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Think it’s impossible to make healthy chocolate muffins that are actually delicious? Think again! These healthy chocolate banana muffins are SO rich and delicious, it’ll be your new favourite low calorie muffin recipe!

healthy chocolate banana muffins

 

*This post was originally published in July 2017. I’ve updated a few of the photos and added headings to make the post easier to follow. The recipe remains the same*
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So, Sunday night was the much anticipated season premiere of Game of Thrones!! If you’re not a GOT fan I apologize for my enthusiasm but I have been waiting over a year for this season to kick off! It did not disappoint. So good. The opening scene with Aria!? I can’t wait for next Sunday!

Ok, enough fan-girl talk. Have you ever seen those giant double chocolate muffins from the Costco bakery? They are SO delicious, but oh my gosh they are also SO full of fat and sugar. 1 muffin has 690 calories and 38 grams of fat. In 1 MUFFIN!! I’m certainly not opposed to a sweet treat but this just seems outrageous to me for a muffin.

Calories aside, I find myself craving a moist, chocolatey, cakey muffin now and then. Mostly now. The good news is, you can have all that goodness with much less guilt!! Enter these healthy chocolate banana muffins!

healthy chocolate banana muffins

Do these muffins taste like banana?

With only 1/3 cup agave syrup, much of the sweetness in this muffin comes from the overripe bananas; however, these muffins do not taste like a regular banana muffin! The cocoa powder ensures that the flavour is very much chocolate. The chocolate chips throughout definitely help 😉 Remember, the riper the bananas the sweeter the end result!

It’s no secret that I love baking with bananas (here, here and here). It’s the healthiest way (in my humble opinion) to sweeten up your baked goods! Plus, the bananas, along with a smidge of coconut oil and some Greek yogurt, contribute to the moistness factor of these muffins.

It’s the Costco muffin trifecta: moist, sweet, and CHOCOLATEY!!

How do you make healthy banana chocolate muffins?

Make sure you mash your bananas really, really well – you don’t want to end up with unsightly banana chunks in your chocolate muffin. The bananas are the secret ingredient here!!

You’ll want to gently combine the wet ingredients with the dry, stirring just until moistened. The muffins take about 15 minutes to bake, or until a toothpick comes out clean. I urge you to try at least one while it’s still piping hot – with a pat of butter. Just be sure not to burn your tongue on a chocolate chip!!

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healthy chocolate banana muffins

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healthy chocolate banana muffins

Healthier Chocolate Banana Muffins


  • Author: Katherine
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 12 standard muffins 1x

Description

Think it’s impossible to make healthy chocolate muffins that are actually delicious? Think again! These healthy chocolate banana muffins are SO rich and delicious, it’ll be your new favourite low calorie muffin recipe!


Ingredients

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  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 overripe bananas
  • 1/3 cup agave syrup*
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted and slightly cooled
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F and either grease a standard 12-cup muffin pan with cooking spray, or place muffin liners in each cavity.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine both flours, the cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, mash the bananas with a fork until no large lumps remain. Whisk in the agave syrup, then add the egg, coconut oil, and Greek yogurt. Combine the wet ingredients with the dry, stirring just until moistened. Gently fold in the chocolate chips with a rubber spatula.
  4. Evenly distribute the muffin batter amongst each muffin cavity until about 3/4 cup full. Bake for 14-16 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Muffins will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for about 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 2 months.

Notes

  1. Substitute the agave syrup for honey, or maple syrup
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes

Keywords: low calorie muffin recipes // healthy double chocolate muffins // healthy chocolate muffins

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About Katherine

Heeey! Thank you for stopping by! I like 30-minute dinners and giant peanut butter cups made with only 3 ingredients. I LOVE food! If you do too, you're in the right place.

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27 Comments

  1. Those Costco muffins are ridiculous…who needs a muffin that big?! I’d take these healthier regular-sized beauties any day. The recipe looks great and I’m dying to try them out!

    1. Thank you Marcie!! Hah, they are SO big. Thank you!! I’m very happy to hear that!!

  2. I love that these are so much healthier than the Costco ones! Now when I get a hankering I’ll just make yours instead!! Xoxo

    1. Hooray!! I think they are a great healthy alternative to those bad boys over at Costco. Thanks Kelly 🙂

  3. Every now and then I spend some time with my in-laws and I normally bring something a little indulgent to share because my father-in-law LOVES a good treat with his coffee. Because I am trying to eat more health-fully, I aimed to find some middle ground and these were perfect!! So moist. So rich (tasting). You make me look like the perfect daughter-in-law. Oh, and soooo fast and easy. I substituted maple syrup so I had all the ingredients at home.

    1. You are the sweetest daughter-in-law, that much is true!! I’m so glad I could help you out. These are one of my favourite muffins to make when I want a slightly less naughty treat. Hooray! Thanks Gina 🙂