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If you need a healthy snack or you want something sugar-free for breakfast, these healthy banana muffins are what you’re looking for! Begin your day with these fiber-packed, gluten-free little treats.
What is your favorite healthy breakfast recipe? I personally love things that I can grab and eat at my desk while I work, like these breakfast bars.
They don’t tend to be the healthiest things ever when you buy them from the store, so I set out to create some gluten-free banana muffins that will actually fuel my body through my workday.
Frequently Asked Questions About Healthy Banana Muffins
Are you ready to make your own muffins? I am! As they bake, your home will fill with a sweet aroma, making everyone in the house hungry.
Here are some answers to a few questions you might have.
How do you ripen bananas faster?
If your bananas aren’t brown yet, there are a few ways you can ripen them.
- Place them in a brown paper bag and keep them away from light. As the bananas ripen, they release ethylene gas, which ripens it more. This should only take 1-3 days, so check on them each day.
- If you want them to ripen faster, you can do it in the oven. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees. Place the unopened bananas on a baking sheet and spread them apart. Bake them for about 30-minutes, but check on them after half an hour.
Can you freeze banana muffins?
Yes, you can freeze them, but don’t just place them into a zippered bag in a huge pile. If you do, they will freeze together into a large clump.
Instead, spread the muffins apart on a single layer a baking sheet. Then, place the baking sheet in the freezer until all of the muffins are completely frozen.
After they are frozen, you can take them out and place them in a zippered freezer bag together.
Flash freezing them first will prevent them from sticking together in the bag.
When you are ready to eat them again, pull them out and let them thaw in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours. Then, you can reheat them in the oven at 300 degrees for about 20 minutes.
How do you store the gluten-free banana muffins?
These muffins taste best when you store them at room temperature in an airtight container as the air will dry them out.
Storing them in the refrigerator will dry them out too. Keep them on the counter in a sealed container.
They will last about a week (if you don’t eat them first).
Health Benefits Of A Banana Muffin
If you are on a gluten-free diet, then you will love these muffins. Not only do they taste amazing, but they are so good for you too! Here are just a few of the wonderful health benefits of these muffins.
- Organic Ripe Bananas – This fruit is high in fiber and one of the best sources of potassium.
- Organic Applesauce – Applesauce is a healthier source than vegetable oil for the muffins. It’s packed with vitamin C and natural sugars.
- Raw Honey – Honey is a healthier source of sweetness that doesn’t spike your blood sugar like cane sugar or high fructose corn syrup.
- Gluten-Free Flour – I used Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour that’s easy on your gut.
Note: The entire recipe is in a printable recipe card at the bottom of this post 😉
How To Make Gluten-Free Banana Muffins
Let’s make these banana muffins together!
First, I’ll show you some photos of the individual steps.
Honestly, these are so easy to make that you’ll want to make them multiple times a week!
1. While the oven is preheating to 350 degrees, mix together the bananas, applesauce, eggs, and honey, using an electric mixer.
2. In a smaller bowl, mix together the coconut oil and vanilla extract. Then, mix this into the banana mixture.
3. In another bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix this into the banana mixture.
4. Fill the muffin cups 2/3 full and bake for about 18-22 minutes. You’ll know they are done when a toothpick comes out clean.
Banana Muffins Additions
This is a pretty basic recipe and there are lots of things you can add to the muffin mix to make them taste completely different.
Add some allergy-friendly chocolate chips for a little added sweetness. My favorite brand is Enjoy Life Food! They are soy-free, dairy-free, and nut-free.
Making banana oat muffins are actually very popular.
Rolled oats are typically gluten-free and are good for heart health because of their high fiber content. Make sure to double-check and keep an eye out for that GF symbol!
My favorite brand of rolled oats are from Bob’s Red Mill.
Walnuts are the most common kind you’ll find in banana muffins. Chop them up really fine so they are bite-size and mix it into the batter.
Here are a few tips that will make your banana muffins turn out perfectly every single time!
Use Over-Ripe Bananas
Ripe bananas are best to use in this recipe because they are sweeter. Just like with banana bread, the riper the bananas, the better.
If you don’t have ripe bananas, follow the instructions in the FAQ section.
Don’t have time? Just add a tiny bit more honey. Not much because you don’t want them to be overly sweet (and a little honey goes a long way).
Use Eco-Friendly Silicone Muffin Tins
To save money (and the environment), use these super cute silicone muffin tins. You don’t even have to use muffin liners!
They are really easy to clean and naturally non-stick.
More Healthy Breakfast Ideas
It’s important to start your day out with some healthy foods. If you eat foods that are high in fiber, they will keep your full longer, preventing unhealthy snacking, and help you lose weight too!
Here are a few of my favorite ideas that you should make this week too.