Double Chocolate Banana Muffins

Double Chocolate Banana Muffins are the answer to a chocolate lover’s dreams! Double Chocolate Banana Muffins are rich, moist and tempting with both cocoa powder and chocolate chips in the batter! This recipe has been in my recipe box since the late 1990’s, having been clipped out of a newspaper. The recipe is from the Inn of Merridun in Union, South Carolina and was included in a book by Laura Zahn titled Chocolate for Breakfast and Tea: B & B Inkeepers Share Their Finest Recipes.

Double Chocolate Banana Muffins are a treat any time of the day! I made only one change to this recipe – I substituted plain yogurt for the sour cream but either one may be used with great results. The muffins are remindful of brownies but with a muffin texture. This recipe makes 12 muffins. The original recipe for Double Chocolate Banana Muffins is still available on the Inn’s website.

The Recipe for Double Chocolate Banana Muffins

Double Chocolate Banana Muffins
Yields 12
A rich, moist chocolate banana muffin containing cocoa and chocolate chips. Good for breakfast, brunch or any time for a great snack!
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Cook Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
  1. 1/4 cup butter, softened
  2. 2/3 cup sugar
  3. 1 egg
  4. 2/3 cup sour cream (or plain yogurt)
  5. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  6. 1 cup all-purpose flour
  7. 2 tablespoons cocoa
  8. 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  9. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  10. pinch of salt
  11. 1 ripe banana, mashed
  12. 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  13. 1/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 12 muffin tins.
  2. In a large bowl, mix butter, sugar, egg, sour cream (or plain yogurt) and vanilla.
  3. Add flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt all at once.
  4. Mix just until ingredients are blended.
  5. Stir in mashed bananas, chocolate chips and walnuts.
  6. Fill muffin tins 1/2 - 3/4 full. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  7. Cool for 5 minutes, then remove muffins from the tins and place them on a rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.
  1. A chocolate lover's delight!
Adapted from The Inn at Merridun Bed & Breakfast, Union, SC
Adapted from The Inn at Merridun Bed & Breakfast, Union, SC

 The Inn at Merridun

Merridun is an antebellum mansion located in Union, South Carolina, a small town not too far from the Greenville-Spartanburg area and about an hour and a half’s drive from Charlotte, North Carolina. Merridun was built about 1855 and is a two-story, Georgian-style frame dwelling. It features a massive two-storied Neoclassical portico with Corinthian order columns.

This 9-acre property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The mansion is surrounded by shady oaks and century-old magnolia trees. The original property included 4000 acres and was known as Keenan Plantation after the owner, William Keenan, a local merchant and the mayor of Union.

In 1878 the home and property was acquired by a local lawyer, Benjamin H. Rice. Cotton was the main industry of the plantation at that time.

In the early 1880’s Thomas Cary Duncan (1862-1928), son of Bishop W.W. Duncan and Medora Rice Duncan, moved to Union to live and work with his grandfather, B.H. Rice. In 1885 T.C. Duncan brought his bride Fannie Merriman (1863-1948) of Greenwood, South Carolina to live in Union. T.C. Duncan inherited the house from his maternal grandparents and renamed it “Merridun”- a combination of three family names that graced this ancestral home (Merriman, Rice, Duncan).

The 7900 square feet Georgian floor plan includes a stunning curved staircase, large foyers on both floors, a music room, parlor, library, dining room, kitchen, 7 bedrooms, multiple bathrooms, and a third story cupola. A brick wing behind the main house once was used as servant’s kitchen, well, laundry house, quarters and a smoke house.

The carriage barn, located behind the brick wing, still houses the Duncan’s carriage; plans for restoration are underway. Unique architectural aspects of this mansion include frescoed ceilings in the music room and dining room, mosaic tiles and turn of the century stenciling and faux graining in the main foyer and beautiful chandeliers.

Parting Comments

In conclusion, I enjoyed learning about the Inn at Merridun, especially how the name represents a combination of three family names. Historical information credited to the Inn of Merridun website. If you would like more information, visit their website at Other recipes served at the Inn at Merridun are available there, too. I enjoyed my virtual visit and hope you did, also!

Make some Double Chocolate Banana Muffins soon – your family and friends will love you for it!

Remember to Savor the Flavor!


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Merridun Inn Double Chocolate Banana Muffins — 26 Comments

  1. I love anything chocolate and banana together and these look so, so good!!!


  2. Hi Carrie, Thanks for your kind comments and visit! I hope you enjoy the Double Chocolate Banana Muffins! Blessings, Janet

  3. Mmmm – Double chocolate!! Thanks for sharing on the What?s for Dinner link up

  4. These look and sound so delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  5. Hi Debbie, Thanks for your kind comments and visit! I hope you enjoy these wonderful muffins soon! Blessings, Janet

  6. Yum! Banana chocolate chip muffins are one of my many weaknesses! ? I just love them! Thanks for sharing at #SmallVictories linkup

  7. Yes, please!! These look so good! Thanks for sharing at Dishing It & Digging It! ? We enjoy your creativity each week!

  8. The recipe sounds scrumptious. And thanks for sharing the history of the Inn. It’s always fun to read about a little bit of history. I hope you will party with us again on Creative K Kids #TasstyTuesdays

  9. These look great! My daughter will love these!
    Pinned and tweeted!
    Thanks for joining us for the Merry Monday link party!
    We hope to see you next week!
    Kate |

  10. Hi Danita, After making these I believe they’re one of my favorites, too! Thanks so much for your nice comments and for stopping by! Have a great week! Blessings, Janet

  11. Hi Lori, Thanks for your nice comments and for stopping by! Thanks for hosting Dishing It & Digging It! I enjoy participating in your link party and will see you this week! Blessings, Janet

  12. Hi Kate, I hope you and your daughter enjoy these yummy muffins! Thanks for hosting Merry Monday Link Party and I’ll see you next week! Blessings, Janet

  13. This looks so delicious! Thank you Janet for posting this amazing recipe! – Suzie

  14. Hi Suzie, Thanks for your visit and kind comments! Hope you enjoy the Double Chocolate Banana Muffins! Come back soon! Blessings, Janet

  15. Thanks for your kind comment and visit! See you soon at Healthy Living Link Party – thanks for hosting! Blessings, Janet

  16. I could go for one of these right now! Thank you for sharing at #WonderfulWednesday. I look forward to seeing you next week.

  17. Hi Marilyn, I wish I had one right now, too! Thanks for your kind comments and visit – see you soon! Blessings, Janet

  18. Hi Angela, Thanks for your kind comment and for pinning this recipe! Hope you enjoy it when you get a chance to make it! Thanks for hosting Sunday’s Fitness Food Link Up! Blessings, Janet

  19. I rarely eat muffins any more since I am gluten free, but this looks delicious. Thanks for sharing at Let’s Get Real Link up.

  20. Your Chocolate Banana Muffins looks awesome, thanks so much for sharing it with us at Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you are having a great day and we sure look forward to more of your recipes!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

  21. Hi Karen, I bet these would be good with coconut flour and extra liquid. Sorry you have to avoid wheat – I know that’s difficult at times. Thanks for your comments and visit. Blessings, Janet

  22. Hi Miz Helen, Thanks for your kind comments! See you this week at Full Plate Thursday & thanks for hosting! Blessings, Janet

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