Banana Oatmeal Cups with Chocolate Chips

I’m shocked at how good these came out. SHOCKED. I totally made them on a whim this morning while rummaging through my kitchen looking for something to eat at breakfast. I had a gross of bananas just about turning overripe, oatmeal and 2 eggs. That was really it and nothing sounds good.

Then I remembered the Berry Oatmeal Cups and asked the toddler if he wanted to make muffins. Of course he said "Yes!" And so did Irish. :) Notice someone is getting camera shy.

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So we (toddler and I) really did LOVE these. I didn’t even bother asking the husband. He doesn’t even like "regular" muffins and I’m not even sure he’s ever even eaten oatmeal. His reaction would have been the standard, "I don’t like it but I can see why others would." And I just didn’t want to deal this morning. As I say… more for us! Banana Oatmeal Cups with Chocolate Chips

  • 3 mashed bananas (the more ripe the better!)
  • 1 cup vanilla Almond milk (any milk should work)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp Baking powder
  • 3 cups (240g) Old Fashion or Rolled Oats
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp (42g) mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Mix all ingredients except the chocolate chips together, and let sit while you prepare the muffin pans.

Spray a muffin pan and/or liners with with non-stick spray.

Stir the chocolate chips into the oatmeal batter.

Divide batter into 15 muffin cups. They should be just about filled.

Bake 20-30 minutes, you’ll see the edges just starting to brown and they will be firm to the touch.

The muffins may stick when hot but are removed easily when cooled for a bit.

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Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
15 1 oatmeal cup
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
115 3g 2g 2
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
6g 1g 21g 4g
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287 Comments and 28 Replies

  1. colleen

    I have made these several times. I only used one egg and I added a half cup of oat flour. I also added chopped walnuts. They rock!!!!

  2. Tanya

    Made these tonight in my mini muffin tins (44 minis) and used these new parchment paper muffin liners I found. They’re awesome!! No sticking! I calculated them to be 1 point+ per muffin for the minis. Another great recipe, thanks!

  3. stephanie

    i have unsweetened almond milk so how much sweetner do you think i need to add… my bananas are ripe…

    1. roni

      It all depends on how sweet you want them. With ripe bananas I rarely add sweetener and I use unsweetened almond all the time now. You can always just toss in a few more chocolate chips. That’s how my kids like them. :)

  4. Tanya

    I used unsweetened (chocolate!) almond milk. I did add a sprinkle of splenda, but I don’t think it was necessary. The bananas are quite sweet already :)

    1. roni

      Mandi – I usually leave them out on the counter for the first 24 hours and then move to the fridge. They are better at room temp though. As for freezing, mine don’t last that long but I know others who have froze them.

  5. Danielle

    I’ve made these about 5 times now and love them everytime. We have a bit of a sweet tooth so I add a little honey. I was wanting to make some for my hubby who is a health nut and doesnt eat egg yolks can I do this with just 2 egg whites or should I add another?

  6. Victoria Puglisi

    This is such a great recipe. Its one of my favorite pins that I frequently go back to and make again. I make them for family, for fun and for friends. They always are a hit.

  7. Michelle

    these are yummy ThQ!! The batter can be made the night before and cooked in the morning while the coffee is brewing :)) the kids (and I) can have a nice hot breakfast before school.

  8. zsofi

    Thanks, my boyfriend loves it:) We tried the “berry version” and it works just as well.
    A fan from Hungary:)

  9. Chalystha

    This is such a great idea! Always wanted to whip something up that is easy to grab when I’m rushing off to school. (:

    I just whipped up a batch myself. Substitute the chocolate chips with dried cranberries. :D

    Thank you for the recipe!

  10. Lisa

    These muffins have a nice texture. I have made similar recipes that turn out so hard you can barely bite into them! I will say that you must like the taste of bananas in order to enjoy these. I might try using applesauce next time.

  11. Painted Palate

    This recipe is a total “keeper”. I frequently make it in a 8×8 (or 9×9) pan and cut it into squares. Most helpful tip is to make sure it really cools before cutting/serving. As you mentioned with the muffins, they’re still tasty, but the texture is MUCH improved if it’s not all steamy and mushy inside. We probably make this 2-3 times /month consistently – I buy bananas for the sole purpose of letting them go south to make this recipe. Super nom with some vanilla or honey Greek yogurt. Thanks!

  12. Ashley

    Could I add peanut butter to this recipe? Do you think it would mess up the consistency? These are yummy without it but I thought adding peanut butter would make it even better! Thanks!

    1. roni

      I think it could work pretty easily. Just stir it into the batter. Maybe start with 1/4 cup to see how they turn out first. Great idea!!

    2. ShanaM

      I add PB2. It is peanut butter in powdered form. I add about 6 TBSP. Add it in with the oatmeal it mixes right in with no problems. It has less fat than regular peanut butter.

  13. Elizabeth

    I made these this morning for my two kiddos and myself. I used regular white milk, which will probably be what I change next time. The bites without chocolate chips were pretty bland, so I might add a touch of honey or something next time. Thanks for the recipe!

  14. Sarah

    Tho looks so good. I’m gonna make them today but first I was wondering how big the bananas were that you used? I have 4 ready to be used but there on the smaller side and when I make banana bread or something like that I usually use 4 bananas instead of 3 if there smaller. And do you think it would mess up the recipe if I used creamer instead of milk? I have a hazelnut creamer that sounds like it would be good but I wasn’t sure how that would work with the recipe.

    1. roni

      Sarah mine were medium size so 4 small should be fine. This recipe is very forgiving. I’ve even used 2 really large ones. Hope that helps!

  15. Araceli Ricardez

    Hello, I like bananas, but I found the flavor too strong, is there any way I can only use say 2 bananas and substitute the rest with another ingredient? Any suggestions?

  16. Sarhan Michel

    Can’t wait to try them, they’re in the oven now! I added a little apple pie spice to mine. Super excited for a quick morning treat! :-)

  17. Karen

    I made these a few days ago and had to come tell you how fantastic they were!!! I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 2 cups quick oats, 1 cup steel cut oats, 1/2 t almond extract, 1/2 t vanilla, 3 bananas, 2 eggs, and 1 cup frozen wild blueberries. I can’t stop eating them!!! I calculated that they are right at 100 cals per muffin. Pretty dang good! No sweetener needed, and my kids love them! I will make them again for sure! I love the texture difference with that cup of steel cut oats in there! Thanks so much!

  18. Debbie

    What is the difference between quick oats and Old Fashioned or rolled oats?

    (This recipe calls for the old fashioned or rolled oats, but the Berry Oatmeal Cups recipe calls for quick oats.)

    I am kind of combining the two recipes, but don’t know which to buy!

    1. roni

      Great question!

      The quick oats are processed a bit more for even faster cooking times. I now only use old fashioned for these and they work just as good as the quick so I choose the less processed option.

      Hope that helps

  19. Kendra

    Hi! I just made these. Thanks Karen for the change in recipe. I put mine in a 9 x 13 pan. How long do u think it needs to cook?


  20. Kendra

    So I cooked them for 20 mins in a 9 x 13 pan cuz I was too lazy for muffins. It worked out well! The kids & I loved them! The hubby thought they were ok & I had doubled the choc chips for him.

    I used steel oats & quick oats, but I wasn’t a fan of the steel oats. Too many little hard pieces. Thanks for the recipe!

  21. Sara

    This recipe sounds delicious!! We’re slowly cooking more on the vegan side, what would you replace the eggs with? Thanks!! :o)

  22. Brittni

    When I made these, mine turned out kinda mushy in the middle? Do i just need to cook them longer or is that just how they are? Other than that they were delicious!

    1. roni

      I’ve never had a mushy issue. You may want to just reduce the liquid slightly. If the edges were browning I don’t think cooking them would take more moister out. It’s more the oatmeal absorbing the liquid.

      Hope that helps!

  23. Beth

    Wow these were so simple to make im really suprised how much i like them … even the husband thought they were good.
    I used just regular 2% milk, quick oats, extra vanilla extract, cinnamon, butterscotch chips and they were great
    Thanks so much for sharing

  24. krystal

    In the oven now… can’t wait to try them! I added 2 scoops of NECTAR tasteless odorless protein isolate for added protein. I had bariatric surgery and high protein is a must :) thanks for the recipe

    1. roni

      Mine never last more that 3 days because we eat them but I’d say if you want to store them longer than that I go with the freezer.

  25. Ashley

    I’m in love with the oatmeal cup idea! Yummy! I’ve made these now with blueberries instead of choc chips and with pb2 powdered peanut better. Both times were awesome! I added milled flax to them both times too! Thanks for the idea! Pefect quick breakfast!

  26. Samantha D

    I love that you’re still getting so many comments on this post – especially since it was originally posted in 2009! I’ve had this sitting on one of my Pinterest boards for months now and just now decided to make a batch. The kids and hubby will love a few of their favorite things mixed together in a muffin. For mine, I just threw everything in the mixer…so easy! Thanks…have a great weekend!

    The Kitchen is My Dance Floor

  27. Renee

    One of our families all time favorite recipes!!! This recipe is very versatile! We make a variety of versions of these muffins often. Our favorite is protein banana chocolate, with chocolate protein powder.

    1. roni

      I’m pretty sure some have used an egg replacment like the chia seed trick and it worked. Do you know what I’m talking about?

    1. roni

      I haven’t tried it but I’m thinking you would really need to up the liquid and cook longer. I may try it soon in more of a bar or loaf form. I will definitely post about it if I do!

  28. Karla

    Oh my gross! These were so tasteless and bland! My neighbor and i just tried these, following the recipe exactly as suggested. We added chocolate and even the kids wouldn’t eat them, yuck!

    1. roni

      Sorry you didn’t like them. They are still a favorite in my house. Were your banana ripe? he more ripe the sweeter the muffins.

      Just a note that my recipes are also just ideas. I share how I made them. You can always add in your own flavorings and such. The idea here is oatmeal in muffin form. Take the idea and run with it with flavors your family would like.

  29. Tina

    I’ve made these a couple times now. I’ve found that Old bananas are super important. My kids were begging for the last set and I only had yellow bananas in the house. They were dry and didn’t have a lot of flavor. I won’t give in next time, we’ll just have to wait until the bananas are well brown. It makes all the difference.

    1. roni

      I LOVE when the store is selling ripe ones for cheap. Keep an eye out in the produce area, you can save a few bucks and not have to wait as long!

  30. sharon

    just made these but skipped the chocolate chips (my son is weird and doesn’t like them) and added a little chia and flax. YUM! thanks for sharing

  31. Tamara

    I just mixed up a batch of these because I thought I had everything I needed! HA! not enough oats so I added walnuts, no chocolate chips so I used butterscotch…they seem very moist…I hope they cook ok!

  32. Angela

    Just made these. I just had to change things up some. I used two bananas plus 1/3cup no sugar cinn. Apple sauce. 3/4 cup almond milk, added a little more vanilla ext. I didn’t have chocolate chip so I used blueberries. Baked at 350 because I was using dark pans.. My kids eat them up and so did my husband. That shocked me because none of them like oatmeal. Will be making them again. I’ll add nuts next time. Great recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  33. Jackie

    These sound delicious! And I’ve read all the comments with the different ideas on what to add. I can’t wait to try these!

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