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Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

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Perfect to grab and go, these banana chocolate chip muffins are golden, fluffy, and perfectly banana-y.

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

This banana chocolate chip muffin recipe is a double win in my kitchen. Not only does it solve my dilemma of a never-ending supply of overripe bananas, but it’s also the perfect grab-and-go treat for my kids, whether it’s for breakfast or an afternoon snack. The muffins turn out beautifully golden, fluffy, and bursting with banana flavor. And thanks to the addition of sour cream, they stay delightfully moist for days on end. But worry not, if sour cream isn’t on hand or you’re looking to lighten things up a bit, Greek yogurt makes a fantastic substitute. If you have a hankering for banana muffins but don’t have any chocolate chips on hand, these banana nut muffins are another favorite of mine and are equally delicious!

“We’ve tried many different banana chocolate chip recipes and this is our favorite! Perhaps it’s the sour cream — they turn out so moist and fluffy.”

Jen C

What You’ll Need To Make Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

banana chocolate chip muffin ingredients
  • All-Purpose Flour: Provides structure and texture to the muffins. Measure by spooning it into the measuring cup and leveling it off to ensure accuracy.
  • Baking Powder and Baking Soda: Act as leavening agents helping the muffins rise.
  • Butter: Adds richness and flavor to the muffins.
  • Sugar: Sweetens the muffins and adds moisture.
  • Eggs: Bind the ingredients together and provide structure.
  • Mashed Bananas: Add moisture, sweetness, and banana flavor to the muffins. The browner and spottier your bananas, the better. See the FAQs for guidance on how to speed up the ripening process.
  • Vanilla Extract: Enhances the overall flavor of the muffins.
  • Sour Cream or Plain Greek Yogurt: Adds moisture and richness to the muffins while keeping them tender.
  • Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips: Infuse the muffins with bursts of chocolate flavor, complementing the sweetness of the bananas.
  • Jump to the printable recipe for precise measurements

Step-by-Step Instructions

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

whisked dry ingredients

Add the butter and sugar to a large bowl (or the bowl of an electric mixer).

butter and sugar in mixing bowl

Using a hand mixer (or stand mixer), beat the butter and sugar on medium-high speed until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula.

creamed butter and sugar

At medium speed, add the eggs one at a time, beating until fully incorporated between additions.

adding eggs to batter one at a time

Add the mashed bananas, vanilla, and sour cream (or Greek yogurt) and beat until blended.

adding mashed banana, sour cream, and vanilla

The batter will look a bit curdled; that’s okay.

banana chocolate chip batter before adding dry ingredients

Add the dry ingredients and mix on low speed until well blended.

adding dry ingredients

Set aside 3 tablespoons of the chocolate chips (you’ll sprinkle those over the top of the muffins) and add the rest to the batter.

adding chocolate chips to batter

Mix on low speed until the chips are evenly distributed in the batter.

banana chocolate chip muffin batter

Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin tin (the cups will be very full) and sprinkle evenly with the reserved chocolate chips.

banana chocolate chip muffins ready to bake

Bake the muffins until the tops are golden and domed, 23 to 25 minutes. Let the muffins cool in the pan for about 10 minutes.

banana chocolate chip muffins fresh out of the oven

Then turn them out onto a rack and let cool for at least 10 minutes before serving.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I ripen bananas quickly?

Banana nut muffins, banana bread, and banana pancakes are best when your bananas are overripe, so you’re looking for them to be pretty brown and spotty. If your bananas are not quite ripe enough for baking, you can speed things up by placing them in a brown paper bag and folding down the top. The natural ethylene gas produced by the bananas is trapped in the bag, which accelerates the ripening process.

Can banana chocolate chip muffins be made in advance?

Sure — the muffins are best fresh out of the oven but will keep for up to 4 days stored in a sealed container or resealable plastic bag, in a single layer (to prevent the muffins from getting soggy, line the top and bottom of the container or bag with a sheet of paper towel).

Can banana chocolate chip muffins be frozen?

Yep! The muffins can be frozen in an airtight container or sealable plastic bag for up to 3 months. Thaw for 3 to 4 hours on the countertop before serving. To reheat, wrap individual muffins in aluminum foil and place in a preheated 350°F oven until warm.

banana chocolate chip muffins cooling on rack

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Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Perfect to grab and go, these banana chocolate chip muffins are golden, fluffy, and perfectly banana-y.

Servings: 12 muffins
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 25 Minutes
Total Time: 45 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 1⅔ cups all-purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled-off
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick (½ cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup mashed bananas, from 2 to 3 overripe bananas
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup sour cream or plain Greek yogurt (low-fat is fine)
  • Heaping ¾ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and set an oven rack in the middle position. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar on medium-high speed until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. At medium speed, add the eggs one at a time, beating until fully incorporated between additions. Add the mashed bananas, vanilla, and sour cream (or Greek yogurt) and beat until blended (the batter will look a bit curdled; that's okay). Add the dry ingredients and mix on low speed until well blended. Set aside 3 tablespoons of the chocolate chips (you'll sprinkle those over the top of the muffins); on low speed, mix the remaining chips evenly into the batter.
  4. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin tin (the cups will be very full) and sprinkle evenly with the reserved chocolate chips. Bake the muffins until the tops are golden and domed, 23 to 25 minutes. Let the muffins cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn them out onto a rack and let cool for at least 10 minutes before serving. The muffins are best fresh out of the oven but will keep for up to 4 days stored in a sealed container or resealable plastic bag, in a single layer (to prevent the muffins from getting soggy, line the top and bottom of the container or bag with a single layer of paper towels).
  5. Freezer-Friendly Instructions: The muffins can be frozen in an airtight container or sealable plastic bag for up to 3 months. Thaw for 3 to 4 hours on the countertop before serving. To reheat, wrap individual muffins in aluminum foil and place in a preheated 350°F oven until warm.

Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (12 servings)
  • Serving size: 1 muffin
  • Calories: 289
  • Fat: 13 g
  • Saturated fat: 8 g
  • Carbohydrates: 41 g
  • Sugar: 24 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 4 g
  • Sodium: 207 mg
  • Cholesterol: 55 mg

This website is written and produced for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and the nutritional data on this site has not been evaluated or approved by a nutritionist or the Food and Drug Administration. Nutritional information is offered as a courtesy and should not be construed as a guarantee. The data is calculated through an online nutritional calculator, Edamam.com. Although I do my best to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures should be considered estimates only. Varying factors such as product types or brands purchased, natural fluctuations in fresh produce, and the way ingredients are processed change the effective nutritional information in any given recipe. Furthermore, different online calculators provide different results depending on their own nutrition fact sources and algorithms. To obtain the most accurate nutritional information in a given recipe, you should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe, using your preferred nutrition calculator.

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Comments

  • I’ve made the Better Homes and Gardens recipe for years and decided to give these a try instead. My family groaned when I said I was trying a new recipe. 🙂 But after the muffins were done, no on was complaining anymore!! They’ve told me this this should be my new go-to!

    • — Melissa on January 30, 2024
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  • My new favourite muffins! So tasty and delicious. Thanks for the great recipe.

    • — Maria on September 28, 2023
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  • Made these yesterday and they are Delicious! Passed some on to my neighbors and they loved them!
    Now I know what to do with these ripe bananas!
    Will definitely make these often.
    I used milk chocolate chips, sooo good!

    • — Robin Mead on August 14, 2023
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  • Made these muffins last night exactly as written. So delicious. Every recipe I’ve made from you has been so good except one. The brownies and I’m sure it was something I did wrong. Love your recipes. Thanks so much

    • — Chris Hunt on August 3, 2023
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  • Would milk chocolate chips make these too sweet? Love your recipes, never a “dud!”
    When I need a recipe, this is always the first place I look. Thank you for all the time you spend answering queries, too. I’ve seen many websites where questions are ignored.

    • — Dot on August 1, 2023
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    • Hi Dot, So glad you like the recipes and happy to answer questions! 🙂
      The muffins will be a bit sweeter with milk chocolate but not overly sweet. Just to be safe, you could reduce the sugar by a tablespoon or so. I’d love to hear how they turn out!

      • — Jenn on August 2, 2023
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  • Can you use frozen ripe bananas? If so, do you thaw them first and do you need to drain the liquid before mixing in the bananas?

    • — Carol Az on July 30, 2023
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    • Hi Carol, you can definitely use frozen bananas and, yes, after thawing, I drain off excess liquid from the bananas before incorporating them into the batter. Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on July 31, 2023
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  • My family loves your recipes, and I cannot wait to try this one! Should I make any changes for high altitude baking? Thanks!

    • — Jennifer on July 30, 2023
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    • Hi Jennifer, So glad your family likes the recipes! I don’t have experience baking at high altitudes so, unfortunately, I don’t have any wisdom to share – I’m sorry! You may find these tips helpful though. Hope you enjoy the muffins if you make them!

      • — Jenn on July 31, 2023
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  • Hi Jenn, What other types of flour can I use instead of all purpose white flour. I’m trying to eat healthier and eat less gluten.

    • — Stephanie Walls-Benbow on July 30, 2023
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    • Hi Stephanie, I haven’t made this with gluten-free flour, but you could go that route. A number of readers have commented that they have good luck with King Arthur gluten-free flour and Cup4Cup gluten-free flour. Hope that helps and you enjoy the muffins if you make them!

      • — Jenn on July 31, 2023
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  • Can I make these into cookies?

    • — Kate Schiff on July 30, 2023
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    • Hi Kate, You’d need to make too many adjustments to the recipe to convert them into cookies so I’d just look for a recipe for banana chocolate chip cookies instead. Sorry!

      • — Jenn on July 31, 2023
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  • I have been making these muffins since Jenn tested them. They are the best and my family loves them. Thank you Jenn for sharing this recipe with me way back then.

    • — Ruth Villalpando on July 30, 2023
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  • it looks good

    • — Isabelleh on May 10, 2023
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  • Excellent treat for school lunches! Fool proof recipe that produces a lovely textured muffin (maybe it’s the yoghurt???). Many thanks

    • — Stuart on March 29, 2023
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  • Delicious recipe! The only change l made was baking them at 400F for 17 minutes. I find with muffin recipes at 350F I don’t get a good rise and nice puffy top on them. Other than that, these are so yummy and great way to use up ripe bananas!

    • — Kimberley on March 25, 2023
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  • Hi. Would this recipe work in a loaf pan? My kids LOVE these muffins. I’ve made your Best Banana Bread. While it is delicious, my family prefers the taste of these muffins. Thank you!

    • — LM on March 19, 2023
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    • Sure, LM, that will work (and so glad you like these)!

      • — Jenn on March 20, 2023
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  • Hi Jenn,
    I made these this morning. They were/are excellent!I used 2 bananas. I felt like the batter didn’t taste super banana like, but the finished muffins have a great banana flavor, perfect!
    I also added two or three raspberries in each muffin. Nice contrast of tart and sweet (i did use dark chocolate chips)

    Your recipes never fail!

    • — Carol on February 26, 2023
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  • So good! I freeze these in packages of two and we get a treat for breakfast once in a while.

    • — Christine on February 26, 2023
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  • This one of the best banana muffin I’ve made. I did mini muffins baked for 17-18 mins and it was delicious l, so fluffy. I’ve never made a fluffy muffins yet just this one. Thank you very much!

    • — Evelyn Misera on February 10, 2023
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  • Taste great – one of my favorite muffin recipes!

    • — Jen Heerwagen on February 1, 2023
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  • Made these as directed- Delicious!! Definitely a keeper and do again recipe! Thanks!

    • — Vicki P on January 31, 2023
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  • These are my absolute favorite muffins, I make them all the time! How long should I bake these if I make mini muffins?

    • — Michelle on January 30, 2023
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    • Hi Michelle, So glad you like these! Minis could take anywhere from 10 to 13 minutes. I’d start checking them at 10. 🙂

      • — Jenn on January 31, 2023
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  • Jenn,

    Thank you. Two thumbs up. Excellent healthy snack for after school and work. We made it using sour cream.

    • — Mary Heyens on November 3, 2022
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  • I absolutely love these but I’m curious to know what I might be doing wrong. Both times I’ve made these, I fill the muffins to the top and bake for 25 minutes but they’re nowhere near finished. Both times have required 10 extra minutes to cook which scorches the tops. I haven’t had this problem with my oven following any of your other recipes. Could I be using too much banana? Thanks

    • — Kara on October 13, 2022
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    • Hi Kara, I’m sorry you’re having a problem with these! Are you changing anything in the recipe? Are you measuring the mashed bananas to ensure that you’re only using one cup?

      • — Jenn on October 14, 2022
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  • I would like to attempt these tomorrow, but I only have regular plain yogurt or vanilla greek yogurt… which do you think would work better, and do I need to modify anything else? Thanks!

    • — Sarah on July 10, 2022
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    • Hi Sarah, I’d go with the plain yogurt; just let it sit in a strainer for a few minutes to remove any excess liquid. Hope you enjoy the muffins!

      • — Jenn on July 11, 2022
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  • Made these banana chocolate chip muffins. I have to say they are probably one of the best muffins I have ever made! I will definitely be making these often as I usually have ripe bananas around and of course chocolate chips! I did use sour cream but next time I think I will try the Greek yogurt.

    • — Karen on June 11, 2022
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  • Delicious! I had a couple of bananas that were super ripe and I did not want to waste them. Found this recipe very appealing and just like your other recipes, it was awesome. If there is any feedback I could provide, it would be to add the flour, sugar and banana weights as I have been converted to weigh my baking ingredients. Thank you so much for making me a great cook. 😉

    • — Lulu on June 1, 2022
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    • So glad you liked these! And the great majority of my recipes (including this one) include conversions to metric/weight measurements. To view them, scroll down to the recipe, and immediately under the recipe title on the right side, you’ll see a little toggle. If you move it from “cup measures” to metric, you’ll see measurements that will work for you. Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on June 2, 2022
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  • We’ve tried many different banana chocolate chip recipes and this is our favorite! Perhaps it’s the sour cream, they turn out so moist and fluffy.

    • — Jen Coleman on April 20, 2022
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  • Hi!
    Can you use this recipe for cupcakes and frost them? I’m trying to find a banana cake recipe to replace the one my mom always made with buttercream frosting. I can’t find hers and thought to look at your site. 🙂 Any suggestions? Thank you!

    • — Lisa on April 13, 2022
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    • Sure Lisa, that will work. Just keep in mind they will have a bit more of a muffin texture than a cupcake texture but will still be delicious!

      • — Jenn on April 13, 2022
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  • I didn’t have chocolate chips on hand, so I used mini butterscotch chips instead. I also added some chopped toasted pecans. Superb!

    • — Lois Kahle on March 25, 2022
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  • This is a really nice muffin, light and moist. The proportion of banana to chocolate is just right. The only thing a bit off was the yield. I got 24 regular sized muffins, instead of 12. Not a problem! Thanks Jenn!

    • — Kathryn on March 10, 2022
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  • My two year old son and I made these this morning. We actually just put everything in the bowl and mixed it up. They turned out absolutely delicious! He ate two muffins and wants to make them again. I got to use my homemade yogurt that I make in my instant pot, too.

    • — Deborah on March 5, 2022
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  • Thank you Jen for your recipe! Will it make much difference if I use plain yogurt instead of Greek yogurt?

    • Sure, but I’d strain it first because it’s not as thick as Greek yogurt. Please LMK how they turn out!

  • Easy recipe to follow and the outcome is delicious! Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  • Just want you to know your recipes always come out great and make me look like an expert😀 My family is glad I found you! Can these muffins be frozen?

    • So glad you enjoy them! They can definitely be frozen. 🙂

  • My sons loved these, I was lucky enough to have one. They were gone with 1 day. I am going to make a second batch today.

    • — Valerie Haddad
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  • Jen does it again – these are easy, and turn out fantastic. I didn’t even pull out the Kitchen Aid, and just hand stirred the batter – still turned out great. EASY! THANKS!

  • Straight forward recipe with great flavor! The whole family enjoyed them and will make them again 🙂

  • Have made these a couple of times
    Really yummy!! I have mine with peanut butter. ♥️

  • I made these over the weekend and they were so good! Not too much chocolate not too much banana. Just perfect. I will be making these again!

  • How much will it change the flavor if you use bittersweet chocolate chips instead of semi-sweet?

    • Hi Kitty, It won’t be that significant — it should be fine. Enjoy!

  • Made these for a friend who just got out of the hospital….easy, moist, flavorful and absolutely delicious! Even though I’d never made this recipe, I know that I can count on the Tested and Perfected recipes that Jenn posts!

  • Hi Jenn

    Just made these this morning and they are delicious, very easy too. I can see my daughter finishing these very quickly.

    Just one small point: did you miss a step in the instructions? You had 2 tablespoons of sugar set aside in the list, but I couldn’t see where these were used. Was I supposed to sprinkle on the muffins before baking?

    • Hi Peter, glad you enjoyed the muffins! I apologize for any confusion; the two additional tablespoons of sugar should not be set aside but rather added along with the rest of the sugar. Hope that clarifies!

  • Hi Jenn just made these this morning and they are delicious,simple and flawless recipe,temp. and time were spot on.We had to refrain from eating two each,thanks for another great recipe.

    • Dear Jenn,
      Your recipe is wonderful. I made twice. They turn out so nice. Thank you very much.
      From : Daphne Iek

  • Very moist and just enough chocolate. Perfect

  • Jenn
    I thought I’d try this recipe this morning but ran into an issue I often have…wanting to bake and my butter is in the refrigerator. Can you recommend a way to use the microwave to soften butter so it’s at room temperature” so I can follow recipes even when I’m a last minute baker? Thanks

    • Hi Ilene, I microwave the butter at 50% power in 10- to 15-second intervals until it is soft but not melted. You have to keep a close eye on it, but it works like a charm. Hope that helps!

      • I’m gathering my ingredients now! Thank you for your quick reply. Your banana chai bread has been a big hit, too. Perfect for autumn!

  • Hi Jen, thank you for this recipe it looks amazing! My husband recently was told by his doctor to cut out butter- do you think I could substitute veg oil into this recipe or some other more healthy fat? Thanks for your help!

    • — Stephanie Tang
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    • Hi Stephanie, The only oil that I think would work here (you need something solid to combine with the sugar) is coconut oil. Please LMK how they turn out if you try it!

      • How much coconut oil?

        • You’ll need the same amount as the butter in the recipe (so 1/2 cup). Hope that helps!

  • I made these today they came out fantastic thank you so much Jen!
    Tasty, moist, perfect. I followed your recipe and thought about doubling it, but ran out of time.

  • Saw the recipe this morning and made them tonight. They were so good my husband ate two of them before they were cooled off from the oven!

  • I would like to substitute canola oil or another vegetable oil in place of the butter to lower the saturated fat content. Is it an equal substitution or a different amount of oil that you recommend?

    • Hi Christina, canola/vegetable oil won’t work here as you need something solid to cream with the sugar. I’m don’t know how much saturated fat is in (solidified) coconut oil, but it should work if you want to give that a try.

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