Here’s a vegan banana muffins recipe that will make everyone say, “Wow!” They’re fluffy and just sweet enough, with the perfect banana flavor. Even better, a streusel topping gives every bite a little crunch and extra touch of sweet. You’d really never know these are a vegan baked good, so they work for eaters of all diets! We served them to some friends and heard “best banana muffins” mumbled between bites. Here’s how to make them.

Why to make these vegan banana muffins

There are lots of vegan banana muffins recipes in the world, but this one is our favorite. Our son Larson gobbles them down like there’s no tomorrow. Why? Here the features of this tasty muffins:

  • They’ve got just the right banana flavor: and it works as a binder! These muffins are perfectly scented with banana. Even better, it works as a binder so you don’t have to use an egg substitute like a flax egg. (We love using them, it just cuts out a step for this recipe!)
  • Crunchy streusel topping. This topping adds the perfect sweetness and crunch to each bite. You can use either sparkly turbinado sugar (see more on that below), or brown sugar.
  • Rum optional! Alex and I added a splash of rum, just for fun. If you have it onhand, it’s a nice addition to baked goods (totally optional).
Vegan banana muffins

Make sure your bananas are very ripe!

As you probably already know, the key to baked banana recipes is: make sure your bananas are very ripe. What does that mean? The bananas should have brown spots on the outside: or be completely brown! Bananas in this ripe state brings out the natural sweetness and moisture of the fruit. It’s not worth making these vegan banana muffins with unripe or even ripe bananas.

How to quickly ripen a banana? Place it in a brown paper bag and fold over the top. If you have an already ripe banana or apple, place that in the bag too: it speeds up the process by adding more ethylene gas.

Banana peels
Yes, you want bananas that are very ripe: from brown spotted to black!

Variation: want a healthy gluten-free banana muffin?

Is this vegan banana muffins recipe healthy? Well, it’s not a health food. But it’s not as unhealthy as some muffins can be, loaded with sugar and butter and basically glorified cake. It’s got oats and a natural sweetener (maple syrup), and uses coconut oil to stay plant based.

Want an even healthier gluten-free banana muffin? Our Blender Muffins are magically gluten free by way of oats and a blender: there’s no refined flour or sugar at all. Use the vegan option of flax eggs.

Vegan banana muffins

How to store muffins

What’s the best way to store these vegan banana muffins? The texture of the streusel can become soggy if you don’t store them correctly. Here’s what we recommend:

  • 1 day: Leave the muffins on a cooling rack and cover with a clean, dry dish towel. This helps the crunchy streusel topping to stay intact.
  • Up to 4 days: Place a paper towel in the bottom of a sealed container, then place the muffins in and place a paper towel on top. The paper towels absorb any moisture, which helps to retain the crunchy topping.
  • Longer than 4 days: Freeze these apple muffins in a sealable container and store up to 3 months.
Vegan banana muffins

Similar vegan muffin recipes

Are you into vegan baking? (Here are all our Vegan Baked Goods, if so: from vegan bread to biscuits to brownies.) We also have two recipes that are similar to this vegan banana muffins recipe:

  • Vegan Apple Muffins You’ll never believe these vegan apple muffins are totally plant based! They’re moist and fluffy with a streusel topping that adds a sweet crunch.
  • Healthy Pumpkin Muffins The glittery streusel topping adds the perfect crunch, and the moist interior is pumpkin-spiced heaven. Use the vegan variation!
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Vegan banana muffins

BEST Vegan Banana Muffins


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 12

Description

These are the BEST vegan banana muffins, moist and fluffy with just the right banana flavor and a crunchy streusel topping. They’re irresistible!


Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats, divided
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon, divided
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed banana (about 3 large or 4 medium)
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, half melted and half room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon rum (optional)
  • 1/4 cup turbinado sugar (or brown sugar)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Add 12 muffin cups to a muffin tin.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup rolled oats, and 2 teaspoons cinnamon with the ginger, baking powder, baking soda, and kosher salt.
  3. Melt 1/4 cup coconut oil with the maple syrup. In another bowl, combine the maple syrup and coconut oil mixture with the mashed banana, vanilla, and rum (optional). Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until a smooth batter forms.
  4. In another medium bowl, add the remaining 1/4 cup rolled oats, 2 tablespoons flour, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon along with the turbinado sugar and 1/4 cup room temperature coconut oil.
  5. Cut the coconut oil into the remaining ingredients using a pastry cutter or fork until it’s evenly combined and a crumbly streusel topping forms.
  6. Divide the batter evenly into the muffin cups. Then top with a thin layer of streusel.
  7. Bake for about 25 to 30 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean (if your oven is uneven, reverse the pan halfway through). Allow to cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then remove the muffins and place them on a cooling rack to fully cool.

  • Category: Muffin
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Baked Good

Keywords: Vegan Banana Muffins

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Vegan Banana Bread

This deliciously moist vegan banana bread will become a favorite in no time! It’s easy to make and has just the right banana flavor. Everyone needs a good banana bread recipe. And if you’re trying to eat more plant-based foods, here’s the good news: it’s easily made vegan. Yes, this vegan banana bread tastes just as good as a standard loaf (or better?). Just like our vegan cornbread and vegan apple muffins, people will say, “I’d never think this was vegan!” Because baking without eggs and butter is just as delicious. Promise! Here’s how to do it. For gluten free, go to Healthy Banana Bread. What’s in this vegan banana bread? There are a few tricks to vegan baking, but no weird ingredients or tricks. It results in a loaf that’s perfectly moist, lightly caramel flavored, and bursting with banana flavor. In fact, this might be my favorite banana bread recipe (though I do enjoy this Healthy Banana Bread quite a bit). Here’s what’s in this vegan banana bread: Flax seed (for flax eggs, see below) All purpose flour Rolled oats Bananas Neutral oil Brown sugar (or substitute coconut sugar) Baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt It’s a simple […]

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This deliciously moist vegan banana bread will become a favorite in no time! It’s easy to make and has just the right banana flavor.

Vegan banana bread

Everyone needs a good banana bread recipe. And if you’re trying to eat more plant-based foods, here’s the good news: it’s easily made vegan. Yes, this vegan banana bread tastes just as good as a standard loaf (or better?). Just like our vegan cornbread and vegan apple muffins, people will say, “I’d never think this was vegan!” Because baking without eggs and butter is just as delicious. Promise! Here’s how to do it.

For gluten free, go to Healthy Banana Bread.

Vegan banana bread

What’s in this vegan banana bread?

There are a few tricks to vegan baking, but no weird ingredients or tricks. It results in a loaf that’s perfectly moist, lightly caramel flavored, and bursting with banana flavor. In fact, this might be my favorite banana bread recipe (though I do enjoy this Healthy Banana Bread quite a bit). Here’s what’s in this vegan banana bread:

  • Flax seed (for flax eggs, see below)
  • All purpose flour
  • Rolled oats
  • Bananas
  • Neutral oil
  • Brown sugar (or substitute coconut sugar)
  • Baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt

It’s a simple recipe but it results in a truly beautiful loaf that works every time! It’s full of banana flavor because it uses a load of bananas (about 4 to 6, whatever makes 2 cups mashed). This also helps to make it very moist.

Vegan banana bread

What’s a flax egg?

Flax egg can sound odd if you’ve never worked with them before. What is a flax egg? A flax egg is a mixture of ground flax seed and water that can be used as a substitute for an egg in baked goods. When the flax seeds are mixed with water, they become thick and gooey and work as a binder in baking.

This egg substitute is all natural and fits into virtually any diet (gluten-free, Paleo, Whole 30, vegetarian, vegan, and dairy-free). How do you do it? Simply combine ground flax seed and water for 15 minutes: the flax egg ratio is 1 tablespoon ground flax seed to 2 1/2 tablespoons water. For more, go to How to Make Flax Egg.

Where to find flax seed? You can find flax seeds at any major grocery, whole or ground (you can grind it yourself in a blender or coffee grinder). We keep our ground flax seed in the refrigerator and have it onhand any time we need to bake.

Flax egg
Make sure to use ground flax seed! When it combines with water, it forms a gel.

Overripe bananas are key!

This is a non-negotiable! We know that it’s hard to wait for bananas to ripen. It’s a variable process, so you never quite know when they’ll be ready. BUT! It’s very important to have overripe bananas fort his vegan banana bread. You must wait for the bananas to be overripe to get that lovely banana flavor and the beautifully moist texture.

Note: This recipe also calls for more bananas than you’d normally have in a banana bread recipe. You’ll need to have 4 medium or 6 small on hand, enough to make 2 cups mashed.

Vegan Banana Bread

Do you have a gluten-free version? Or a natural sweetener?

We do! Our Healthy Banana Bread recipe uses only rolled oats and is made in a blender to make a light and moist dough. That recipe also uses maple syrup as the sweetener. For this recipe, we wanted to make it like a standard banana bread (including sugar!), but a vegan version of that. So head over to our healthy version for those tweaks.

A few variations: muffins! Pancakes!

Banana muffins anyone? Or pancakes? We’re big banana fans around here, so we have a few other ways you can make use of your bananas:

  • Healthy Banana Bread Muffins They’re made simply in a blender with oats and bananas! Use the flax egg option for vegan.
  • Banana Blueberry Muffins Again using the oat and banana trick, but with blueberries! Use flax eggs for vegan.
  • Banana Oatmeal Pancakes These deliciously easy banana oatmeal pancakes are made in a blender using oats and bananas: no flour! Use flax eggs for vegan.
Banana pancakes
Try Banana Oatmeal Pancakes with a flax egg for a vegan variation.

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Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free.

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Vegan banana bread

Vegan Banana Bread


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 12 to 14 slices

Description

This deliciously moist vegan banana bread will become a favorite in no time! It’s easy to make and has just the right banana flavor.


Ingredients

  • 2 flax eggs (2 tablespoons ground flax seed + 5 tablespoons water)
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 2 cups mashed overripe bananas (about 4 large or 5 to 6 medium bananas)
  • 1/3 cup neutral oil (grapeseed, sunflower, vegetable)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (or coconut sugar)*
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Coconut oil, for greasing the pan

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Start the flax eggs and allow them to sit while preparing the ingredients.
  3. Grease an 8 or 9-inch loaf pan with coconut oil.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
  5. In a medium bowl, mash the bananas with a fork. Whisk in the oil, brown sugar, vanilla, and flax eggs with a fork. Stir in the dry ingredients, just until the dough comes together.
  6. Pour the dough into the prepared bread pan. Sprinkle the top with brown sugar.
  7. Bake 60 to 65 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean (if you have a thermometer, the interior temperature should be 200 degrees Fahrenheit). The exact bake time depends on your oven and the size of your loaf pan. Cool completely before slicing.

Notes

*You can increase to 2/3 cup if you prefer sweetener bread. We preferred the flavor lightly sweet with 1/2 cup. The sweetness also depends on the ripeness of the bananas.

  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Quick Bread

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  • Best Vegan Biscuits The best ever vegan biscuits recipe! They’re easy to make and come out perfectly tender and flaky, with lots of layers and buttery flavor.
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