These blueberry banana muffins are so good. They are moist, rich in flavour and packed with juicy fruit. These tasty, healthy muffins can be enjoyed for breakfast, or as a snack or dessert. They are ideal for adding to a box lunch, and they will definitely appeal to kids as well as the grownups. These tasty double chocolate muffins will become your favourite gluten free muffin recipe.
This gluten free muffin recipe promises the best from both worlds. You get the delicious fruit in there as well as not only chocolate but double chocolate! These are not only indulgent though, they are also nutritious. The addition of blueberries and banana contributes to your recommended 5-a-day. Cocoa, Greek yogurt and egg are also good for you. These make a yummy, yet guilt-free snack!
This recipe yields twelve regular sized muffins or six jumbo sized ones. Since we are talking about a double chocolate muffin experience here, I recommend the jumbo ones, especially if you are a chocolate aficionado. Remember, these are healthy after all, so get stuck in! These tulip muffin liners are my favourite liners.
Mouth-Watering Muffins through History
Muffins are individual baked treats. The word ‘muffin’ might have originated from ‘maphula’ which is a type of Greek cake baked on a griddle or hearth. Another possibility is that it comes from ‘mou-pain’ which is French for soft bread. Yet another possibility is that the word derives from the German ‘muffen’ which refers to a small cake.
Whichever, if any, of these is true, muffins are more popular today than ever. You can find the basic recipe all over the world. We also have more types of muffins now, and so many flavours to choose from. And if you can’t decide between chocolate and fruit, this recipe is perfect for you. Because you get both!
Blueberry Banana Muffins – Some Variations
Just like many other baked recipes, this gluten free muffin recipe is tweak-able if you want to switch some things up! First of all, you can use your favourite fruit in this recipe. The banana adds to the muffin texture as well as flavour, but you could substitute blackberries, pitted cherries or strawberries for the blueberries.
Any fruit pairs nicely with the chocolate in these blueberry banana muffins. This means you can take your pick, using any berries you prefer. If you really don’t want to use banana, you can switch the banana in the recipe for ¾ to 1 cup of unsweetened applesauce. No more than that though, else the batter will be too loose.
The chocolate chips can be semisweet or sweet, as you prefer. You could even use white chocolate chips for a different taste. The ‘double chocolate muffin’ refers to the fact we are using both cocoa and chocolate chips. There’s no such thing as too much chocolate, is there! Nutmeg would be as good as cinnamon in these healthy muffins, or even a pinch of each.
Switch the Greek yogurt for sour cream if you like, or you could use half buttermilk and half yogurt. The difference in flavour will be minimal. It just depends what you have in the refrigerator and pantry to use up.
How to Store Blueberry Banana Muffins
Healthy muffins are different than other baked goods, in that as they get older the moisture comes to the surface. These muffins aren’t like the commercial kind, which tend to be packed with preservatives.
You might expect the outside of your muffins to dry out over time, but it’s actually the opposite. This moisture tries to evaporate but if the muffins are wrapped in plastic or in an airtight container, it won’t be able to. Instead it will just go back into the muffin and speed up the process of them going bad.
Once these muffins are out of the oven, give them a few minutes in the muffin tin and then transfer them to a wire rack, so excess moisture can evaporate. Got some muffins left over? Store them at room temperature in an airtight container with a couple layers of paper towels on top of and under them.
The paper towels will soak up any moisture from the surface of the muffins. This means they will stay fresh for longer – maybe up to six days. If you want to keep them for longer, then wrap them individually in plastic and freeze them in a large Ziplock bag. This way they will keep for a couple of months. You can thaw them out at room temperature or (if you can’t wait for your double chocolate muffin fix) in the microwave!
Gluten Free Double Chocolate Blueberry Banana Muffin Recipe
Healthy Gluten Free Double Chocolate Blueberry Banana Muffins
- Preheat the oven to 350 F. Prep a jumbo or regular muffin tin by placing liners in it or spray each tin with baking spray and set aside.
- In a small bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, cinnamon, baking powder, salt and baking soda. In a large mixing bowl, combine the mashed banana, greek yogurt, brown sugar, melted coconut oil and egg. Whisk until well combined.
- Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix just until combined. Fold in the chocolate chips and the blueberries. Scoop muffin batter into each tin and fill ¾ full. This recipe will make 6 jumbo muffins or 12 regular muffins.
- Place pan into pre heated oven and bake. For jumbo muffins, bake for 45-50 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted into the center comes out clean. For regular muffins, bake for 35-45minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. When inserting a toothpick to check doneness, remember if you insert into a chocolate chip it will not come out clean and you should insert a clean toothpick into a different spot to check again
- Once muffins are baked through, let cool in pan on cooling rack for 30 minutes or until warm or cool to the touch. Serve and enjoy!
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.
So, if you are ready to start making this tasty, gluten free muffin recipe, grab all the healthy ingredients and get ready to enjoy some serious yummy flavour. Oh – and the kitchen is going to smell amazing while these blueberry banana muffins bake too!
Let me know if you try out these blueberry banana muffins. These tasty double chocolate muffins will become your favourite gluten free muffin recipe. If you are looking for another gluten free muffin recipe, try my Vegan Gluten Free Zucchini Muffins, too.