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Healthy Banana Nut Muffins

Healthy Banana Nut Muffins (Paleo, Vegan, and Gluten-Free)

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Sweet bananas, toasted walnuts, and an energizing snack, my Healthy Banana Nut Muffins recipe is the perfect on-the-go treat!


Hi Bold Bakers!

Since sharing my low-carb, low-sugar, and gluten-free Banana Bread Recipe with you, it’s pretty clear you guys are with me when it comes to loving bananas. Besides using banana in baking bread, I love to use them in muffins too! My healthy Banana Nut Muffins are a slightly different take on the classic recipe.

These healthy Banana Nut Muffins are complete with freshly sliced banana and tasty walnuts on top. They are gluten free, paleo, and can even be made vegan. Basically, my goal here was to create a recipe that can be enjoyed by all. Whether you’re having these muffins for breakfast or an afternoon snack I can assure you, they will hit the spot!

How Ripe Do The Bananas Have To Be?

To make banana nut muffins, you’re going to want to use fully ripe bananas. Since there is no added sugar in this recipe, the banana is the main source of sweetness. I often have ripe bananas on-hand, but when I have one too many and they start to turn color I like to keep them frozen and then add them to smoothies or allow them to defrost and use them in this recipe!

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Should I Toast The Nuts First?

Whenever I cook or bake with nuts of any kind I like to toast them beforehand. In this case, I toasted the walnuts in a 375°F (190°C) oven on a sheet pan for about 10 minutes. You’ll know when the nuts have been fully toasted when you can smell them. Taking this extra step makes all the difference in the flavor of the nuts and can always be done ahead in a big batch.

Can Healthy Banana Nut Muffins Be Made Without Eggs?

I love how versatile this recipe is! Everyone loves the taste of banana nut muffins, so in my opinion, everyone should be able to eat them!

If you’re vegan or allergic to eggs this recipe can be adapted by adding in 3 flax eggs instead. One flax egg is made by mixing 1 tablespoon of ground flax with 3 tablespoons of water. Allow these ingredients to sit together for about 10 minutes, which will allow the flax to “bloom” and absorb the water. After about 10 minutes what you’re left with is the ideal egg substitute, great for replacing eggs in most recipes. For more egg substitutes download my handy FREE Egg Substitute Chart.

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Why Are My Muffins Gummy?

These muffins are incredibly moist thanks to the banana, eggs, and alternative flours. The almond flour and coconut flour in this recipe do absorb liquid differently than regular wheat-based flour. While this is to be considered, this is actually my favorite part of working with these plant-based flours. The blend of almond and coconut flour in my healthy banana nut muffins keep them from being dry and crumbly. If for some reason after baking the muffins seem underdone or gummy in the middle you can pop them back in the oven for an additional 5 minutes — that said this is not typical for this kind of recipe!

Can I Add More Fruit?

My healthy banana nut muffin recipe is a great base. If you’d like to add additional fresh or dried fruit I think that would be a great addition. I personally would add sugar-free chocolate and maybe some dates, YUM!

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Healthy Banana Nut Muffins
Healthy Banana Nut Muffins Recipe
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
28 mins
Total Time
48 mins
 

Sweet bananas, toasted walnuts, and an energizing snack, my Healthy Banana Nut Muffins recipe is the perfect on-the-go treat!

Course: Breakfast/Brunch
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Calories: 127 kcal
Author: Olivia Crouppen
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups (6oz/172g) almond flour
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup (4oz/115g) ripe mashed bananas, about 2 large bananas
  • 3 eggs, or 3 flax eggs
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup (2floz/57ml) Lakanto maple syrup, honey, or regular maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (2 ½oz/71g) walnuts, toasted and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 a ripe banana, sliced for garnish, optional
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350°F (180°C) and line a 12-well cupcake pan with paper liners. If you do not have liners then generously grease the wells with coconut oil.

  2. In a large bowl, combine the almond flour, coconut flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Mix well then set aside. 

  3. In another medium bowl, mash the bananas well. Add in the eggs, coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla. Whisk until thoroughly combined. 

  4. Add the wet ingredients into the dry and mix until a thick batter is formed. Lastly, fold in most of the walnuts, reserving some to garnish the top of the muffins. 

  5. Transfer the batter to the lined tin, making sure each one is filled 2/3 of the way. Top with the additional walnuts and sliced fresh banana if desired 

  6. Bake the muffins for 25-28 minutes or until golden brown on top.

  7. Allow the muffins to cool slightly before removing from the tin. Enjoy with a cup of tea!

  8. Cover and store the muffins in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. These muffins can be frozen once baked. To defrost allow thawing at room temperature. 

Nutrition Facts
Healthy Banana Nut Muffins Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 muffin)
Calories 127 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 47mg 16%
Sodium 164mg 7%
Potassium 135mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 3g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 3%
Vitamin C 4%
Calcium 5%
Iron 5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Anusha on June 6, 2019 at 6:19 pm

    Hi Gemma!

    Can we use Gluten-free All purpose flour instead of coconut flour and Almond flour?

    • Gemma Stafford on June 7, 2019 at 11:39 am

      Hi Anusha,
      Yes! I think that will work really well here. Try 1/2 a batch to check it,
      Gemma 🙂

  2. Barbara Overly on June 3, 2019 at 1:13 pm

    Hi. Enjoy your recipes and make quite a few of them. About toasting nuts. I always toast them before I use them in a recipe, or before I eat them as a snack.

    I am not sure why, but most people say to bake them in the oven. A much simpler way is to just put them in the microwave. I use the 30 second increment to watch them to see if they are done. Walnuts usually take about a minute altogether. Same advise, stand there and once you smell them, remove them. I am on a pistachio kick at the moment, and they usually take about 2 minutes to crisp. I stop them at a minute, let them cool for a couple of minutes, and put them back in for another 30 seconds. I do this on a heavy paper plate. I have not tried them on a regular plate.

    The taste of toasted nuts cannot be beat. I think more people would eat these healthy alternatives to junk food if they toasted them first.

    • Gemma Stafford on June 4, 2019 at 11:43 am

      Hi Barbara,
      I agree toasted nuts are irresistible. The cooking time will, of course, depend on the quantity in the microwave, but that is a great tip.
      A dry pan too, but as you say, you need to watch them, and you need to use your sense of smell too.
      Thank you for taking the trouble to write this detailed comment, I appreciate it, and others will too,
      Gemma 🙂

  3. Marissa C. on June 2, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    Can I substitute the almond flour with more coconut flour?

    • Gemma Stafford on June 4, 2019 at 8:35 am

      Hi Marissa,
      these are two totally different flours. Almond flour tends to be really moist and not absorbent as such, the coconut flour is highly absorbent. This change will give you a different result. I would have to redesign the recipe to suit you as the majority of the flour is almond flour. For every cup/5ozs of almond flour, you would use 1/4 cup of coconut flour (1oz). You may need an extra egg too. I think you can try it, I think it will not fail, but go easy with the flour!
      Gemma 🙂

  4. Ns on June 2, 2019 at 10:34 am

    Can these me made with AP or oat flour if we don’t have almond and coconut flour?

    • Gemma Stafford on June 3, 2019 at 5:36 am

      Hi there,
      Yes, I think these will work well with AP or Oat flour, or a blend of these two, that should be good. See this recipe (https://www.biggerbolderbaking.com/crazy-muffins/) that may be even better for you,
      Gemma 🙂

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