Chocolate Banana Muffins with Pecans

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I got the idea for these muffins from my Carrot Cake Muffins with Dates & Pecans.  I loved the crunch of the nuts throughout the muffin, but wanted to change-up the flavours this time.  Chocolate and banana is one of those combinations that just goes so well together.  Throw in some pecans and you’ve got one of the most indulgent muffins ever created.  But wait…these Chocolate Banana Muffins are different.  They just so happen to be grain free, gluten-free, dairy free and refined sugar-free without sacrificing any flavour.  These are sweet, stodgy and with a crunch from the chocolate chunks and the pecans I think they’re one of the most decadent muffins I’ve ever made.Chocolate Banana Muffins with Pecans by Emma Eats & Explores - Grainfree, Glutenfree, Dairyfree, Refined Sugarfree, Paleo, Low Carb

I can’t eat sugar, so finding a chocolate that I can eat has always been a struggle.  In the past I’ve used Madécasse and The Chocolatier chocolate as they are 100% cocoa and contain nothing else.  However recently I’ve discovered OCTO Chocolate which I seem to be able to tolerate really well.  A delicious, much creamier chocolate where the only sweetener is coconut blossom sugar.  It contains only cocoa beans, coconut blossom sugar, cocoa butter and vanilla and is completely organic, raw and vegan.  I’ve eaten it on its own and cooked with it and both options worked really well.  Well worth a try if you can’t tolerate the sugar or dairy in normal chocolate.

Chocolate Banana Muffins with Pecans by Emma Eats & Explores - Grainfree, Glutenfree, Dairyfree, Refined Sugarfree, Paleo, Low Carb
Isn’t the packaging beautiful too!

How to make Chocolate Banana Muffins with Pecans

So, on to the recipe.  Preheat the oven to 180C (350F).  The next thing to do is chop up the chocolate into small chunks and crush up the pecans (making sure to keep 12 halves back for decoration).

In a mixing bowl mash the bananas (I use a potato masher) and add the almond flour (ground almonds), eggs, melted coconut oil and honey.  Mix well and then stir the chunks of chocolate and the chopped pecans through the mixture to ensure they are evenly distributed.  Finally, add the bicarbonate of soda and mix thoroughly once more.

Line a muffin tin with 12 muffin cases and fill each one with the muffin mixture, making sure to get an even amount of chocolate and pecans in each muffin.Chocolate Banana Muffins with Pecans by Emma Eats & Explores - Grainfree, Glutenfree, Dairyfree, Refined Sugarfree, Paleo, Low Carb

Top each muffin with half a pecan and pop into the oven for about 15 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.Chocolate Banana Muffins with Pecans by Emma Eats & Explores - Grainfree, Glutenfree, Dairyfree, Refined Sugarfree, Paleo, Low Carb

These are delicious eaten warm from the oven while the chocolate is still melted and gooey.  Or they keep for up to a week in the fridge – If you like the gooey chocolate texture you can always re-heat each one before you eat it!  They also freeze really well so you can make a  double batch and freeze half for another time.  If you prefer a less sweet muffin, my Lemon & Poppy Seed Muffins are tangy and tart and just as delicious!

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Chocolate Banana Muffins with Pecans
Chocolate Banana Muffins with Pecans by Emma Eats & Explores - Grainfree, Glutenfree, Dairyfree, Refined Sugarfree, Paleo, Low Carb
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
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Ingredients
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
muffins
Ingredients
Chocolate Banana Muffins with Pecans by Emma Eats & Explores - Grainfree, Glutenfree, Dairyfree, Refined Sugarfree, Paleo, Low Carb
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C (350F).
  2. Chop all the pecans (except the 12 halves which will be used for decorating the tops).
  3. Chop the chocolate into small chunks.
  4. In a mixing bowl mash the bananas and add the almond flour (ground almonds), eggs, melted coconut oil and honey.
  5. Stir the chunks of chocolate and the chopped pecans through the mixture to ensure they are evenly distributed.
  6. Add the bicarbonate of soda and mix once more.
  7. Line a muffin tin with 12 muffin cases and fill each one with the muffin mixture.
  8. Top each with half a pecan and pop into the oven for about 15 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.

Allergy & Dietary Information for Chocolate Banana Muffins with Pecans

This Chocolate Banana Muffins with Pecans recipe is Grain-Free, Gluten-Free, Refined Sugar-Free & Dairy-Free.  It’s also suitable for Paleo, Low Carb & Vegetarian Diets.

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87 Comments Add yours

  1. robin masshole mommy says:

    Chocolate and bananas is such an awesome combination! I can’t wait to make these.

  2. Not a huge fan of nuts but like idea of chocolate and banana. Looks delicious! x

  3. These muffins look delicious! The dark chocolate, banana, and pecan combination sounds so yummy, and healthy too!

  4. louise joy says:

    These look delicious! I’m so glad that they’re dairy free/vegan etc x

  5. Yummmm! These look and sound delicious!

  6. Krista Bel says:

    Banana muffins… I guess I’ll have to add it to my must make list with banana bread. I just love bananas.

  7. What a great recipe! We love banana bread and can’t wait to try the recipe for these muffins. Xx

  8. Scott says:

    It sounds really good! But I can’t eat pecans, so I’d throw some chocolate chips on it to replace it!

  9. momknowsbest15 says:

    I love that these are made with almond flour. So much healthier than wheat flour.

  10. Great post and these muffins look easy to make. Il be giving these a go. Thank you for sharing hun 🙂 x

  11. These look delicious!! I love the addition of the pecans, great idea! Adding to my baking list!

  12. Elizabeth O. says:

    I love carrot cake and it would be nice to turn it into a muffin that I can have fro breakfast! I love that this looks so moist and filling!

  13. Sarah Bailey says:

    These muffins sound so delicious and it’s wonderful how healthy they are. Octo chocolate sounds like a great alternative for those who can’t tolerate sugar or dairy!

  14. These muffins looks incredibly delicious! And, this just happens to be my all time favorite muffin flavor too! I may just have to bake up a batch this weekend for breakfast on Sunday. Thanks for sharing!

  15. These muffins look very tasty. Will try the recipe.

  16. I am not a nut girl but these sure do look tasty! I love chocolate and bananas so I definitely have to give this recipe a try! My kids and Hubby would love it to pieces! YUM

  17. These look fab and I have to agree – chocolate and banana go really well together x

  18. My husband and my boys would absolutely devour these – we should bake some this weekend!

  19. THis has everything I love in it! My kids would eat these up in a few minutes!

  20. Oh wow, these look insane. Might give them a try this weekend!

  21. These look pretty good and sounds like a nice combination of flavors! Might have to try them out for our next party!

  22. Healthy and Psyched says:

    YumYumYum. I loooove pecans and bananas. I’ve never heard of the chocolate brand before but I will be on the lookout.

  23. Stressed Mum says:

    These sound amazing, I recently made chocolate and banana brownies which had no flour and were gorgeous and so easy. I have been looking for something else to bake. I would probably have to leave the nuts out as my Daughter although loves nuts she hates nuts in cakes x

  24. These look so good! I love banana muffins! I really want to try baking with almond flour someday.

  25. Ruth I. says:

    I always bake banana muffin but haven’t tried almond flour yet. It looks really delicious! 🙂

  26. Yum! Those look amazing. I love anything Chocolate and Banana.

  27. Joy DeKok says:

    Oh my goodness – yum!

  28. Yes!! I love all of these gluten free and low carb treats!!! I love anything and everything with banana and chocolate. It’s always so inspiring and fun to find other health foodies!

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      To me, just because I cant eat certain things doesn’t mean I cant enjoy and love my food! Great to meet another foodie too!

  29. Clarissa says:

    It’s like all my favorite things in one bite! I bet walnuts would be bomb in these too!

  30. I am going home and making these after work!!! Omg!!! Good thing no one else eat this kinda stuff but me at home!

  31. Ana De-Jesus says:

    Pecans give such a lovely flavour to any desert and I like the combination of chocolate and banana. This would be super tasty x

  32. Marinka says:

    Hello Emma; they look very delicious and I like your blog lay-out.

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      Thanks Marinka – It’s just a free WordPress template called Dyad!

  33. nlampert says:

    Chocolate Banana Muffins are definitely a favourite in my family! Now that we’ve got some people in the group who are gluten and dairy free I’m definitely going to have to try your recipe

  34. Helen says:

    These look and sound so good! My mum has coeliac so has to have gluten free food, I’m going to attempt to make these for her next time I see her. Thank you

  35. pinkoddy says:

    Adding pecans sounds a fantastic idea. We are trying to cut out sugar so these are great – thank you.

  36. I am diabetic and I have to watch my sugar intake. Chocolate was something I’d devour with gusto before I was diagnosed with diabetes. Oh I miss it so much! I am happy you wrote about Octo Chocolate. I will have to try that, and your muffins too!

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      there are lots of sugar free chocolates out there now!

  37. sparkofsouthernmoms says:

    These look amazing and so moist! I have to make some for my family very soon!

  38. themomnoms says:

    You know what’s funny, I literally just made chocolate, banana, and peanut butter muffins… Your recipe looks delicious! I am going to have to try it!

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      Oooh adding peanut butter sounds great too!

  39. Anna says:

    This looks so delicious. My daughter would love this.

  40. alisonrost says:

    Anything with chocolate, banana and nuts is a win in my book! My husband is traveling tomorrow night and I’m going to make him some to take with in the car

  41. Angela says:

    Oh my! These look and sound amazing!
    I was going to do a chocolate and banana muffin combo, this recipe would have been perfect, but instead just went for chocolate with choc chips!
    Gooey, crunchy muffins are the best kind of muffins!
    Thanks for sharing!

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      I completely agree – a double choc chip muffin is next on my list of things to make now!

  42. Say yes to this! This is perfect snack for my family

  43. Lisa Rios says:

    Those look so delicious! I HAVE to try this recipe. It sounds so good.

  44. Beso Beauty says:

    These look so tasty! I love any kind of banana type bread AND pecans – this would be the perfect combination for me. I will have to give something like this a try soon, when I can be brave and attempt baking…I’m such a terrible mess in the kitchen LOL

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      Haha – these are so easy you cant go wrong – mix everything in one bowl and cook for 15 mins – that’s all there is to it!

  45. I really love banana muffins. I cook it at home but never tried putting it with pecans. I will try this I’m sure it tastes better with pecans

  46. angela milnes says:

    This was soooooooo good! We love banana bread and this was great. I made Rich Caramel Sauce (KitchenCraftsnMore) to serve with it and the combination was sinful! Thanks!

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      Sounds great with the caramel sauce – I’ll have to check that recipe out!

  47. Lindsey says:

    I feel as though I can smell these beauties straight off the screen! Your home must smell truly divine once these are in the oven.

  48. lorevi23 says:

    I need to try it because I am looking for recipes combined with fruits for my kids and this one look that they will love it

  49. Chocolate and banana sounds like a great combination, I bet these tasted yummy x

  50. beccajtalbot says:

    These muffins look absolutely amazing!!! 😛

  51. Oh my these sound AMAZING!!!! Love that they are healthy and suitable for dairy free etc too – brilliant!

  52. annalisanuttall says:

    Yummy these muffins look delicious. I should make this for myself. I do like the sound of this. xx

  53. Azlin Bloor says:

    Oh man, it doesn’t get any better than this! Awesome combination, Emma, I love the combination of bananas and pecans, especially!

  54. These look delicious, I love the idea to eat them warm from the oven while the chocolate is still melted!

  55. Violinkit says:

    Wow, I love this recipe. I’m allergic to gluten so already it was a winner for me when you stated it was a gluten free recipe.It also happened to be a completely delicious recipe with some of my favourite ingredients included.

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      All my recipes are gluten free if you fancy checking them out!

  56. I love both carrot and banana cake, so the idea of banana with chocolate is just too good not to try! Big fan of pecans too, so total bonus x

  57. I love finding healthy recipes that my chidlren will enjoy. Can’t wait to try these!

  58. These muffins look fantastic and combine some great flavours they also look moist which is good. These must be lovely and sweet perfect for me.

  59. I love anything with banana. This looks so good! I’d like to have one please.

  60. Leah LS says:

    Wow – I love this recipe – it looks so yummy 🙂

  61. katyashadeofteal says:

    Oooh pecans are my favorite! These muffins look so yummy, especially mixing chocolate and bananas.

  62. I love love love these! The best banana muffins I’ve ever made.. I can’t stay away.. So airy and fluffy! New favorite.. Love love love!!!”

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      Thanks so much Janine! 🙂

  63. These look just so good, I love the addition of Pecans x

  64. Omg this looks so good! I am allergic to chocolate so I would substitute that part, but otherwise this is perfection!

    Love,
    Ivelisse |

  65. We’d love the gooey texture straight out of the oven! Great recipe and combination x

  66. Not only do these look delicious but they sound like the most heavenly combination too! I’d love to give them a try xxx

  67. I realized I do not have a simple clean eating banana muffins recipe on iFOODreal. A healthy whole grain muffin that is moist, bursting with banana flavour and without a dome.

  68. Natalie says:

    Omg 😍😍 I need to make this. So yum!

  69. Nicole Anderson says:

    I am not on any special diet and can pretty much enjoy eating anything, Therefore the fact that this particular recipe is gluten free, grain free, dairy free etc doesn’t necessarily attract me. However the ingredients I love and the photos look great, plus the method looks uncomplicated to a non-chef person like me. So I’m definitely keen to give this a go!

  70. kimscravings says:

    I bet these are beyond delicious! Love the flavor combo of chocolate, banana and pecans! Yummo!

  71. These sound absolutely delicious! I love chocolate and banana together!

  72. Andrea Broom says:

    Chocolate and banana can’t go wrong, add some pecans and you are SET!!!

  73. I love the chocolate banana flavor combo. I would like to try your recipe with toasted almonds instead of pecans. Yum!

  74. Leticia says:

    You always have the most delicious food on your blog and it’s so well laid out! Love your photos, looks so yummy ☺️

  75. omgggg girl. why am i looking at this right now. i could use like 4 muffins. lol

  76. oh wow these look and sound amazing so much so that I am going to have to give them a try for myself

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