banana chocolate chip muffins

banana chocolate chip muffins | movita beaucoup

When did muffins get so healthy? Remember when you didn’t have to sharpen your teeth to gnaw through a muffin? When coarse texture was frowned upon? When muffins were basically cake that you could eat for breakfast?

banana chocolate chip muffins | movita beaucoup

When I was a kid, muffins were either a) unhealthy, or b) bran. Two options. Now muffins are getting wrecked. They’ve got apricots in them. Why? Why would you wreck a perfectly good muffin with apricots? Oh, and how about dates? Wanna know where that little fruit’s name came from? The word date comes from the Greek word for finger. “Pass me a finger muffin, please.”  No. I won’t allow it. I will take your finger muffin and throw it in the street.

banana chocolate chip muffins | movita beaucoup

Now, let me tell you about these banana chocolate chip muffins. These muffins are a cakey muffin. That’s right, they are like a cake. A cake that you can pack in your lunch kit. They are not particularly good for you. That’s why they are awesome. You could eat them for breakfast. Or a snack. Or a dessert. These muffins multi-task. Prune muffins can’t do that. Prune muffins have to hope that you are still half asleep when you eat them. You’re never going to say, “Hey, do me a solid and pass me one of those dry and deformed rye-bran-spelt muffins for dessert.” Not possible. “Gosh, I’d love to have one of those banana chocolate chip muffins for dessert,” on the other hand, is totally believable.

banana chocolate chip muffins | movita beaucoup

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Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

recipe inspired by Rosie Beaucoup

print and bake

Yields one dozen muffins.

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 3/4 cup mashed bananas (approximately 2 bananas)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup walnuts

Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Line or grease the wells of a muffin tin.

In a medium to large sized bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.

Add the egg, milk, oil and bananas, stirring until just combined.

Add the chocolate chips and walnuts, gently stirring to combine.

Fill muffin wells two-thirds full and then bake 18-20 minutes – tops should be golden and a toothpick should come out clean. Allow to cool for a few minutes in the muffin tin, and then remove muffins to a rack to cool completely.


  1. kydel on November 20, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    That made me giggle a lot. My favourite pants are also in tact so you must still love me. One question though… What is this “hey, do me a solid” malarkey? Is a “solid” a Canadian favour?

    • movita beaucoup on November 20, 2011 at 5:08 pm

      Doing someone a solid is doing someone a favour. (See here.) I’m very street.

  2. casey on November 20, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    Yet again – made me laugh hard enough to distract my husband to pause the football game and listen to me read your post. Will make these this week while kids are out of school. Thanks!

    • movita beaucoup on November 21, 2011 at 9:45 pm

      You’re welcome! Anything to put football on hold…

  3. frugalfeeding on November 20, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    They look absolutely amazing. I adore the photos. I’ve been working all weekend too, don’t worry, Still, I get to bake tomorrow 😀

  4. Savory Simple on November 20, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    I’ve never thought of muffins as healthy. Also, I didn’t start enjoying muffins until I tried homemade versions like these. Store bought muffins are gigantic, dense and overly sweet. Yuck! But yours look perfect.

  5. Eggton on November 20, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    So about that elephant poop—I know comments are supposed to be about you (the blogger) and your food, etc. but you started in on the elephants and I got all excited to tell you this: At the local pet shop, there is a pooper-scooper that has a fake, removable plastic poop in it. It’s supposed to demonstrate, I guess, that the item can pick up something the size of elephant poop, if that’s the way your dog rolls. Anyway, whenever I take Thunder there, she bee-lines for the pooper scooper, grabs the elephant poop prop in her mouth, and wiggles around the store. All excited and proud, like she just invented fire, or press-on nails, or post-its. It’s super awkward. The woman who runs the store probably thinks she’s underfed, or that this somehow reflects her actual diet. I always mouth “she doesn’t do this at home,” but she’s not impressed. Maybe if I will leave out the chocolate, I can use these muffins as a Thunder-lure next time I go. Not that your muffins are for the dogs. That’s not what I meant.

    Too much?

    • movita beaucoup on November 21, 2011 at 9:48 pm

      Too much? Never. I’ve always felt that my baking could benefit all creatures, great and small. Thunder is obviously amazing, and deserves baked treats. Also, maybe if you were to feed her muffins intended for humans, she would poop elephant sized poops and you could justify buying the over-sized pooper scooper. Just sayin’.

  6. Ann on November 20, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    i am all for muffins filled with butter, sugar, and more sugar. 🙂 right on!

  7. Julia on November 21, 2011 at 7:01 am

    Ugh, agreed, healthy muffins are an abomination. But these are proper muffins and, oh, they look so good and I wish I was eating one for breakfast. I’m going to go cry into my porridge now.

  8. Cayla on November 21, 2011 at 10:39 am

    yum! such a great combination of flavors! can’t wait to bake these! thanks for the recipe!

  9. EveryBookandCranny on November 21, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Can I just tell you how much I adore your pictures? Truly, they are lovely.

    The recipe sounds great too. 🙂

    • movita beaucoup on November 21, 2011 at 9:52 pm

      You don’t know how much that comment means to me. I suffer from terrible photophobia. (I’m pretty sure that’s the proper term for someone who has a fear that her photos suck butt.) I’m just learning about photography, and I have to take approximately 3,000 shots to get 3-4 photos that I can post on this here blog without shaming my family.

      Now I will tell my family to contact you when they doubt my awesomeness.

  10. Eunice on November 21, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    Okay….so obviously great minds think alike because I think it’s kind of weird that I was going to post banana chocolate chip muffins this week too. I think I’ll put mine on hold for another day so as to not compete with your fantastic pictures.

    Seriously though….I almost lost my tasty beverage when reading this. Thank you so much for always brightening up my day!

    • movita beaucoup on November 22, 2011 at 8:19 am

      So, you’re saying that we’re cosmic muffin friends, right? That’s, like, the best kind of friend. I look forward to reading your post – I hope they aren’t too healthy…

  11. RecipeAdaptors on November 22, 2011 at 7:21 am

    Beautifully simple muffins and simply beautiful photos.

  12. Victoria Schweiss on November 22, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Beautiful photos. These muffins look delicious. I can’t wait to try them. Thanks for the recipe.

  13. Liz on November 22, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Wow, your photographs are just gorgeous! Love your styling. And these muffins are irresistible, too~

  14. glutenfreezen on November 26, 2011 at 12:51 am

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more perfect muffin. And chocolate and banana? Oh yes!

  15. thelittleloaf on February 13, 2013 at 5:25 am

    Deeee-licious! Any excuse to get chocolate into breakfast 🙂 I have some ripe bananas that were destined for banana bread… no longer!

  16. movita beaucoup on June 2, 2015 at 7:15 am

    Comments on this post are now closed as it was published in November 2011. Happy baking!