Banana Nut Chocolate Chip Muffins

So the other day, when the Broncos game was starting, I decided I should probably watch at least 5 minutes of it. Mostly because it keeps me social. It seems that all of my friends like sports, or at least act like they like sports to fit in, and I like still having friends on Sundays. Since some of my friends were at a friend’s house watching the game, I decided I would first make some muffins for them. Making muffins would kill time within the first hour of the game and then my friends would enjoy my presence more since I brought them a gift. So I made these muffins on a whim, brought them over to their house, worked on my computer the rest of the game and still had friends! It was a win-win situation. And these muffins are freaking awesome. They might not puff up super high, but they are soft and sorry, moist, and delicious.

Even though I don’t like sports, I’ll definitely still be making some Super Bowl snacks for you next week. When I think about it, football isn’t football without snacks. And I love snacks. So I guess I kind of love football. Ok, not really. But I tried.

In other exciting news, I was extremely excited to get a new OvenArt silicone muffin pan in the mail the other day. I’ve used a ton of different silicone muffin liners, but this has to be my favorite. Especially since the pan is smooth so you don’t get any ridges in your muffins. That may be OCD, but it looks way better in pictures. And they look better when you’re handing them off to friends as bribery so they don’t care that you’re not partaking in sports watching activities. Anywho, I didn’t even grease the pan and they all popped out perfect. I love them. This is not some paid advertisement. I seriously want to make muffins and cupcakes all.the.time now.

I’m getting so excited to move into my new place!! I don’t move for a little longer but all I can seem to do is clean and pack. How is organizing so unappealing when you’ve lived somewhere for 3 years but so thrilling when you’re moving? I don’t get it.


Banana Nut Chocolate Chip Muffins

  • Yield: 9 1x




  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Mash bananas in a large bowl. Add eggs, maple syrup, almond butter, and vanilla extract and mix together.
  3. Then add coconut flour, cinnamon, baking soda and powder and a pinch of salt and mix well.
  4. Lastly, fold in walnuts and chocolate chips.
  5. Use an ice cream scoop to scoop batter into 9 cups of a silicone muffin pan.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes. Let cool before removing from silicone pan.

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173 thoughts on “Banana Nut Chocolate Chip Muffins”

  1. Hey Julie!

    I love all of your recipes, but I have an allergy to coconut so I can never use coconut flour. I have searched a lot about how to substitute other flours for coconut flour and have never been able to find any good advice, do you have any advice on to substitute?! Thank you!!!

  2. Seems that I have everything to make these at home. I know what I’ll be doing tonight instead of going to the gym (it’s closed on account of the light snow we’re getting on the east coast). But anyway, warm muffins straight from the over is better than going to the gym. Too bad eating muffins doesn’t burn nearly as many calories. Maybe I’ll make them without the chocolate chips… 😉

    1. I made these last night. I substituted agave for maple syrup, as I was all out. Mine puffed right up and remained light and fluffy, even after they cooled. I’m shocked, since I’ve never had this happen with Paleo baked goods before. I have no idea why this happened, but I’m certainly be making these again. (Maybe even this weekend for a potluck!)

  3. These muffins look great!
    Would it be possible to switch the maple syrup with coconut oil? Or would that change the consistency of the muffin?

  4. Those look awesome!
    I always feel left out this time of year because of the madness surrounding football. I can take it or leave it either way, but I do love betting on those little squares! they make it fun in my opinion, plus i like the super bowl commercials.

  5. Hey Juli.
    I wanted your opinion…I have life threatening allergies to nuts, seeds, coconuts, among many others. I have made chick pea butter, sweetened with honey and a bit cinnamon. Do you think that will work in place of the almond butter in this, or any of your recipes? (i know, the paleo police will yell at me). Thanks!!

  6. Thanks for your recent posts on casseroles. I’m not a fan of spaghetti squash, but used the riced cauliflower for an Italian “pasta” bake last night. Came out delish!!!

  7. I love that you don’t love football. 🙂 I always feel so left out this time of the year….ok and really the entire football season. Thanks for always having amazing recipes!!

  8. Julie,

    These smelled so good while baking and tasted even better when they came out. Way to go. Another awesome recipe. I love your recipes. They always taste amazing and are so easy.

    Thank you.

  9. This may be a silly question… I am new to the paleo lifestyle. I love it! Your recipes are amazing! Are these muffins also gluten free? Are all paleo recipes gluten free? Thanks!

  10. Hi, this recipe looks great, I can’t wait to try it!

    Just a quick question, do you add the baking powder at the same time as adding the baking soda? It didn’t say when to add the baking powder in the method.

    Thanks 🙂

  11. Julie! I just want to say …

    1.) Thanks for these amazinggg recipes. They save my life. Literally. Because I love snacks too and never before did they fit in my #eatclean life. Yay for #cheatclean. Whoopde do 🙂

    2.) Your posts crack me up every time. Of all the awesome paleo sites out there, I chose yours over them cuz I know you’ll make me laugh.

    Keep it up, lady!

  12. My husband and I recently went Paleo and neither ofus like Coconut oil/ flour anything. We have tried to substitute with almond, cashew or hazelnut meal but the consistency in baking is not the same. (Sometimes it works and we like it) Can you recommend another substitute? Thanks!

  13. I’m a man and a cop so you can imagine the ribbing I got at work when the before and after pictures appeared on Facebook.

    Despite this the ‘Man Cakes’ (I had to rename them to hold on to some dignity) when down a storm with the guys. I bake them in 7 large silicone muffin cases so they were quite big, tasty, moist and delicious…….. That’s the feminine side coming out again lol 😀

  14. I’ve always wanted a silicone muffin pan but was worried about cleaning. Other cheap ones i’ve had left a rim of hard to get off batter stuck to the sides. I totally just ordered this one on Amazon. I can’t wait to make these muffins in it!

  15. Eating one of these as I type this…and these may be one of the most amazing muffins I have ever tasted!!! Thanks for the recipe!!

  16. Delicious, made it today! Was great showing my 16 yr old daughter that gluten free food is wonderful tasting AND healthier! By the way, I LOVE your sense of humor! No mattee what time of day I get around to reading your email, I know I will get a chuckle or a genuine belly laugh! 😉 Keep up the great work! THANK YOU!

  17. These are seriously amazing muffins. They turned out absolutely perfect. Trying to refrain from eating all of them right now.

  18. Going to try with green tip banana and no maple syrup and cocoa nibs to make it 21dsd approved – this will be tonight’s experiment

  19. Juli,

    Personal question are you moving with your roomies? Also please tell me it’s a pet friendly place so you can get that French BullDog?

  20. Unrelated question: What brand of liquid stevia would you recommend? They are pricey and last a looooong time so I wanted to avoid the liquid stevia merry-go-round. =) Thanks!

  21. Banana chocolate chip muffins are my favorite dessert (that and your chocolate zucchini bread). Usually when I try to make them healthy/paleo they come out as hockey pucks… I will have to give these a try!

  22. welp…I wasn’t too sold on the picture and I don’t usually read comments on your blog but for whatever reason…clearly divine intervention, duh, I did! and since everyone thinks these are amazing…I guess I will be giving them a try! I hate baking because I hate measuring. But I am in need of a delicous litte snack. Good luck to me. 🙂 Thanks for the recipe!

  23. I want to make these but I am out of maple syrup. Could I substitue coconut sugar? If so how much do you think would be good?


  24. I turned this into a loaf since the muffin tin wouldn’t fit in my toaster oven (oven’s broken…it’s a short story.) Deelish!!

  25. I’m assuming you can just use a regular muffin pan for these? And the almond butter is the almond butter type that’s taking the place of peanut butter? (not the formally baking kind of butter?) Sorry – still a little new to Paleo

  26. OMG. I literally just made these and burned my fingers because I couldn’t wait to eat them. They are AMAZING! I had to make two modifications. I used pecans since I don’t really like walnuts and I didn’t have chocolate chips so I just didn’t add them. Seriously, these are the best!

  27. Hi Juli~ love your website!! I just made these and I did not have any syrup………I left it out completely and they were great!! I will be staring my sugar detox Feb 1:} I’ve done it before and I hope I can do it again!!

  28. Not sure if my 1st comment worked? These look AMAZING! And I have all the ingredients on hand! Question – can you taste the almond butter or does it blend well into the batter? Can’t seem to enjoy the taste of almond butter. (Lame.)

  29. So if I don’t have a silicone muffin pan, should I make these with muffin liners? Or do you think I can just grease my pan a bit? Thanks!

  30. I made a batch in an 8 x 8 baking pan, and they came out great. Took about 35 minutes. Kids and hubby loved them. (I’m doing a Whole30, but will definitely make again when I can have some!)

  31. These are the best Paleo muffins I have had yet! Amazing! I made 3 batches of them for my daughters basketball tournament out of town and between games set them out for the girls. They were gone immediately and my daughter said they girls were saying “How did your mom make these so good?” My niece has a ritual of cereal and a muffin before her game, the hotel didn’t serve muffins so I ran and got her one of these, her response, “Can you give my mom this recipe?” FANTASTIC!

  32. Very tasty! I subbed sunflower seed butter for almond butter since that’s what i had on hand. BAD IDEA! the tops turned a horrific shade of green by the afternoon. I ventured to eat one, still good, but super ugly. Thanks for the recipe!

  33. Julie, all of your recipes are a life-saver for me since my boyfriend and I have tried making the switch to paleo (I made the almost 5 ingredient pizza spaghetti pie last night). I made these muffins yesterday and left out the chocolate chips and instead used the chocolate frosting recipe from Bill and Haley at — the best idea I’ve ever had! They are already gone and I have to make more tonight! Thanks for being a great paleo inspiration!

  34. This recipe looks awesome! I want to try it out but, also add in some protein powder to give it an extra kick of protein (obv). Any suggestions for adding it in but, not messing with the consistency too much? Thanks 🙂

    1. hmmmm that’s a good question. i’ve found that protein powder works similar to coconut flour. so you could probably sub 1/4 cup protein powder instead of the coconut flour. i’m not hands down sure this would work the same, but it might!

  35. Hi Julie! Love this site and your recipes! I’ m new to baking with coconut and almond flours. Just wondering how long these keep? Can you freeze them?

  36. I made these over the weekend and holy shit balls they’re so good! They taste and puffed up like a real cupcake! I skipped the walnuts and topped them with coconut whipped cream and sprinkled with chopped pecans…..I was in paleo heaven. I’m wondering if I can replace the maple syrup with dates? Has anyone tried that?

  37. I don’t have any maple syrup can honey be used as a substitute? Also, will the consistency change if i don’t use nuts or chocolate chips?

  38. I made your cauliflower chorizo casserole last night—-aweeeesome. It makes me want to try many more of your recipes! Do you think I could substitute honey 1:1 in these banana nut choc chip muffins? I have tons of honey at home, and would like to use some of that up if possible. Thanks!!

  39. I was skeptical at first to try these without any almond flour of any kind. Wasn’t sure how they would hold up. But wow, these came out great. Nice and fluffy, light and they hold the volume. Awesome recipe that is easy to make. Gotta try it. Well done.

  40. Hi I added cocoa and shredded coconut and used tj’s gluten free flour..omitted the walnuts added a lil extra agave with the syrup to ofset the unsweetened cocoa…baking as we speak and smell Great..5 stars my rating stars are not working.

  41. I only used two bananas, because that is all I had and because I’m lazy I used a potato masher instead of a fork to mash the bananas. I also forgot the nuts and baking powder (I knew there was something!!), but the end result was still very good.

    These will be made often! Thank you.

  42. Just made these for the first time tonight. I cannot believe these are gluten free. I feel like I’m getting away with something I shouldn’t.

    Thanks so much again! Love the blog 🙂

  43. Five stars! I’m commenting mainly so I don’t eat all of these muffins at once. It’s snowing like crazy here and I’m out of bananas so can’t make more right now…because I would. I recently finished 21DSD and your blog/recipes helped me through it. I’m sticking with Paleo and your site is my go to. These muffins are awesome! My husband was dubious at first but really liked them too:) thanks!

  44. I made these and fell in love with them. I have tried a lot of your recipes since starting and they are all amazing!! Keep up the awesome work!

  45. I’m wondering if you used raw or roasted almond butter for this? I’m guessing raw, but it’s harder to find around here! Do you think roasted would affect the flavor? Thanks!

  46. Hi, Juli

    Is almond flour the same as almond meal? And, if not, can I substitute almond flour with almond meal in any recipe and still come out with the desired consistency? Thanks in advance, Juli!

  47. Cynthia Kimura

    Thank you for this. I will try them tonight but from all the comments I know they will be good. I’ve been craving something else for breakfast and need to put a few pounds back on. Going to make coconut whipped cream too!
    Do you have any suggestions for using Tahini? Just bought some and not really sure what to do with it. Are you aware of any hummus paleo recipes?

  48. Ever since my 2 year old daughter’s birthday party she has been obsessed with cupcakes. Obviously I am not going to give her a cupcake everyday (after dinner, she starts saying, “cupcake…want it”). I made these and she LOVED them. Now, she is constantly asking for nanner cupcake.

  49. Now I understand the name of your site. OMG was all I could say after trying the batch of these muffins I made last night! I had lost all hope in paleo baked goods until now! Every other recipe I try, ends up a real eggy bland muffin. I did find that the ones I did in a non stick muffin tin (with a little coconut oil) came out better than the ones in silicon. This might be due to my deep silicon muffin cups or that the bananas I used were really large and this may have thrown the proportions off. Etiher way I’m going to make more and try your other muffin recipes! Thanks 🙂

  50. I am a newbie to the Paleo lifestyle and I had to stop by and let you know that I am obsessed with your recipes and that you ROCK! These muffins are our favorites and the best I’ve ever eaten! (I had to hide them from my husband!) Keep up the great work and the awesome recipes coming! You make this easy for us!!!

  51. Made these last night and they turned out Awesome! I used pecans, put in some Vegan Protein Powder, a little less coconut flour and used 1/2 maple syrup and 1/2 coconut nector. So light and fluffy and moist – these are my new fav!
    Your paleo blog is my Fav Juli!
    Thanks for all of the amazing recipes, you’re a Paleo Goddess!

  52. So I made these the other day and I realized that I forgot to add the almond butter about 5 min after I put them in the oven…they turned out great anyways. Can’t wait to try them with all the ingredients!

  53. Just made these, and I am very pleased with the outcome! very good, but am i supposed to keep the leftovers cool?? or just at room temp??

  54. Made these today, amazing!! Even my husband, who is very hard to please when it comes to healthy food, really liked them! Keep up the great recipes, Juli, you have really helped to make this Paleo thing easy.

  55. Umm, leftovers? No worries there.

    My kids LOVED these…I was able to bribe them to do my bidding for seconds. As far as I’m concerned, these are power muffins.

  56. These are phenomenal!! HOLY COW!! O_O

    I love how your recipes just TURN OUT RIGHT. No tweaking, no fuss, no disappointment. Just deliciousness.

    This recipe is definitely going on regular rotation. Thank you so much for sharing your recipes with us!! 😀

  57. WowowoWOW.

    I am new to Paleo, and this is the first recipe of yours I have tried. It’s absolutely incredible. I had my roommates try them, not knowing they were Paleo and they are hooked. I substituted almond flour for coconut flour and did half agave half maple syrup. They turned out awesome!

    Thanks for the great recipe!

  58. FYI to anyone who is wondering, I just made these in a mini muffin pan (they’re for a bunch of kids, so I figured it would be more convenient!), and they were done after 17 minutes in the oven, same temp as in original recipe :).

    And Juli,…YUM. This is the second time I’ve made these and they are a winner to everyone in my family (which NEVER happens),

  59. These are amazing! I just made them and somehow resisted trying one until it was cool. Hands down, the best paleo baked good I have made in the last year!

    I substituted 1/2 coconut sugar since I didn’t have any maple syrup. They turned out perfect.

  60. I love your recipes and want to try this.. My problem is that I have an almond allergy. Can I sub another but butter or seed butter in most almond butter recipes? What do you recommend? Also I know this recipe doesn’t contain it but what could I sub for almond flour? Thanks!!

  61. Wonderful muffins! The whole family loves them! Moist and tastey!!! Really wouldn’t know they are “healthy” muffins!!! 😉

  62. Loved these muffins! Very filling so they make the perfect breakfast! And they are super easy to make. Thanks!

  63. Thank you for posting such AWESOME recipes! I made these per your instructions, but didn’t have a silicone pan —still turned out super yummy!!! Definitely a keeper!

  64. Danielle Newcomer

    These muffins were delicious! I never thought paleo baking could taste so good. I shall now embark on the brownies. I still haven’t found a pancake recipe that passes muster with the kids. Thepaleomom had one that I really liked, made from green plantains, but the kids weren’t even impressed.

  65. Made these for a work potluck for all my “non gluten free friends” and they were a hit! They couldn’t tell the difference and told me how good they were- they were surprised when I laughed and said “see, I’d get you to eat and like gluten free snacks.” 🙂

  66. Just made these and they are amazing! I made mini muffins at 350 for 15 minutes. Perfection. Thank you Juli for another great recipe

  67. These are by far my favorite muffin recipe since going b paleo! All other recipes ive tried have been too spongy and have an eggy flavor. Thank you for another addition that even my picky son will eat

  68. Probably the best muffins ever, they beat by far the “regular” ones ! PS: I used hazelnut butter instead of the almond butter and I’ve doubled the amount of cinnamon. <3

  69. These are delicious! I used sunflower seed butter, coconut sugar and pecans instead. Still came out great!!!

  70. I made these last weekend and they are SO good!!! I am going to make them again this weekend 🙂
    I used crushed almonds instead of walnuts because I didn’t have any. The muffins are so moist and yummy and definitely don’t need butter like a typical muffin.

  71. I have been trying all sorts of banana bread and muffin recipes…I have to say this is the BEST ONE I have tried. Thank you for sharing!!!

  72. Make these right now. These are literally the best thing i have ever made in my whole life. they came out amazingly well and taste so so so good. i even ran out of almond butter so i had to use less than the required amount, and they were fabulous.

    only problem–i now want to make them every day 🙂 double batch next time!

  73. These look delish! Can I just use cupcake liners instead of the silicone muffin tin? Thanks for all of your great recipes!

  74. My 5 year old didn’t feel like taking a nap so he kept bugging me during my “quiet time”. Sooooo, I decided to put him to work! He made this recipe (with my supervision on measuring ingredients) ALL BY HIMSELF!
    Thanks for making kid-friendly and easy recipes too. Sometimes the easiest ones are the best ones! You rock!

  75. Made these over the weekend and they exceeded my expectations. Easily the best paleo muffin recipe I’ve tried – period! No wet/spongy texture here at all. They taste exactly as if they were made with a wheat flour. Love using almond butters in cookies and muffins. Thanks, Juli for this gem! I will make these again and again.

  76. These are amazing! I typically hate paleo recipes but these are so moist! At the same time they don’t turn to mush the next day like so many other paleo recipes that claim to be “moist”. These actually taste like they aren’t paleo. Thanks for the recipe! The only thing I changed was I used ground peanut butter since I didn’t have almond butter on hand. They are great! I am definitely saving this recipe.

  77. made these last week and came out great! Couldn’t even tell that they were GF and all of my non-GF coworkers loved them. Thanks!!

  78. Healthy and taste great but they are just mush? I follow it exactly and made them twice now-last time baked them for 35 minutes and still they are way too soft, anyone else experience that?

  79. It say this makes nine but I half some batter left over, is this ok are there not supposed to be any batter left? Did I do something wrong? Is the batter only make nine?

  80. Hi Juli – thanks for another fabulous recipe! I just got my wisdom teeth out last week and am now recovering, moving onto solid foods. Thought these would make a yummy treat to cheer me up! Love your coffee cake banana bread recipe and have made it several times. It was a toss up but I’m excited about these muffins! Thanks!

  81. Love theses muffins, perfect with coffee. I made only two slight changes: I used 2T maple syrup and 1T coconut sugar, and pecans instead of walnuts. I was a little skimpy on the chocolate chips since they add a lot of carbs. I got 12 muffins in a regular muffin tin. For those who have wondered about the nutritional information, I ran it through an online recipe calculator and here are the results. 175 calories, 16 carbs, 12 fat, 5 protein, 43 sodium.

  82. Made these, they are wonderful! Left out the chocolate chips, cause I wasn’t in the mood. Used homemade almond butter. Yum yum yum! Thank you!

  83. Hi! Making these as we speak! Should these only be mixed by hand? Or do you use a blender after you mash the bananas w a fork? Worried the almond butter won’t distribute evenly when poured unless I blend it?


  84. One word: YUMMMMMMMM !!!

    I did use tahini. And i used cardamom instead of cinnamon. And I replaced the maple syrup with just a smallish tablespoon of coconut sugar (but I will actuallly omit sweetners altogether next time – these are sweet enough with just the bananas!)

    Thanks Juli, for sharing all your great recipes!

  85. Thank you thank you thank you. I make these every week. With these I have actually been able to get my boyfriend to eat breakfast, and he has no idea they are “healthy” my very picky daughter loves them as well. I have loved everything from you blog I have made, and your humor always makes me laugh.

    1. sure thing! just don’t be alarmed with the green color that may occur with the mixing of sun butter and baking soda, just a chemical reaction

  86. I’ve been making theses for a while. We LOVE them. Made a change last week. Subbed 1 1/3 cups of puMpkin for the banana and Added pumpkin pie spice instead oF cinnamon. And rainsIns instead of chocolate chips. Voila! Paleo pumpkin muffins! Yummy!

  87. Danielle Barton

    I’ve made these dozens of times! My absolute favorite muffin recipe!! I make them without nuts when I feel like sharing with my kids… And with nuts when I don’t want to share 🙂 since they don’t like them with nuts. Yum yum yum!

  88. I just made these (doubled the recipe). I used local unfiltered honey instead of maple syrup, and used roasted sunflower butter (Sunbutter) instead of almond butter due to severe nut allergies in my family. I used semi-sweet chocolate chips. These were AMAZING! My family is already asking when our next bunch of bananas will be ripe enough to make another batch. The fact these are Paleo friendly is a BONUS – feel like you’re indulging on something bad and you’re not. THANK YOU for this recipe! It’s going into my permanent recipe collection.

  89. These are seriously the BEST muffins, super moist and yummy!! My whole family loves them, especially the kids. Everyone asks for the recipe. They’re my favorite go-to for a healthier snack to bring to school or pot lucks. The bananas are plenty sweet so I only use 1/8c syrup and often use cashew butter instead!

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