3-Ingredient Easy Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins


These 3-ingredient banana chocolate chip muffins are packed with banana flavor and are so simple to make. These are my go-to muffins for a meal-prep breakfast or a snack anytime!

3-Ingredient Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Homemade muffins don’t have to be a big production — with these 3-ingredient muffins, you can whip up delicious muffins in just a few minutes! These banana muffins are the perfect make-ahead breakfast recipe. You can bake them and enjoy them on busy mornings for the rest of the week. They’re also a great choice for a quick snack.

I enjoy these cut down the center with a dollop of peanut butter or almond butter for the healthy fats. They travel well, which makes them perfect for placing in lunch boxes or for taking on the go when you’re late for that meeting. No need to skip breakfast with this basic recipe at your fingertips!

What’s in 3 Ingredient Banana Muffins?

 This banana muffin recipe is made with a few simple ingredients straight from your pantry!

  • Bananas: You probably saw this one coming! You’ll need 4 large ripe bananas for this recipe. Overripe bananas are even better — they give you a stronger banana flavor!
  • Yellow Cake Mix: This is the secret to both making these easy, and making them foolproof. Your average box of cake mix has been engineered to come out in spite of what the general public can throw at it, so even if you’re a complete beginner, this recipe is something you can make!
  • Chocolate Chips: These add gorgeous little bursts of melted chocolate, which is always a plus, right? If the answer to that question is anything but yes, feel free to exchange the chocolate chips for other optional mix-ins, or just leave the mix-ins out altogether for 2-ingredient banana muffins!
Banana muffin ingredients

Making Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Step 1 | Mash the Bananas

In a large mixing bowl, mash your bananas. You can use a food processor or hand mixer to mash your bananas, or you can use the old-fashioned method and smash them with a fork or potato masher.

mashed bananas

Step 2 | Mix the Batter

Next, add the box of cake mix and the chocolate chips to the mashed banana. Use a wooden spoon or a mixer to stir the batter. It’s a thick batter, so you might need a little elbow grease!

Muffin batter

Step 3 | Fill the Tin

This recipe makes 21 muffins, so you’ll need 21 muffin liners. Put them in your muffin pan, then fill the liners about 2/3 of the way full with the muffin batter. If you use a non-stick muffin pan, you can just skip the muffin liners. 

I like to sprinkle a few extra chocolate chips over the top just before I put them in to bake. 

Making banana muffins

Step 4 | Bake and Enjoy!

Bake your muffins at 350° for 10-12 minutes. The muffins are done when the tops are golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes back clean. 

Let your muffins cool for a minute, then turn them out. They’re ready to form the base of easy breakfasts or a quick snack for the rest of the week!

3-Ingredient Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins


  • Make these your own! Add any mix-in you’d like, including rolled oats, fresh fruit, vanilla extract, chopped nuts, or shredded coconut!
  • These make great mini muffins. Use a mini muffin tin and liners, and adjust the baking time to 8-10 minutes.


While this simple muffin recipe is fantastic with just the three ingredients listed, you may need to make adjustments. Here are a few substitution ideas: 

  • For the bananas: If you’re not a big fan of strong banana flavor, you can sub some or all of the bananas with 1 can pumpkin puree, 1 cup greek yogurt, or 1 cup club soda. For any of these subs, you do lose the natural sweetness of the bananas, but with a cake mix in the recipe, that might not be a major concern. In fact, subbing the pumpkin puree can turn this recipe into a super easy recipe for pumpkin muffins!
  • For the cake mix: I would not recommend subbing the cake mix with anything other than other cake mix. This recipe will work with gluten-free cake mix, keto cake mix, and just about any commercially available cake mix. You can mix things up by using a different flavor — butter pecan or chocolate cake mix come to mind!
  • For the chocolate chips: Mix-ins are easy to sub — just choose another one! White chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, chopped nuts or fruit, cinnamon chips, or shredded coconut are all options. You can also just leave out the mix-ins and enjoy a basic muffin!


Can I use any type of cake mix for this recipe?

While yellow cake mix is recommended for the best flavor and texture, you can experiment with other cake mix flavors like white or even spice cake mix.

How ripe should the bananas be?

For the best results, use ripe bananas with brown spots on the peel. They should be soft and easily mashable.

Can I use frozen bananas for this recipe?

Yes, you can use thawed frozen bananas. Just make sure to drain any excess liquid after thawing.

How do I store these banana muffins?

Allow the muffins to cool completely, then store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. You can also freeze them for longer storage.

3-Ingredient Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

3-Ingredient Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Make deliciously easy muffins from a simple recipe!
5 from 6 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Cost: $5.00
Servings: 21


  • 1 pkg cake mix
  • 4 ripe bananas
  • 1 cup chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • In a large bowl, mash bananas.
  • Add cake mix and chocolate chips to the bananas, and stir until a thick muffin batter forms.
  • Line a muffin tin, then fill cups 2/3 of the way full.
  • Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes.


Nutrition Facts
3-Ingredient Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
Serving Size
1 muffin
Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat
Trans Fat
Polyunsaturated Fat
Monounsaturated Fat
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. 5 stars
    I love this recipe. It is so simple and easy to make. With just a few ingredients you can make a delicious treat or dessert that will enjoy by everyone.

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