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The best and (easiest) One Bowl Chocolate Chunk Chai Banana Muffins …for your Friday chocolate fix. One bowl, pantry staple ingredients, super quick to mix up, healthy…ish, and SO DELICIOUS! That sums up these warming banana muffins in a nutshell, they’re the perfect muffin to bake up this weekend. With over-ripe bananas, good honey, chai spices, and your favorite dark chocolate bar, these are going to become your favorite weekend muffins. A sweet treat for breakfast, a yummy afternoon snack, or even a late-night dessert…with an extra smear of salted-honey-butter.

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Just because it’s January and we’re all focusing on enjoying healthier foods doesn’t mean we should deprive ourselves of the sweeter things in life. At least that’s the thinking around here. I know some will argue this, but as far as healthy desserts, these muffins are the perfect wholesome treat to enjoy any day of the week.

With my mom being the dessert lover that she is, it’s been ingrained in me to always want something a little sweet after dinner. Sometimes that’s something as simple as a piece of fruit, or a banana with a couple squares of dark chocolate, or maybe a warm mug of hot chocolate. Just something a little sweet.

But when I have super ripe bananas, I LOVE baking banana bread. Last year I perfected the BEST loaf of banana bread. And this year I’m sharing the BEST banana muffin…that’s sweet, moist, perfectly spiced with winter chai spices, and heavy on the dark chocolate. These are healthy…ish and a great January treat.

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The secret to a really good banana muffin?

Overripe bananas. I’m talking completely brown, almost black, mushy bananas that look far past their prime. The bananas that you’re sure you should have tossed? Yup, those are the bananas you should use for your muffins. I call them banana bread bananas.

When the bananas are super brown, they’re the sweetest they’ll become. They have extra moisture and are soft and easy to incorporate into your muffin batter. If you use a green banana, your muffins won’t be nearly as moist or sweet. So brown bananas are KEY.

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The details.

As mentioned, these muffins are the easiest. You need only one bowl, pantry ingredients, and less than an hour of time. You’ll start with the wet ingredients. Mash up the bananas, add melted coconut oil for moisture, honey for additional sweetness (plus added health benefits), eggs for a perfect texture (and even a bit of protein), and vanilla for flavor.

Then stir in the dry ingredients. For my muffins, I like using white whole wheat flour. I always find that it bakes up so nicely and never leaves my baked sweets dry or crumbly. Of course, you could use your favorite gluten-free flour blend too.

Now, the spices. I love using the warming spices commonly used in chai tea… cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, all-spice, and nutmeg. It’s the time of year when things are bitter cold, so these warming spices are what I crave when baking. Plus, cooking and baking with spices is not only incredibly healthy (spices are full of antioxidants that help fight off those winter colds and keep us healthy), but they also make your home smell amazing too.

Once the dry ingredients have been mixed into the wet, stir in the dark chocolate chunks. And that’s it – done. Now you have chai-spiced banana muffin batter. Time to bake.

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Let’s talk about that salted honey butter…

The muffins only take about twenty or so minutes to bake, but while they’re baking you should make yourself some salted honey butter. Is it absolutely necessary? No not at all, but will it make your muffins feel extra special and even more delicious? Definitely!

What’s not to love about creamy butter, sweet honey, and a pinch of flaky sea salt? It’s just what your healthy..ish banana muffin needs. Trust me on this.

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The plan? Enjoy the first Friday of January by staying in tonight and baking up these easy muffins. Fingers crossed it’s a snowy night for you all too. Because I must say, these muffins are especially delicious on cold and snowy Friday nights. The best tip I can give you? Eat these warm, right out of the oven with the chocolate all gooey, along with a good smear of salty honey butter too.

Also, double the recipe. Make a double batch tonight and saving the leftovers for a quick weekday breakfast or afternoon snack. Or? Gift the extra batch to your neighbor, best friend, or whoever you pass on the street. January can be a bit of a depressing month with the short, cold days and the holidays behind us. It’s always nice to do something thoughtful for others, even if it’s as simple as baking (delicious) banana muffins.

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If you make these one bowl chocolate chunk chai banana muffins, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

One Bowl Chocolate Chunk Chai Banana Muffins

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings: 12 muffins
Calories Per Serving: 316 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.


Salted Honey Butter


  • 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 12 muffin tins with paper liners.
    2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the mashed bananas, coconut oil, honey, eggs, and vanilla until combined. Add the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, all-spice, and salt, mix until just combined. Fold in the chocolate chunks. 
    3. Divide the batter among the prepared muffin cups. Transfer to the oven and bake for 20-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
    4. Meanwhile, make the honey butter. In a small bowl, combine the butter, honey, and salt. 
    5. Serve the muffins warm or at room temperature smeared with honey-butter.


To Make Gluten Free: Use an equal amount of your favorite gluten free flour blend in place of the all-purpose flour. I recommend Cup4Cup gluten free flour
Storing: these muffins keep well for 3-4 days at room temperature. 
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  1. 5 stars
    These were delicious! And so easy to make. I subbed melted butter for the coconut oil and they turned out great. Next time I will make a double batch.

  2. Those are delicous! Specially when the chocolate in the middle is still melted!!
    Will definitly have to make them again!

  3. 5 stars
    These turned out so scrumptious ! I only had cinnamon and cardamom available so I couldn’t get the full chai flavor but they were so nice and moist it didn’t matter. Made them this morning and there is only one still standing, my roommates loved them too, thank you for the recipe 🙂

  4. I tried this recipe today, very skeptical because I don’t like banana baked goods but in this time of covid, I felt we shouldn’t waste food….anyway this recipe is amazing! My toddlers loved it and I felt guilt free about giving it to them. Thank you for your amazing recipes, in this difficult time, and always. I’m no recipe follower (I prefer to use recipes as inspiration) but this is the third recipe of yours that has absolutely nailed it with my whole family. I will happily follow all your recipes word for word. I think the work that you do is so important and please know it is cherished.

    1. Hi! Wow that is so amazing to read! I am so glad you have been enjoying all of my recipes! xTieghan

  5. 5 stars
    My neighbor sent me this recipe and told me I just had to make them. I’m so glad I did, they are delicious! I’ve tried at least a dozen banana muffin recipes and this is my new #1 Well done!

  6. 5 stars
    These muffins are incredible! I waited until our bananas were really dark – like, unpleasant to peel them because they were so mushy – and I feel like it made all the difference! The muffins are so flavorful and combined with the spices, they made our whole house smell incredible. Thanks, Tieghan!

    1. Hi Stacey! Yes, just omit! These will still turn out great for you! Let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  7. I made these this weekend. They are really good, but we thought the chocolate overwhelmed the banana flavor just a bit. I will make them again, but probably reduce the amount of chocolate. This result really surprised me, because I love chocolate, I love bananas, and I love them together.

    1. Hi! I am glad this turned out so well for you! I hope you enjoy it even more with less chocolate chips! Thank you for trying! xTieghan

    1. Hey Laura! I have not texted it, but I would imagine that could work. I would try baking for 30 minutes and see how that goes! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you!! xTieghan

  8. 5 stars
    These muffins are the bomb dot com. I thought about skipping the salted honey butter and am so glad I didn’t. YUM!

  9. 5 stars
    These muffins turned out wonderfully! Made them for a “breakfast for dinner” party; everyone went back for seconds, and some for thirds. I followed the recipe exactly except I used the Trader Joe’s gluten-free all purpose flour because one of the partygoers is gluten free. The salted honey butter was a wonderful finishing touch, I’ll have to use it for other baked goods.

    The smell is amazing as they are baking—that alone makes it worth it. <3

  10. 5 stars
    Made these wonderful muffins this morning minus the chocolate but with the addition of pecans. They were absolutely delicious. Perfect for a cold, snow covered day in Santa Fe. Thank you!

  11. 5 stars
    No judging but I just made these to go with soup tonight! I know, chocolate chips with dinner?! But seriously….It’s a cold, snowy night. All bets are off in favor of fun comfort food. Snuck one right out of the oven to taste-test. So yummy! And I love that they don’t have any processed sugar. 🙂

  12. 5 stars
    I was honestly pretty skeptical about the flavour combo of these spices plus banana plus chocolate, but these are GOOD. Will definitely make them again. Thanks and yum!