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 likes my son sometimes prefers...

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Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Perfect texture, just the right amount of richness and Yummy!

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 at the end of the week, 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 from my mom 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-gf 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 flour, baking soda, salt, egg or flax egg, bananas, butter or dairy free butter, sugar and chips and or walnuts according to tastes.

Plus, I’ve added gluten-free oats which are a great add, giving extra nutrients if you can tolerate oats.

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And 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.  Add in nuts and chips if using. And spoon into muffin tins. That’s it!

And don’t forget to top with chocolate chips! Sometimes, we’ll even not put chips in the batter but just on top.

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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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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!

Scroll down to see recipe and leave a comment if you try it.



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Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins
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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!
Recipe type: Breads and Muffins, Breakfast, Snack, Dessert
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegan Optional, Nut-Free Optional, Dairy-Free Optional
Serves: 12 muffins
  • 1½ cups Gluten-Free Flour with xanthum gum (we used GF Jules (affiliate link))
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg beaten OR 1 flax egg (see directions below)
  • 1 cup sugar (can cut back to ¾ cup for a less sweet muffin - we tend to use ¾ cup )
  • 4 tablespoons butter or dairy free butter, melted (we use Earth Balance)
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • ½ cup - ¾ 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)
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • ½ cup gluten-free oats (optional)
If using flax egg, make the flax egg
  1. 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
  1. In a small bowl combine flour, baking soda and salt and combine with a pastry cutter or fork. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add egg or flax egg, sugar, butter and bananas and mix to combine and smooth.
  3. Add dry ingredients and wet ingredients and mix to combine.
  4. Stir in chips, nuts and gluten-free oats if using.
  5. Using a large spoon divide batter evenly among the muffin cups. Top with additional chocolate chips if desired.
  6. 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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10 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. 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. 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. 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.

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