Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Like most posts, the food has nothing to do with the written content, so let’s do food first. Chocolate chip banana  muffins – make this for breakfast. It has fruit in it—go ahead. Seriously, breakfast might be the only meal in which you can get away with basically eating cake. And that is exactly why it’s my favorite meal.

Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins via Bakers Royale

Who needs lunch or dinner when you can do brunch or brinner? More of that shoddy logic I’m always pushing on you guys.

While we are discussing my shortcomings, let’s talk about my little guy’s big “promotion day”. He finished kindergarten yesterday. Please don’t fillet me when I say, I’m not one of those parents who makes a big production out of it. 

Sure the school can by holding Safari Day—it’s a big celebration in which there are games and activity stations set up for the kidlets. And sure they might have sent out a notice stating (in bold) “We need all parents to volunteer and assist”.

Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins from Bakers Royale

Well I missed it. No big deal, because, “Hello, I was working!” And I was certain not every parent would make it – who wouldn’t make this guilt-mitigating assumption?

My bad. When I asked the little guy how Safari Day went, he very frankly answered, “It was so fun—and Mom, everyone’s parents were there except mine.”

Wow. Awesome Mom Failing #106 or something like that. (In his father’s defense, Matt is still recovering from surgery).

. . . But let’s gloss over my failed parent participation and have some Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins.

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this recipe

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins



  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1  cup bananas, mashed (about 2 medium size bananas)
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips 




Line wells of a muffin tin with paper liners. Heat oven to 375 degrees F.

To make banana muffins

  1. Place flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl and whisk to combine; set side.
  2. In a separate bowl combine sugar and eggs and whisk to until well combined and mixture becomes thick and light in color, about 1 minute. Drizzle cool butter into mixture and whisk to combine. Add oil and buttermilk to mixture, whisk to combine. Add in vanilla,mashed banana mixture and mini chocolate chips, whisk to combine.
  3. Pour flour mixture into wet mixture, and using a wooden spoon or sturdy spatula, gently fold the batter until no flour streaks or pockets remain (do not over mix).


  1. Fill liners to almost full. Bake at 375 degrees for 17-20 minutes or until tops become golden brown and tester comes out clean. Remove from oven and transfer muffins to a wire rack to cool.

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  1. Avatar for Naomi Robinson says

    oh shoot. that stuff is hard Naomi. We all question our choices all the time, but we are just trying to do the best we can as parents, and it is not always easy. Your muffins are beautiful :)

  2. Avatar for Naomi Robinson says

    Gorgeous muffins and inviting photography, Naomi! I love that you use a 1:1 ratio of butter to oil in your recipe, as do I, for the moistest muffins. Don’t fret too much about your little guy. So long as he knows you love him, he will be more than A-OK. Maybe even more self-reliant and assured as he grows up. There’s something to be said for that! xo

  3. Avatar for Naomi Robinson says

    The balance of life and work is often so much more complicated than they say. My parents used to miss my events too but I knew they still loved me. I sure your little boy feels the same. Wonderfully shaped muffins by the way!

  4. Avatar for Naomi Robinson says

    I’m all about “cake” for breakfast! Don’t beat yourself up, I don’t know how you juggle all that you do and stay sane…I know your little guy is well-loved and well-fed!

  5. Avatar for Naomi Robinson says

    Mmmm, these look good! It’s like mini banana bread for dessert! And I empathize with you about the Safari Day. I don’t have any kids, but I don’t know how schools expect parents to volunteer and make money to support the family?

  6. Avatar for Naomi Robinson says

    Ouch! With three kids, I am always missing something. I can’t keep up. But when I am present, we try to have the best time possible! Right? Right. xxo

    That said, my boys would definitely categorize these muffins under a ‘good time’.

  7. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonToni | Boulder Locavore says

    I would certainly eat these for ‘brinner” or any other time and feel confident your son won’t be scarred by your missing of Safari Day. There are hundreds of school events lying in wait between Safari Day and the true graduation for you to make it up!