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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Recipe: Healthy Banana Nut Muffins

Healthy Banana Nut Muffins Recipe - low fat, gluten free, whole wheat, sugar free, clean eating friendly

Jesse's ultimate muffin has to be a banana nut muffin. If I ask him what I should bake, the answer is usually either banana muffins or brownies - and banana nut muffins are 10,000x better than any other banana muffin, according to Jesse. 

Personally, I don't really like nuts in muffins - but these Healthy Banana Nut Muffins totally changed my mind. 

Low Fat Banana Nut Muffins Recipe - healthy, gluten free, whole wheat, sugar free, clean eating friendly

As well as being delicious, they can be made either gluten free or whole wheat, they're low in fat, sugar free and freeze really well. 

I always put healthy muffins or baked goods in Jesse's lunch bag because they're a quick and easy snack option. I make up a big batch in advance, freeze them and then defrost them the night before in the fridge so they're ready for lunch the next day. 

Plus, muffins make even the lamest work days better, I think ;P We like to call it lessert - that's, lunch-dessert.

But let me give you the recipe >> 

Gluten Free Banana Nut Muffins Recipe - healthy, low fat, whole wheat, sugar free, clean eating friendly

Healthy Banana Bread makes 8-12 muffins 
gluten free option, wholewheat option, low fat, low sugar, clean eating friendly

3 large bananas, mashed (about 1 1/3C/300g mashed)
1/3 cup egg whites or 2 eggs
2 tbsp softened butter or reduced fat dairy/non-dairy spread
3 tbsp - 1/3 cup honey (depending on how sweet you like things)
2 tsp vanilla extract 
1 cup whole wheat flour/buckwheat flour/gf oat flour 
1/2 cup plain flour/gluten free plain flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
~1/3 cup roughly chopped walnuts or nuts of your choice (I kinda just throw them in without measuring - use as much or as little as you like!)
Pinch of salt 
optional mix ins: spices, chocolate chips, etc.

Preheat your oven to 180°C/355°F
Grease and or line your muffin tins. 
Mash your bananas and mix in the eggs, honey, softened butter and vanilla.
Mix together your flours, baking powder/soda and salt and pour into wet ingredients.
Mix until just combined and pour into your baking tin.
Bake for ~15-25 minutes, keeping an eye on your muffins to ensure they don't overcook.
If your muffins are browning too much, but are not cooked in the middle, cover them with foil.
Bake until a skewer inserted removes clean and cool slightly before turning out of the tin.

But tell me, what's your favourite muffin flavour?
It has to be either banana or blueberry muffins for me. I was always a bran muffin fan before I found out I had coeliac, but obviously that can't happen now that I can no longer eat gluten!


  1. Blueberry Muffins always! Since I was a little girl...but again it is something I have not had in many many years! But I think any muffin that includes cinnamon...that is a win for my tastes now!

  2. Kristy @ Southern In-LawMarch 30, 2014 at 7:24 AM

    Cinnamon is always a good add in! You now have a mission to make banana bread AND blueberry muffins ASAP - you're missing out! ;P

  3. I just made these and they taste amazing! I cannot remember the last time I had a muffin! Thank you so much for posting it.

  4. Kristy @ Southern In-LawApril 1, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    Hey Nicolette, I am so glad that you loved them! Enjoy! xx

  5. Pretty good just out of the oven. Only problem is that they are a little tough inside. Maybe I need to add less flour next time? Please help. I would really like to make these again

  6. Kristy @ Southern In-LawApril 2, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Hi there, what flour did you use? If you used wheat flour, there's a possibility that you may have overmixed it slightly. They should be moist and fluffy!

  7. If we're not concerned about these being gluten free, is it ok to just use AP flour for all of the flour the recipe calls for?

  8. Hey Noreen,
    You sure can! Just be careful not to overstir your batter or the gluten in the flour will activate and make your muffins thick and odd textured!

  9. Don’t forget the nuts. They are in the ingredients list, but not in the prep instructions. These are a yummy and easy.


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