Low Fat Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Muffins can be a breakfast food, right?  Some are so sweet and loaded with a heap of fat that they could be called a cupcake.  Actually though, a muffin is kin to a quick bread baked in individual servings while a cupcake is just that ~ a small cake.

Muffins are great and these are low in fat and low in sugar as well.  They are filled with great banana flavor and flecked with semi-sweet chocolate chips for a terrific taste combination to make them extra special.  The addition of sour cream produces a muffin that holds its shape as you eat it and doesn’t crumble apart because of dryness.  To get the best banana flavor, use really ripe bananas!

Low Fat Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins


1¾ cup flour
1/3 cup sugar, or Splenda
2 teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 egg
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup banana, mashed (about 2 bananas)
½ cup low fat sour cream
¼ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Grease or paper-line a 12-muffin cup pan.
In small bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
In another bowl, mash bananas.
Add oil, egg and vanilla.  Blend without over-stirring.
Stir in sour cream and chocolate chips. 
Distribute in muffin cups.
Bake in 400 degree oven for 15-20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
Cool in pan 5 minutes.
Remove muffins to wire rack to cool completely.

They’re tastylicious!

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  1. The cartoon cracked me up! Daughter #1 loves banana bread, so I can't wait to make these!

  2. perfect combo of flavors and wow healthy bonus!

  3. Ohh Pam I love your healthy banana muffins I have to make to my kids!! nice recipe, thanks by sharing! gloria

  4. What a great healthy recipe! We love anything banana!

  5. That why I always avoided muffins...they just weren't worth the high fat and calories count. I can't wait to try these!

  6. Perfect for afternoon tea! The cute cartoon reminds me of "Bananas In Pajamas", which my kids says 'boring show'! Thanks for the funny cartoon, they definitely brought a smile and some laughs from me!

  7. Que muffins más increibles. Se ven deliciosos.


  8. What a funny cartoon! Passion Play Ministries is having a leadership conference the first of November and I am going to whip up a couple of batches of these muffins to add to the menu for our morning coffee break.

  9. LOL love the cartoon. That recipe sounds pretty good to me. Will give this a try. Diane

  10. TKW, thanks and you have a great day!

    Pegasuslegend, thanks! Banana and chocolate flavors work for me too!

    Gloria, thanks! Hope you have a great day!

    Clements Family, thanks! Bill really does also!

    Lyndsey, I so agree! Thanks for stopping by!

    kitchen flavours, great! Glad you got a laugh. That's cute with your kids!

    jose manuel, gracias porla visita! Tienes un buen dia!

    Linda, thanks! They're easy to whip up! You have a great day!!!

  11. I can have your banana and choco muffins for breakfast, lunche, snack and dinner!!

  12. I want to try making these, i love muffins! But sour cream....i can't stand the taste of it, can you taste the sour cream in the finished product?

  13. I have made orange cake with sour cream never tried bananas with sour cream have to try this out looks delicious.

  14. Zia Elle, thanks! I love muffins too!

    egbkid: There's no taste from the sour cream at all. I use it a lot, especially in corn muffins as they hold together so well.

    Pushpa, they're good but you won't notice a sour cream taste.

  15. Pam these muffins were delicious! Thank you so much for bringing them by!! We loved them (so did my dad! I think he had 2!!!). Miss you! love you!

  16. Pam, you've done it again, if my hubby saw this he'd be crying for me to make 'em! Love the cartoon!


  17. Banana, chocolate and low fat how did you do that? I will make them soon as I am on adiet right now.

  18. Wow, they look lovely. I adore anything with bananas in. Even banana sandwiches. I will give this recipe a try as they could sell really well at our charity cake stall next month.

  19. Low fat? Good news! I have been making so many sugary cupcakes for my photo shoot this week that I dream of low fat food!

  20. What a healthy and sweet way to start the morning. I know that I love taking favorite recipes and making them healthier...this looks like a great adaptation! I wonder if greek yogurt would work in place of the sour cream?

  21. I have never had a weight problem, but love to eat low fat; I love nuts and might have to add walnuts too!...Thanks for the great recipe...I might try to post a few photos of the new house tomorrow; it's my Mom's bd and she has helped me so much with the move...Take care and have a great day, Pam.

  22. I'm thinking of these for my GS who doesn't eat well - they look kind of healthy. sandie

  23. These sound very yummy! I love that they are low fat. Thanks for sharing them. I am always looking for new muffin recipes:)

  24. Oh nice, a muffin without any butter. :) I usually make muffins with vegetable oil or a minimal amount of butter, but I haven't tried it with sour cream yet. Are muffins a dessert for after a meal too? I always thought it was a breakfast item, but I wasn't sure. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  25. You had me at "low-fat" then sealed the deal with the chocolate.

    LOVE the cartoon...LOL!

  26. That comic made me laugh. I am not a huge fan of banana bread but this really does sound good.

  27. delicious healthy
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  28. The muffins look great and they are low fat...yum

  29. That cartoon is funny! I think I should be using more lowfat recipes, Ive been into the butter ones too much lately. This one looks good!

  30. These muffins look heavenly! Will have to make a batch very soon. And the cartoon is hilarious!

  31. They look so good, and perfect because I always have a couple leftover bananas around!

  32. Ellerinize, emeğinize sağlık. çok leziz ve iştah açıcı görünüyor.


  33. Jennifurla, thanks and have a good day!

    Kathy: Hi sweetie! Thanks, I'm so glad you and your dad liked them! Miss you and love you too!

    Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes, funny! Sounds like he likes bananas and muffins too!

    Katerina, great and I hope you like them!

    Jean, oh, that's interesting and a new one to me---banana sandwiches. Bill would love that, I'm sure!

    Alessandra, I bet yours are great. I love muffins!

    Monet, yes. I'm sure greek yogurt would work just as well. Sounds good to me!

    Jacqueline, pecans or walnuts would be great in these. Can't wait to see the photos of your new home! Happy Birthday to your mother! She sounds like a great mom!

    Chatty Crone, that would be great for your GS! They are healthy compared to the ones filled with fat and sugar.

    Raina, thanks! Have a great day!

    x3baking, these work well with the sour cream. I always think of muffins as a breakfast or snack item or corn muffins with dinner but they'd be great for dessert too.

    Mags, great! Love that chocolate too!

    Kristin, thanks! I know what you mean although I like them in a bread but not so much as eating it as a fruit.

    Torviewtoronto, good. I'll check it out shortly.

    Zoe, thanks and have a good day!

    laurie, yes. I agree with the butter. Thanks for the visit!

    Marguerite, glad yo liked the cartoon! Thanks!

    Dishesdone, good they always work in a treat!

    Fuat Gencal, thanks (I guess)! :-)

  34. cute cartoon and delicious healthier muffins.

  35. Did you try these with Splenda? I find that some desserts work well and some don't. They look really good! Thanks!

  36. Banana, chocolate chip, LOW FAT. Are you sure you didn't actually make these specifically for me? Love them!

  37. This sounds like a perfect muffin for a quick breakfast or snack. Bananas love chocolate!

  38. The comic is so cute! And the muffins look wonderful! Love that they're low-fat.

  39. Banana chocolate chip muffins are one of my favorites! And who says you can't have chocolate for breakfast? ;)

  40. These look absolutely yummy - and ehalthy, to boot :)

  41. My second banana post I visited today. Bread, cakes or muffins with banana as the main ingredient is the best!

    Thanks for visiting my blog!

  42. Low-fat muffins?? Count me in!!!!

  43. Pam, these muffins looks great...love the flavors and bonus if they are low fat!

  44. These look so delicious and would be great on a cool fall morning. Thank you for the recipe. I also like that it is low fat. I hope you have a great week.

  45. Pam, this recipe sounds very tempting especially the sour cream you used in there. I must make my own homemade sour cream soon. Sour cream is only available at hypermarket in the city over here. Thank you for your yummilicious recipe & have a great day.
    Blessings, Kristy

  46. I made a recipe like this recently... AMAZING!

    Love your blog!

  47. Pam...I'm thrilled that you ventured in the Low-fat territory.
    The recipe for these muffins sounds yummy ;o)

    Ciao for now,

    P.S. the picture is quite adorably funny!


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