These banana muffins with chocolate chips are relatively healthy and easy and, yes, really quite delicious. In fact, we consider them reason enough to get out of bed.
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- 25 M
- 45 M
- Makes 24 standard muffins
Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Spray two 12-cup standard muffin pans or two 24-cup mini muffin pans with nonstick cooking spray or slick them with oil.
In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the eggs, sugar, oil, and vanilla on high speed until really well combined, about 2 minutes. Reduce the speed to low, add the flour, baking soda, and 1/2 teaspoon salt, and beat again until really well combined, about 2 minutes.
Crank the speed to medium, add the bananas, coconut, and yogurt, and beat for 1 minute. Reduce the speed to low or switch to a spoon, add the chocolate chunks or chips and mix until well combined.
Divvy the batter among the prepared muffin cups, filling each 2/3 to 3/4 full. (We used an ice-cream scoop or measuring cup for standard muffins and a mini ice-cream scoop or a very small measuring cup for mini muffins.)
Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out without any crumbs or wet batter clinging to it, 20 to 25 minutes for standard muffins or 15 to 20 minutes for mini muffins. Turn the muffins out onto a wire rack and let cool for at least 10 minutes. (If you can resist demolishing the entire batch of muffins within minutes, they will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 1 month.) Originally published February 17, 2016.
Recipe Testers' Reviews
Are these banana muffins or banana cupcakes? Whatever they are, they’re pretty good.
I’m not the biggest fan of coconut in baked goods, unless it’s coconut cake, of course, but I found the flavor and texture to be a nice addition. I didn’t bother to chop up the super-ripe bananas because the mixer did a nice job of incorporating them into the batter.
I used homemade plain yogurt. I happened to have dark chocolate chips on hand, so I dumped those in as well. Each muffin cup was about 3/4 full, and the muffins turned out lovely and domed. I was worried they would be tough from all the mixing, but the crumb was even and tender.
They were lovely and golden after exactly 25 minutes of baking. The tops were smooth, resembling a cupcake, rather than cracked like a muffin. I did have to loosen the muffins from the tin before I turned them out, even after I generously sprayed the tins. I was happy that they were just as good at room temperature as they were warm.
Light, fluffy, a little sweet, everything a banana muffin should be. They also came out beautifully rounded. (I filled the muffin cups about 3/4 full, and they came out very nicely domed.) These were very tasty and although the coconut was definitely there in texture, there wasn't a big coconut flavor. These do have a strong banana taste.