Want a quick and easy breakfast treat that’s like a cross between Almond Joy and Chunky Monkey? Try this simple recipe: Crunchy Banana Chip Mini Muffins. These bite sized banana muffins are loaded with almonds, mini chocolate chips and coconut. Incredible.
“I couldn’t possibly eat an entire mini muffin!” said no-one — EVER! Because that’s really the point, isn’t it? It’s a MINI muffin – and therefore, you’ll always have room on your plate and in your stomach for one little morsel of sweet, right? That’s just one reason you’ll love these Banana Chip Mini Muffins.
I made these little one-bite wonders with every member of the family in mind. Banana for Scott. Coconut and almonds for me and the chocolate chips were ALL EMILY!
The original recipe came from The Foster’s Market Cookbook (affiliate link below), one of my favorite culinary reads. Of course, her recipe was scaled to make many more muffins than the three of us needed, so I reworked the measurements to make the yield more manageable.
As with any basic muffin recipe, you can add whatever mix-ins you like. Any kind of nuts would be great, particularly pecans or walnuts — I just happened to have almonds. You could swap out chocolate chips for toffee or white chocolate, and if you aren’t crazy about coconut, skip it and/or stir in some dried cranberries or banana chips. There are so many ways to customize!
You’ll want to have these on hand for your holiday brunches with the family or those office potluck parties but they’re also great to pack as a snack in the kids’ lunchbox or for that much needed 3:00 pick-me-up with a cup of coffee. 🙂
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Crunchy Banana Chip Mini Muffins
- 2 cups + 1 teaspoon all purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 stick unsalted butter 1/2 cup, room temperature
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 extra large eggs
- 4 bananas overripe, mashed
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup almonds chopped roasted
- ¾ cup miniature chocolate chips divided
- ¾ cup sweetened flaked coconut , divided
- Preheat the oven to 350°.
- Spray mini muffin tins with nonstick vegetable spray or line with mini muffin liners and set aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together 2 cups of flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, with a hand mixer, cream the butter and brown sugar together. Add the eggs one at a time, beating thoroughly after each addition until the batter is creamy. Add the bananas and vanilla extract and mix until well incorporated.
- Add the flour mixture in 3 additions, mixing just until the ingredients are moistened.
- In a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips with one teaspoon of flour and toss to coat. Add the chocolate chips, coconut and chopped almonds to the batter and stir until well combined. Spoon the batter into the muffin cups, so they’re not quite full. Sprinkle with remaining chocolate chips and coconut.
- Bake for 12 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then turn out to a baking rack to cool completely before storing in an airtight container. Also delicious served warm from the oven.
Reading the Recipe You show Baking Powder in Direction but not in the Ingredients? I believe the ,,3 item in the Ingredients should Baking Powder instead of Flour?
OMG – thank you for notifying me. Yes, you’re correct, it’s 1 teaspoon of baking powder (not flour).
I love the combination of bananas and coconut and chocolate and nuts. These sound wonderful!
Plating Pixels says
Banana might be my favorite flavor in baked breakfasts. Think I’ll have to make this!
Funny – because my daughter HATES banana, but LOVES banana cakes, muffins and breads — I think its her carb-affliction!
Sushma Iyer says
oh wow!! Loved the step by step way you have articulated this post.. and the almonds and coconut is always a win win combination with me.. pass me some please!!!
Help yourself, Sushma! They make a ton!
Veena Azmanov says
Crunchy Banana Coconut Muffins!! Lisa you got me.. I LOVE Banana muffins and now you added coconut.. Yum…
I’m glad I can get you on something — because your creations are outstanding!
Beffs Dealz says
Can you substitute pumpkin puree for bananas? It’s that time of year!
I don’t see why not — but I’ve got a pumpkin banana bread with streusel on the site (from way back when) that might kill two birds with one stone.
I actually like the size of these muffins. I sometimes get dismayed when I see how gigantic muffins have become. Now let’s hope I can stop at one! Great photo too.
Even if you do have 2 or 3, it’s no big deal!
Plating Pixels says
Pretty much all of my favorite flavors here. Plus crunch?! Can’t wait to try them.
I’m always looking for new banana recipes! I feel like either I devour the whole bunch right away, or suddenly I have 5 rotten bananas on my counter. Any kind of banana bread is always the answer 🙂
I know – bananas are either feast or famine. Here’s a tip: When they get past their prime, stick them in the freezer until you’re ready to make something…
That’s an awesome idea! I usually just fling them over the hill for the deer if I can’t get to them fast enough LOL
I’m sure the deer are appreciative!
Beth @ Binky's Culinary Carnival says
All of my favorite things in one mini package! Nicely done!
oh what a perfect mini treat!! My girls would love that!
Ashley Forking Up says
I have soooo many bananas in my freezer, just begging to be made into this deliciousness!
So do I! I need to come up with a few more uses for them! Banana tacos anyone?
Platter Talk says
Crunchy, banana coconut muffins! I can taste these beauties now.
shashi at runninsrilankan says
Hahaha – “I couldn’t possibly eat an entire mini muffin! said no-one — EVER!” my sentiments exactly – especially when they are texture-filled and taste-bud tantalizingly delicious – like these are! Loving the roasted almonds and coconut in these banana chocolate chip muffins!
Right??? Thanks for saying so!