Chocolate Banana Muffins

A quick and easy freezer-friendly muffin recipe you can whip up for the kid’s lunch boxes, after-school snack or weekend sporting event.

Who doesn’t love chocolate – and my family is no exception! We all love it in my household, that’s why this Chocolate Banana Muffin recipe is so well received by all my family members! I often make these and pop them in the freezer for an easy-to-grab school (or work – lol!) snack that helps to make school mornings simpler and a little less chaotic. These Chocolate Banana Muffins are also a great way to use up any overripe bananas!

Chocolate Banana Muffins

I made these for the kid’s weekend sports, took what we needed and froze the rest for lunch boxes to grab through the week. I grabbed one out of the freezer for myself, left it on the bench for a little while and it thawed rather quickly… it tasted as fresh as the day I made them… so good!

school muffin snack chocolate and banana

I have shared a recipe previously for Chocolate Banana Muffins, but on this occasion I couldn’t use the recipe as I didn’t have any butter.  I loved this version as it was moist and so banana-ry!!


Chocolate Banana Muffins

  • Author: Katrina
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Yield: 12 1x


  • 3 overripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups self raising flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C, fan forced.
  2. Lightly grease a 12-hole muffin tray or line with paper patty cases.
  3. In a large bowl, add bananas, oil and egg. Mix to combine.
  4. Add in sugar, flour, cocoa and chocolate chips. Mix to combine.
  5. Spoon mixture evenly into muffin cases.
  6. Bake muffins in oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden and cooked through.
  7. Rest in tray for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.


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Lauren @ Create Bake Make April 10, 2015 - 6:28 AM

These look great Kat! I love having a supply of muffins in the freezer, they make such a great treat.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife April 12, 2015 - 8:06 AM

they are a great snack to have ready and the defrost so quickly too!

Belinda April 10, 2015 - 10:19 AM

These muffins were so quick and easy. my 5 yr old twins loved them!

Katrina - The Organised Housewife April 12, 2015 - 8:08 AM

I am so pleased they enjoyed them, you could also make them as mini versions for snacks for their lunchboxes, easier to fit in their hand too!

Lucy @ Bake Play Smile April 10, 2015 - 5:53 PM

Wow how easy are these! I can imagine they would be so lovely and moist from the oil – what a perfect mid afternoon snack!

Katrina - The Organised Housewife April 12, 2015 - 8:07 AM

they were so moist and yes your right it was such an easy recipe, one I will be using often!!

Ange April 13, 2015 - 4:01 PM

Does it matter what kind of oil?

Belinda April 17, 2015 - 5:04 PM

My kids begged me to make these and since my cupboard is bare there were a few changes. I used coconut oil, only had 1/2 cup of sugar left so that was it, I had 4 bananas so in they went and I mixed wholemeal and white self raising flour. Chocolate chips were left over Easter eggs. The kids loved them and they froze beautifully. Now to restock the cupboards for next round!

Danielle April 27, 2015 - 11:14 AM

I made these to use up over ripe bananas and a block of Cadbury choc that I would have eaten all by myself otherwise. I just cut it up into small pieces in place of the choc chips as I didn’t have enough left. They were a big hit. My son has taken one to school today and I brought some into my office for morning tea.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife April 27, 2015 - 2:27 PM

Ooh yum! I bet they were a big hit in the office too.:)

SARAH July 25, 2015 - 3:07 PM

do you mash the bananas?

Katrina - The Organised Housewife July 27, 2015 - 9:53 AM

Hi Sarah, yes i give them a good mash. Makes it so much easier when they are nice and a little over ripe.

Andrea February 9, 2016 - 8:45 AM

What sort of oil is best for this recipe?

Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 9, 2016 - 8:58 AM

Hi Andrea, I use either canola or vegetable oil, I have just adjusted the recipe to show canola. Hope you enjoy them.

Therese April 23, 2016 - 11:07 PM

I love these muffins and the kids do too! I often throw in a few spoon fulls of black chia seeds into the batter for a bit of crunch and an Omega hit.

Dana November 1, 2016 - 10:23 AM

I only have olive oil would this be ok? Or could I use butter?

John February 4, 2017 - 10:06 AM

I only have a oil that gives me good amount of receipe.

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Chloe August 27, 2019 - 6:00 PM

So yummy and a great recipe!
I didn’t have cocoa so I added milo and halved the amount of sugar. I also used olive oil as I didn’t have any canola or vegetable oil
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Katrina - The Organised Housewife September 3, 2019 - 9:15 AM

Genius Chloe! So glad that worked well for you, and that you’re enjoying the blog. Thanks for sharing your tips 🙂 Kat x

Kristy August 12, 2020 - 8:53 PM

These are a regular item in my daughters lunchbox. I always seem to need to add some milk though as the mixture is very dry. Is that okay to do?

Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 17, 2020 - 3:03 PM

Of course Kristy! Whatever works for you and your daughter. I’m happy to hear that she loves them in her lunchbox. Kat x

Kim September 16, 2020 - 8:21 PM

The kids favourite muffins Kat – they love them….now to wait for some overripe bananas ??

Katrina - The Organised Housewife September 28, 2020 - 3:17 PM

That’s great to hear Kim! I love knowing that my recipes are making kids happy 🙂 And that’s a good thing that your kids obviously like eating your bananas 😉 Kat x

Vika February 23, 2022 - 7:38 PM

Super easy to make, moist , yummy, crunchy on the outside! Love it! Kids age 18m, 6y and 8y loved it too!

Jackie June 26, 2022 - 10:08 AM

Great recipe. Our daycare centre is egg-free so we made with 1/2 cup Greek yoghurt instead of egg. Cut sugar down to half and added one extra banana (small). Turned in 24 mini muffins to freeze for daycare days. Kids loved them!


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