Chocolate Chip Espresso Banana Bread Muffins

I tried to make these into adorable little bundt cakes and it just didn’t work as I had hoped. I swear, the only thing that is sure to work in this world is silicone muffin cups. Nothing sticks to that sh*t. I wonder if there are adorable mini bundt cake liners out there. Now that’s something worth investing in.

Let’s talk about the Golden Globes. First off, what the hell was up with George Clooney’s wife’s gloves? So many ssssss. But really, what’s up with that? White gloves? And Jennifer Aniston? Come on. Jen, you’re the most gorgeous human of all time and you showed up to the GG wearing an updo like the one I sported at my first homecoming dance. I didn’t have a date…for a reason. Your new stylist has failed you. But for real, just go naked next time. The fashion police would eat that up! And then you don’t have to pay for a stylist! Win win. You’re welcome.

The Golden Globes make me miss living with girls. Don’t get me wrong, I love living with my boyfriend, but when awards season begins, I need ladies in my life. We used to plan our entire weekend around these awards night. Sorority style. We’d make dinner together, drink wine (not me because wine tastes like rotten cat piss – I would just eat dessert), watch all the pre-show dress shenanigans, judge the sh*t out of people’s outfits even though all we really wanted was to be those people, then hated every second of the actual Golden Globes because we knew none of the movies they were talking about. BREATHE. I’m pretty good at run on sentences. This year, the boyfriend wasn’t home so I was able to do all of the above by myself but it just wasn’t near as fun. Meaning catty. I swear I’m a good person. Swear.

But let’s talk about what’s really important about the entire night…Chrissy Teigen’s pony tail. I envy pony tails like that. All I want out of life is volume in my hair. Instead I’ve been given lifeless, blonde hair that often times looks like I’m balding, which means I just need to dye it. I’ve literally read on the internet that people think I have an eating disorder because my hair is thinning. Say whaaaa? Unfair. I see these voluminous pony tails and look at mine and it looks like a limp ween in comparison. Not offensive, just pure fact. My lawd, a woman is about to chew me out in the comment section for that last sentence.

I would say the Golden Globes did their job sufficiently. They reminded us how odd Matthew McConaughey has become after transforming into his character from True Detective and how stupid hilarious Ricky Gervais is, sober or whatever he was while on stage. That Katie Holmes jokes…you’re good, my man. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler should just do Bill Cosby impersonations all day, every day. And now that they’re done with the Golden Globes, I honestly will probably never watch it again. No one is as funny. Except Jimmy Fallon. Ok, I would watch it for Jimmy Fallon. BUT THAT’S IT.


Chocolate Chip Espresso Banana Bread Muffins

  • Yield: 12 muffins 1x




  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a muffin pan with oil.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together bananas, maple syrup, vanilla extract, eggs, and almond butter.
  3. Then add coconut flour, instant coffee, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt and mix well. Fold in chocolate chips.
  4. Pour mixture into 12 muffin cups and place in oven to bake for 25 minutes.
  5. Let cool before removing from muffin cups. Garnish with powdered sugar.

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


116 thoughts on “Chocolate Chip Espresso Banana Bread Muffins”

  1. Once I’m ready for a treat again (I’m doing a Whole30, sort of), I’m going to make these with my new food crush, Crio Bru. I might replace the coffee and the chocolate with used Crio Bru grounds. I’m not sure how that will work out but I can’t bring myself to throw them away and this might be just the right recipe to use them in.

  2. I once read that to get a voluminous pony you just do two ponytails. One right on top of the other. I haven’t tried it, so I probably shouldn’t be dishing out advice I haven’t tested, but I figured it was worth passing along!

  3. I have thin blonde hair. I hear ya on the skimpy pony tail. They look sad. I only wash my hair every other day (which has stopped the thinning). On non-wash days, I use dry shampoo and do the sock bun thing and it looks like I have a ton of hair and is nice enough to wear to work.

      1. The flours all confuse me! Lol I have since figured out that they’re both totally different! For some reason I thought this called for almond flour instead of coconut (iiidddioooottttt) but luckily I read it again!!! Can’t wait to make Saturday!!!!

  4. Omg you are so funny! I totally relate to the ponytail comment. I’ve dreamed of hair extensions for so long! Can’t wait to try these muffins. I’ll have to use sunflower butter. Though. My little one has a nut allergy:( I know, makes it a little challenging to be paleo..

  5. spot on juli. i mean the weirdest thing is like why is no one even talking about how bad jen’s hair was?! and sweaty, everyone was so sweaty!

  6. Ooooh my, how delicious they look! You can’t imagine how sorry I am that I don’t have an oven.Just trying to figure out where I should write the reminder.. so I could cook them in about a year when I get home:D

  7. OMGGGGGG limp ween…. I just spit coffee on my computer screen I laughed so hard. I am in the same limp ponytail boat as you… womp womp. I have such hair envy of women like Ashley Horner… check hers out… hair for DAYYYYS.

  8. These look good would like to try them but I’m on a low carb plan and the bananas are out for me. Could I use mashed cooked chiote squash or zucchini in place of the banana?
    I’d have to add banana flavoring to get the same taste, bummer.
    Love your recipes most of them fit into my plan with a few minor tweaks.

  9. Ok, I can’t believe you have thin blonde hair??!! I mean, I can’t believe that it’s thin OR blonde…because it always looks so good! I have thin blonde hair…you must use good products??

  10. Omg, the spray tans! Seriously! Amy Poehler looked like a pumpkin in the promo. God I hope that doesn’t become a trend.

  11. Juli, you are a hoot! Maddens me when people criticize you. You are adorable. Don’t mind them.
    These recipes with nut butters are too costly for me unless I use peanut butter or real butter. Think either would work??
    Anyway, thanks for your work, recipes and laughs! Happy 2015!

  12. omg I wish you lived closer to Oregon, cuz I’m pretty sure we’d be BFF’s.

    No one I know here watches the red carpet and the bf was hogging the tv with video games. I was a sad sight on the couch with my iPad and Twitter.

  13. This is my favorite combo of flavors!-Making them ASAP! I look forward to your blog posts because your recipes are amazing and you are hilariously entertaining! Thanks for everything

  14. All the celebrities use supplemental hair, whether it’s wigs, toppers, clip-ins or extensions. That’s why they look so good. We can look like that too!

  15. You crack me up! I could read your posts all day! Sorry if this is a dumb question… Can I use one of the Starbucks Via packs for the teaspoon of instant espresso?

  16. Princess Kneecaps

    I just made this. I’m a mama of a 4 month old and time is hella limited, so I just dumped the batter in a loaf pan and baked it longer. It turned out sooooo tasty and I love it! Arigato! Amen.

  17. Lol. Don’t worry about your limp pony tail. All you need is an extension piece put in like most of these celebs wear. Trust me most of their hair is not that thick and voluminous. It’s all about the extentions. I know cuz I work in a salon.

  18. Almost jumped and down when I realized I had (almost) all the ingredients for these. Think I can sub normal coffee grounds for the instant?

  19. YES! That’s exactly what it’s like when the Awards come on… men have no idea. Plan your weekend around is cos you’ll miss out on pop culture if you don’t, (wth will we talk about at the water cooler).

    And i’ve been scouring all over to find a banana “muffin” recipe! -Thanks

  20. I never followed a blog until I found yours. I effin’ love it. For reals. And now I follow other blogs, but they’re the ones you shout-out in your entries. So, like, when people are all, “You’re not the boss of me!” You are totes the boss of me. You should be the boss of other people. Like the shady shadesters that leave rude comments. Eff those kids. I can only hope their entry into the pearly gates requires an epic game of dodge ball, only they never get the ball. They only dodge. You know, because they suck. Keep doing what you’re doing. You’re good at it.

  21. Having thick hair isn’t so great, ladies!!! I can barely wrap a ponytail holder around twice. I can’t wear buns, or do updos without professional assistance. Curls just make my head look even more huge. For work I have to wear it up, so I cheat and use a hairnet (a HAIRNET!) to keep it all together. It’s insane.

  22. So, I used to read your blog pretty frequently a few months ago and then got too busy to keep up. I just read this whole post, word for word (I usually don’t do that, I usually skip around). You had me literally “LOL” Now I remember why I enjoyed your posts so much! Thanks!! 🙂

  23. Ok.. awesome post.. I with you girl.. boys just don’t make the cut for award shows.. I talk on the phone with my Mom long distance if I am watching by myself.. as I grew up watching them with her!!!
    sooo to Jennifer.. do you hear how so many are going on about her FABULOUS UP DO??? serious??

  24. I just made these and they taste great, but they do not look as great as the muffins in your picture. Mine were much darker and even though I baked them longer than the 25 minutes, they are still mushy. I have the same problem when I make the banana bread for the French toast recipe. Does that ever happen to you?

  25. A limp ween. LOL. My ponytails suck, and my hair in general…which is why I wear hairpieces now. Allll fake. Problem solved. Suck it, hair. Doesn’t help too much at the gym, however (although it can be done!).

    These look like they’d freeze well, too – bonus.

  26. These are my favorite!! Used cashew butter and maple sugar (instead of syrup) and my husband couldn’t believe they are paleo. My 88 year-old biscuits and gravy eating grandpa enjoyed them as well. Thank you Juli!

  27. My oldest daughter said, “these are the best muffins EVER!” (This is the same daughter who used her Olaf waffle iron to make me waffles using your Light & Crispy Vanilla Protein Waffles recipe… they came out so cute.)

    Thanks for another great recipe. I think with your help I’ve finally convinced my children that “this Paleo thing Mom is doing” isn’t lame.

    On another note, I also made the Peach Muffin recipe from Paleo Kitchen. I think I’m going to use that as a base to recreate my favorite butter cake with a middle layer of fresh strawberries and a whipped cream frosting to celebrate my birthday. So thanks for that too!

  28. I had no idea there was such a thing as powdered maple sugar! sounds so good, normal powdered sugar has that odd “artificial” thing about it. Will be hitting amazon next to look, will never find it in my remote town. These look like the bomb, bookmarked! Love this blog, glad someone else is also fond of run on sentences, just throw another comma in there! ha ha. Every time I stop by here, I get a good recipe and a laugh from your posts!

  29. Made these and they are delicious. The only problem I had was the muffins stuck to the pan (I oiled the cups like you mentioned). Don’t know what the trick is to getting them out of the pan in once piece. Next time I will use cupcake papers to line the tin.

  30. I can’t eat any tree-nut butters (I will die – for reals) but I can eat peanut butter and sunflower seed butter. Do you find that one is a better substitute than the other? I always worry that peanut butter will over power other flavors. Also, for those wanting nutrition info, you can import the recipe to myfitnesspal and get nutrition info that way. It’s pretty easy on a desktop, not on a mobile device.

    1. Haven’t tried so it’s personal preference. If you use sunflower seed butter they may turn green because of the reaction with baking soda but they are perfectly ok to eat!

  31. These look amazing! I am in the middle of my first Whole30 and am loving this new eating life style. I thought I would be having to give up so much good tasting things for the sake of my health and my conscience but you and other blogs I have found like NomNomPaleo, The Clothes Make the Girl and Spunky Coconut, to name a few, have shown me otherwise. Thankyou so much for this You and you girlfriends at these other blogs are truly life savers…no, your guys really are. I will try this recipe when I stop my Whole30. I plan on the smoked Salmon rollups tomorrow and the Spghetti Squash Chicken next week. Thank you!!!!!

  32. Juli, these are so good! I followed the recipe exactly, well peanut instead of almond butter cause it’s what I had, but that’s all. These are a wonderful snack and I’m going to make them all the time. My man liked them and he’s not really a “muffin” kinda guy. These really aren’t too sweet, they are just perfect. Seriously. Perfect.

    Thank you!

  33. Yummy! I love so many of your recipes and use your site constantly! I thought I loved your banana bread recipe- this is even easier and yummy too- how to choose?? Congrats and thanks for all the great recipes and your great blogging! Keep it coming!

  34. Hey Juli! These look INCREDIBLE! I love your blogs and recipes, pretty sure i live on them…. 🙂 Just wondering if I could use espresso rather than instant coffee?
    PS, absolutely love your fashion blogs and Jackson!

  35. These are a hit in our house, requested weekly & fought over the minute they come out of the oven. The latest batch I did with (fresh from our local market) dark chocolate hazelnut butter. um, Boom! stupid good.

  36. My bf used olive oil the other day to grease a muffin pan and the food stuck to it horribly. Did he just grease it wrong, or is olive oil a bad choice? What kind do you use?

  37. Have you used the banilla bean and espresso Barney butter in this recipe? If so, do you still add the instant coffee?

  38. I popped in all the ingredients into and got a nutirtional sheet. It’s slightly better than a Hershey bar:

    Servings per container:12

    calories per serving: 220
    total fat: 10 g 15% daily value
    saturated fat: 3 g
    cholesterol: 45 mg 15% dv
    sodium: 75 mg 3% dv
    total carbohydrate: 29 g 10% dv
    dietary fiber: 4g 16%
    sugar: 18g
    protein: 5g

    Vitamin A: 2%
    Vitamin C: 8%
    Calcium: 4%
    Iron: 6%

  39. Do you think I could substitute arrowroot or almond flour for the coconut flour? I’m allergic and it’s impossible to find a lot of recipes without it!!

    1. honestly, i have no clue. a good person to go to for recipes without certain ingredients is i’m sure she has a bunch of coconut free recipes!

  40. So trying to eat paleo but hating the texture and taste of coconut has made it difficult. I have all the ingredients but coconut flour. Is it possible to use almond flour? (I hope so!)

  41. Tasty recipe, but mine turned out way darker and more moist than the photo (and I used the 1.5 cups of bananas as suggested in the comments section), so I had to cook them for an extra 10 minutes just to sure they were thoroughly done.

  42. My husband who thinks he can’t bake made these for us when I had a knee injury and they were great! We’ve added these to our favorites. We use peanut butter because we’re not really paleo (sorry) and substitute a lower-carb sugar substitute and they still work. Thanks for all your great breakfasts and baked goods. You are a life saver.

  43. Yummy! Nut butter makes everything taste great. A sweet treat I think my kids will gobble up when they get home. I hope they turn out as good every time I bake them. Keep your recipes coming, please.

  44. My son has a (rare) coconut allergy :/ We live Paleo, but baking for him is so hard! Is there any flour that mimics coconut flour which I could replace it with in most recipes?

    1. honestly i’m not sure since i’m not much of a baker. you should check out and then you can search baked goods that are coconut free!

  45. Yup, still working through some of your older recipes and just thought I’d stop by and give this one 5 stars!

  46. I just made these because I was craving a sweet treat. OMG are they delicious! Thanks for the recipe. 🙂 I love your posts.

  47. Love that the base of the banana bread is similar to other ones you have, but you can change the flavors. The chocolate chips were wonderful. I’d put more espresso in it next time. Love coffee and chocolate!

    1. Can you freeze these or put them in the fridge to keep longer?

      If so, how do you recommend wrapping them or packaging them for freezer and for fridge?

      Also, how long will they last frozen or in fridge?

      What’s the shelf life without fridgeration?


  48. Juli, made these today and they are amazing!!! I used 3 mini muffin pans and cooked them for 20 minutes. Hope you, your husband, and Jackson are doing well!!!

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