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Chocolate Banana Oat Muffins

    These lightly sweetened muffins are packed with whole grains, heart-healthy walnuts, rich cocoa powder and ripe bananas.

    Chocolate Banana Oat Muffins - The Lemon Bowl

    My two-year-old loves drinking smoothies for breakfast so inevitably we end up with a few extra ripe bananas each week. Normally I freeze them for future smoothies but there is something about a snowy weekend that gets me in the baking mood. In lieu of making my favorite chocolate chip cookies, I decided to be a good girl and create a healthy breakfast muffin packed with bananas, oats, and a little chocolate for good measure.

    Banana Oat Chocolate Muffins - The Lemon Bowl

    This recipe is adapted from Honest Fare to make them slightly less sweet with an extra dose of Omega-3’s from flax seed meal and walnuts. Because they are made with less sugar, they won’t cause that addictive “OH-MY-GOD-I-NEED-1000-MORE” response. If you’ve ever had more than one Girl Scout cookie in a sitting, you know what I’m talking about.. ;-)

    Banana Oat Chocolate Muffin with PB - The Lemon Bowl

    These muffins are perfect for on-the-go snacking or a healthy breakfast to eat during your commute or in the school drop off line. Oh and PS: they taste incredible with a smear of creamy natural peanut butter on top. You can thank me later.

    No fork required.

    Banana Oat Chocolate Muffins - The Lemon Bowl

    Banana Oat Chocolate Muffins

    4.67 stars average
    These lightly sweetened muffins are packed with whole grains, heart-healthy walnuts and ripe bananas.
    PREP: 10 mins
    COOK: 20 mins
    TOTAL: 30 mins
    Servings: 12 muffins



    • Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees and line a muffin tin with 12 baking cups.
    • In a large bowl, mix together oats, yogurt and milk. Set aside to soak for 10 minutes.
    • Meanwhile, whisk together remaining dry ingredients in a small bowl: whole wheat pastry flour through ground cloves.
    • In a medium bowl, whisk together mashed bananas with oil and egg. Add to the soaking oat mixture and stir to combine.
    • Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Stir in walnuts or chocolate chips.
    • Using an ice cream scoop or 1/4 cup measuring cup, pour batter evenly into 12 lined muffin tins. Bake until toothpick comes out clean, about 18-20 minutes.
    • Let cool in pan 2 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.


    If you want to end up with a sweeter more cake-like muffin, increase sugar to 1/2 cup and use chocolate chips instead of walnuts.
    Recipe adapted from Honest Fare.


    Calories: 220kcalCarbohydrates: 27.1gProtein: 5gFat: 11.2gSaturated Fat: 1.6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 9.6gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 302mgFiber: 4.1gSugar: 9.2g

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    Liz DellaCroce

    Liz Della Croce is the creator and author of The Lemon Bowl, a healthy food blog. Since 2010, Liz has been sharing delicious recipes that just so happen to be healthy. By using real ingredients with an emphasis on seasonality, Liz has built a growing audience of loyal readers who crave good food for their families. Click Here To Subscribe to my newsletter:


    1. trying to cook healthier food for my family and came across your website- loving all the healthy recipes! Is wholewheat pastry flour the same as normal wholewheat flour? (I’m from the UK and haven’t heard of this) thanks!

      1. Oh thank you I’m glad you like it! No it’s not the same – it is better for baking and has a lighter end result. If you can’t find, I suggest using half regular white flour and half regular whole wheat flour. :)

    2. Just confirming that these are indeed AMAZING. Made a batch last night, along with your slow cooker banana walnut oatmeal for an easy breakfast today. Thanks for providing SO many easy, delicious, and clean recipes! Gratefully, your neighboring Ohio reader. :)

    3. I’ve been trying for months to get some ripe bananas around here! I’ve been buying more than 20 at a time and 5 days later, they’re gone. Seriously. I don’t know where they’re going. I have at least one smoothie a day but geez!

      Um, anyway. The muffins look great! Love their healthy-ness. :D

        1. Hahaha. Did you ever get an explanation for that? Were they out everywhere in the region or just *your* store? Maybe they were messing with you. ;)

          And I like to think I have a baby chimpanzee around. He’d just hiding! I’ve named him Oscar Jr.

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