Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Banana Peanut Butter Muffins

I’ll just put it out there. Best muffins ever.

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Banana Peanut Butter Muffins

That’s right. Best muffins ever.

This is like combining everything I’ve ever loved in a muffin and baking it to fluffy, moist, streusely perfection: peanut butter, banana, cinnamon, and chocolate chips.

And whole wheat flour, although that’s not exactly the sort of thing you’ve loved forever. It’s more of the sneak it into your food and feel better about eating thirteen muffins for breakfast kind of thing.

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Banana Peanut Butter Muffins

I originally made these because I wanted to eat something healthy. But that’s a lie. I actually wanted to bake for my mom, because she’s visiting me this week in the Philippines and staying at our apartment, which is probably the highlight of my life. Thanks for coming, Mom!

If we’re being honest, our apartment is not a very homey place for visitors. I mean, she’s sleeping on a hand-me-down futon with a random assortment of sheets and blankets and a herd of wild barking dogs right outside the window. She also found a cockroach in her HAIR, which did not happen at our apartment because we have at least three million roach poision contraptions sitting around (obsessed much?), but still.

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Banana Peanut Butter Muffins

The Philippines can be an overwhelming place for a visitor and if there was ever a cure for overwhelmedness, it’s heavenly chococolate chip muffins laced with peanut butter and banana. I should know.

So these muffins.

I first made them without the banana and peanut butter. They weren’t melt-in-your-mouth-died-and-went-to-heaven amazing. They were average. I felt a little sad.

BUT then I bought a kilo of bananas from the fruit stand lady on my street. PS. Does anyone else get completely discombobulated when ordering in kilos? Every time I order something, I have to stop and think about how much I’m really getting, but my mental conversion calculator seems to be broken because I always end up with WAY more than I need. Confused Westerner.

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Banana Peanut Butter Muffins

Armed with my super sweet Filipino bananas and a jar of creamy peanut butter, I took to the muffins a second time and things went wayyyy better. They were probably the best muffins I’ve made in my whole life, which I actually always say every time I find a new muffin recipe that gives me these warm fuzzy feelings, but they really were THEE best.

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Banana Peanut Butter Muffins

They were super moist from the banana and peanut butter, crumbly from the streusel, light and fluffy even with the whole wheat flour, and those melted chocolate chips? I die.

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Banana Peanut Butter Muffins

And then I die all over again.

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Banana Peanut Butter Muffins

The other best news ever is that our neighbors had a baby! Their brand new baby girl came home this last week and the grandmother brought her over so we could meet her. What a sweet pea!

We love you, Baby M.


I gave them some of my three hundred muffins and I’m hoping that they find a way to get some of that streusel into Baby Girl’s mouth. I can tell she really wants some.

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Banana Peanut Butter Muffins

What they don’t tell you about food blogging: that your spouse will become a hand model. Thanks love.

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Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Banana Peanut Butter Muffins
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Serves: 18
  • 6 tablespoons soft butter
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 6 small (Filipino!) or 3 large bananas, mashed
  • 3 eggs
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • 2 ¼ cup whole wheat flour
  • ¼ cup quick cooking oats (see notes)
  • 2 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • ¾ cup chocolate chips
  • 4 tablespoons butter, chilled
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • ¾ cup whole wheat flour
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • pinch of cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 375. Cream the butter and sugar until well combined. Add the vanilla, peanut butter, bananas, and eggs. Cream until just combined.
  2. In a seperate bowl, combine the flour, oats, baking soda, and cinnamon. Add the buttermilk and flour mixture alternately to the butter/banana mixture. Stir gently with a wooden spoon or electric beater on low speed until JUST combined, adding the chocolate chips at the end. Do not overmix.
  3. For the streusel, combine the flour, sugar, and cinnamon in a small bowl. Cut the butter into small cubes. Add the butter cubes and water to the flour mixture and work the mixture with your fingers, pressing the butter into the dry ingredients creating small crumbs.
  4. Spoon into greased muffin tin, filling each cup about ¾ full with batter. Top with a generous spoonful of the streusel crumbs. Bake for 11-15 minutes or until tops are just slightly golden brown and bounce back lightly when pressed.
You could omit the oats and just add a few tablespoons of flour depending on your texture preference and how thick your batter is. Letting the batter sit overnight in the fridge will also allow the oats to get soft - when I did this, I hardly noticed their texture in the batter.

Maybe these will convince my mom to extend her visit until forever.

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  1. I get extremely discombobulated when having to change over from lbs to kg, etc. Throws me anytime I have to switch the way I measure!!!

    These look incredible!

  2. The muffins look incredible and sorry about the roach in your mom’s hair – eek! And that baby is too sweet. What a precious little thing!

  3. There’s no chocolate chips in the recipe!

  4. Those hands are beautiful.

  5. These look so delicious. Aren’t all muffins so much better with a strudel topping?!

  6. I just died when I saw that these have a streusel topping. No words.

  7. Oh your muffins always look so perfect (that sounds a bit more creepy than it’s meant to…) And how can you go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter for breakfast?

  8. Yep– they definitely look like one of the best out there. How can you go wrong with chocolate, banana, and peanut butter?!

  9. Sometimes it’s so hard to make muffins that aren’t doughy in the middle, especially when using bananas! But of course, chocolate makes everything 10 times better! : )

  10. These look insane! I can’t believe the amazing food pics you come up with. My daily source of inspiration :)

  11. Mrs. Herb says:

    Precious baby and DELICIOUS looking muffins. Will have to surprise the Mister with these – he’s kind of a peanut butter and banana fanatic!

  12. you had me at best muffins ever. and chocolate. and peanut butter. and streusel…

    these would definitely help any transition to a foreign location – I’d battle a cockroach and wild dogs for them!

  13. I have warm fuzzies just from reading this, so I can’t even imagine eating it! You had me at PB. Then at bananas. Then again at chocolate chips.
    Hope you have a great visit with your mom (and the little buggies buzz of. She’s a champ!)

  14. YUM! I’m definitely going to have to veganize these. Love it!

  15. Yum! These can’t be bad :)

  16. Mmmm I want these muffins now and for every meal.

  17. Oh yum. Those look so much better than the peanut butter toast I had for breakfast. :) What an adorable baby- and such a proud grandma!

  18. I’m not even a big fan of muffins….but these look and sound wonderful! And the baby? Precious.

  19. My boyfriend isn’t the best hand model because he is always moving his hand away with the food as I am trying to take pictures. These look incredible!

  20. That baby is so precious!!
    Love that you topped these muffins with a streusel!

  21. Stop.Please.Stop. You are posting tooooo many tempting recipes!!! Just kidding….keep them coming. AND keep the cute kid pictures coming too.

  22. Can’t WAIT to try these. They sound delicious!!!

  23. Oh I totally believe these are the best muffins ever! They look awesome!

    Have so much fun with your mom!! Hopefully sans cockroaches :)

  24. My husband is Canadian, so anytime we visit his family it’s confusing. The celsius really gets me – 29 degrees is hot! Great muffins :)

  25. These muffins look wonderful but the baby is so precious. Congratulations to your neighbors. Blessings to you and your precious new neighbor and family, Diane Roark http://www.recipesforourdailybread.com

  26. These look incredible! And that baby is absolutely gorgeous…

  27. I completely believe you after reading your description and seeing your amazing photos that these would be the best muffins EVER! I always new ways to use overripe bananas and I cannot wait to make these!

  28. Grandma Mork says:

    Lindsay and Bjork—If you serve treats like this for guests, I think you will have a LOT of company. Maybe Grandpa will look at these and buy a couple tickets to Cebu!!! Seriously, wish we were younger and could manage such a trip. And you don’t need to be in Cebu to have cockroach problems—-there are plenty here in AZ. Barking dogs—-I have heard good things about the white noise machines. Shall I send you one? Keep those good recipes coming. I am proud to share them with friends too. Jenny is coming this weekend with her soon to be new family. I bet they wll love these muffins! Love, Grandma M.

    • Hi Grandma – thanks for the comment! Thankfully our air conditioner serves as a sort of white noise machine, and the Tylenol PM and Ambien are helpful too. :) I’ll have to watch out for roaches next time we come to AZ! Have a good weekend with Jenny and family! We are so bummed to miss the wedding… I’m sure it will be beautiful. Love you Grandma!

  29. Yum, yum, yum. You are so cute Lindsay! I love reading your blog and seeing the great relationship you and Bjork have. Those cupcakes look incredible, I just pinned them and can’t wait to make them!

  30. Stephanie @ noreservations4lunchdinner says:

    These look so good!!! Will be trying them soon. Thanks for the great recipe :) LOL i always cook/bake for my family when they come to visit me too :)

  31. Haha Jason is my hand model all the time! Although I do get a bit worried that people think I have huge man hands.

    Now these muffins do look like the best! And I love that you snuck in some whole wheat flour in these!

  32. I actually gasped when I read this title. Like really. This looks ahhh-mazing.
    As an Australian I’m the opposite kilograms makes perfect sense – “lbs”….how does that even mean pounds?!!

  33. These look awesome!! And kind of sound like something similar to what I made–mocha chocolate chip banana muffins!!
    Will have to try your version with peanut butter–yum!

  34. These muffins look fantastic! I think I’ll make some this weekend.

    BTW I made your Tamale Pie again yesterday…..it’s a FAVORITE in my house…..YUM! We fight over the left overovers for lunch the next day.

  35. These look amazing!!! They have to make everyone feel better!

    That baby is CUTE! Awwww…

  36. Hi Lindsay!!

    I absolutely love the way you write! It feels like I’m having a cup of coffee with you, and we’re feasting on these amazing calorie-loaded muffins (but who cares??) and we’re there complaining about the Filipino heat and cockroaches and chatting about trivia all at once.

    Sorry your mum found a roach in her HAIR (it must have been traumatic), but she’ll definitely have a huge incredulous story to spill to her friends when she’s back in the states (if her friends haven’t already read your post and got the latest news). say hi to your mum! she must miss you alot!

    Regarding the fact that food blogger bfs/husbands have to be hand models… I haven’t resorted to my bf moonlighting as one yet. He had really large fingernails. haha. might scare the readers.

    take care Lindsay! and may the termites and roaches be kept far far away!!

    love from Argentina,

  37. I love muffins…and your writing makes me for sure want to try these…yuck about bug in mom’s hair…I would totally be screaming trying to shake it out…and funny about husband as hand model!

  38. I am in awe. Those muffins look stunning and I can already taste them in my mouth. And then I died with the streusel.

    Oh and that baby is adorable! Too cute!

  39. oh those muffins are gorgeous indeed! Came across your blog during my ‘photography lesson’ online and so glad I did! Though I am a Canon addict and know nothing about Nikon:-(..love your site and sure will keep visiting:-)

  40. I always get confused buying in kilos! I’ve been in India for almost three months now visiting my family, and whenever I go down to the street market to buy some vegetables for the next day, I get completely lost. Between navigating Hindi names for vegetables, kilos and grams instead of pounds and figuring out how many rupees I owe, I always end up confused about something!

    These muffins look amazing. I’m bookmarking them for “must make” recipes once I get back to California. I can’t imagine making them here in India. Heating up an oven is the last thing I would want to do in this heat! It must be just as hot where you are, I don’t know how you can stand to bake in the heat, but the rewards sure look tasty!

  41. Lindsay, I made the muffins yesterday and they are delicious. Thank you very much for the recipe!

  42. everything i love about food is in these muffins. chocolate, banana, peanut butter, ww flour, streusel… they are like the muffins I made last week but with PB added!!! I love these Lindsay and Bjork. They are just gorgeous! the roach in your mom’s hair… EEEK!!!!!!! I literally have NO idea what I would do if that happened to me. Eat a TON of these muffins to lift my spirits, that’s for sure.

  43. So right on the spouse becoming a hand model! John’s now an expert on the art of the pour : ) Yummy muffins and beautiful little girl!

  44. I thought I was full before I read this…but after looking at all those pictures, I want nothing more than for one of those muffins to be in my mouth right now.

  45. came across this recipe this morning, made them, and am just tasting them now. All I can say is wow!!! Super tasty and a perfect combo of crunch on top and moist in the middle. Well done! This one is a keeper and Thank You!!!

  46. These sound amazing! I was wondering, however, if you could substitute the sugar in the recipe for honey? We’re attempting to cut down on refined sugar.

  47. Our also Midwest-American family always has the same problem. Once, when we were living in Pakistan our 20 year old daughter asked for a kilo of fresh potato chips. When she returned to the car with a bag the size of a pillow I asked, “Why so many chips? Are we having a party?” She replied, “I asked for a kilo and was too embarrassed to ask the man to stop as he just kept filling the bag. Don’t worry, I’ll eat them all.” We used them on casseroles and salads and for lunch and dinner, but they got soggy and stale and we threw most of them them away. That kilo of potato chips was like a ton. Now I cautiously ask for 200 grams of anything and then ask for more or less if I am surprised or disappointed by the quantity. Now we are living in the UAE, but relatives are visiting from Pakistan so I’m off to go bake them the best muffins ever.

  48. Let me preface this by saying that I am absolutely obsessed with your website and all your amazing recipe ideas! I think I could happily spend the next month cooking all your delicious-looking dinner ideas. I made these muffins last night though, and maybe it’s just cause I’m not generally a crumb topping lover and I left that off, but I wasn’t as big of a fan of the flavor combination as I thought I would be. I love love love peanut butter, chocolate, and bananas, but in this recipe I think I would have preferred to leave out the peanut butter and just focus on the banana and chocolate! They were good though, and I’m sure they would have been great with the topping.

  49. Made these muffins this morning while snowed in to get rid of some browned bananas. Followed the recipe exactly except for substituting some plain yogurt and milk for the buttermilk. The texture was awesome, though the muffins did stick a bit to the muffin liners I used, so probably better to just use a greased tin as the recipe directs. I did find the muffin itself to be a little bland, so if I made again I’d add some salt to the flour mixture, use some brown sugar in place of some of the white, and probably double the peanut butter. I also couldn’t help but think that some toffee bits would be killer in here. :) Thanks for the recipe!

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