Double Chocolate Banana Muffins

overhead shot of baked muffins with teaspoon of cocoa powder in background

These Double Chocolate Banana Muffins are dense, chocolate-y and super moist! Did I mention they’re super low in sugar and oil-free?! They’re perfect for an on-the-go breakfast, stay at home brunch or a snack!

This recipe was originally published in June 2018 – I’ve since updated the content and added new photos. Enjoy!

Muffins are just wonderful. They’re like having a cupcake for breakfast without the icing. 

I feel like they were one of the very first things that I ever learned to bake by myself. Now y’all don’t get too excited, when I say muffins, I meant the blueberry and chocolate chip instant muffin mix. You know the kind, right? Where all you had to do was add water and mix? Yup, those were the ones. Those were delicious!

freshly baked muffin in muffin liner

However, these double chocolate banana muffins definitely beat the instant mix out! 

Why These Muffins are the BEST!

I love these muffins because they aren’t like, loaded with sugar/going to make you want to take a nap post breakfast sweet. You know what I’m saying? 

Yes they do have chocolate chips in them because hello, balance!! But aside from the chocolate chips, they are only sweetened with maple syrup, applesauce and the natural sweetness from the bananas!

muffin batter in glass bowl

The combination of the applesauce and bananas makes these muffins SO moist – especially considering they have NO OIL! Don’t get me wrong, I love butter – but the applesauce completely makes up for the lack of oil. It makes them extremely dense but somehow fluffy. So crazy how that works but I’m here for it, okay! 

The muffins have a deep chocolatey flavor thanks to the cocoa powder + chocolate chips and it’s the perfect match up with the bananas. Bananas + chocolate = DELISH. And if you don’t believe me, you can either try this recipe for yourself OR try the frozen chocolate covered bananas from Trader Joe’s! Ha! 

muffin batter in pan pre-bake

But really, the cocoa powder gives them such a smooth, deep flavor of dark chocolate. And the melty chocolate on the top of the muffin plus the inside is just a plus, y’all. 

freshly baked muffins in pan

They are rich, chocolatey, fluffy, soft, a little dense and delicious all at the same time!

Ingredients You Need:

  • Ripe bananas 
  • Maple syrup
  • Applesauce 
  • Chocolate Chips 
  • Egg 
  • All Purpose Flour 
  • Cocoa Powder 
  • Baking Soda 
  • Pinch of Salt 

Baking Tips

When it comes to baking these muffins, it’s pretty simple and straightforward. In fact, it’s made in one bowl! Woop!

I would make sure that when you are mashing the bananas that they really are RIPE! This will add to the overall sweetness to the muffins. 

hand holding muffin with a bite taken out of it

When the bananas are ripe, they will mash easier which will also lend to less small chunks of banana in the muffins! 

Use whatever chocolate chips you have on hand – I’ve used semi-sweet, milk chocolate and dark chocolate for these muffins and they all worked perfectly! 

Speaking of sweetness, I’m not going to lie to you, these muffins are NOT overly sweet – the natural sweetness of the banana/applesauce/maple syrup really shines through. Honey should also work fine to substitute for these muffins!

overhead shot of bite taken out of muffin

My favorite way to eat these muffins is ALL THE WAYS. But really, I like them with my cup of coffee with lots of cream in the mornings. 

Schmear some salted butter on top of them just when warm and a pinch of flaky sea salt or drizzle of honey. 

half of a muffin sliced with butter

For a more nutrition dense option, schmear peanut butter or nut butter on top! 

Either way you eat it, I hope you enjoy it! Find the full recipe down below. Xo.

Did you like this recipe? Here are some other muffin recipes you might like: 

Peach Streusel Muffins 

Vegan Orange Spice Muffins 

Healthier Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins 

Cinnamon Apple Spice Muffins 

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5 from 2 votes

Double Chocolate Banana Muffins

These Double Chocolate Banana Muffins are dense, chocolate-y and super moist! Did I mention they’re super low in sugar and oil-free?! They’re perfect for an on-the-go breakfast, stay at home brunch or a snack!

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate muffins, healthy muffins
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 284 kcal


  • 3 medium ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (divided)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  1. Preheat your oven to 375. Mash the bananas up with a fork until they are completely mashed. Add in your maple syrup, applesauce, and egg. Mix until well combined.

  2. Using a sifter, add in your flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Mix until well combined. Fold in half of your chocolate chips, saving the other half to top the muffins with. 

  3. Grease your muffin tin or use liners! Fill the muffin cups until 2/3 full. Sprinkle with chocolate chips on top.

  4. Bake for 20-24 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Let cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes or so and then remove them to a cooling rack. 

  5. Enjoy with a schmear or butter or nut butter! Store in a tupperware at room temperature for 2-3 days.


6 comments / Add your comment below

  1. 5 stars
    They look like they have such a great texture! And so chocolatey. I love that they use minimal ingredients too!

  2. I’m printing this recipe!! Going to make these this week since I have a handful of over-ripe bananas. I know my toddler will be so excited 🙂

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