No-Sugar-Added Chocolate Chip Banana Nut Muffins

A few nights ago I came home from a really long day at work but still wanted to cook or bake. I madeΒ onion smothered chicken and a batch of my ever favorite chocolate chip banana nut muffins. The chicken was fantastic. The muffins were a bit of a crapshoot.

This is a testament to how tired I was–I’ve made these muffins hundreds of times, and I felt like I was forgetting something. I remembered two minutes after I put them in the oven: I had completely left out sugar! There wasn’t much I could do at that point so I just let them bake and figured a little experiment couldn’t turn out too terribly…right?

They were in fact a huge success. They came out much lighter and fluffier than my usual muffins (fine, a little mutant looking too), and the chocolate chips and banana itself added just the right amount of sweetness; honestly, if I thought of them as mini banana bread rolls (or almost popovers?), I couldn’t find anything wrong with them. In fact, AK liked them better than my original recipe because they are so light and airy.

I guess sometimes mistakes/accidents can reveal great things (it worked for potato chips)…And this really makes me want to experiment with gluten free bread πŸ™‚

No-Sugar-Added Chocolate Chip Banana Nut Muffins


3 bananas, pureed
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 + 1/4 cup flour (I used gluten free)
1/4 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup chopped walnuts


  1. Combine bananas, eggs, vanilla, and spices.
  2. Sift together BP, BS and 1 cup of flour. Stir into wet mixture. Add additional flour as needed (depends on how big your bananas were; you want the batter to be relatively thick). Fold in walnuts and chocolate chips.
  3. Divide evenly into a 12-muffin tin. Bake at 350 degrees 15-20 minutes until edges are browned and tops are firm and golden.

The cost: $4.00, give or take.

Join the Conversation


  1. Rella, those look amazing! And no sugar, even better, thanks for sharing!


  2. that's awesome!! Nothing like sugar less (besides the chocolate chips) muffins.. they look delish!

  3. Thanks to you both! Luckily the gaff turned out great. Thought they would be a total flop so I'm happy πŸ™‚

  4. I made these this weekend and everyone LOVED them, despite a lack of sugar and oil. I was suprised by how delicious a "healthy" muffin could be!

  5. I just made these and think they are delicious! I used egg beaters and whole wheat flour and they taste great and don't have any fat or sugar (except for the chocolate chips). Awesome!

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *