Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

An easy family recipe that works well no matter what your dietary preferences-- Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegan, Nut-Free-- you choose! Every time, it yields perfect moist, soft and fluffy muffins with the best flavor! You could even skip the chips or just put them on top as my family prefers...

gluten-free chocolate chip banana muffins easy recipe
Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Perfect texture, Wholesome and Yummy!

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gluten-free chocolate chip banana muffins easy recipe

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Winter weather always puts us in the mood for baking — something about the oven on and warm, sweet smells in the kitchen that are so cozy!

And nothing is better than this classic combo!

Besides, we always seem to have some ripe bananas in the house, so freshly baked muffins is the perfect use for them!

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This recipe is based on my mom’s best banana bread and it is one of those super simple recipes that adapts so well to dietary needs and preferences.

The original recipe was obviously not gluten-free, so with this gluten-free version we used GF Jules All-Purpose Gluten Free Flour. (Affiliate link), which has been our go to gluten-free flour for years as it is easy to substitute 1 for 1 in non-gluten-free recipes.

Especially with this recipe, you can’t tell the difference.

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We’ve also made these muffins with dairy-free butter and flax egg making it vegan and you can add more or less chocolate chips or nuts depending on tastes and dietary needs.

No matter how you make it, these muffins have a perfect texture — soft, moist (not dry or crumbly), velvety smooth, light and fluffy– and are yummy!

Just the right amount of sweetness and always a hit!

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All you need… 9 ingredients all found in your pantry:

gluten-free all purpose flour (we use GF Jules– Affiliate link)

baking soda


egg or flax egg


butter or dairy free butter


chips and or walnuts according to tastes.

gluten-free oats which are a great add, giving extra nutrients if you can tolerate oats. (not in photo)

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Back to the Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

It is one of the easiest recipes ever!

First you mix the bananas, sugar (option to use less sugar), egg or flax egg and butter.

Separately you mix the flour, baking soda and salt.

Then add dry ingredients to the wet.

Then you add in an optional add-ins… chopped walnuts, gluten-free oats and chips.

These are optional but the walnuts and gluten-free oats add lots of nutrients and great texture if you can tolerate them.

And the chips are the best part imho!

Not everyone in my family agrees about chocolate chips, so I often just put the chips on top rather than mixing them in.  That way I can leave a few without any chips for those in the house who just want banana oat muffins!

gluten-free chocolate chip banana muffins easy recipe

Mix them in well and the batter will be smooth and gorgeous looking!

gluten-free chocolate chip banana muffins easy recipeThen spoon into muffin tins…

gluten-free chocolate chip banana muffins easy recipe

Top with chocolate chips as desired and bake!

That’s it!

The entire prep process takes just 10-15 minutes.

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They bake for about 35 minutes and come out perfect every time!

I’ll often loosely cover them with foil for the last 5  minutes so the chips stay melty.

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Then you have perfect Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins!

Amazing soft, fluffy and moist texture.

Great flavor and so yummy!

So whether you make them dairy-free or egg-free or nut-free, use lots of chips or only on top, I hope you love them as much as we do!

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4 from 14 votes

Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

An easy family recipe that works well no matter what your dietary preference or need --- Gluten-free, Dairy-Free, Vegan, Nut -Free-- you choose! You could even leave out the chocolate chips and just make Banana or Banana Nut Muffins!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time35 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack, Breads and Muffins
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Optional, Vegan optional, Nut-Free optional
Servings: 12 muffins
Author: Healthy Gluten-free Family


  • 1 1/2 cups Gluten-Free Flour with xanthum gum we used GF Jules (affiliate link)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg beaten OR 1 flax egg see directions below
  • 1 cup sugar can cut back to 3/4 cup for a less sweet muffin - we tend to use 3/4 cup
  • 4 tablespoons butter or dairy free butter melted (we use Earth Balance)
  • 3 ripe bananas mashed
  • 1/2 cup - 3/4 cup chocolate chips or mini chocolate chips according to preference and how chocolatey you want the muffins (we used Enjoy Life mini chips) (TIP: save some or use extra for topping)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free oats optional


If using flax egg, make the flax egg

  • Mix 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal with 2.5 tablespoon water in a small bowl and stir to combine. Let rest for 5 minutes to thicken.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and line 12 full size muffin tins with baking cups.

    Mix batter

    • In a small bowl combine flour, baking soda and salt and combine with a pastry cutter or fork. Set aside.
    • In a large mixing bowl, add egg or flax egg, sugar, butter and bananas and mix to combine and smooth.
    • Add dry ingredients and wet ingredients and mix to combine.
    • Stir in chips, nuts and gluten-free oats if using.
    • Using a large spoon divide batter evenly among the muffin cups. Top with additional chocolate chips if desired.
    • Bake for 30 minutes. Cover with foil and bake an additional 5 minutes or until wooden pick inserted into center comes out clean. TIP: if using oats, may require an additional 5 mins baking time.
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    28 thoughts on “Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

    1. We LOVE these muffins! My three year old does all the mixing and I have the recipe memorized since we make these so frequently. Thanks!

    2. 3 stars
      Another amazingggg recipe! I had perfect bananas for a banana bread muffin, so I searched your page for a recipe and sure enough! I happened to be out of gluten free flour , so I subbed in gluten free pancake mix! I did cut sugar back to 3/4 cup and no problems there! I also added some cinnamon for a fall feel! Thank you so much Karen! My daughter has been loving all your recipes ! 5 stars!!!!?????

      1. Thank you so much Ashley! I’m so happy you love so many of our recipes! Substituting pancake mix was a great idea — and equally good idea to cut back on the sugar because the pancake mix was probably sweeter than flour. And love the addition of cinnamon! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    3. 5 stars
      I am in quarantine here and I am loving this recipe! I loved the banana bread one but wanted to try something same but different. Such a winner!

    4. 5 stars
      Woah! Love these (not surprised, I love all of your recipes!) super easy to make and absolutely delicious. Will defiantly be making these again. My family (who are not gluten free) approved as well! They all loved them.

    5. These are our FAVORITE muffin!! Thanks so much for sharing an awesome recipe, we’ve made them over and over again and they are such a great treat! ?❤️?

    6. 5 stars
      I made these today and they were absolutely delicious! I’ve made GF muffins before but these were out of this world. You can’t even tell they’re GF. I used 1-1 GF flour by bob red mills and substituted coconut sugar. I cut sugar back to 3/4 cup and it was perfect. I’ll definitely make these again and I’ll use berries next time for something different.
      **I also used the GF oats option yum

    7. Have you ever tried with almond flour as the substitute instead of GF flour (we’re not typically a gf household, so trying to make a treat for a coworker with what we have if possible haha).

    8. What can I use if I don’t have xanthum gum? If I purchase it, what would be the measurement to use?
      Thank you in advance.

      1. Great question! If you have an all purpose gluten-free flour that already contains xanthan gum, that works… Xanthan gum acts as “the gluten” in gluten-free breads giving it elasticity and acting as a binding agent. If not, you can add just 1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum. Psyllium husks works similarly but I haven’t tried it.

    9. 5 stars
      I make either banana bread or muffins weekly!! I add the walnuts on top ( no choc chips).
      Fast easy delicious recipe!!

    10. 4 stars
      These were SO easy to whip up for an after school snack, and they are delicious, I will say, though that this recipe only mad 10 muffins on my end – so don’t be surprised if you have fewer than it states! Next time I will double it.

    11. 5 stars
      My husband wanted something other than pumpkin this week so we made our favorite chocolate chip banana muffins. We love this recipe! I noticed he bought more bananas so I think we will be making these again soon! Yum!

    12. Yum! I used the oats, subbed pecans for walnuts and omitted the chocolate chips. These will be a nice mid morning snack at work. Thank you!

    4 from 14 votes (6 ratings without comment)

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