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Small Batch Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins Recipe – How to Make it in 8 Simple Steps

Are all your muffin recipes just too big, making a dozen muffins? Our recipe for Small Batch Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins only makes six muffins. You can use up that banana that has gotten just a little too ripe with our tasty, rich, and delicious recipe.

These are a few chocolate chip muffins with colorful cups.

Do you have a banana that is getting more and more speckled by the day? Maybe it’s just a single banana, which is not enough to make a loaf of banana bread. Or maybe you are tired of banana bread.

These are a few chocolate chip muffins with colorful cups.

Small Batch Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins Recipe

April Freeman
This recipe for Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins can take that tired old piece of fruit and turn it into something delicious, warm, and chocolatey. 
Prep Time 15 mins
Baking Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Cuisine American
Servings 6 Muffins


  • Muffin Cups
  • Cupcake Liners
  • Large bowl
  • Food Processor or Stick Blender
  • Wire whisk
  • Spoon


  • 1 pc Large Ripe Banana
  • ¼ cup Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Cooking Oil
  • 1 pc Egg for a vegan version, use 1 tablespoon of flaxseed meal and 3 tablespoons of water
  • ½ teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • ½ cup All-Purpose Flour
  • ¼ cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt
  • ¼ cup Miniature Chocolate Chips


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and, using paper cupcake liners, line six muffin cups with the liners. If you do not have cupcake liners, you can spray the muffin cups with cooking spray.
    The muffin baking tray has cupcake liners.
  • In a large bowl, mash the banana very well. You want to mash it thoroughly so that there are no lumps and the banana is in a smooth puree. You may use a food processor or a stick blender for this step.
  • Whisk the sugar into the banana, and then add the oil, egg, and vanilla. Stir very well until all of these ingredients are thoroughly combined.
    The egg is then added into the banana puree in the mixing bowl.
  • Using the same mixing bowl, sprinkle the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt onto the top of the wet ingredients. Use a spoon to stir this mixture until the ingredients are fully incorporated.
  • Last of all, stir in the chocolate chips, reserving about a tablespoon of the chocolate chips.
  • Divide the batter among the muffin cups, and sprinkle the tops of the muffins with the reserved chocolate chips. 
    The muffin batter is divided into the six cupcake liners.
  • Bake the muffins for 18 to 20 minutes until the tops of the muffins spring back lightly when touched. 
  • Let the muffins cool in the pan for about five minutes and then remove them to cool on a wire rack. Let them cool for about 20 minutes before serving them slightly warm. 
    This is a pair of chocolate banana muffins with a cup of milk.


One of the most important food crops on the planet, bananas are the fruit of a tropical plant that is grown in the warmer areas of the world. These fruits contain numerous vitamins and minerals, and they are fat-free. Bananas are one of the least expensive fruits available worldwide, and they are the most traded fruit in the world.
The value of the global banana trade was estimated in 2016 to be about 8 billion dollars. 
While many people believe that bananas grow on trees, that is actually incorrect. Bananas are actually herbs. Banana plants grow from rhizomes or bulbs, and it takes around 9 to 12 months from the time a banana plant is planted until it yields bananas. Bananas are available all year round
Bananas are harvested while they are still green. They are sorted and packed into boats that have climate-controlled compartments that keep the bananas from ripening in transit. When the bananas reach port, they go to another climate-controlled area called a ripening room.
The ripening rooms use ethylene gas to help the bananas ripen. When the bananas reach the desired level of ripeness, they are sent to shops and grocers. 
Bananas are a favorite snack for children and adults alike. These fruits are wonderful because you can take them along, tucking them into bags or lunchboxes. To peel a banana, all you need are your hands.
You don’t have to wash or sanitize the banana; just pop it open, peel it, and eat it.  
Most people have a certain level of ripeness of a banana that they prefer. Once the banana passes that stage, it’s not unusual for the banana to just sit on the counter getting spottier and spottier. That is why you need a few recipes like this one for Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins.
This recipe takes what might turn into food waste and uses it to make a tasty snack.
Have you ever been in the mood for a muffin but found that all the muffin recipes made far too many muffins for you and your family to eat very quickly? Many muffin recipes make a dozen muffins, and this can be too many for a family of just two or three people. This recipe makes a smaller batch, yielding just six muffins.
However, if you want to double the recipe to make 12 muffins for a special occasion, feel free to do so. The recipe doubles very well.
Another thing that is great about this recipe is that the muffins freeze very well. Because the muffins are so moist and rich tasting, they come out of the freezer tasting just as wonderful as they did when you put them in the freezer.  Just put completely cooled muffins in a zip-top freezer bag and press out as much air as possible.
Pop the bag into the freezer, and you can keep it there for up to 8 weeks. Thaw the muffins by putting them in the fridge overnight.
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