Double Chocolate Banana Muffins

Double Chocolate Banana Muffins

Directions: 20 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Servings: 12 muffins
Allergens: Eggs, Wheat and triticale,
Plan ahead Vegetarian
Recipe submitted by Josée Lepage and Mylène Rousseau, nutrition trainees


  • 1 medium can (540 ml) red kidney beans*
  • 125 ml (½ cup) water
  • 250 ml (1 cup) mashed ripe banana (about 2 bananas)
  • 250 ml (1 cup) whole wheat flour
  • 5 ml (1 tsp) baking powder
  • 2.5 ml (½ tsp) baking soda
  • 80 ml (⅓ cup) non-hydrogenated margarine
  • 125 ml (½ cup) brown sugar
  • 45 ml (3 Tbsp) cocoa powder
  • 5 ml (1 tsp) vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 125 ml (½ cup) semisweet chocolate chips


  • Sieve
  • 2 medium bowls
  • Hand blender
  • Muffin tin
  • Small bowl
  • Large bowl
  • Electric mixer
  • Wooden spoon


*Making the bean paste

  1. Rinse and drain kidney beans in a sieve.
  2. Place beans in a medium bowl and mash using hand blender until creamy.
  3. Add 125 ml (½ cup) water for a smoother paste.
  4. Set aside 80 ml (⅓ cup) of bean paste. Freeze remaining bean paste for later use.

Making the muffins

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C) with rack in middle position.
  2. Lightly grease a muffin tin and dust with flour. Set aside.
  3. Place bananas in a small bowl and mash using a hand blender until smooth and creamy. Set aside.
  4. Stir flour, baking powder, and baking soda in a large bowl. Set aside.
  5. In a large bowl, cream margarine, brown sugar, cocoa, and vanilla for 3 minutes using an electric mixer.
  6. Add eggs one at a time, mixing on low speed until smooth.
  7. Add mashed bananas and bean paste and mix at low speed. Reserve.
  8. Make a well in centre of dry ingredients and add wet ingredients and chocolate chips. Stir gently using a wooden spoon until smooth. Do not over stir.
  9. Pour into muffin cups.
  10. Bake 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in centre of muffins comes out clean.
  11. Cool 10 minutes and serve alone or with milk.



  • Leftover bean paste can be frozen and used in another recipe.
  • A portion of the muffins can be frozen.