I recently stumbled upon the best banana chocolate chip bran muffins! I love the fact that this muffin favorite can be changed only slightly and become a healthy treat. Who doesn’t like banana chocolate chip muffins? And now I can eat one each morning for breakfast guilt free! I have made them the past two weekends for a quick and healthy on-the-go breakfast throughout the week. They keep very well in an airtight container for up to 7-10 days which makes enjoying these delights each morning a breeze. A banana chocolate chip bran muffin will make any morning better.
Banana Chocolate Chip Bran Muffins (Adapted from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe blog)
Makes about 2 dozen muffins
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 16 – 18 minutes per muffin pan
- 2 tbls. butter, softened
- 1/3 cup applesauce
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 3 medium ripe bananas, coarsely mashed
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 4 cups bran flakes
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a large mixing bowl combine butter, applesauce and sugar. Mix until smooth.
Add the eggs, coarsely mashed bananas and buttermilk. Mix well.
Add the flour, baking soda, salt, bran flakes and chocolate chips. Mix to fully combine, lumpy batter is to be expected.
Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups 2/3 full of batter. Bake 16 – 18 minutes or until golden brown and toothpick comes out clean. Transfer muffins to a cooling rack.
Cool completely before storing. Can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for a little more than a week.