Chocolate Chip Banana Streusel Muffins

May 23, 2021
8 Ratings
Photo by Rocky Luten
  • Makes 9 medium muffins (or 6 large)
Author Notes

Light, delicate banana muffins with a sweet, crumbly chocolate streusel topping. A note! There is no baking powder here because of the brown sugar (you don't need it because of the acid from the molasses in brown sugar). If you swap in regular sugar for the brown sugar, be sure to add 1 teaspoon baking powder. —Posie (Harwood) Brien

What You'll Need
  • For the muffins:
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup mashed banana (about 2 medium bananas)
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger (optional)
  • For the streusel:
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips (chopped roughly)
  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line a muffin pan with paper liners. You can make 6 large muffins (I like to fill my cups more than halfway) or 9 medium ones (and only fill them halfway).
  2. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Add the egg, vanilla, and banana and mix well to combine.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, cinnamon, baking soda, and ginger (if using). Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix just until combined.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared muffin tins.
  5. In a small bowl, combine all the streusel ingredients except for the chocolate. Mix with a fork or your fingers until combined. Add the chocolate and mix well. Crumble the streusel topping over the muffins.
  6. Bake for 18 to 25 minutes. The tops should feel just set and the edges of the muffin should be starting to turn golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool in the pan until cool enough to remove.

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10 Reviews

jamwilson July 7, 2022
I have made these several times and every one who eats them rave about them. I follow the recipe as is with the exception - I put semisweet chocolate chips in the batter and use dark chocolate chips in the streusel. Love the extra chocolateyness! And I use 3 bananas for more banana flavor. Yum!
catydid April 24, 2022
Delicious! Made as described, but measured the brown sugar not “packed” and thus was less sugar. Used a little whole wheat flour mixed with the all purpose flour, 2 whole bananas, and a little cardamom as suggested by another reviewer. Made 10 muffins exactly with a little over 1/2 filled cups and used up all the streusel. 20 mins in oven was perfect. Super good!!!!
Taylor S. May 23, 2021
So great! I added a little buttermilk and sour cream to the batter since I wanted to use it up (also increased the amount of baking soda called for). Turned out wonderful with crunchy tops!
Archrighthere October 25, 2019
These are super delicious! I added chopped walnuts to the muffin batter which added another layer of texture. I should’ve also halved the streusel since I like filling the muffin cups pretty full, also yielding only 7 muffins. I used hand-chopped chocolate instead of chocolate chips as I like the size variation.
cebcebceb February 9, 2019
I recently asked my partner what he'd like for Valentine's Day. Without missing a beat, he replied, "Those chocolate banana muffins." If that's not praise enough for this recipe, then I don't know what is.

A few notes: my batter-pouring technique usually leaves me with seven muffins (all of which are gone within a day or two). As a result, I half the ingredients for the streusel and end up with enough topping to amply cover all of the muffin caps. I've also taken to using two bananas consistently, making up for any additional volume with a splash or two of heavy cream. I've yet to adapt the recipe for a double batch, but intend to do so, as these are phenomenally delicious.
Lkw1080 March 25, 2018
These were delicious! Thank you! Added cardamom and made with half whole wheat flour. Also subtracted the chocolate from the topping with my cardamom addition. Tasty!
Rachael R. April 6, 2017
New favorite muffin. These were amazing! Everyone who has eaten one has requested the recipe. Delicious and easy to make with kids!!
Yvette April 17, 2016
Made these on the weekend, doubled the recipe and they turned out great. I had them in the oven a bit longer than I should of so the brown sugar in the struesel caramelised and became crispy which is perfect in contrast to the lightness of the muffins.
AH February 15, 2016
These muffins are SO good! Moist, light banana flavor, chocolate chips- perfect! I doubled the recipe, then couldn't stop eating them, so I took them to a church event where they were snatched up. Making more for playgroup tomorrow. My new go-to banana muffins. Thanks Posie!
Bethany C. September 24, 2015
I love this recipe! The muffins came out perfectly, super moist and fluffy! I wouldn't change a thing about this recipe!