Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins Recipe
What is it about men and bananas? Plain bananas, banana pudding, banana bread…I’ve never met a man that didn’t love all things bananas. Me? I think bananas are okay as long as they are in something. The taste is just okay and sometimes when I try to eat them by themselves the texture gets weird and I just can’t finish them.
The boyfriend often stops by Trader Joe’s and buys 2-3 bunches of bananas hoping to have enough leftover for one of his favorite recipes that I make: banana bread. Sometimes I’ll make it plain, with chocolate chips and/or as muffins. Since I’m bananas about him (go ahead and roll your eyes, I’ll wait , I decided to mix up a batch of this chocolate chip banana muffins recipe for Valentine’s Day a couple weeks ago.
This recipe is really simple and I’ve made it several times over the past 10 years or so without it ever failing. It’s so good you just may never want to try another recipe again. I know I haven’t. It’s also pretty versatile as you can make it as a loaf, muffins or even cake and add different flavor chips, nuts (I never have as the boyfriend is allergic) and I think it would also be great with peanut butter or maybe even a chocolate version or Nutella.
The bread has a wonderful texture that is moist and flavorful and can be eaten as is or with butter and holds up beautifully when toasted, grilled, or made into french toast. The main 2 things to keep in mind to make this recipe as awesome as it can be is to first make sure your bananas are super ripe for a lovely banana flavor. I mean just as you think they’re ready to toss in the trash because the banana peel is turning brownish-black, give them another day ripe. The bananas inside will be just fine and you’ll love the extra flavor in the final product, trust me.
Secondly, don’t over bake the bread as that’s the #1 reason for dry breads. However, even if you do over bake it, it can be saved with a glaze, icing or by grilling it and serving with ice cream or having french toast. Yum. Now I think I need to make more…
This simple yet delicious chocolate chip banana muffin recipe will be the last you ever need.
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter (softened or melted)
- 2 cups white granulated sugar
- 2 cups mashed bananas (about 4-6 bananas)
- 4 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 cup chocolate chips (optional)
- 1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350°F and flour/grease or spray with non-stick spray 2 12-cup muffin tins. You can also use liners, if desired. I love this non-stick muffin tin from Wilton - I don't need liners with a bit of spray, nothing has ever stuck and they've held up beatutifully.
- In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking soda and chocolate chips and nuts, if using. You can add chocolate chips and nuts at the end if you want some muffins without them, but coating in flour helps to evenly distribute them and keep them from sinking to the bottom.
- In large bowl, combine butter (you can use softened or melted - the muffins turn out great with either), sugar, mashed bananas, eggs and vanilla until well blended. You can do this by hand or with a mixer.
- Stir flour mixture into wet mixture in 2-3 batches until well blended. However, be careful to not over-mix or your muffins may have tunnels. You can do this by hand with a wooden spoon or with a hand or stand mixer.
- Pour evenly into 2 12-cup muffin tins. I like to use a large scoop as I do for cookies for equal-sized muffins. This one by OXO is my fave as it is smooth and doesn't require a spoon.
- Bake for 12-17 minutes until dark golden brown - stick a toothpick in the middle and it should remain clean. If your oven has a hot spot, you may want to rotate pans halfway through.
- Remove from oven and let cool in tins for 1-2 minutes on cooling rack.
- Take a spoon or knife and carefully lift muffins up and set them on their sides until completely cooled. This is so the bottoms don't steam and stick to the pan.
- Store at room temperature in air-tight container or bag for up to 3 days or longer in fridge or freezer.