Breakfast & Brunch

Gooey Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Muffins

banana bread muffins on cooling rack


These banana muffins have become one of my ALL TIME favorite treats around the house…and this is coming from someone who could only manage the taste of bananas in her smoothies just a few short years ago.

The best part about these muffins (aside from being delightfully addictive)?  They actually aren’t that bad for you!  The muffins are naturally sweetened with the banana and pure maple syrup, and the use of almond flour makes it gluten free!

(But if you’re anything like me, you can’t resist sprinkling in some chocolate chips for good measure.)


side angle shot of banana bread muffins on cooling wrack with chocolate chips and banana slices on top


I’m a big fan of using honey or pure maple syrup as natural sweeteners in baked goods, because they don’t have the added sugar or any other unnamable additives for that matter.  My go-to syrup lately has been a local producer who makes organic, pure maple syrup here in Ohio.  Milligan’s Maple…go check them out!


milligans maple syrup with apples, banana, cinnamon, and almond slices


The maple syrup gives the muffins a little extra sweetness, without the overwhelming amount of added sugar you’d find in most banana bread recipes.  That way your end result is still AMAZING, but so much better for you!

And if these muffins don’t already sound tempting enough, they are tremendously easy to make!  Trust me…if I can bake them, anyone can.  (I’m actually a pretty terrible baker, so this is a big accomplishment for me.  But shhhh, don’t tell anyone!)


banana bread muffins on cooling wrack


How to make the best gooey banana bread muffins:

First you want to mix your dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl and set aside.  Don’t forget the cinnamon, it is a MUST HAVE.  Take you bananas and gently smash (sounds like an oxymoron, but you want it to be chunky) until it resembles some sort of baby food.  Lol yummmmm.


bow of dry ingredients and wet ingredients for making banana bread muffins


Add vanilla and syrup to the smashed bananas and gently stir to combine.  Take your wet ingredients and pour into dry ingredient mixing bowl.  Add one egg and mix until all ingredients are combined.


large mixing bowl full of ingredients for making banana bread muffins


If you wish to add chocolate chips, fold them into the batter before dishing out into the muffin pan.  There should be enough batter to fill all the molds to just below the top.  If feeling fancy, top with extra banana slices, chocolate chips, and drizzle extra syrup or honey!


banana bread muffins in baking pan before baking, topped with extra banana slices and chocolate chips


Bake for 30 min, then start working on a second batch because they go super fast!


chocolate chip banana bread muffins on a cooling wrack


Gooey Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Muffins

Healthy, gluten free, gooey banana chocolate chip muffins that are so good you'll forget they're made without any artificial sugars!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana, chip, chocolate, easy, gluten free, healthy, muffin
Servings: 12 muffins
Author: Lulu's Table


  • 2.5 cups almond flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 4-5 ripe bananas
  • 3 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips, or cacao nibs


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 12-cup muffin pan.
  • In a large mixing bowl, mix together almond flour, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon using a fork.
  • In a separate, smaller mixing bowl, take 4 ripe bananas and gently smash using a fork or potato masher.  You want your bananas to still be chunky. Add vanilla extract and syrup.  Gently stir to combine.
  • Take wet ingredients and pour into dry ingredient mixing bowl.  Add egg and mix to combine everything.
  • Fold in chocolate chips.
  • Add batter to greased muffin pan.  Fill to just below the top.  
  • Top with extra banana slices, syrup, and or chocolate chips.
  • Bake for 25-30 min.  Test at 25 min using a toothpick or small knife to gently poke through the center of one of the muffins. If the toothpick/knife comes out clean, remove muffins from oven.
  • Let cool before removing from muffin pan.
Breakfast & Brunch, Meat

Fancy Maple Bacon

maple bacon on parchment paper


Did someone say BACON?!  Cooked in maple syrup?!  SIGN.ME.UP.

Guys…this recipe is SO SO easy and totally drool-worthy.  With only two ingredients involved, this should definitely find its way into your brunch menu.  Wether it be an addition to a Bloody Mary bar, or served all on its own, it’s always a favorite at our house!


maple bacon in a mason jar


Since this only requires two ingredients, I try to get good quality bacon and syrup.  Here is what I focus on…

For the bacon…the trick is to get thick cut bacon, because once its baked in syrup it will be nice and juicy!  And when cooked properly, it will be firm enough to hold itself up if used in a Bloody Mary or placed in a mason jar!  


maple syrup laying next to uncooked thick cut bacon


For the maple syrup…I get a 100% pure maple syrup, which means that there is only one ingredient…maple tree sap that has been boiled down to syrup.  This is so much better than using pancake syrup, which is an imitation syrup made up with artificial ingredients, and added sugar.  

We use a local Ohio syrup, Milligan’s Bourbon Barrel Aged Syrup, because it’s 100% pure, organic maple syrup tapped from a sustainable forest in Athens, Ohio!  


maple syrup laying next to uncooked bacon


So how do we make this divine fancy bacon?

First step is to coat your bacon with syrup, both front and back.  I use an OXO Basting & Pastry Brush to coat the bacon (also great for coating other meats before baking).  After coated in syrup, lay bacon strips on a parchment lined baking sheet, and bake in a 400 degree F oven.  Bake for 15 min, before flipping and baking for another 15 min.  


maple bacon on parchment paper and in a mason jar


Once your bacon strips have cooled, drizzle with extra syrup and serve!  I love to serve mine in a mason jar or as an ingredient on a Toast Bar !


Fancy Maple Bacon

Thick cut bacon covered with maple syrup for a sweet and savory snack.  Great for brunch, or fun for a Bloody Mary bar!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bacon, brunch, maple, syrup
Servings: 4 people
Author: Lulu's Table


  • 1 lb bacon thick cut
  • 1/2 cup pure, organic maple syrup


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Brush maple syrup over front and back of bacon slices and line on baking sheet.  
  • Bake for 15 min, flip bacon slices using tongs, and bake for another 15 min.
  • Drizzle with extra syrup before serving.
Breakfast & Brunch

Sweet & Savory Toast Bar

make your own toast bar with sweet ingredients and savory ingredients

Looking to have some fun with your brunch menu this weekend?  Try this TOAST BAR on for size!  If you’re anything like me, I have a very hard time deciding between sweet or savory when scouring a brunch menu.  Do I go with the eggs benedict sitting atop 10 glorious pounds of bacon, or the super chocolatey chippy powdery sugary pancakes…the agony of brunch decisions is real my friends!  Lucky for me, my husband goes through the same mental torture, but nips it in the bud by ordering one of each (therefore I get to pick at his, mwahaha).  

(I know what you’re thinking, and yes, David gets two full meals…making him an expensive date.)

But fear no more, because you can do both with this Toast Bar!  There will be no compromise at this brunch affair!  Not only does this remove the anticipation of the ever torturous decision, but is way way better for you then going out for a restaurant brunch.  You have the flexibility to put out the ingredients you want and to make it your own.  Have fun and crazy is always encouraged!   

For the meantime though, I’ll give you a breakdown of the SWEET & SAVORY TOAST BAR!

make your own toast bar sweet ingredients


  • Always, always, always have an ooey, gooey, drippy nut butter.  Melt beforehand for added yumminess.  I tried a new nut butter mixture the other day called NUTTZO, and ended up falling in love and using in this recipe!  It’s this beautifully and organically crafted nut and seed butter with only top notch ingredients and nothing extra added to it.  So heck yeah, I smeared that all up and down my toast.
  • Get yourself some fruit!  I used dried blueberries, fresh strawberries, sliced bananas, and pomegranate seeds.  Sprinkle on toast liberally.
  • Chocolate.  Need I say more?  I love me some dark chocolate, so thats what you’re looking at here.  Also, this may be a super underrated combination, but the nut butter, with chocolate chips, and pomegranate seeds was AWESOME.  The pomegranate seeds add a pop of strong flavor that blend so nicely with the dark chocolate.  Give it a try!
  • Nuts for texture!  Almond slices are one of my favs, but you could also do chopped walnuts or pumpkin seeds, yummmm.

toast with natural nut butter, banana slices, strawberries, pomegranite seeds, and chocolate chips



make your own toast bar with savory ingredients


  • (In Arby’s song) We have…the MEATS.  So I don’t know if I’m going through a phase, but I’ve been having a real obsession with lox since Christmas.  I for real cannot get enough of them.  And if I’m being honest, my cravings for lox is what prompted this toast bar brain child.  So thank you, you briney, smokey salmon filets for being so darn delicious.  Also, bacon makes a great toast topping, so cook you up some strips.
  • Cheeeeeeseeeee.  I used goat cheese, for its spreading abilities, taste, and its health benefits over cheese made from cow’s milk; such as, easier digestion, fewer calories, and higher vitamin content.
  • Avocado is a must have for the savory side.  Mash it up, whisper sweet nothings to it, drizzle some lime juice for flavor and freshness, and then sprinkle with Trader Joe’s Everything But the Bagel seasoning.  If you haven’t tried this seasoning yet, you are doing yourself a real disservice.  Go get yourself and bottle and put it on EVERYTHING.
  • Well if you’re having lox then it goes without saying that you need thinly sliced raw red onion too.

toast with lox, avocado, goat cheese, bacon and onion

Serve with many slices of toasted and buttered sprouted grain Ezekial Bread and then step back to admire your masterpiece.  With that, I think you’re ready to go off into the world of brunch and host your own toast bar.  Make me proud and knock it out of the park!


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Sweet & Savory Toast Bar

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Breakfast
Keyword: avocado, brunch, glutenfree, nutbutter, toast, toastbar
Servings: 4 people
Author: Lulu's Table



  • 5 pieces gluten free ezekiel bread toasted and buttered
  • 5 pieces goat cheese pieces approx. 1 tbsp
  • 1 avocado mashed
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1-2 tsp Trader Joe's Everything But the Bagel seasoning
  • 5 pieces lox
  • 1/4 cup red onion sliced
  • 3 pieces bacon sliced into thin strips


  • 1 cup nut butter melted
  • 1 banana sliced
  • 5 strawberries chopped
  • 1/4 cup dried blueberries
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 2 tbsp sliced almonds


  • Set out 3 decorative trays, or 1 large tray to use for Toast Bar. Start cooking bacon on stovetop.  If using one large tray, separate ingredients with slices of toast.
  • Set up sweet tray with ingredients.  Use small bowls to hold blueberries and chocolate chips.  In a larger bowl, heat nut butter until it becomes warm and runny. Set up fruit and almond slices around bowls.
  • Set up savory ingredients.  Arrange lox, sliced onion, and goat cheese on tray. Take avocado and scoop flesh into a bowl.  Mash with a potato masher and then drizzle 1 tbsp lime juice over top. Scoop out and arrange on tray, then sprinkle with TraderJoe's seasoning.
  • Toast and butter bread before serving.