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Banana Applesauce Muffins with chocolate chips are made without oil or butter and bake in just 20 minutes. An easy banana muffin recipe everyone loves!

banana applesauce muffins with chocolate chips on a white plate

These are basically banana muffins with applesauce used in place of oil or butter. They’re lighter and lower in fat than regular banana muffins, and they’re absolutely delicious!

I had a bunch of bananas to use up, so I made these muffins twice last week. And then I realized that I had never updated this post that was originally published way back in 2014.

So, I took new pictures, wrote a printable recipe card, and baked another batch of these banana chocolate chip muffins just for you all to enjoy! Seriously, these babies go fast!

How to Make Banana Muffins with Applesauce and No Oil or Butter

In this muffin recipe, the applesauce takes the place of oil and butter. I used unsweetened applesauce in the recipe because that’s what we always have on hand.

These muffins are made from scratch, Y’all. If you want an even quicker muffin recipe, try these 2 ingredient banana muffins made with cake mix!

You can make the muffin batter in one bowl. Just combine your dry ingredients, and then mix in the wet ingredients.

mix banana muffin batter in mixing bowl

The chocolate chips are optional, but the kids and I highly recommend them. Everything tastes better with chocolate, you know!

Pour the muffin batter into a prepared muffin pan. You can use nonstick spray or paper or silicone muffin liners for easier clean up.

banana muffins with chocolate chips batter in muffin tin

Fill the muffin cups about two-thirds full, and bake for 18 to 20 minutes. The cinnamon and brown sugar give the muffins a nice golden color.

In fact, they were turning brown after only 10 minutes, so I tested them early, but they weren’t done. It took about 18 minutes, and they were perfect!

banana muffins made with applesauce in muffin tin

They’re slightly sweet, but not too sweet — perfect for an easy breakfast, brunch or snack time! Mornings are always hectic here, so I love it when I can give the kids a quick breakfast.

Now, I am most definitely not a morning person, so I usually make muffins the day before and set them aside. Hopefully, these banana applesauce muffins will still be there in the morning!

Are These Banana Muffins Healthy?

These muffins are lower in fat since they are made without oil or butter. But, they do have brown sugar and chocolate chips, so they’re not the healthiest muffins on the planet. They taste good, though, and they’re made from scratch!

banana applesauce muffins in muffin tin next to bananas

More Recipes with Mashed Bananas

Banana Applesauce Muffins Recipe

5 from 11 votes

Banana Applesauce Muffins

By: Dee
Banana Applesauce Muffins with chocolate chips are made without oil or butter and bake in just 20 minutes. An easy banana muffin recipe everyone loves!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12


  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 ripe bananas mashed
  • cup all-natural unsweetened applesauce I used a single serving cup that I normally pack in the kids’ lunches, and it was 1/3 cup.
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Mash bananas with a fork, and set aside.
  • In large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  • Add brown sugar and cinnamon. Add the bananas, applesauce and egg, and mix well.
  • Stir in the chocolate chips.
  • Scoop batter into a muffin tin that has been sprayed with non stick spray or use paper or silicone muffin liners for easier clean-up. Fill cups about 2/3rds full
  • Bake for about 18 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean and tops spring back when touched.


Individual oven temperatures may vary. Begin checking for doneness at 18 minutes. Muffins are done when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out mostly clean — There may be a little stickiness from the bananas.


Calories: 220kcal, Carbohydrates: 43g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 16mg, Sodium: 160mg, Potassium: 184mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 27g, Vitamin A: 72IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 51mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
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basket of banana applesauce muffins and muffin on a plate

Recipe was originally published in 2014 and updated in January 2020.

banana applesauce muffins in muffin pan with bananas and apples

banana applesauce muffin with melted butter on a blue plate

kids taking banana applesauce muffins out of a basket

As you can see, my little helpers decided to have some fun when I was taking the pictures.

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  1. Kemram Olson says:

    It was very good. Can I add vanilla in to it next time I make it?5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      I haven’t tried it, but that sounds good to me!

  2. Marion says:

    Lovely recipe. I live in a country where bananas come in many different sizes. For you is 3 bananas 1 cup? Or 1/2 a cup?
    Thank you.

    1. Dee says:

      Sorry about that. 3 bananas is about 1 cup. Hope you like the muffins. 🙂

  3. Laurie T says:

    Love, Love these muffins. My husband is a peanut butter freak so I added a 1/4 C of peanut butter to them…… So yummy. My son will eat these everyday if we have them around. I have noticed that everyone ignores the bananas that I set out for snacks, but they make sure to point out when they are ready for muffins.5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Thank you so much, Laurie! SO glad you all like them –love the addition of peanut butter!

  4. Sharon L. says:

    Just made these. Got 1 dz. regular muffins and 10 mini muffins. They are so delish and easy to make. Will be making again.5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      That’s wonderful, Sharon. Thanks so much!

  5. Tom Kay says:

    I just made this recipe, I omitted the chocolates chips but added chopped pecans and they came out delicious…thank you for the recipe, I will definitely be using it and making these again.

    1. Dee says:

      That’s wonderful news, Tom. Thanks! So glad you like the cookies!

  6. Catie says:

    I’m currently making 3 batches – 1 with chocolate chips, 1 with raspberries and 1 without either. I like to have healthy banana muffins on the ready, in my freezer, for my toddler. Thanks for the great recipe!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Thanks, Catie! Awesome job with the meal planning! 🙂

  7. Karen Bengert says:

    Is there anyway to use less brown sugar?

    1. Dee says:

      I haven’t tried it, but you can reduce the sugar if you want. I’ll have to try it next time I make them.

    2. Mizzu Quigley says:

      Yes, I always half the sugar and it still holds up well.