Bran & Flax Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

April 25, 2012

This recipe is by far my favourite banana muffin recipe, maybe even my favourite muffin recipe period. It was given to me by a former work colleague, who found it in a newspaper article almost a decade ago. I have yet to find a better tasting banana or bran muffin (healthy or otherwise!). I hope you’ll love them as much as I do – and as much as the wee ones did at this mornings visit to the Early Years Centre at my son’s school – seven children (ages 18 months – 5 years) devoured half a dozen of these healthy treats in under two minutes!

So what makes these muffins so healthy? Well, first of all they contain no butter or oil! AND, they contain wheat bran and ground flaxseed – both very beneficial to your diet. Stay tuned for a post about bran and flaxseed!


1 cup whole wheat flour (to make them extra healthy, I sometimes use spelt flour)

3/4 cup wheat bran

3/4 cup ground flaxseed

1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (regular sized ones will work, too AND I sometimes toss in a few extra, though I do also make them without any chocolate chips and the kids still love them)

1 Tbsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt (I generally omit salt from my baking)

1 and 1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas (I let the beater do the mashing!)

3/4 cup dark brown sugar (I often use less)

3/4 cup buttermilk (this morning I used 3/4 cup kefir instead and they were SENSATIONAL!)

1 egg


Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners.

In a large bowl, mix dry ingredients using a spoon.

In a medium-sized bowl, beat the bananas until mashed.

Add the wet ingredients and beat until blended.

Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined.

Spoon into prepared muffin cups. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes. Let cool completely before removing paper liner, or the liner will not come off cleanly.


What’s your favourite healthy banana muffin or bran muffin recipe?


4 Responses to “Bran & Flax Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins”

  1. Mona Says:

    Monica! Thanks for reminding me about this recipe! I got it from you (after you got it from Liz), and I forgot how much I loved them. I made them the day after you posted this 🙂 I made mini muffins for Isaa – shocked that he ate the mini and half of my regular muffin too 😉 thx!

    • letseathealthier Says:

      Yes, they are such great tasting muffins, especially considering how healthy they are! Glad your little guy enjoyed them, too! Thanks for following my blog and taking the time to comment!

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  3. missmarlene Says:

    I have been looking for a healthy muffin recipe (although, to my children – any baked good in that form is called a cupcake). I will make these tomorrow and let you know the results. Sounds Yummy!

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