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Banana Chocolate Chip Granola Muffins - Delicious hearty muffins filled with bananas and granola.

I’m always thrilled when one of our readers writes to us after seeing one of our recipes here on A Family Feast! And, I’m especially thrilled when our readers are so inspired that they want to share one of their own family recipes with us! Both Jack and I consider old family recipes like true treasures – it’s a glimpse into a family’s history and a seat at their own family table.

Such is the inspiration behind today’s recipe for Banana Chocolate Chip Granola Muffins – or, as our reader Fran called them, “Gruffins”! Gruffins are basically muffins that have granola added to the batter. Fran saw our earlier recipe for homemade multigrain cereal and wrote to us in the comments offering up her family-favorite gruffin recipe from this 1978 cookbook, Make-a-Mix Cookery: How to Make Your Own Mixes. (Affiliate link.)

Banana Chocolate Chip Granola Muffins - Delicious hearty muffins filled with bananas and granola.

Fran’s gruffins recipe sounded great – and when I recently bought some banana granola at the supermarket, I decided to play up the banana flavor even more by adding ripe mashed banana to the original recipe, and I also added chocolate chips (which was Fran’s suggestion)!

These Banana Chocolate Chip Granola Muffins are moist, delicious and hearty and make the perfect breakfast-on-the-go!   Feel free to substitute in other flavors of granola if you can’t find the banana flavor – the granola simply adds more texture to the batter so any flavor will work in this recipe!

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Banana Chocolate Chip Granola Muffins

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 16 muffins


  • 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1¼ cups whole wheat flour
  • ½ teaspoons salt
  • 5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups banana granola (or plain granola if you can’t find the banana flavor)
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips
  • Butter or shortening and flour to prepare the muffin tins


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, sift both flours, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Stir in granola.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix brown sugar with mashed bananas, eggs, whole milk and oil.
  4. Add wet to dry and mix.
  5. Stir in chocolate chips.
  6. Butter and flour 16 muffin cups.
  7. Divide batter between the muffin cups filling to top.
  8. Bake for 15 – 20 minutes until a tooth pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on racks or serve warm.

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  • Janet wrote:

    Forgot to ask – that’s 5 tspns. baking powder?

    • Martha wrote:

      Yes – 5 teaspoons. (It was an old, vintage recipe shared with us by a reader and written that way.) 🙂

  • Janet wrote:

    Could I just use paper liners in the muffin cups or spray with Pam instead of using butter & flour to grease them? Thank you!

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Janet – We haven’t tried the recipe using sprayed paper liners, but I’m guessing it should work! (Please let us know if not!)

  • Jackie wrote:

    Hi Martha

    What brand of banana granola did you use in this recipe.

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Jackie – We used the Bear Naked banana granola.

  • Rose | The Clean Dish wrote:

    I have never heard of Gruffins – what a funny name! This recipe is right down my alley. I’d like one for breakfast everyday please 🙂

  • Cookin Canuck wrote:

    It’s wonderful to have readers so excited to share recipes with you. And I love the idea of adding granola to the batter! I’m going to try that the next time I make muffins.

  • Angie | Big Bear’s Wife wrote:

    Fran had a great idea to add the chocolate chips! I love banana and chocolate together! Isn’t it fantastic to connect with readers like that!

  • Ginny McMeans wrote:

    That is great you have a reader that shared an old/new recipe. This one looks really delicious too!

  • Lauren Kelly Nutrition wrote:

    I LOVE that you added granola, I bet it adds a wonderful texture!

  • The Food Hunter wrote:

    great name!

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