Paleo Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins Recipe

Erin D. | Texanerin Baking

Paleo Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins are a healthy start to any day. Delicious and nutritious.

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You know those muffins that are loaded with sugar and have no business being called breakfast food? I have to admit that I love those. Starting off the day with dessert is always fun, but these Paleo banana muffins are so not that type of muffin - and that's a good thing, at least if you want to begin the day in a somewhat healthy way!

These gluten-free banana muffins are ever so lightly sweetened. There's only one teaspoon of honey in each muffin, but some added sweetness comes from the banana. And the chocolate chips! I definitely recommend adding the chocolate chips because, honestly, they're just a little more exciting that way.

If you don't need these to be Paleo-friendly, you can use semi-sweet chocolate or milk chocolate chips or even get wild and add peanut butter chips.

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I used blanched almond flour here and although I haven't tried it, I'm assuming unblanched almond meal would work, too. You may be able to detect the almond skin in there, but it wouldn't interfere with the taste at all. I also used quite a bit of cinnamon. I usually add a generous amount of cinnamon to my banana goodies, like in this gluten-free banana bread. Banana bread or muffins without a healthy dose of cinnamon just seems wrong!

I don't like having too many sweets around, so I only made 6 muffins. It's also a portion control tactic. If I ate eat three muffins at once (which is what I normally do when I make 12 of anything), I'd get sad that I had so few leftover. So I make only six muffins, share with my husband, and we each get one muffin for 3 days. If you don't have to play these silly games, you can easily double the recipe to get a full dozen!

Another good option for when you have an old banana sitting around that you don't necessarily want to eat is these gluten-free peanut butter fudge balls. It's a perfect for a lazy day or late night treat! And for something a bit more dessert-like, try these grain-free chocolate banana muffins.

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Paleo Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins Recipe

    6 Servings


  • 1 cup Blanched Almond Flour
  • 2 teaspoons Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • pinch of Salt
  • 1 Banana, Overly ripe, 130 grams without the peel
  • 1 large Egg, Room temperature
  • 1/4 cup Dairy Free Milk of Choice
  • 2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2 tablespoons Honey
  • 1 tablespoon Coconut Oil
  • 1/3 cup Dark Chocolate Chips, Plus 1/4 cup divided, optional


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a muffin pan with 6 muffin liners.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the almond flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  3. In another medium mixing bowl, use the bottom of a drinking glass to smash the banana until it's very well mashed and very few lumps remain.
  4. Stir in the egg, milk, vanilla, honey, and coconut oil.
  5. Add the dry mixture to the wet and stir just until combined. Stir in 1/3 cup chocolate chips.
  6. Divide the batter between the 6 liners, filling each about 3/4 full. Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup chocolate chips on top, if desired. You can alternatively add the chocolate chips right after turning them out onto a wire rack, like I did.
  7. Bake for 18-21 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean.
  8. Immediately turn out to a wire rack to cool completely.
  9. Once cool, refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days.


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Author: Erin D.
Recipe Yields: 6 muffins
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 21 minutes
Total Time: 36 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 muffin
Servings Per Recipe 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 125
Calories 203

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g
  Saturated Fat 2g
Sodium 117mg
Total Carbohydrate 15g
  Dietary Fiber 3g
  Sugars 13g
Protein 6g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Erin D.

About Erin

Erin loves to bake, and especially the challenge of grain-free and gluten-free baking. We're huge fans of her work on Texanerin Baking too!

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