Banana Chocolate Marble Muffins

Moist banana muffins with swirls of rich chocolate throughout, a perfect breakfast on the go or snack!

Banana Chocolate Marble Muffin Recipe from

Can we talk about a few things?

I bought new sneakers. Yay! Not that it was easy to find a reasonable pair because 9/10 sneakers are glow in the dark neon. Totally not okay. But, I’ve yet to try them out for real because I wanted to make sure my feet had healed totally first. Fingers crossed these do the trick! I’m kind of having a Goldilocks moment in my head – not too roomy, not too tight, just right…

Why do we have to wait till October 3 for the start of Scandal?! Torture. Maybe I’ll get some reading in between now and then. It was clearly a time sucker so far, and for good reason. I couldn’t stop myself. It was too good not to fly through. If you’ve seen it, you know what I mean. But now we have to wait.

Have you read any good books lately? I started Dan Brown’s latest book in May and haven’t finished it because… life! Traveling = the perfect time to read. Only on one leg of my trip, the only thing reading made me too was fall asleep. I swear it wasn’t the books fault at all. It’s good. Maybe I should cut this short and go read so I can move on to a new book. So send your recommendations my way! I’m sure I’ll get to one in the next few months ha ;)

Banana Chocolate Marble Muffin Recipe from

I made these muffins for the Mr a few weeks back. It was a last minute request on his part that I make muffins for a ride he was going on. I really shouldn’t have stressed and tried whipping up something new but I just had that need. It was the perfect opportunity to create another new recipe. I’m always finding excuses for that.

I had bananas and chocolate, so recreating this amazing banana chocolate marble loaf seemed absolutely perfect. These aren’t your typical muffins, a little on the dense side but totally full of flavor and super moist. Plus, they puff up beautifully! Who could resist a perfectly domed muffin?

Whip up a batch of these to grab a tasty breakfast or snack on the go!

Banana Chocolate Marble Muffins

Moist banana muffins with swirls of chocolate throughout.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Muffin
Servings: 12 muffins


  • 3/4 C light brown sugar
  • 1/4 C unsalted butter softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 C all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 6 Tbsp sour cream
  • 2 bananas mashed
  • 3 oz bittersweet chocolate


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare a muffin pan with liners.
  • Cream butter and sugar together. Mix in egg and vanilla until just combined. Add dry ingredients, followed by sour cream and banana. Mix until smooth. Remove 1/2C banana batter, mixing with 3oz melted chocolate.
  • To each muffin liner, add 1 medium scoop of banana batter, 1/2 small scoop chocolate batter, 1/2 scoop medium banana batter and finally 1/2 small scoop chocolate batter. Swirl gently with a toothpick. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool in pan for 5 minutes, transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.


An original recipe from Baked by Rachel

Want more breakfast recipes? Try these:
Crisp buttermilk waffles with roasted strawberries
Lemon blueberry muffins
Perfect breakfast potatoes
Brown sugar apple cinnamon bundt cake with caramel icing
Apple pie French toast casserole
Pumpkin apple muffins with snickerdoodle topping
Hash brown egg skillet
Apple coffee cake muffins

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57 Responses to “Banana Chocolate Marble Muffins”

  1. #
    Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) — August 7, 2013 at 7:47 am

    I’ve been reading the Green Mile lately. I’ve seen the movie but the book is a million times better, though very heavy. I definitely need something lighter next time around. And these muffins. A lighter book and these tasty muffins. And a glass of milk.

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      Rachel — August 7, 2013 at 10:12 am

      lol definitely a lighter book next time ;)

  2. #
    Lily @ Life, Love, and Cupcakes — August 7, 2013 at 8:01 am

    These look delicious! Thank you for sharing!

    • #
      Rachel — August 7, 2013 at 10:13 am

      Thank you!

  3. #
    carrian — August 7, 2013 at 8:27 am

    Ok, could you have made better muffins? These look like bakery muffins!

    • #
      Rachel — August 7, 2013 at 10:13 am

      Aww thanks Carrian!

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    carrie@bakeaholicmama — August 7, 2013 at 8:30 am

    These muffins look so good! I love that pan as well… where did you get it?

    I am obsessed with Scandal and can’t wait for the next season, the wait is killing me. And I hear ya on the neon running shoes. Most are so so bright, I feel like a weirdo when I go out for my runs, everything I own is super colorful and glow in the dark.

    • #
      Rachel — August 7, 2013 at 10:13 am

      I’ve had it for a while. I believe I found it on ebay. Seriously – the neon trend has got to die! I just don’t get it. We’re not living in the 80s/early 90s!

  5. #
    Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg — August 7, 2013 at 8:36 am

    These look so scrumptious! I love chocolate with banana and these fit the bill.

    • #
      Rachel — August 7, 2013 at 10:14 am

      Thanks Norma!

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    Audra | The Baker Chick — August 7, 2013 at 8:36 am

    These muffins are gorgeous Rachel! I love me some banana and chocolate together and anything swirled puts it over the top. Lovely pictures too!

    • #
      Rachel — August 7, 2013 at 10:14 am

      Thanks Audra! It’s a great way to have chocolate for breakfast ;)

  7. #
    steph@stephsbitebybite — August 7, 2013 at 8:51 am

    After seeing your instagram pic of the Scandal DVD I immediately added it to my Netflix Queue!! Can’t wait to watch it! And these muffins look absolutely sinful!

    • #
      Rachel — August 7, 2013 at 10:14 am

      Yay! You’re going to love it!! Keep me posted.

  8. #
    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) — August 7, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Those are seriously some gorgeous muffins!

    • #
      Rachel — August 7, 2013 at 10:14 am

      Thanks Jocelyn!

  9. #
    Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig — August 7, 2013 at 9:05 am

    These are beauties, they baked up so perfectly and swirly. I also love that muffin tin, so gorgeous.

    • #
      Rachel — August 7, 2013 at 10:15 am

      Thanks Cathy! :)

  10. #
    Erika — August 7, 2013 at 9:14 am

    I could eat the entire pan with no shame… These are gorgeous!

    • #
      Rachel — August 7, 2013 at 10:15 am

      Ha! I promise I won’t tell :)

  11. #
    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — August 7, 2013 at 9:30 am

    I love this idea for banana chocolate muffins! They look so moist and delicious!!!

    • #
      Rachel — August 7, 2013 at 10:15 am

      Thanks Robyn! Way better than a bowl of cereal ;)

  12. #
    Tieghan — August 7, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Umm…..These look professionally made!! Gorgeous and I mean chocolate and banana together is ALWAYS and huger WINNER!!

    • #
      Rachel — August 7, 2013 at 10:15 am

      Thanks Tieghan! Totally agree – they were meant to be together.

  13. #
    marcie@flavorthemoments — August 7, 2013 at 10:35 am

    I love swirly muffins, and the fact that they’re healthy with bananas and chocolate makes them perfect!

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      Rachel — August 7, 2013 at 6:53 pm

      Right? The bananas totally make them healthy ;) And if you use dark chocolate – even better!

  14. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — August 7, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    LOVE the marbling effect!! i love neon colored sneakers – don’t hate ;) when you come visit me, we can go on walks and i can be bright and you can be meh..hahaha jk :) sorta..and maybe we can bake these?!

    • #
      Rachel — August 7, 2013 at 6:54 pm

      Hahaha I don’t think we’d be going for walks so I have a feeling I’ll be able to avoid the neon shoes ;)

  15. #
    Jess — August 7, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    My mouth is literally drooling at the sight of these!! Pinned for later! YUMMY!

    • #
      Rachel — August 7, 2013 at 6:54 pm

      Thanks Jess!

  16. #
    Megan {Country Cleaver} — August 7, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    I so needed one (fine, three) of these today!! Heavenly!

    • #
      Rachel — August 7, 2013 at 6:55 pm

      Thanks girl! :)

  17. #
    Tracy @ Peanut Butter and Onion — August 7, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    2 frozen banana’s with a purpose not

  18. #
    Tracy @ Peanut Butter and Onion — August 7, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    I meant to say, 2 frozen banana’s with a purpose NOW, these look sooo good

    • #
      Rachel — August 7, 2013 at 6:55 pm

      Lol the oops and correction totally made me laugh so they both had to stay. Thanks Tracy! :)

  19. #
    Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen — August 7, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    October 3rd?!! Ugh! I’m having Scandal withdrawal. I need something to hold me over til then. Love bananas and chocolate together…can’t wait to try these muffins!

    • #
      Rachel — August 7, 2013 at 6:56 pm

      Right?! It’s going to be torturous waiting nearly TWO months. Ugh.

  20. #
    Abbie @ Needs Salt — August 7, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    Ahhh, these look so yummy! I think I just figured out a way to make my sister, who is not such a fan of banana muffins, go crazy for them. ;) haha!
    Pinning this!

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      Rachel — August 7, 2013 at 6:56 pm

      Enjoy!! :)

  21. #
    Tracey — August 7, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    I don’t do much reading unless I’m traveling – I just can’t seem to prioritize it at home. Too many other distractions! If you haven’t read The Fault in our Stars I highly recommend it!

    I love swirly desserts, especially when chocolate is involved – these look awesome!

  22. #
    Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking — August 7, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    These look too good for words! I also love your muffin tin. My muffin tins are blah,,,I need to get on that!

    Here’s to new sneakers! The non-neon variety! I always get the same style but it’s a complete toss-up to whether I will actually like the color. This year it’s icky.

  23. #
    Mimi @ Culinary Couture — August 8, 2013 at 2:42 am

    I love bananas and chocolate! I could eat this whole batch, for serious!

  24. #
    Jamie @lifelovelemons — August 8, 2013 at 8:45 am

    Best flavor combination out there!

  25. #
    Laurie {SimplyScratch} — August 8, 2013 at 10:13 am

    My husband was pretty perturbed about all the neon shoes too. I personally don’t mind a little neon… but a whole shoe?? Anywho… these muffins are pretty darn spectacular Rachel!

    • #
      Rachel — August 9, 2013 at 7:22 am

      I swear they’re like glow in the dark neon too. Imagine if you had to run under black lights? Not that that alone wouldn’t be weird but seriously lol

  26. #
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — August 9, 2013 at 8:54 am

    Shoes are so hard to find!! And this Scandal thing. Ahh I need to hop on this train soon. I was just thinking about Downton Abbey the other day and how mad I am at them. The new season comes here in January but I may hold off and watch the whole season later. You know how I am about that kind of stuff ;)

    • #
      Rachel — August 9, 2013 at 8:59 pm

      Ugh I somehow keep forgetting DA doesn’t come back till winter. Booo but I guess something to look forward to.

  27. #
    Gaby Dalkin — August 9, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    Yumm…I’m thinking these will be for breakfast tomorrow!

  28. #
    Jocelyn @ BruCrew Life — August 12, 2013 at 2:12 am

    Crazy neon sneakers anyways! Lol! Love these gorgeous cupcakes!!

  29. #
    Jocelyn @ BruCrew Life — August 12, 2013 at 2:13 am

    I meant muffins! ;)

  30. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — August 14, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Hubby just finished that Dan Brown book, he said it was good.
    Love the muffins, the marble look is just perfect. I love muffins, and always have bananas in my freezer – these will happen soon!

    • #
      Rachel — August 14, 2013 at 7:26 pm

      Thanks Erin! I’m still working my way through, just trying to find the time to read. :)

  31. #
    Nutmeg Nanny — August 18, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    Beautiful! These look flawless, I love banana muffins :)

  32. #
    Sabrina — August 22, 2013 at 5:09 am

    Wow! I just made them and they are SO GOOD!
    10x very much! :-)
    Sabrina, Israel

    • #
      Rachel — August 22, 2013 at 7:16 am

      So glad to hear it! :)

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    mpotter — April 22, 2023 at 11:34 pm

    I brought this recipe over to my Plan to Eat ages ago, & I keep eyeing it. So glad I finally made it. We all loved it- even my husband said 2 days later (unprompted) this needs to be a “5 star”… Thank you!!

    I will suggest to anyone who cares to not melt the chocolate very first—- I think by the time I got to the marbling it had cooled off too much- thick. not too pretty. But still so tasty!

    • #
      Rachel — April 23, 2023 at 8:09 am

      So glad everyone enjoyed it!

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