March 22, 2016

One Bowl Dark Chocolate Greek Yogurt Banana Muffins

(One Bowl) Dark Chocolate Greek Yogurt Banana Muffins via

I’m writing this from a hotel in Portland, where the hubby and I are nursing hangovers from a few too many artisanal cocktails last night, sipping on pour-over coffee, and watching live updates on the attacks in Brussels. Feeling a bit heavy about it all, so I’ll keep this one short and sweet.

We’re here through the end of the week, wandering/eating our way through the city, and so far Portland’s reputation for rain and delicious food and coffee has yet to disappoint. We’ve had some great luck so far but any restaurant recommendations or things-not-to-miss would be appreciated!

(One Bowl) Dark Chocolate Greek Yogurt Banana Muffins via

Before we left, there were some overly speckled bananas on the counter, begging to either be frozen for smoothies or baked into bread, and I chose the latter, whipping up a batch of chocolate Greek yogurt banana muffins based on this ever-popular recipe. I think y’all enjoy one-bowl recipes as much as I do!

I made a couple of adjustments for the ingredients on hand, and could not be happier with the results. Ripe bananas and creamy Greek yogurt combine in a one-bowl batter to create super flavorful, gently-domed muffins with an incredibly tender, moist crumb.

As with most things banana, be sure to wait until your bananas are just ever so past their prime, almost disgustingly black and spotted. The riper they are, the better your muffins will be. The banana flavor intensifies over time, though these didn’t last more than a couple of days in our house.

Tinged with a red hue from the natural cocoa, these muffins aren’t overtly chocolate-y, though it’s a nice complement to the banana. Sometimes I add a handful of chopped bittersweet chocolate or mini chocolate chips to the batter for slightly sweeter muffins with a more intense chocolate flavor, sometimes I don’t. Either way, these are a sweet and delectable morning treat. Enjoy!


One Bowl Dark Chocolate Greek Yogurt Banana Muffins

(One Bowl) Dark Chocolate Greek Yogurt Banana Muffins via
  • Author: Laura Bolton - Fork Knife Swoon
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 18 mins
  • Total Time: 33 mins
  • Yield: 12 Muffins 1x
  • Category: Baking, Dessert, Breakfast
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


  • 2 medium bananas (about 1 cup), over-ripe
  • 6 oz (3/4 cup) plain 2% Greek yogurt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp (packed) light brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp natural unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 11/4 tsp baking soda
  • 12/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • optional: 1/4 cup semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped


  1. Prehear the oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a 12-cup muffin tin or line with paper liners. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, use the back of a fork to mash the banana until only very small lumps remain. Add the yogurt and the egg and use the fork to whisk the mixture together until completely combined. Add the oil, milk, and vanilla, and stir to combine. Add the sugars and stir again.
  3. Using a spatula, stir in the cocoa powder, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Mix until the cocoa is completely incorporated. Stir in the salt and baking soda, then gently fold in the flour, until just combined.
  4. Divide the batter among 12 paper-lined muffin cups, about 3/4 full. A cookie scoop works best for this. Top with the chopped chocolate or chips, if using.
  5. Bake for 16-19 minutes, rotating once, until the muffin tops look set, and a cake-tester inserted into the center of the muffins comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let cool in the muffin tin for 5-10 minutes, before removing and cooling completely on a baking rack. Serve warm or at room-temperature.

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  • Reply
    Rachel G
    September 6, 2019 at 11:15 am

    I made these today and they were delicious. No flavor was overpowering! But I am curious about the calories per muffin. Please update us!

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    August 26, 2019 at 12:51 pm

    Made these a couple of weeks ago—-delish!!! I didn’t use any chopped chocolate, just my preference; but I did add a few chopped walnuts which were very good. Will be making these again soon. Can you tell me if you have made this in the large/jumbo muffin pan? If you have, what temp and time do you recommend? Thanks for such a great recipe ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Linda thibodeau
    July 11, 2019 at 6:36 am

    Excellent!,, just made these! Light, fluffy! Cakie, will make again soon!

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      July 18, 2019 at 12:15 pm

      Thanks, Linda!!

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    July 7, 2019 at 8:19 am

    The best chocolate muffins Iโ€™ve ever madeโค๏ธ

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    May 19, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    Great recipe! One (maybe stupid) question…can they sit out or do they need to be kept in the fridge once made?

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    May 13, 2019 at 9:41 am

    Do you happen to know the nutrition breakdown ? Calories, carbohydrates, fat etc. per muffin? Thanks!

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    May 13, 2019 at 6:51 am

    I made these this morning. I had some vanilla yogurt to use up so I used that instead of Greek, subbed half the all-purpose flour with wheat flour, and cut the sugar in half (mostly because of the sugar already in the yogurt, they were still sweet enough for us). They were delicious, and the rise and texture were great. Will definitely be making these often.

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    Casey Miller
    April 6, 2019 at 8:25 am

    High Altitude change: add 1/4 cup all purpose flour. Bake for 2-4 mins less time.

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      April 14, 2019 at 8:45 am

      Thanks, Casey!!

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    March 24, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    I made this tonight! So good! My bananas werenโ€™t too ripe but they came out fine. I ended up using 4 tablespoons of cocoa powder, 2 5.3 ounce vanilla yogurt cups and some mini chocolate chips. I omitted the vanilla extract since I had vanilla yogurt and cut the sugar a little. They are super moist and light. They are also spongy in a good way. So fluffy and not overly sweet. Thank you!

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      April 14, 2019 at 8:46 am

      Thanks, Jen!! So happy you liked them ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Divya furtado
    March 6, 2019 at 3:02 am

    What do i replace egg with ? Please tell me i want to make this but without egg.

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      March 14, 2019 at 11:18 am

      Hi Divya! I’m actually in the middle of working on an egg-free/vegan version of these muffins, which should be on the blog soon. In the meantime, you might try mixing up a flax egg, or use an egg replacer (Bob’s Red Mill makes one). Hope that helps, and check back soon for the real egg-free version!

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    February 23, 2019 at 11:30 am

    These muffins are amazing!!!! I added an extra tbsp of cocoa and didn’t do the chocolate chips. I also used white whole wheat flour – they were amazing! Especially right out of the oven, crispy top and moist interior. I will be making these for years to come. Thank you!

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    February 14, 2019 at 8:44 pm

    Great! I subbed whole wheat pastry flour and added flax seed but otherwise followed the recipe to a T. Delicious.

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    Carolyn Deline
    February 8, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    Love love Love these muffins. I am currently on Weight Watchers and love to eat muffins, however, most homemade muffins are at 5 points, so I don’t make them much. I made these, and skipped the chocolate chips, as well, I used Truvia instead of granulated sugar and they came out to 3 points each. Love the flavor…very moist and lots of banana flavor. Thanks for sharing. Will make them again

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    January 20, 2019 at 3:07 pm

    Has anyone tried this with gluten free flour?

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    December 1, 2018 at 8:53 pm

    Amazing muffins! Subs made based on what I had on-hand: -replaced 2/3 cup of the AP flour with whole wheat and used 1/8 cup half & half and 1/8 cup almond milk to replace the whole milk. Also doubled the cocoa powder which was a great idea- these muffins were a perfect balance of mildly sweet and chocolatey while still being light and fluffy.

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    October 28, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    I made these today and they are amazing! They rose nice and high, and were extremely light and fluffy. I had to use half all purpose flour and half whole wheat flour since I ran out of all purpose flour, and you could not tell at all! I thought the sweetness was understated which was a good thing. I could taste the banana and the chocolate. I was really impressed with this recipe.

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      October 30, 2018 at 1:07 pm

      Thanks so much, Chrissy!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Andrea Rockman
    September 20, 2018 at 6:08 pm

    Made these two days ago and they are fantastic! Incredibly moist and flavorful! I didnโ€™t have plain Greek yogurt but did have vanilla flavored, so subbed with that and just reduced sugar to a little more than a 1/3 cup. Figured the sugar in the flavored yogurt would add enough. So yummy! Definitely a keeper.

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      September 23, 2018 at 5:29 pm

      So happy to hear that, thank you Andrea!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    September 10, 2018 at 2:49 pm

    So awesome! Made without the choc chips and they were sweet enough without being overpowering. Hoping my 2.5 year old enjoys them (easy way to sneak in fruit as he is very picky).

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      September 12, 2018 at 7:06 am

      Thank you, Jennie!! Hope the little one also likes them ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    maureen evans
    September 6, 2018 at 3:04 pm

    I was surprised by how light these muffins were. Definitely use the chocolate morsels! I may try adding more cocoa next time to make them more chocolatey.

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      September 10, 2018 at 4:36 am

      Thanks, Maureen!!

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    June 15, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    Super easy to make..I’m not a huge baking person but these were easy. Very moist and wonderful not to sweet flavour..would definitely make them again. Curious about the calorie content though?

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    May 4, 2018 at 7:48 pm

    I made this recipe with a few modifications and it turned out delicious! I was generous about the banana, probably used a cup and a third. I did 3 TBSP of cocoa, half a cup of chocolate chips, and a half cup of shredded coconut. I gave the recipe 4 stars because without the modifications I think they wouldn’t be sweet enough. With the modifications of extra cocoa and chips they were amazing!

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      May 7, 2018 at 8:47 am

      Thanks, Juliann! So happy to hear you loved the muffins! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Eva from Greece
    September 17, 2017 at 3:59 am

    Being Greek and living in Greece, greek yoghurt is readily available. Never tasted and smelled that nice though! Thanks for the recipe! My kids loved it!

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    Gina T
    February 10, 2017 at 3:34 am

    Thanks for the super yummy muffin recipe.
    I made a batch today and they were delicious! So moist and full of flavour, without being overly sweet or oily. My children and husband loved the muffins.

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    April 9, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    Not to be a killjoy but what would be the calories for one muffin? Or overall nutritional information?
    And essentially I have made these so many times, I have lost count. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe.

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    March 28, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    Hi, Laura- If your bananas don’t cooperate by getting old fast enough- roasting beforehand brings up the flavor.

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      March 29, 2016 at 2:38 pm

      That’s a great tip – thanks, Lydia! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Ellie | Hungry by Nature
    March 23, 2016 at 8:55 am

    These look divine! I love putting Greek yogurt in my banana muffins but I am excited by this cocoa powder addition – check mine out! Hungry by Nature | Banana and Oat Flour Muffins

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    March 23, 2016 at 5:13 am

    I definitely love one bowl recipes! And banana muffins. And chocolate!! So I am definitely trying these. They sound soooo good!

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    March 22, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    What an interesting combination, with the Greek yogurt and cocoa. I’m looking forward to trying this!