Enjoy these rich Double Chocolate Banana Muffins, baked to a soft, gooey bite of goodness. Easy to swap out the walnuts for other nuts!

plate of Double Chocolate Banana Muffins

Did you know that my blog started off as a hospitality blog? Then naturally, I started sharing more and more recipes. Cook food, and invite others over. Bake (like these Double Chocolate Banana Muffins) and share with your neighbor.

Double Chocolate Banana Muffins

Bring a meal to those in need. For years, I wrote about this on RE. You may have already tried these Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins, so moist and fluffy!

plate of banana muffins with chocolate

Today I’m sharing an easy recipe that you can bake and freeze, or just gobble up a batch of these Double Chocolate Banana Walnut Muffins!

Makes 16 giant muffins (or more small ones).

So good, all you need are these ingredients!

Ingredients for Double Chocolate Banana Muffins

  • Flour + cocoa powder
  • Baking soda + baking powder + espresso powder (optional)
  • Kosher salt
  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Egg
  • Bananas
  • Vanilla
  • Dark chocolate chips
  • Toasted walnuts

Chocolate banana muffins

Walnuts are optional

Not everyone loves walnuts. But did you know, you can remove the skins of the walnuts by wrapping them in a tea towel and gently rubbing them off?

Swap out the walnuts and replace them with pecans or hazelnuts for this recipe, if you’d like.

Double Chocolate Banana Muffins with walnuts

Hospitality is about helping others to feel warm and welcomed, in your home or wherever you may be.

It’s not about being the perfect family or host.

Just feeling natural and comfortable in your own skin, with your own style of entertaining, and knowing you are going to make mistakes, is a good place to start.

backyard with table

Food is beautiful and delicious, but the spiritual, human side of hospitality is what hosting for me is really about. [Above picture is our back deck.]

Inviting people over

Two energizing terms to think about next time you have company over: intentional and radical. You actually put thought into inviting people over (knowing it’s about them, not about you), and make it a meal your people will never forget (not the menu, but the deep, inviting, conversation).

Double Chocolate Banana Muffins

Hospitality is not lazy, and it’s not passive. It’s a calling, it takes work, and it’s really about the space your heart is in. It’s not about the perfect table or menu. It’s about the souls in the chairs.

Having people over is a gift. Spend it slowly, don’t waste the time together—it’s a precious resource for soul connecting!

banana muffins with chocolate and walnuts

Bake and freeze

Bake the muffins and allow to cool. Place in Ziploc bags and freeze!

So who will you be sharing these muffins with today?

More muffin recipes to try:

Snickerdoodle Donut Muffins

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins Recipe

Sour Cream Caramel Banana Muffins

Broccoli Cheese Frittata Muffins for breakfast

plate of Double Chocolate Banana Muffins
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Double Chocolate Banana Muffins

Makes 16 standard sized muffins If you have time, remove the skins of the walnuts by wrapping them in a tea towel and gently rubbing them off.
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 17 mins
Yield: 8


  • 1 c plus 2 Tbsp all purpose flour
  • ½ c cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 ⅛ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp espresso powder, fine to omit if you don’t have
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 6 Tbsp butter, melted
  • c sugar
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 3 large very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¾ c dark chocolate chips
  • ¾ c toasted walnuts, roughly chopped


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees and prepare a muffin pan with paper cups and nonstick spray. Set aside.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, espresso powder, and salt. Whisk until combined and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the melted butter, sugar, egg, bananas, and vanilla. Stir to combine, then add the dry ingredients in 2-3 portions. Mix until just combined, then add the chocolate chips and walnuts. Stir to incorporate, then portion into 16 cups. Bake for 17-20 minutes, or until a tester inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.
  • Remove from the tins and allow to cool for at least 30 minutes before enjoying (if you can wait that long :o).
Cuisine: American
Course: Dessert
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Banana Muffins on a plate