Healthy Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Hi friends. What a day over here. Everyone talks about the 2s being rough, and I hate to scare anyone, but the 3s are the real deal. (My mom also said to watch out for the 4s, haha.) While there is way more *good* than tough over here, not every day is rainbows and acai bowls. 😉 After some quiet time together, time outside and chilling, everyone is doing much better. 

We also made some muffins. Baking is a real form of therapy.

Healthy chocolate banana muffins

Healthy Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

When we got back from vacation, we had some perfectly browned bananas. We actually took them on vacation with us, and brought them back, haha. I’ve found that the poor bananas have been neglected lately in favor of summery fruits like peaches, plums and apples. 

Don’t worry bananas, you still have purpose.

Healthy chocolate banana muffins

The bananas in these muffins give them a majority of their sweetness! Just mashed bananas, a little bit of maple syrup, chocolate chips,

Chocolate chips

and they’re a perfectly sweet little snack. 

Here’s the recipe if you’d like to give them a try!

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Healthy banana chocolate muffins

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A sweet treat for an afternoon snack or to enjoy with eggs for breakfast

  • Prep Time: 5
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x


  • 1 cup almond meal (you can also use oat flour)
  • 1 cup oats (for gluten-free, use gluten-free oats)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 medium bananas, mashed
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil


  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 350 and spray a standard muffin tin with nonstick spray or olive oil.
  2. 2. In a large bowl, combine the almond meal, oats, cocoa, salt and chocolate chips.
  3. 3. In a separate bowl, combine the egg, banana, vanilla, maple syrup and coconut oil.
  4. 4. Add the egg mixture to the dry mixture and stir well to combine.
  5. 5. Distribute the mixture to the muffin tin, and bake for 20-25 minutes, until set.


  • I like to make a batch of these and store in the freezer. When I want a sweet treat or breakfast accompaniment, all I have to do is heat and eat.


Nutrition stats are here.

Hope you have a great night <3



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  1. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on August 12, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    Those muffins look so yummy! I hope tomorrow is a better day. 🙂

  2. Erica {} on August 13, 2015 at 3:18 am

    These look delicious! At 36 weeks pregnant my ability to eat healthy is slowly going down the drain. These would be a nice way to get my sweet tooth fix in without totally blowing my nutrition for the day.

    • Fitnessista on August 13, 2015 at 3:07 pm

      i feel ya on that. i just want to live off of soft pretzels

  3. Bekah on August 13, 2015 at 4:07 am

    Definitely making this recipe ASAP! 🙂 I hope you have a better day. You are so right though. The threes are the worst. When my oldest turned 3 (who is now 5 1/2) it was awful. Granted he was diagnosed with special needs so our experience hasn’t been typical, but I asked my mom, “why didn’t you warn me about the threes??” She said she didn’t want to scare me 😉 haha. As they get older they are able to control themselves better so that is a plus!

    • Fitnessista on August 13, 2015 at 3:07 pm

      haha that’s good to hear. i just feel like it’s so much EMOTION and DRAMA right now. i’m like, “you spilled your cup of water. it’s water, we’ll clean it, it’s not that bad.” and she’s on the floor screaming bloody murder

  4. Chicago Jogger on August 13, 2015 at 5:22 am

    These look amazing. I have been all about the healthier muffins lately! Can’t wait to try. Pinning for later.

  5. Rebecca on August 13, 2015 at 6:10 am

    Haha I was thinking the same thing yesterday – 3s are so much fun #sarcasamfont

  6. Monique @ burpees to bubbly on August 13, 2015 at 6:49 am

    lucky for me, I happen to have bananas browning and was looking for a new recipe to try today 🙂 These look delicious!

    • Fitnessista on August 13, 2015 at 3:06 pm

      let me know how they turn out!! xo

  7. Cassie on August 13, 2015 at 6:55 am

    I am drooling over here.

  8. Morgan @ Morgan Manages Mommyhood on August 13, 2015 at 7:25 am

    Can’t wait to try this! I love banana bread a weird amount!

    • Fitnessista on August 13, 2015 at 3:05 pm

      same. it’s so good!!

  9. Alex @ True Femme on August 13, 2015 at 8:10 am

    I’ve been on a big muffin kick lately so this is perfect timing! I’m definitely making these in the next day or two! They look delicious 🙂

    • Fitnessista on August 13, 2015 at 3:05 pm

      yay, hope you love them!

  10. Amber Schumann on August 13, 2015 at 8:27 am

    I rightfully call my daughter a threenager. And unfortunately, the majority of our days are filled with discipline and fights and me wishing i could pack her up and shove her back “in there”. When i grovel to our parents for a solution to the madness, they shrug and tell me they are at a loss (“you guys never behaved that way, we dont know what to tell you…”). Um what….?

    4 gets better right?! Someone please lie to me and tell me it gets better! Ha!

    • Fitnessista on August 13, 2015 at 3:05 pm

      i totally hear ya. it’s just hard because you feel like you’re disciplining all day, which is EXHAUSTING, but at the same time, i refuse for her to grow up and be a brat.
      my mom said it was terrible until i was 5, and then i was as sweet as could be. so there’s that to look forward to haha.

  11. Tracy on August 13, 2015 at 11:05 am

    These sound delicious! I know what you mean about bananas taking a back seat in summer. We’re obsessed with peaches, cherries and all the berries here!!

    Wish summer would never end! I’m so sad that my kids started school today 🙁

    • Fitnessista on August 13, 2015 at 3:03 pm

      yes, all the berries!!!
      aww that’s what my stepmom always said too. she was so bummed when my brothers went back to school

  12. Lori on August 13, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    Your mom is right about the 4s!! WOW my 4yo son keeps outdoing himself every year lol. Love him so much and he is soooo awesome, but yeah….. he’s cray 🙂

    • Fitnessista on August 13, 2015 at 3:02 pm

      oh man. the fear is real. i just feel like they have so many emotions and opinions that they don’t know how to handle. very awesome, but so dramatic

  13. Sarah @ Seriously Lovely on August 13, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    Yum, I can’t wait to give these a try!

    • Fitnessista on August 13, 2015 at 3:01 pm

      let me know if you do!

  14. Jennifer on August 16, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    We’ve been having the same banana issue this summer 🙂 3 was also the worst year for us…4 still has itsome difficulties but definitely a better place than a year ago!

    • Fitnessista on August 16, 2015 at 9:34 pm

      that gives me hope haha

  15. Natalie on August 16, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    We are also in the throws of a threenager and are adding a new baby Thursday! Heaven help us that this occupies him enough to lose the ‘Tude for a bit!! I agree, I will NOT give up on being polite, kind and overall pleasant. It may kill me, but these are the life goals!! Also, baking these currently to have as midnight feeding snacks!

    • Fitnessista on August 16, 2015 at 9:34 pm

      ughhh it is SO tough. but it’s like you said, it’s totally worth it. i’ll nag/teach/take things away ALL day if it means that she will grow up to be a respectful and kind human being.
      let me know how they turn out!! congratulations to your fam, too!

  16. Katrina on August 18, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    I had all ingredients on hand including dying bananas and gave it a try. Seriously, the best healthy and yummy recipe ever tried!! So rich in flavor, chocolaty and sweet. Yet I feel good about the ingredients. Thanks for sharing!

  17. Gail @ Rese Activewear on August 18, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    So these look absolutely delicious, thanks for posting. I appreciate very much when people take the time to post yummy healthy options and I will be trying these. I laughed way hard when I read the comment about 3’s being harder than 2’s, I tell everyone that.

  18. Tamara on September 1, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    Thanks for the recipie Gina!! I just made these and they are delish! I really needed a healthier snack to satisfy my preggy sugar cravings haha 🙂

    • Fitnessista on September 2, 2015 at 8:51 am

      so happy you liked them! SAME. i have turned into a sugar monster

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