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Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Banana Muffins

Start your morning off with the sweet combination of chocolate, peanut butter and banana with these Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Banana Muffins.

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Banana Muffins from This Gal Cooks

It’s a little ironic that I’m writing a post about sweets today. You see, this week I decided to stop eating tons of carbs and foods that have refined sugars added to them. I know, I know. Crazy thing to do right before a holiday. But that’s the exact reason why I’m doing it. I have a little problem with carbs. Specifically breads, pastas and cookies. Lately I’ve been feeling kinda bleh. I’ve felt bloated, stopped up and sluggish at times. My food choices could win the gold in the let’s make you fat and miserable contest.

But guess what? I feel pretty darn good right now! And my scale says I lost two pounds. Which basically means I was bloated and probably retaining water. Who loses two real pounds in a day while still eating? If you know that person, please, let me know.

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Banana Muffins from This Gal Cooks

Aside from the diet makeover, I’ve been running five nights per week. Last week I did two miles per day. This week I stepped it up a notch to about 2.2 miles per day. My goal is to one day run a 5 k. But my ultimate goal is to keep up with running five nights per week. I go through phases where I walk or do a combination of walking and running but I never stick with it. It is now my duty to rid the world of my non running self! I shall become a five day per week runner! I shall call myself Super Rad Running Girl! Or perhaps super dorky Julie? Heh Heh.

But don’t worry, folks. I am not totally divorcing sweets. I’ve gotta kick this awful bout of carb cravings I’m experiencing and then I’ll be back to making a few sweet treats here and there. Funny thing about sweets and my blog – my most popular recipes aren’t even sweets. My savory dishes fair much better than my sweet treats!

Which type of my recipes are your favorite type? Savory or Sweets?

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Banana Muffins

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Banana Muffins

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes


  • 1 3/4 C + 3tbsp cake flour
  • 1/4 C vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 C white granulated sugar
  • 1/2 C mashed banana (make sure it's a pretty darn ripe banana)
  • 1/4 C creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 C semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 C almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp flax seeds. If you don't want to have a little crunch from the seeds, grind them up in your food processor.


  1. Line a standard muffin pan with cupcake liners.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and flax seed.
  3. In another mixing bowl, combine the egg, almond milk, peanut butter and oil. Mix will and then add to the flour mixture. Mix until lumpy. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  4. Fill the muffin cups about 2/3 full.
  5. Bake at 400 for 15-20 minutes. Do the toothpick test to ensure the muffins are fully cooked.
  6. Allow to cool for 15-20 minutes before serving.


Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook, 1996.

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Banana Muffins from This Gal Cooks

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15 comments on “Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Banana Muffins”

  1. I know what you mean, Julie. I’ve been trying to cut back a little bit before the big holidays, but I haven’t been super successful. These muffins would totally satisfy my cravings.

    Keep up the running, too. It’s the best :)

  2. I’ve been trying to cut back and get my butt back into the gym too! I’m in such a rut! These muffins have pb and banana so that’s kinda healthy though, right? ;) Either way, they look delicious!

  3. I normally don’t eat a lot of sweets but I must be pretty stressed these days…all I can think about is chocolate, ice cream, cookies, cakes…ahh!!! help! Good for you for running 5 days/week! I really need to exercise more. My semester officially ends this week so I’m looking forward to my 2 week vacation!

    • I don’t have a huge problem with sweets – just cookies and brownies. Oh and biscoff spread. But the breads, pastas, chips, I have a serious problem with those. I was good all week but I cheated yesterday. I had some pizza and beer. But it was one day. Today I baked cookies but I only ate one to test it out. Now I think I am going to go for a run. LOL. Yay for the semester being over for you!

  4. Oh Julie, you are an inspiration. You go girl. I’ve been trying to get myself back to running. I was doing good and running 2 miles three times a week over the summer and then just flopped. I need to get back on track.

    • You can do it, Zainab! I went and walked this morning. Ken and I did about 3-4 miles. He doesn’t usually run so no running this morning. I was going to go this evening but here it is 8:30 and I haven’t finished doing everything I need to do. But I ate a couple cookies while taste testing what I made tonight. Maybe I should do one lap around the neighborhood. LOL

  5. I’ve been trying to limit my intake on carbs and too many treats too but it’s been hard since there have been so many holiday parties and baking going on hehe. Way to go on keeping up the running 5 days/week Julie, that’s so motivating :)

    • Thanks, Kelly! I walked today instead of going running but I was going to run tonight. I just haven’t had a chance to. Boo. Ah well, I may go do one lap around the neighborhood before I go to bed. :)

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  7. 1 384 tablespoons seems like a lot of flour, Julie ;–)
    These muffins look great girl! And I love the fact that they’re healthier but still look super yummy!
    Good luck with your runs! I’m sure you’ll be running 5km in no time, keep up the good work! xo

    • OMG. Haha, I guess I was trying to feed a crowd, Consuelo! I don’t think they would have liked the muffins made with that much flour, though. ;) Thanks for catching that! Thanks so much for the encouragement and for stopping by. Have a lovely weekend!

  8. Muffins are a favorite, especially for breakfast! These look great!