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Coconut and chocolate chips are added to banana muffins for a sweet breakfast treat.

Banana Coconut Chocolate Chip Muffins | Taste and Tell

Photo updated November 2012

My daughter is funny.  She goes in spurts with what she really likes to eat.  One day, it will be oranges.  The next day it will be crackers.  And the next day, it will be marshmallows.  Whatever it is that she is into, she wants and asks for all day long.

Well, when she was a little younger, she loved bananas.  Couldn’t get enough of them.  Then one day, she was over the bananas.  I couldn’t get her to eat one for anything.  Then, all of a sudden, about a month ago, I guess she remembered that she loved bananas, because now, once again, she can’t get enough of them.  But still, sometimes I go overboard and end up with a few that are overly ripe.  And as much as I love banana bread, I get tired of it sometimes.  So I went on a search for a muffin recipe.  I didn’t want just plain banana muffins.  I actually started out looking for something chocolate, but then I saw these muffins and I knew I wanted them.  And they were just as delicious as I had hoped for!

What do you make when you have a surplus of bananas?

Banana Coconut Chocolate Chip Muffins
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Coconut and chocolate chips are added to banana muffins for a sweet breakfast treat.
Serves: 12-15 muffins
  • 1½ cups of all purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 large ripe bananas
  • ½ cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup dried coconut (if you can find the unsweetened variety, feel free to use.) and a bit more to sprinkle on top of the muffins
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Line muffin tins with paper liners or spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. In another bowl, cream together the melted butter, vanilla, sugar, and egg. Mash the bananas and add them to the wet ingredients. Stir in the dry ingredients, just until combined, being careful to not overmix. Fold in the chocolate chips and the coconut.
  3. Divide the mixture equally into the muffin cups. Sprinkle on additional coconut. Bake until golden brown, 22-30 minutes.
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25 Responses to Banana Coconut Chocolate Chip Muffins

  1. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    Those look terrific! An exquisite combo.



  2. Barbara says:

    Those muffins are chock full of good stuff, Deborah! I fiddled around with a recipe like this over the holidays. Used roasted bananas, which I've never done before.

  3. claire says:

    i love the toasted coconut on the tops of them!

    they look amazing deborah!

  4. Maria says:

    Ooonh, I love the coconut in there!

  5. Karly says:

    Ooh, I haven't seen that combo before! Yum!

  6. Jennifurla says:

    the coconut on top is what does it for me! Delish, my daughter at only 2 1/2 is the same with food.

  7. Tasha says:

    I buy tons of bananas, and freeze what we don't eat in time to toss in the food processor with PB to make "ice cream" for a guilt free dessert, but it's a little cold for frozen treats right now. This is a perfect alternative. I know my muffin-loving little one would LOVE the combo of bananans and chocolate chips!

  8. kat says:

    I remember going through those phases as a kid. This reminds me I have a lot of banana frozen to turn into bread

  9. Joanne says:

    The banana/coconut combo always puts me in such a tropical mood! Love it!

    My little sister used to be the same way when she was a kid…about clothes, about food…about which parent she liked better. She grew out of it though 😛

  10. Georgia (The Comfort of Cooking) says:

    What a delicious flavor combination – banana and coconut, mmm! I'll have to try these soon. Your recipe and photography are just great, as usual. Thanks for sharing, Deborah!

  11. triciamolina says:

    these look amazing! i definitely will try them!

  12. Liz says:

    I love banana choc chip muffins, coconut makes a great addition!

  13. Vivienne says:

    haha my colleagues are always talking about how their kids taste change all the time too!
    i love a good muffin for morning tea…hmmm

  14. Val says:

    These look and sound like the most perfect muffins! I love all the flavors.

  15. Natalie says:

    ooh I just made some banana coconut muffins–I should've used chocolate chips in there too!!

  16. Valerie says:

    Those look really good. I love coconut.

  17. grace says:

    when i have oodles of bananas, i always make banana bread or muffins, but i try to do something new with it each time. a mounds bar variation sounds great! 🙂

  18. Jenny says:

    thank you SOOO much for this recipe! I have made these several times, and they are WONDERFUL!!!

  19. layean says:

    Hi, if I put in the fresh coconut to the paste instead on top, is that fine?

  20. TheInsurist says:

    About to make these with 6 kids “helping.” Wish me luck 🙂

  21. Lisa says:

    These were delicious! A great recipe… Simple, light, and tasty. I added walnuts as well. Yum! 🙂

  22. Havilah Colon says:

    These were some of the best banana muffins I’ve ever had! Love the coconut!

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