[eggless] Chocolate Banana Muffins*

[eggless] Chocolate Banana Muffins via thenovicechefblog.com

Does anyone else keep putting off grocery shopping for no logical reason? It has gotten so bad this week that I ate old stale Wheat Thins and Grapes for lunch. I have no excuse for not going grocery shopping. I have 3 different stores within 2 miles of my house, I have the time and I have the money.

It’s not like when I first moved out of my parents house and I was waiting for payday – because holy crap, do you know how much a box of cereal costs!!? Learning that a box of cereal was $4 and a gallon of milk was almost as much, was a total shell shock when I first lived on my own. Considering I can easily eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner…it was an expensive habit to keep. (Pssst: I love cereal so much, I even wrote a cookbook about it. It’s on shelves in 2 weeks!! You can pre-order it today!)

But that’s neither here nor there these days – I can obviously afford to buy myself some groceries…it’s the shoe habit that’s putting Jorge and I in the hole. 😉

[eggless] Chocolate Banana Muffins via thenovicechefblog.com

So since I am unreasonably avoiding the grocery store, I couldn’t make my favorite Nutella Banana Swirl Muffins with our overripe bananas that were sitting on the counter staring at me all week. I was out of eggs and Nutella. I feel so ashamed right now — what food blogger doesn’t have Nutella???

I could have easily gone to the grocery store, or to the Walgreens that is literally right in front of my neighborhood, but that required putting on real clothes. (I try not to go out into the real world in my spandex leggings and oversized mens t-shirts. I’m worried I will see myself on that People Of Walmart site if I don’t stick to my rule of “You must wear clothes not made of spandex if you leave the house.”)

I took the lazy girl’s way out and decided to go on without eggs. Sure I couldn’t make my favorite banana muffins, but that doesn’t mean these are any less good! In fact, you won’t even miss the egg! I kept playing with the ratios and tasting the batter, so I’m sorry about the odd measurement of the oil, but you really do need 1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons of oil. 1/3 cup oil just wouldn’t have cut it! Oh and if you want an extra chocolate kick, I suggest adding some chocolate chips…because life is short and chocolate is tasty.


[eggless] Chocolate Banana Muffins

Yield: 12 Muffins

recipe note: if you want walnuts on top for decoration, sprinkle on a few before baking.


  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 over ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup, plus 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts


Preheat oven to 350°F. Line muffin pan with liners or grease muffin pan.

In a medium bowl, whisk flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt until well combined. Set aside.

In large bowl, combine banana and sugar. Whisk in vegetable oil, milk and vanilla extract. Slowly whisk in the flour mixture, until there are no lumps. Fold in walnuts.

Fill muffin tins 3/4 full. Bake muffins for 15-17 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Store in an airtight container until ready to serve.

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22 Responses to “[eggless] Chocolate Banana Muffins”

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    Tieghan — July 19, 2013 @ 12:14 am

    These look perfect! Especially since the store is 45 minutes away and I am on my last egg, Ugh. Cant wait to get back to a normal town in 2 weeks!

    Anyway, these will me awesome! yUM!

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — July 19, 2013 @ 1:06 am

    Your muffins look so good! The combo of bananas + choc is a keeper and it’s amazing how bananas can work wonders – without eggs – and keep muffins so fluffy! I laughed at “It’s not like when I first moved out of my parents house and I was waiting for payday..” We’ve all been there :)

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — July 19, 2013 @ 7:38 am

    Totally digging these! An eggless muffin comes in serious handy when TWO of your friends are allergic to eggs. Lovely!

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    Sophie — July 19, 2013 @ 7:50 am

    Love me some banana muffins! And you added chocolate which makes them automatically 10000987x better.

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    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — July 19, 2013 @ 7:55 am

    I heart chocolate and bananas!! Love this recipe!

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    Bev @ Bev Cooks — July 19, 2013 @ 8:48 am

    I want these so bad I could scream.

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    Christine @ Cooking with Cakes — July 19, 2013 @ 10:42 am

    these look lovely! maybe just throw in a few chocolate chips for me – I’m greedy :)

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    Marcie@FlavortheMoments — July 19, 2013 @ 5:52 pm

    These look terrific! I just love my chocolate and banana!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — July 19, 2013 @ 6:06 pm

    I love that you didn’t add any wacky ingredients in place of the eggs, Jess! These are killer!

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — July 20, 2013 @ 12:24 am

    I hate when I run out of eggs, but you made it work!

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    Mimi @ Culinary Couture — July 20, 2013 @ 2:05 am

    I luuuuurrve chocolate and bananas. I’ll be bookmarking this recipe for the day I’m too lazy to go buy eggs! :) Or should I say DAYS.

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    Joanne — July 21, 2013 @ 9:28 am

    “life is short and chocolate is tasty” – now THAT is a motto live by!

    And i totally get to be the same way. My grocery store is two blocks away and sometimes I still refuse to go buy eggs and butter.

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    Rayna — July 21, 2013 @ 4:39 pm

    An eggless muffin is perfect for those days where you’re too lazy to buy more, but still want some delicious treats. Thanks for sharing!

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    Nutmeg Nanny — July 26, 2013 @ 11:13 pm

    These look wonderful :) so delicious!

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    Angela @ The Dancer Bakes — July 30, 2013 @ 1:00 pm

    I made these today and swapped in low-fat buttermilk for the regular milk, and holy fluffy muffins, Batman! One of these barely even put a dent in my calorie intake for the day! Thanks for sharing such an easy, delectable recipe – I know I’ll be enjoying these for the rest of the week :)

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    ErinsFoodFiles — August 7, 2013 @ 7:55 pm

    No eggs? Wow, I’ll have to give this a try!

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    Romika — August 10, 2013 @ 12:52 pm

    Just made these cup cakes for my 3.5 yrs old daughter, she loved it!!! Thanks so much for the recipe and the quantity of ingredients mentioned is just perfect!! I’m loving it, though I don’t like bananas, but its giving an awesome flavor to the cupcakes! :)

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    sujatha — August 28, 2013 @ 9:46 am

    hai there… i tried ur choco banana muffins just now today morning.. it was delicious.. i made it for my son for his lunch box… he loved t.. the sweetness is perfect.. THANKS for the recipe!!!!!!!!!! have a beautiful day ahead!!!!!!!

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    maisoon — December 24, 2013 @ 8:39 am

    I tried your recipe yesterday, with slight changes:
    – used yogurt instead of milk
    – replaced nuts with dark chocolate chips and peanut butter chips
    it was out of this world! my 1 yr son ate a whole muffin by himself :), this recipe is a keeper, thank you so much for sharing and happy new year

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    GAN — March 31, 2014 @ 4:58 pm

    Made these this weekend and used buttermilk instead of milk, they turned out absolutely delicious! The perfect combination of chocolate, and banana and ohhh soooo fluffy!

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    Liz @ Books n' Cooks — May 27, 2015 @ 7:17 pm

    Tried these this morning – yum! And that means something since I’m not a banana lover :-)

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