This easy to make chocolate banana cupcake recipe produces a rich and delicious flavor with a moist texture perfect for a family dessert any time of year.
If you are looking for a homemade cupcake recipe that is packed with wonderful flavor then this is certain to be one of your new favorite recipes.
It provides the perfect balance of chocolate and banana with a superb texture. Add in just a touch of cinnamon and you have a winning combination.
Make sure to bookmark or pin this recipe so you can find it the next time you want to bake homemade banana chocolate cupcakes.
Make sure to use ripe bananas. They provide the flavor your need. For an even better flavor and texture, freeze your bananas overnight. Simply thaw them before making your cupcakes, being sure to retain the juices for your cupcake batter.Tip
How to Make Easy Chocolate Banana Cupcakes from Scratch
Prep time for these cupcakes is less than ten minutes with a bake time of thirty minutes per batch. I’ve found a food processor to be the easiest way to mix together the ingredients, but you can use a hand or stand mixer if you prefer.
This recipe yields eighteen to twenty cupcakes, so you may need to bake multiple batches, which will increase your total bake time. Make sure to allow you cupcake pan to cool before baking subsequent batches. Otherwise, you may over bake your cupcakes.
Another great recipe: Two banana muffins
If you’ve never made homemade cupcakes, you might be surprised at the length of the ingredient list. But don’t let that worry you, these cupcakes are super easy to make.
And the flavor and texture is so good, you’ll never go back to a box mix again!
- All-Purpose Flour
- Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- Lemon Juice
- Granulated Sugar
- Baking Soda
- Walnuts or Pecans (optional)
Flour: All purpose flour produces the best texture, but you can opt for cake flour if that’s all you have on hand.
Milk: Go with whole milk or 2%. The fat content is important for both our texture and flavor. Avoid lower fat milk in this recipe.
Bananas: Make sure to use ripe bananas. Unripe bananas will not provide enough flavor. As noted in the tip above, freeze your bananas overnight if you have the time. When you thaw them, juices will be released that increase the moisture of your cupcakes.
Butter: You can use butter or margarine in this recipe. Make sure it is chilled before mixing it into your other ingredients. This is why I’ve found a food processor to be the easiest mixing method.
Nuts: While entirely optional, crushed walnuts or pecans provide a nice crunch as well as an earthy flavor that goes wonderfully with chocolate and banana.
Try this great recipe: Classic chocolate cupcakes
These cupcakes taste great many types of frosting. I’ve tried them with cream cheese frosting as well as buttercream, and they always taste absolutely wonderful.
You can use whatever type of frosting you prefer, but I will list some of my favorite recipes to top these cupcakes with in case you need some inspiration.
- Classic cream cheese frosting
- Pudding frosting with Cool Whip
- Chocolate fudge frosting
- Chocolate rum frosting
Note: You can go to the search at the top of this page to find more great frosting recipes. I have tons of them here at Treat Dreams.
Simple Step by Step Instructions
This recipe is a great last minute dessert for the family, or a sweet treat for get togethers. It only takes minutes to prepare and bake time is quick as well.
Step 1: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and grease the cups of your cupcake pan.
Step 2: In your mixing bowl, add your lemon juice and milk. Stir until well combined.
Step 3: In your food processor, add your bananas and butter and process until well blended.
Step 4: Add your flour, granulated sugar, cocoa powder, cinnamon, and baking soda to banana mixture and process until well combined.
Step 5: Add eggs to processor and mix until well blended.
Step 6: Add milk mixture to food processor and mix until well combined.
Step 7: Stir in nuts if desired.
Step 8: Fill cupcake cups 2/3 full and bake for 30 minutes.
Step 9: Cool, frost if desired, then serve and enjoy!
Note: You can use cupcake wrappers if desired. Simply skip greasing your cups and line with wrappers instead.
Simple Banana Chocolate Cupcakes
- 1 Food Processor
- 1 Mixing Bowl
- 2 Ripe Bananas
- ¼ Cup Baking Cocoa
- 1½ Cups Flour
- 2 tsp Lemon Juice
- ½ Cup Butter chilled
- ¼ Cup Milk
- 1¼ tsp Baking Soda
- 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
- ½ tsp Ground Cinnamon
- 2 Large Eggs
- ½ Cup Walnuts or Pecans crushed, optional
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and grease the cups of your cupcake pan.
- In your mixing bowl, add your lemon juice and milk. Stir until well combined.
- In your food processor, add your bananas and butter and process until well blended.
- Add your flour, granulated sugar, cocoa powder, cinnamon, and baking soda to banana mixture and process until well combined.
- Add eggs to processor and mix until well blended.
- Add milk mixture to food processor and mix until well combined.
- Stir in nuts if desired.
- Fill cupcake cups 2/3 full and bake for 30 minutes.
- Cool, frost if desired, then serve and enjoy!