Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins (GF)

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins (GF)

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Do you know what time it is? That’s right, kiddos. It’s back to school time!

As a teacher, I approach this time of year with a mingling of regret and excitement. I’m looking forward to a fresh new year, and I’m also looking forward to having my kids out of the house doing productive work. But you know, I do love the summer sunshine. And the flexible hours. So yeah…I’m torn.

With everything getting very busy (very fast, might I add), I need to be ready with great after-school snacks. When all of us get home from school, some refueling is definitely in order. These banana chocolate chip muffins are a perfect way to unwind and get ready for homework time, especially when I pair them with NESTLÉ® NESQUIK® Powder. The kids are pretty happy to settle in with their muffins and Nesquik, and I do it right along with them!

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins (GF)

This year, I’m more anxious than usual to meet my kids with an energetic frame of mind when they come home from school. My son (who is also my oldest) has always come home and done his homework without much struggle, and I realize that makes me lucky. He gets home around four, has his snack, and then takes a break for about fifteen minutes before taking out his books and getting to work. He’s in the third grade, by the way. And yes, he has a lot of homework.

My middle child is going to be starting with homework this year in first grade, and that’s why I’m a little nervous. She’s a very smart little girl, but she’s also an artist. Her favorite thing to do is come home and draw for hours. My temperament is similar, so I know how hard homework was for me growing up. I want to make sure that I’m there to support her, but it’s hard to be patient and fully with it after a day of teaching. That’s where snack time comes in!

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins (GF)

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

For my kids and me, that snack time after school is where we come together and check in on one another. I can gauge moods, figure out if anything traumatic or good happened to the kids, and just take a few minutes to breathe before we all get back to work in that pre-dinner time. It’s important that we connect, and it’s also important that we have some nutrients while we’re at it.

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins (GF)

While we were at the beach last week for a final summer hurrah, I looked at the tired bananas on the counter at our rented beach house (yes, tired bananas follow me around) and knew that I wanted to start snacks off right this year. As soon as we got home (tired bananas in tow), I ran out to Target to get some Nesquik so we’d have a great pairing with these banana chocolate chips muffins. Then, I started baking. These muffins freeze like a charm, and I wanted to be ready for the first week of school!

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins (GF)

My kids were pretty excited when they saw the muffins, but they were even happier when they saw the Nesquik. Nobody can resist a bunny, after all! And I love the fact that Nesquik is low in sugar, has no artificial colors or flavors, and is full of both vitamins and minerals as well as protein (when combined with milk). Translation: the kids (and I) stay full until dinnertime, and we also have the energy to tackle all that homework!

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins (GF)

If you’d like to be ready for the oncoming onslaught of school and the nutritional needs that arise, be ready! You can pick up Nesquik right now with this Cartwheel Offer at Target (for Nesquik Powder and ready-to-drink bottles, valid 8/21/2016-8/27/2016 with 15% off 18.7oz powder and 10 packs of bottles), and the muffins almost make themselves. If you don’t have a gluten-free diet, subbing in regular flour will also work. They’ll be great either way!

How do you get ready for back to school? It’s an exciting time, but a busy one. Be prepared!


Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins (GF)


1 and 1/2 cups oat flour (certified GF)
1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup canola oil
1 cup Greek yogurt (fat free is fine, as is vanilla)
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 400. Coat a muffin tin with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the oat flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the mashed bananas, oil, Greek yogurt, egg, and vanilla. Mix until smooth.
  4. Add the dry ingredients and stir until a smooth batter forms. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  5. Using an ice cream scoop, transfer the batter into the muffin tin, filling up each nearly to the top.
  6. Bake for five minutes at 400. Lower the temperature to 350 and continue to bake for another 15-20 minutes until the tops bounce back at a light touch.
  7. Cool completely.


Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins (GF)


I fulfill many roles in life: wife, mother, teacher, everlasting learner. This site is dedicated to one role that expresses my creativity in ways that I find consistently challenging and rewarding: baker. Inventing new ways to enhance food, especially if that food involves chocolate or peanut butter (or both!), is a passion of mine. I look forward to sharing my ideas with you.

This Post Has 18 Comments

  1. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    I hope you have a wonderful school year, Mir! I’m right there with you with needing some great snacks. Banana chocolate chip muffins are one of my favorite kinds! I’ve never tried a gluten free version though,…these look perfect!
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    1. Mir

      I love having snacks ready. It’s how I’m wired. Thanks, Gayle!

  2. Aimee @ ShugarySweets

    Seriously Mir, these muffins look perfect. And my kids love a glass of chocolate milk with their breakfast 🙂
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    1. Mir

      I love it with mine, too!

  3. Jessica @ Citrus Blossom Bliss

    It’s like you know exactly what I want when I’m having a weird muffin craving! Banana chocolate chip is one of our favorites around here and we love freezing them for later…if they last that long 🙂 Wishing you a smooth transition into the school year – I know all my teacher friends are mourning the end of their relaxing summer!
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    1. Mir

      People who love banana go crazy for this flavor!

  4. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    We’re the same way with snack time. . checking in to see how the day went. . my youngest starts kindergarten so I’m anxious! love these muffins and love that you used oat flour! I need to try this recipe! Here’s to a great school year for us all!!! Parents and kiddos!

    1. Mir

      I’m anxious, too. I hope the kids are happy in school this year. It’s always tough to worry about our kids!

  5. Amanda

    Good luck with the new year! I want one of these for breakfast and I haven’t been in school for YEARS. I love the oat flour in here!
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    1. Mir

      Ha! I’m in school every day. Forever. But either way, the muffins work!

  6. Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary

    All your kids are so lucky to have such a wonderful mother, Mir! And the kids at school are also so lucky to have such a fabulous teacher!! I will keep my fingers crossed for your little girl and her studying habits! I hope she settles into homework easily! I think she will be just fine if you offer her one of these muffins first!! You know, sometimes bribery is the answer. hahaha. These look amazing, girlfriend!! Perfect for breakfast, snack time and dessert! Gimme! Cheers! <3
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    1. Mir

      I hope she settles in fine. Thanks for propping me up here, Chey!

  7. Manali@CookWithManali

    these are the perfect back to school snacks! the muffins look perfect!
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    1. Mir

      I love my after school snack so much!

  8. Megan - The Emotional Baker

    I used to love snack time after school. These muffins would make the best fuel for homework!
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    1. Mir

      They are awesome fuel. And tasty, too!

  9. Medha @ Whisk & Shout

    Muffin cravings are so real- I went through a phase last year when all I would turn my oven on for was a good muffin. And then I realized I was sharing muffin recipes and nothing else! So I backpedaled a little… but now I want to make these, and every other kind of muffin, because they are just the best! Love the Nesquik, too- that was my CHILDHOOD 🙂
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    1. Mir

      Ha! I never noticed you were doing that. But muffins are the best, really.

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