Cocoa Banana Oat Muffins

I think the name says it all – these are banana-licious oaty muffins with some delicious cocoa.  I have a bunch of bananas that are verging on bad, so I knew I had to bake something with them soon.  I picked up cocoa powder at Trader Joe’s last week, so I thought that might be a fun addition.  I also saw Kelly’s recipe for Double Chocolate Banana Muffin Tops, so that was inspiration as well 🙂

Cocoa Banana Oat Muffins


  • 3 bananas
  • 1/2 cup rice milk (I used the unsweetened variety from Whole Foods)
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (or less!) sugar – you don’t need much because the bananas are so sweet…
  • 1.5 cups of oats
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • dash of salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder


  1. Preheat the oven to 400F.
  2. Mash the bananas and mix them with the milk, applesauce, vanilla, and sugar.
  3. Mix together the oats, cocoa, baking powder, and salt – now add this to the banana mixture.
  4. Spray your muffin tins with non-stick cooking spray and spoon in the batter.  Bake for about 20-25 minutes.  These are very banana-y so they will still be a little soft.
  5. Makes 12 small-medium sized muffins.

    14 Comments on Cocoa Banana Oat Muffins

    1. mi
      24 October, 2008 at 11:40 pm (8 years ago)

      oh wow, these sound amazing. yet another recipe on my to-do list!

    2. gina
      25 October, 2008 at 3:54 am (8 years ago)

      the muffins look great! thanks for posting the recipe 😀

    3. VeggieGirl
      25 October, 2008 at 6:13 am (8 years ago)

      YYYYYUUUMMM!!! 😀

    4. HangryPants
      25 October, 2008 at 8:14 am (8 years ago)

      Oh those little cocoa muffins look good!

    5. Lindsay
      25 October, 2008 at 8:43 am (8 years ago)

      mmmmmmmmmm yummy looking muffins 🙂

      thanks for your comment on my blog! i decided i missed blogging all of my meals too much!

    6. Sharon
      25 October, 2008 at 9:07 am (8 years ago)

      Definitely taking note of this recipe! I love banana muffins! And with cocoa.. EVEN BETTER!

    7. Brittany
      25 October, 2008 at 11:06 am (8 years ago)

      Those muffins looks so good! I will have to remember this recipe next time I have some bad naners.

    8. Biz
      25 October, 2008 at 11:52 am (8 years ago)

      Wow those look good – and I have bananas I need to use up!

    9. Bridget
      25 October, 2008 at 6:44 pm (8 years ago)

      Oooo those look delicious! I never think to put cocoa powder in muffins…but I love chocolate and banana so it would only make sense. I love that they are super bananay!

    10. Erin
      25 October, 2008 at 8:13 pm (8 years ago)

      What a yummy and simple recipe!

    11. Hil
      25 October, 2008 at 10:00 pm (8 years ago)

      That looks yummy. I’m always looking for muffin recipes that haven’t been sugared to death!

    12. Jude
      27 October, 2008 at 10:16 pm (8 years ago)

      Yum.. Gotta love Trader Joe’s

    13. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
      13 October, 2009 at 7:50 am (7 years ago)

      I just found this recipe from one of your backlinks and I love it! I can’t wait for a few of my bananas to go overripe on me 🙂

    14. jackie
      20 January, 2013 at 11:56 am (4 years ago)

      I was looking for a cocoa muffin recipe and found this. We can’t wait till it bakes so we can eat it. 🙂