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Monkey Muffins Recipe
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Monkey Muffins Recipe

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These bite-sized mini muffins will be a favorite with your family and friends—or anyone who loves bananas, peanut butter and chocolate! It's also a good way to use up overripe bananas. —Amie Longstaff, Painesville Township, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min./batch
MAKES:36 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min./batch
MAKES: 36 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar, divided
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas
  • 2/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips

Nutritional Facts

2 muffins equals 126 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 18 mg cholesterol, 112 mg sodium, 16 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the bananas, peanut butter, milk and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture just until moistened. Fold in chips.
  2. Fill greased or paper-lined miniature muffin cups three-fourths full. Sprinkle with remaining sugar. Bake at 350° for 14-16 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Serve warm. Yield: 6 dozen.
Originally published as Monkey Muffins in Simple & Delicious September/October 2009, p37

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Reviewed May. 16, 2016

"These were simply delicious! My friends raved about them! They were simple, called for ingredients I regularly have on-hand, and baked up beautifully. They also brought together some of my favorite flavor combinations--chocolate and peanut butter, and banana and peanut butter! I baked normal-sized muffins instead of the mini-sized muffins. I also used slightly less (maybe 1/8 C. less) sugar than the recipe called for."

Reviewed Jan. 29, 2016

"I have made these muffins several times now, using standard size muffin tins. The muffins turn out wonderful every time. I used more bananas than the recipe stated; I put the bananas in the blender to make them smooth--to equal 2 cups. I used an electric mixer throughout recipe. I baked the standard size muffins at 350* for 22-25 minutes. The sugar on top isn't even necessary--they are wonderful without the added sugar. My family calls these Chunky Monkey Muffins--we love them. I would definitely rate this recipe with five stars--this recipe is a keeper! Amie, thank you for sharing."

Reviewed Oct. 2, 2015

"Very yummy, the kids had them for breakfast and after school snack."

Reviewed Sep. 13, 2015

"These are fantastic... 6 yr old fussy eater approved!"

Reviewed Aug. 18, 2015

"Fabulous. I've been making them for 3 years, my 3 small children love them, we make them all the time! We don't even add the sugar on top, they are awesome without it. We've made them in mini muffin tins and regular muffin size. So glad I came across this recipe."

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