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These easy chocolate chip banana muffins are sooooo tender and decadent…and of course, chocolatey! Breakfast or dessert??? You decide!
Banana bread has always been a staple at my house. Everyone loves it and it’s a great way to use up those bananas that are about headed to the trash can!
I created this version of banana bread for two reasons:
- One word: CHOCOLATE…oh, and a little more chocolate!
- A banana bread loaf just takes too darn long to bake! These simple muffins are done in just about 20 minutes!
Tips for making the best chocolate chip banana muffins
- Do not overbake them! There are two ways to test them. My favorite way is just with a toothpick inserted into the middle. If it comes out clean, they’re done! You can also just gently touch the tops. If the muffin springs back up after you touch it, it’s done!
- Bananas–the riper the better! My daughter says to “use the rotten ones.” I’m not sure I’d go THAT far, but you get the point, brown and mushy works best 🙂
- Don’t skip the sea salt on top! It seriously puts these muffins over the top! I purposely reduced the amount of salt in the batter to account for the sea salt sprinkle.
Can I substitute oil for butter?
Absolutely, just don’t expect QUITE the amount of decadence! Olive oil comes closest to butter taste-wise in this recipe, but vegetable oil will work too. Substitute 6 tablespoons of oil for one stick of butter (which is what the recipe calls for).
What’s the best kind of chocolate to use?
Honestly, it doesn’t matter. I usually use semi-sweet chocolate chips. But milk chocolate chips or even white chocolate chips would be amazing, too. This recipe isn’t fussy at all, so use what you have on hand!
Do I have to use brown sugar?
Nope! Regular sugar is fine! I just like brown sugar because I have found it has a deeper flavor and keeps the muffins super moist.
What muffin tin is the best?
I personally have had this one for over 10 years and it’s still going strong, although it looks like it needs some TLC! I wish I would have gotten these silicone muffin liners from the beginning to save my pan!
This recipe is simple and unfussy, but tastes and feels complicated and refined! LOL! What’s better, right??!! So go fool your family into thinking your are some sort of baking genius!
Easy Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins
- 4 ripe bananas
- 1 stick butter* see Note 1
- 1 cup chocolate chips, divided plus more for sprinkling* see Note 2
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 cup brown sugar* see Note 3
- 1 1/2 cup flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- sea salt or coarse salt for sprinkling
- Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 12 cup muffin tin with cooking spray or line with cupcake liners.
- In a heat-safe bowl, place the butter and 1/2 cup of chocolate chips. Microwave for about 45 seconds until butter is melted and chocolate chips are nearly melted. Stir butter and melted chocolate together until well-combined.
- Place bananas in a large bowl and mash with a fork or potato masher.
- To the mashed bananas, add chocolate/butter mixture, sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Mix well with a wooden spoon until well-combined.
- Add dry ingredients: flour, salt, baking soda, and the remaining chocolate chips. Mix well until dry ingredients are completely incorporated.
- Spoon batter into muffin tin (or liners) until about 3/4 full.
- Top each muffin with 5-6 more chocolate chips.
- Bake 20-22 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the middle of a muffin comes out clean or muffins spring back when lightly touched.
- Sprinkle tops lightly with sea salt.
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