The addition of granola gives these Chocolate Banana Granola Muffins the most amazing hearty texture! Pair that with cocoa, bananas, and Greek yogurt, and you’ve got a healthy way to enjoy chocolate for breakfast!
“Do you know… The Muffin Man?”
“The Muffin Man?”
“The Muffin Man.”
“Yesss. I know The Muffin Man. Who lives on Drury Lane?”
“Well, she’s married to… The Muffin Man.”
“The Muffin Man?”
“THE MUFFIN MAN!!!”
Ten points if you can name that movie. Ten points and one of these Chocolate Banana Granola Muffins.
I know it hasn’t even been a week since I posted my last muffin recipe, and that it’s the season for all things cookie, candy, and cupcake, but I’m posting more muffins today because:
a) Muffins are delicious,
b) I love muffins, and
c) muffins are delicious.
I feel like I may have repeated myself, but we’re going to let that slide because muffins are delicious, especially when they’re loaded with bananas, chocolate, and granola.
Yes friends, granola. See… the craziest thing happened to me the other day. I was in the process of making a batch of chocolate oatmeal breakfast muffins to take with me on my trip to the mountains this past weekend, when I realized that I didn’t actually have any oatmeal on hand. I know. A girl who would argue that oatmeal needs to be its own separate food group, not even having any on her. In my defence, though, this is probably the first time that’s ever happened to me, and it’s mostly because I’ve been a little overly lax with my grocery shopping lately. Oops.
No, wait… that’s not entirely true. I did come across one lonely packet of instant oats while I was digging through my pantry, but that was nowhere near enough. Thankfully, I also came across a baggie of Love Grown Cocoa Goodness Oat Clusters granola. So I improvised and used that instead. I mean, granola is basically oatmeal, right? Right.
You guys! Look at that texture! If you’ve never tried baking with granola before then you’re probably looking at me like I’m crazy, but I can promise you that it will rock.your.socks.OFF. The granola gets all soft and chewy, giving these muffins the most amazing texture. Pair that with some cocoa, bananas, and Greek yogurt, and you’ve got yourself a healthy way to enjoy chocolate for breakfast… or whenever the craving happens to strike.
And while I’d really love to spend more time talking about how much I love these muffins (because I do) and how I devoured the entire batch over the course of the weekend (because I did), I think it’s time to share the recipe and spread some love with a little #lovebloggergiveaway…
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 cup granola (I used Love Grown Cocoa Goodness Oat Clusters)
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 Tbsp. coconut oil
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 2 ripe bananas, mashed
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 400F and prepare a muffin pan by spraying cavities with cooking spray or lining them with paper liners. Set aside.
- In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine flour, granola, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk egg until it is slightly frothy. Add applesauce, brown sugar, coconut oil, Greek yogurt, and mashed bananas, mixing well until everything is fully incorporated.
- Gradually add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until just combined. Do not overmix. Gently fold in chocolate chips.
- Divide batter evenly among the muffin cavities, filling each cavity until it is about ¾ full.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the tops of your muffins are set and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Allow muffins to cool in pan for ~5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an air-tight container for up to a week.
Tasty, right? Yeaaaaah. And now for some more tastiness!
I’m super fortunate to be an ambassador for Love Grown Foods, a company I seriously adore not only because they make delicious granolas, cereals, and oatmeal, but because of how generous, supportive, passionate, and loving they are. And today I wanted to share some of that love with you guys by hosting a giveaway for four Love Grown products of your choice. The rules are simple:
- Mandatory: Follow Love Grown Foods on Instagram and leave a comment telling me what you love most about the holidays.
- Optional: vote for my muffins in the Love Blogger Holiday Recipe Contest by liking my recipe on Facebook and Pinterest.
- Optional: like Spoons on Facebook or follow me on Pinterest.
That’s all, folks! Be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry (for a total of up to 3 comments), and I’ll be randomly picking a winner that I’ll announce on Monday, December 15. The giveaway is open to those living in the US or Canada only (sorry international friends!!), and the winner will have his or her choice of four products. Good luck!
Disclaimer: As a Love Grown Foods LOVE Blogger, I did receive the bag of Love Grown granola free of charge. I was not, however, required to write this recipe, nor was I compensated for my time. All opinions are my own.
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I made these and loved them- now am out of granola. Can I make without granola or how would recipe change? Looking fr. Chocolate banana muffin! Thanks
Amanda @ .running with spoons.
I’m glad you liked them, Siobhan! You could easily replace the granola with an equal amount of rolled oats without needing to change anything else.
I am following you on Pinterest
I voted for your muffins on Facebook and Pinterest 🙂 Good luck!
Following on lovegrownfoods on instagram as newfiechic.
What I love most about the holidays is baking, spending time with my family and hosting Christmas dinner for my extended family
I liked on Facebook and pinterest!
I love spending time with my family around the holidays!
I followed on Pinterest!
I follow you on Pinterest
I liked you on Facebook!
I love baking cookies during the holidays!
Followed Love Grown Foods on Instagram.
I love going to look at Christmas lights. There’s a neighborhood near us that gets all decked out that my husband and I go look at every year. Definitely puts me in the Christmas spirit. 🙂
No kidding, muffins are the best thing ever. I am eating two, ok, three as we speak And sadly, they are not as awesome as these chocolate granola ones! Pinned!
liked your page on facebook 🙂
followed on insta @hjrenn … i love spending time with family who i don’t get to see often!!
Heather @Fit n Cookies
I liked your recipe on both
Heather @Fit n Cookies
I follow them on Instagram and I love spending time with family the most
Awkward third comment of course i like Spoons on Facebook!
Voted for your recipe on Facebook and liked it on Pinterest! (actually blowing the socks off the other entries)
Favorite thing about the holidays is a tie!
1) holiday flavored everything.. hello gingerbread and hello making your flourless muffins!
2) i feel like everybody is happier around the holidays. it’s cold but festive! Then we get into january and people just have nothing to look forward to 🙁
I also follow Love Grown Foods on Instagram!
I voted for your recipe on Facebook!
I liked your page on Facebook and I follow you on Pinterest!
I love my Christmas tree and Christmas baking!
I liked your page on Facebook.
I liked Love Grown Foods on Facebook.
I liked Love Grown Foods on Facebook. My favorite part of the holidays is getting to spend time with family.
I liked your page on Facebook as Dandi Daffyhill.
I voted for your recipe on Facebook and Pinterest.
I followed them on Instagram as @fiddlindandi and I love picking out a fresh Christmas tree for the holidays.
Seeing as how much of a muffin kick I seem to be on lately, I am going to have to give these suckers a try!
those muffins look amazing! I love muffins a little too much, if that’s even possible
Followed spoons on Pinterest.
Liked spoons on Facebook.
I liked you on both Facebook & Pinterest!
Liked your recipe on Facebook.
Liked your recipe on Pinterest!
I love being able to see my family and friends!
I liked the recipe on both Pinterest and Facebook!
I followed Love Grown Foods on Instagram! I absolutely love that I get to spend so much time with my extended family, whom I rarely see otherwise.
Amy @ Long Drive Journey
Love that the granola would make a regular ole muffin that much more filling! I’m always looking for foods that can keep me recharged between classes/work/etc. And chocolate for breakfast is always, always a good thing.