Banana, Chocolate, Cranberry & Coconut Muffins

Banana Cranberry, Chocolate, Coconut Muffins

I have just joined the Chocolate Party! It is a great  group of food bloggers who bake with chocolate and each month they decide on an extra compulsory ingredient. This month, it is cranberries.

I am on a mission to reduce my intake of sugar and that might seem a little contradictory with joining the Chocolate Party but I did say ‘reduce’ not ‘eliminate’. These muffins I made are completely without added sugar except for what is in the chocolate. I found the recipe at The Life of Clare blog and thought they mightn’t be sweet enough but was willing to give them a try. In fact, the bananas are enough and that makes these muffins sugarless apart from the chocolate content. How amazing is that? And they taste good!

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Banana, Chocolate, Cranberry, Coconut Muffins

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 14


  • 2 mashed bananas
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup chocolate buttons, broken in half
  • 3/4 gluten-free self-raising flour
  • 1 cup self-raising flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup desiccated coconut
  • The cream from a 400g tin of coconut cream


  1. Heat the oven to 350°F/180°C.
  2. Mix all the wet ingredients together.
  3. Blend all the dry ingredients.
  4. Mix the wet with the dry until just blended – don’t over mix
  5. Spoon into muffin cups and bake for 20 minutes.
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Banana Cranberry, Chocolate, Coconut Muffins


  1. They look wonderful! I love the cranberry/chocolate addition!

  2. Love the presentation as well as the ingredients! :-) I may have to crash this chocolate party!

  3. Beautiful muffins, these are perfect for the chocolate party!

  4. these muffins look amazing – and I LOVE that there isn’t any added sugar:)

  5. I love the fact that these have no added sugar except for what is in the chocolate. An almost guilt free treat.
    Love your muffin stand too :)

  6. These look very delicious Suzanne, I like the low carb idea too in the muffins. Its nice to sometimes just enjoy the natural sweetness of fruits.

  7. I love the fact that these are healthier muffins–it means I can eat more of them. :) The paper cups you used are so cute, too. :) Welcome to the Chocolate Party. :)

    • Thanks, Jean. I think the paper cups add to the experience of muffin eating because visually they can be rather plain. Got to think of all the senses.

  8. With so many great flavors together it´s no wonder there´s no need for sugar! These muffins are certainly worth making!

  9. I’m so glad you joined the Chocolate Party! And we ALL need some less sugary treats with the holidays approaching…your muffins sound fantastic. Plus I love your fun muffin wrappers!

  10. With ingredients like banana, chocolate and cranberry how can I pass up this recipe? I will Pin It for sure.

  11. I saw these muffins on Claire’s blog and was thinking of making them. I think chocolate and cranberries work really well together. I mark bark at Christmas time with white chocolate and cranberries and some nuts xx

  12. I love that you are trying to cut down on sugar. And I agree, that there is no need to go without dessert. These muffins look great. Love your pics. I am new to the chocolate party….still thinking what to make this month.

    • I think if you try to cut out something from the diet, then you start craving it, so gently does it. I will look out for your contribution.

  13. These look so pretty and festive Suzanne… a real feast for the eyes! With all the flavoured yummies you have going on in here, no need to add additional sugar – love that you kept it as is.

  14. Adorable! The muffins and their red-striped cups. :D Also, I think dark chocolate will fit perfectly into your plan of eating less sugar. (It’s actually on the cusp of being considered healthy.) *fingers crossed*

    • Yes, I have to seek out the darkest chocolate I can find so I am not depriving myself completely of chocolate. Chocolate definitely has a lot of good points in its favour.

  15. Beautiful muffins. I love that they are natural sweetened. And the cupcake stand, so cute!

  16. I love your paper muffin cups! But most of all, the banana-chocolate-cranberry-coconut combo is just divine! Nom-nom-nom…!

  17. your photographs of these muffins are beautiful! and i love those muffin liners… they are so cute :D
    i haven’t used gluten free flour before…can i replace that with regular flour or will that mess up the recipe?

    • Thank you. I would imagine that there would be no problem with using normal flour. Just watch the batter is wet enough to be a muffin mixture.

  18. What an intriguing combination of flavours – I would’ve never put the cranberries and banana together but it sounds delicious! I love that you wanted to reduce the sugar. Although most of the things I baked are totally bad for your health (I’m talking butter and sugar laden), I still reduce the amounts of sugar in every recipe when I bake. Your photos are gorgeous – I love the adorable muffin liners and the cupcake stand.

  19. Love these flavors! What a pretty muffin!

  20. Beautiful presentation of your muffins! Nice to see a healthier baked treat and a great addition to the chocolate party;-)

  21. Thanks, Patty. It’s good to be a part of the Chocolate party.


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