Spotlight Recipe: Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

by in Healthy Recipes, February 18, 2010

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffin
Everyone who tries these chocolate chip muffins asks for the recipe. I’ve made them for everything from brunch to dessert. They’re easy to make and a healthy way to get your chocolate fix.

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
Makes 16 large or 48 mini muffins

3/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup honey
2 ripe bananas, mashed
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup apple butter
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup unsweetened soymilk
1 cup unbleached organic all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup dark chocolate chips

Pre-heat oven to 350°F. Line a muffin pan with paper liners or spray with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.

In a medium saucepan, combine maple syrup, honey, banana, cinnamon, nutmeg, canola oil, apple butter, vanilla and soymilk. Heat over low heat for 2 to 3 minutes; whisk to combine. Set mixture aside to cool for 5 to 10 minutes.

In a large bowl, sift together flours, baking soda and salt. Add banana mixture to dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Make sure batter has cooled, then stir in half of the chocolate chips. Scoop batter into muffin tins, sprinkle additional chocolate chips on top of each muffin.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick poked into the center comes out clean.

Nutrition Info (1 large muffin):
Calories: 219; Total Fat: 7 grams; Saturated Fat: 2 grams; Carbohydrate: 39 grams; Protein: 3 grams; Fiber: 2.5 grams

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Comments (51)

  1. Audrey says:

    These muffins are amazing. I actually changed it a bit. Used 2% milk instead of soy and applesauce instead of apple butter and regular whole wheat flour instead of pastry flour. I didn't cook the wet ingredients and the result was still delicious. I have a delicious banana chocolate chip recipe that I have made for 20 years but this may actually replace it.

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  5. Dottie says:

    Can I use just Wheat Flour, light pancake syrup and cinnamon ??

  6. Kim says:

    Why does the recipe call for heating the wet ingredients?

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  10. willwater says:

    Hey there! I know this is kinda off topic however , I’d figured I’d ask. Would you be interested in

  11. danawhite says:

    Hi Casey -
    Applesauce works well too — try to use unsweetened if possible.

  12. lena says:

    you can use sweetened applesause, of push come to shove, use a apple, chopped up fine. that will enhance the taste and provide the necessary comsistancy to the recipe.

  13. danawhite says:

    Hi CareY-
    I'm so glad you like the muffins! Bake them for about 15 minutes and then keep an eye on them – they're done when they're puffed, golden, and a toothpick comes out clean from the center.

  14. danawhite says:

    Hi stephy -
    you can replace the soy milk with an equal amount of skim milk or almond milk – enjoy!

  15. Atalie Andressen says:

    I found apple butter at the apple barn in Severville, TN you can call at 800-421-4606 or on line at
    http://www.AppleBarnCiderMill.com. It is great on toast or bucuits.

  16. Sarah says:

    Apple butter should be in most grocery stores. I live in a very small Southern town and I can get it. It's shelved near the apple sauce and canned fruits on a lower shelf. You also can request that your grocer stock it.
    QUESTION: Can the chocolate chips be left out without changing the basic recipe and the way it works? My taste buds just don't "see" them with the apple butter/spiciness (and I LOVE chocolate).

  17. Melanie says:

    you might be able to get it at Walmart. I know I've bought whole wheat flour there before but that was a couple of years ago.

  18. danawhite says:

    Hi Sarah -
    You can leave the chocolate chips out or even replace them with walnuts. BUT. The apple butter provides sweetness and replaces some of the oil (cutting the fat) – it doesn't give the muffins an spicy or apple flavor, so it really works with the chocolate.

  19. danawhite says:

    Hi Sarah – You can leave the chocolate chips out or even replace them with walnuts. BUT. The apple butter provides sweetness and replaces some of the oil (cutting the fat) – it doesn't give the muffins an spicy or apple flavor, so it really works with the chocolate.

  20. danawhite says:

    Hi sara –
    Try this similar recipe for <ahref="http://blog.healthyeats.com/blog/2009/09/23/market-watch-pick-your-own/#muffins&quot; target="_blank">Pear and Apple Muffins.

  21. danawhite says:

    Hi sara –
    Try this similar recipe for this is text you want to link

  22. helper says:

    applebutter is normally in the jelly section

  23. Dottie says:

    Look in the Jelly/Jam section.

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