Chocolate Banana Oat Muffins

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes

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

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These lightly sweetened muffins are packed with whole grains, heart-healthy walnuts and ripe bananas.
PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 20 minutes
TOTAL: 30 minutes
Servings12 muffins

Ingredients
 

Instructions
 

  • 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.

Notes

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.

Nutrition

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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68 responses to “Chocolate Banana Oat Muffins”

  1. C. Marie Avatar
    C. Marie

    Baked some, and all I can say is . . . wow! So good—and, yes, eating with peanut butter is definitely the way to go!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Oh I’m so glad you enjoyed it!!!!

  2. Sara Kuijten Avatar
    Sara Kuijten

    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. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      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. :)

  3. Sarah Avatar
    Sarah

    These look delicious, and I so want to make them! Can you tell me if you use rolled oats or oat bran in the recipe?

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I hope you try them! I used rolled oats.

  4. Nutmeg Nanny Avatar
    Nutmeg Nanny

    Yum, these look perfect and so irresistible!

  5. Katie Avatar
    Katie

    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. :)

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Oh i’m so thrilled Katie!! Thank you so much!!

  6. Amelia Avatar
    Amelia

    Seeing that smear of PB on the muffin literally made me drool a little. Can’t wait to make these & repeat your PB idea!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      heck yes!!! I heart PB. :)

  7. Paula – bell’alimento Avatar
    Paula – bell’alimento

    This looks easy and tasty! Perfect for anytime snacking!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Thanks Paula!

  8. Erin @ Texanerin Baking Avatar
    Erin @ Texanerin Baking

    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. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Omg maybe they are hiding with the lemons that randomly disappeared from my grocery store for 2 months!?

      1. Erin @ Texanerin Baking Avatar
        Erin @ Texanerin Baking

        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.

        1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
          Liz DellaCroce

          No!! No idea what happened?!?!

  9. Joanne Avatar
    Joanne

    I refuse to have breakfast that doesn’t include a smear of peanut butter, so I love that these are so accommodating! And good for me too.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      You and me both sista!!

  10. April - AprilMcKinney.com Avatar
    April – AprilMcKinney.com

    Always looking for healthy baking recipes, and I LOVE bananas and chocolate! Can’t wait to try these!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Let me know what you think!!

  11. julia Avatar
    julia

    We eat a lot of muffins around here. I am definitely saving these for later–love the chocolate and banana combo!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Your boys would love these! Hope you’re feeling good!

  12. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. Avatar
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.

    These look perfect! Chocolate and bananas are so perfect together!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I know right? Enjoy!

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Hey there, I’m Liz Della Croce and I’m thrilled to have you here! My aim is to motivate and ignite your passion for cooking amazing meals for your loved ones.