Filled with rich cocoa and peanut butter flavors, this Chocolate Peanut Butter Muffin recipe is nutritious and so delicious. And since they store so well in the fridge—and almost taste better as they sit—they are a great make-ahead toddler breakfast option.

Chocolate peanut butter muffins cooling on a rack.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Muffins

The first time I made this version of a Peanut Butter Muffin, we were in the midst of nighttime potty training and I basically didn’t have a decent night of sleep for 3 months. It was rough on the kiddo, too, and we were often grumpy and dragging in the mornings. These muffins saved us more than once, as I found that making a special breakfast really helped to improve my mood.

With decadent chocolate flavor and balanced nutrition, they are so good warm out of the oven or served from the fridge later in the week. (They’re also great for Valentine’s Day breakfast or family brunch.)

I like to use rolled oats as the base for many of my muffins since they add nutrition and are an inexpensive gluten-free flour option for those families who need it. They work really well in this chocolate muffin recipe. I grind rolled oats in my blender to make a super easy flour. You can also buy oat flour at the store if you prefer.

This recipe has almond meal for additional fiber and moisture keeps the muffins from drying out. Mostly though, they just have the yummiest flavor, especially when served cold from the fridge.

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Ingredients You Need

To make this recipe, you’ll need the following pantry staples so you know what to have or pick up at the store.

ingredients in peanut butter chocolate muffins.
  • Peanut butter: I use unsweetened creamy peanut butter, which blends into the batter nicely. You can also use another nut or seed butter such as cashew or almond butter.
  • Bananas: Very ripe bananas add moisture and sweetness to these muffins.
  • Oats: Regular rolled oats work well here. They’re sometimes called “old-fashioned oats.”
  • Almond meal: I don’t use this often, but it adds nice texture and flavor here. If you don’t have it, just use additional oats. The muffins may be done baking a little sooner than the recipe says.
  • Cocoa powder: I use the unsweetened kind of cocoa powder here.
  • Eggs: Eggs help the batter hold together and add fluffiness.
  • Vanilla extract
  • Honey: I use honey to sweeten these muffins, though you can use maple syrup instead of honey if you prefer. (Avoid honey for kids under age 1.)

Step-by-Step Instructions

Here’s a look at how to make these muffins so you know what to expect from the process. Scroll down to the bottom of the post for the full info.

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  1. Mash the banana super smooth and add to a bowl with the rest of the ingredients. (You can also blend the batter in a blender.) Grind up the dry ingredients in the blender.
  2. Add chocolate chips if desired.
  3. Divide the batter evenly among a greased muffin pan. (I prefer to use nonstick spray for the best results here).
  4. Bake until just firm to the touch and a cake tester inserted into the middle comes out clean.
Chocolate peanut butter muffins cut into thirds on a kids plate with sliced strawberries.

Dairy-Free Chocolate Muffin Recipe

If you have a dairy allergy or sensitivity in your house, these muffins are made without dairy. So there’s no adjusting needed to make a delicious batch of chocolate muffins!

How to Store

Store any leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days in the fridge or up to 3 months in the freezer.

Chocolate peanut butter muffins cooling on a rack.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Muffins

Rich and moist, these chocolate peanut butter muffins are a healthy way to enjoy a treat for any meal of the day.
4.98 from 39 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 24 minutes
Total Time 34 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Muffins
Calories 189kcal
Servings 10 muffins

Ingredients

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Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 10 cups of a standard muffin tin with nonstick spray.
  • Add all ingredients to the bowl of a food processor and grind into a smooth batter. 
  • Fill 10 muffin cups about 2/3 full.
  • Bake for 20-24 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool for 5 minutes in the pan, then cool on a rack.
  • Serve slightly warm or store in an airtight container and serve cold.

Notes

  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days in the fridge or up to 3 months in the freezer.
  • Serve warm out of the oven or chilled from the fridge.
  • Use very ripe bananas with brown spots for the most natural sweetness.
  • Use honey or maple syrup.
  • Use store-bought oat flour or grind your own in a food process or blender.
  • Use peanut butter or another nut or seed butter such as almond or Sunbutter.
  • Cut into smaller pieces as needed when serving.
  • Eat plain or top with peanut butter, cream cheese, or some jam.

Nutrition

Serving: 1muffin, Calories: 189kcal, Carbohydrates: 20g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 33mg, Sodium: 127mg, Potassium: 279mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 63IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 69mg, Iron: 2mg
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This post was first published October 2018.

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  1. 5 stars
    So good! I used cashew butter instead of peanut butter to help me keep up with different nut exposure. My toddler loved them.

  2. 5 stars
    My kids love these! I am always looking for ways to get protein in and this is a great option. My oldest doesn’t like peanut butter but he can’t even tell this recipe has it (not that I am for hiding ingredients but I am surprised he hasn’t noticed). I think the cocoa powder, maple syrup and banana hides the peanut butter taste well. I find these only need to bake 20 minutes in my oven. I get 16-20 muffins out of this recipe but maybe I don’t fill my muffin tin as full as most people.

  3. 5 stars
    These are so good! I did not use almond flour, but extra oats instead. I tried using my ninja blender and that was a fail. I ended up using my immersion blender and added about 1/4 cup of water (I used natural peanut butter and it tends to be thicker). I also used maple syrup instead of honey.
    I baked them in my mini muffin pan, and baked for about 14 minutes. ***Check at 10 minutes if using mini muffin pan.
    I made these for my kids but find myself eating them 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    My toddler loves this recipe! The browner the bananas the better for sure! Can use less cocoa powder if wanted. I like to make them mini and cook for about 12 min.
    I grind the oats in my vitamix and once when out of almond flour I mashed some raw almonds a bit in my mortar and then ground them as much as they would go in the vitamix. I will say I don’t like cleaning the vitamix and so prefer to use my hand blender or even just mix it up by hand for the actual batter. I’ve even added some spinach once and shredded/pressed/drained zucchini once with success.
    So far this is our family fav of the muffin recipes we’ve tried. Put in the fridge and eat all week. Will try freezing a batch next for upcoming surgery and see how they do thawing out. Thanks!

  5. 5 stars
    These were very good! I did sub almond meal for regular white flour bc I don’t have an actual food processor, my blender could only do so much with the oats so there was tiny chunks in. As per comments I added only 1/4c of coco powder and tossed in some flax seed. Also, as I’m writing this I just realized I forgot the vanilla 🤦‍♀️ I did use the maple syrup so my baby could try them. They didn’t come out tasting very much like peanut butter but it’s very subtle and may be related to the kind of PB I used. Overall very moist and delicious!

  6. I thought they were just okay. A bit bland, and on the drier side (and we took them out of the oven at 19 minutes so much less than what the recipe said). They needed more banana flavour as I feel like the banana taste was mostly drowned out by the pb, and more banana might help with more moistness too. My toddlers did eat them the first day, but by the next day none of us really wanted them as they were even drier.

  7. 4 stars
    These muffins are tasty! I did, however, take them out at 20 minutes and fear they would be too dry at 24. I also added just under 1/2 tsp. of salt since I’m serving them to children and adults old enough to handle it. It adds to the flavor.

  8. 5 stars
    Theses muffins were good and my 3 year old loved them too! I did make a couple substitutes: used whole wheat flour instead of almond meal, did half white sugar & half honey, and I added some salt. Would definitely make it again!

  9. Hello,

    I can’t wait to try this recipe but I am unsure of how to substitute for eggs Do you have any recommendations? Thanks

  10. Can I substitute almond flour for the oat flour and almond meal? Would that amount be similar????

    1. It would be fine for the almond meal. I haven’t done it without any oats but you can certainly try it in the same amounts. It may just be moister.

  11. Is it possible to add more honey or maple syrup in the recipe? I found it a little bitter but my husband loved it.

  12. 5 stars
    I made them without the cocoa powder but out of all the banana muffin recipes i tried making for my toddler, this is the best tasting one ?. Im my opinion anyways. Thank you!