One Bowl Double Chocolate Banana Muffins (Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

One Bowl Double Chocolate Banana Muffins (V+GF): a one bowl recipe for moist, rich chocolate banana muffins dotted with chocolate chips. Vegan, One Bowl, Gluten Free, Dairy Free.

Do you remember the emo post? Ya know, the one about my emotional baking breakdown double chocolate banana nut bread? I told you about the self-imposed crazy-high, unrealistic, doomed-to-fail standards that I put on myself. I told you about how I realized that maybe, just maybe, we all put too much pressure on ourselves to be perfect.

And if we’re not perfect, we really give ourselves the crappiest time.

One Bowl Double Chocolate Banana Muffins (V+GF): a one bowl recipe for moist, rich chocolate banana muffins dotted with chocolate chips. #Vegan #OneBowl #GlutenFree #DairyFree |

I was hoping you’d relate. And you did. In fact, many of you felt the same way too. Your support helped me to realize that I’m not this major fudge-up (censored for the kiddies, of course); your support helped me to realize that we’re all in this together. So thank you. ❤

But yet, how did the saga end? Did those infamous double chocolate banana muffins ever get made? Did I ever show them who’s really the boss?

Take a look-see. 😉  ‘Cuz… I DID. Oh yeah!! I just pushed my super cool sunglasses up my forehead and crossed my arms over my chest like I was a cool person. As if I even knew what that entailed.

I’m not gonna lie though… I was kinda/really/super seriously nervous about making these babies. I mean, what if I dropped the entire pan, AGAIN? What if I didn’t follow all the tips from the top minds of baking geniuses around the world? What if I didn’t add in enough baking soda in the banana bread recipe or I really should have cranked up the heat super high at the beginning of the batch, then turn it down low towards the end (or something)? What if??

One Bowl Double Chocolate Banana Muffins (V+GF): a one bowl recipe for moist, rich chocolate banana muffins dotted with chocolate chips. #Vegan #OneBowl #GlutenFree #DairyFree |

But the recipe was good. I mean, it was really good. Like, domed tops GOOD. These one bowl double chocolate banana muffins are perfectly moist, super chocolatey and taste, for realsies, BETTER than chocolate cake. Yeah, I had to shout that. <–Let me have this, would ya? 😉

Anyway, just as I was worrying and fretting about this recipe, this shoot, and everything else, I was in the middle of summer craziness. There were three birthdays in my family, a wedding, LOTS of travel (think stuffy buses and moist subway stations… ew), literal mountains of coconut chocolate chip vegan ice cream, and two partridges and a pear tree. Like literally.

Except for the last two (or is it three??). *Clears throat*

One Bowl Double Chocolate Banana Muffins (V+GF): a one bowl recipe for moist, rich chocolate banana muffins dotted with chocolate chips. #Vegan #OneBowl #GlutenFree #DairyFree |

I was doing the same things again—doing too much, expecting too much, and sleeping too little. Work lasted longer and longer each day. Conversations, bonding time, hugs and all that good stuff became less and less frequent. I picked computer time over family time. I picked work over life.

And that sucked. A LOT.

I started questioning a lot of things that I was doing, and I started making new plans. This time, I’m gonna change. For real. Work less, live more. Spend less time chatting online and more time chatting in person. Take a walk in the morning with Erik, instead of turning the computer on and doing internet stuff til my eyes burn.

One Bowl Double Chocolate Banana Muffins (V+GF): a one bowl recipe for moist, rich chocolate banana muffins dotted with chocolate chips. #Vegan #OneBowl #GlutenFree #DairyFree |

Will you join me? I mean, after you’re done reading this post, then pinning it and sharing it to your social media? <—Just. Kidding. 😉  Let’s make some time for meeting a friend at a coffee shop. Or playing catch with the kiddos at the park. How about spending an afternoon baking with Grams? Or maybe even inviting some friends over to  make a batch of healthy lemon poppy seed muffins?

However you do it, let’s do it together. Tell me, what are your favorite IRL activities? Surfing? Knitting? Ooooh, a book club?? I’ve always wanted to be in one! What’s it like?

In the meantime, I’ll tell you all about these one bowl double chocolate banana muffins. Hey, maybe you and Grams can make these this weekend?

One Bowl Double Chocolate Banana Muffins (V+GF): a one bowl recipe for moist, rich chocolate banana muffins dotted with chocolate chips. #Vegan #OneBowl #GlutenFree #DairyFree |

These One Bowl Double Chocolate Banana Muffins are:

  • made in just one bowl (in case you weren’t listening)
  • vegan, gluten free and dairy free
  • rich, chocolatey and delicious
  • made of the simplest whole ingredients
  • moist and better than chocolate cake, yep, I said it.
  • plant-based and allergy-friendly
  • great for freezing to save you time
  • refined sugar-free
  • perfect for an afternoon of baking with Grams

Making something with your own two hands is one of the best feelings in the world. Will you try your hand (or hands…) at this today? And maybe, just maybe, you can plan an entire day of outdoorsy fun while you’re at it. No computers allowed. 🙂

Sending you all my love and maybe even a dove, xo Demeter. ❤

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One Bowl Double Chocolate Banana Muffins (Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free)


One Bowl Double Chocolate Banana Muffins (V+GF): a one bowl recipe for moist, rich chocolate banana muffins dotted with chocolate chips. Vegan, Dairy Free, Gluten Free.



Wet Ingredients

  • 3 medium, very ripe bananas (a little over 1 cup)
  • ¼ cup melted coconut oil
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar
  • 1 flax egg (1 tablespoon ground flax + 3 tablespoons water, whisk together, set for 5 mins)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Dry Ingredients

  • 1 ¼ cups gluten free oat flour
  • ¾ cup almond meal
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  • ½ cup vegan chocolate chips
  • Optional: 2 tablespoons assorted vegan chocolate chips for topping


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a standard 12-muffin pan with cupcake liners.
  2. Peel bananas and add to a large mixing bowl. Using a sturdy whisk or fork, mash bananas until completely smooth. Add the rest of the wet ingredients: coconut oil, maple syrup, sugar, flax egg, and vanilla. Whisk until well incorporated.
  3. Add all dry ingredients: oat flour, almond meal, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk together until just incorporated, making sure no flour patches remain. Be careful not to overmix.
  4. Pour batter evenly into cupcake liners. Optional: sprinkle chocolate chips on top of the muffins.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes.
  6. Place the muffin pan on a cooling rack. Allow to cool for about 1 hour. Lift out and enjoy!


– Adapted from my Vegan Chocolate Banana Nut Bread (V, Gluten Free, Dairy Free).
– Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
– Freezing instructions: These muffins freeze well. Wrap tightly in parchment paper or foil. Store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 1 month. To serve, allow to thaw at room temperature for 1 hour, or warm in the microwave for 20 seconds (or until warm).
– More gluten free vegan recipes: Gluten Free Banana Oat Muffins, Gluten Free Vegan Brownies, and Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Bars.

  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Category: Muffins, Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free

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  1. LORD THESE LOOK FANTASTIC! Whatever EMO meltdown you had… I really don’t care because I AM MAKING THESE!!! They just look divine…Totally and completely deliciously amazing! YUM

  2. Girl. . .you are so speaking my language. Every darn day feels like the day to throw in the towel, to give up and move onto something else. . .but something keeps us moving forward. . .striving to be better and find a sense of peace which btw always seems to be toying just at our fingertips. But you know what, it’s okay to strive to grow and better ourselves. . .but it is not okay to do this at the sacrifice of balance. It really is important to find a hobby that gives you joy and makes you feel good deep inside. I guess for me. . .exercise does this and I have started to get back into weight training. . .not the hard core kind that I used to do (you know the unhealthy, carb deprived, workout 6 hours a day kind) but the kind that makes me feel that I am doing something good for myself. You need to find that and, in the beginning, force yourself to set aside time to enjoy that activity. Before you know it. . .it will become second nature to you and you won’t even think twice the you are not devoting that time slaving over the computer. Oh. . .and while you are doing that hobby. . .be sure you have a couple of these muffins close by. I know I will be curling a couple in between my sets. 😉

  3. I am totally on board with being on the computer less, which is why I’ve stepped away from my blog and only posting once every two weeks. Summer and the sunny warm weather is so short in New England and I promised myself to enjoy it to the fullest this year. Personally I think I’m doing a great job as a slacker. lol! I won’t be slacking on making these muffins because (duh) they are double chocolate!!! WOOOHOOO! I love double chocolate (well you know that!) and if I can eat double chocolate muffins for breakfast then I’m all in! Plus these are healthy so I won’t feel guilty if I eat the whole batch in one sitting. heeheeheehee 🙂

  4. These look so amazing! I was LITERALLY just telling my sister that I was going to bake up some healthy muffins and stash them in the freezer for school lunches and these look like just the ticket 🙂 All that beautiful, gooey chocolate just makes me so darn happy. I have plans this week to go blueberry picking! Time for some IRL fun for sure! Pinning!

    1. Thanks Steph! 🙂 Time to bake up at batch? I think sooo..! Hehe. As a bonafide chocolate lover, I am sure that you’d love these. Also, I can’t wait to hear all about your blueberry picking adventures! Here’s to IRL fun! Muah. xoxo

  5. Loreto and I we made 22 little jars of pesto last Saturday with his mom and dad, those times are to treasure! Sometimes I too spend a lot of time “socializing” on the computer and not much in real life, so I am forcing to change. So glad that after you put your sunglasses up your forehead and crossed your arms over your chest, you baked these amazing little chocolate gems. They look fabulous and I bet taste super delicious! have a great week, my friend!

    1. Wow, Nicoletta! That sounds like quite the bonding experience. There’s nothing like cooking to bring family together, that’s for sure. 🙂 Hehe… thanks for the chuckle, Nic. Have a wonderful week, my dear! 🙂

  6. These muffins are SO pretty, Demeter! I really need to start making vegan recipes more often! 🙂 I know that I would have absolutely ZERO self-control around these babies. I mean, chocolate and bananas? How could you go wrong? And I love the beautiful dome tops, too. Definitely muffin perfection! Pinned, of course!

    1. Thank you so much Gayle! 🙂 I hope you do start making more vegan recipes! As long as you’re happy, G, that’s what matters. 🙂 Those domed tops… there’s just something about them, right? 😉 Thank you my friend!

  7. Wahooooooo to making these muffins again and showin’ ’em who’s boss!! High Five! <– One of these days I'll give you one IRL. That's on my to-do list. 🙂 I'm loving your new outlook and life plans, Demeter! Less work, more play is something I am working on too. I know the struggle is real! So i'm going to follow in your footsteps…. or try! *angel face*. Anyways, muffins! Magnificent, perfectly speckled with chocolate, 'naner muffins! These looks seriously delicious, D and perfectly moist. (<- why do I hate that word? but it's the perfect word for these) Plus since these are one bowl I can totally whip up a batch of these for Boy today! Woot Woot! Pinned and socially sharing, of course! xoxo

    1. AW YEAH!!! Who’s afraid of these muffins? Not moi! Lol. High-five: That’s funny… yep, I just checked, it’s on my to do list too! 🙂 Oh gurl, I know you are!! You are definitely a bonafide workaholic. We’ve got to curtail our work-obsessed ways! Lol. That angel face–who could say no to it? 😉 Moist is good! Hehe. Whip up a batch and let me know what you think! Thanks for sharing my dear! xoxo

    1. Aw, thank you Rebecca. That means a lot to me. 🙂 It goes without saying that YOU ROCK!! 🙂 I hope you had a wonderful outdoor adventure today! And LOTS of iced coffee!

  8. Hahahaha! Yuppers, I sure will join ya for a chat over coffee AND 2 or 10 of these beauts, Demeter – now that I have finished commenting and sharing them – virtually of course 🙂 Because let’s face it – sharing these for realz would be torture – at least for me – am hoping not for you – as I’m coming over to enjoy them – and convo with you 🙂
    I so so love the domed tops of these GF muffins – domed tops is something I struggle with with GF muffins so am dying to try this recipe!
    You really are too funny – I must say I truly enjoy my jaunts over to your space in the interwebs – and you, my dear, are most definitely NOT a “major fudge-up!” EVA!
    Happy Monday to ya!

    1. 10 sounds like a much more reasonable amount. I’m sure of it! 🙂 Especially given the enjoyably long talk we’d surely have. 🙂 Come on over, soon, my friend–these muffins are hot from the oven! 😉 Shashi, those domed tops are hard on all the muffins, right? But yeah, GF can be particularly difficult… Thank you for your assurances and for your sweet disposition. Happy Monday, my friend! xoxo