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Monday, March 10, 2014

Recipe: Buckwheat Banana Muffins

Healthy Buckwheat Banana Muffins - gluten free, low fat, low sugar

I mentioned in our last Recent Things post that I always look forward to seeing spotty brown bananas in the fruit bowl. This weekend, however, I realised that it's not just me - it's the entire SIL family. 

Usually when our bananas start to take on a leopard-esque appearance, the hinting starts.... 
  • Hey Kristy, I won't eat those bananas because you'll probably want to use them to make something right?
  • Kristy, those bananas are getting very brown - don't you think you should do something with them?
  • You know what I love, those banana muffins you made last time... oh they were really good.... we should make them again soon. 
  • There's nothing better than fresh banana bread, right Kristy?
  • Do you have the recipe for those banana muffins you made that time? They were really reaaaaaaaaaaallly good. 
It's not just me. The entire SIL Family are banana baked good obsessed - and I can't really blame them. Whilst I do have a couple of favourite recipes, I do love to experiment and these buckwheat banana muffins were one of those very experiments. 

An experiment which created our family's new favourite banana muffin recipe!

Gluten Free Buckwheat Banana Muffins - healthy, low fat, low sugar, sugar free, clean eating friendly

Even though I'm the only one in the family who can't eat gluten, we usually always have gluten free baked goods in the house and no one knows the difference. One of the things that's most important for me when creating gluten free recipes for SIL is that they taste good - "normal" even - and my family are the perfect critics. 

I love creating healthy, allergy friendly recipes that don't feel like you're eating "special food" or leave you feel like you're getting left out. They have to taste amazing, look good and be easy to make. 

Even if you can eat gluten, the buckwheat in these muffins gives them a delicious flavour and together with the oats they're light, fluffy and have a little bit of a nutty flavour too! 

But let's get onto the recipe! >> 
Sugar Free Buckwheat Banana Muffins - healthy, low fat, low sugar, gluten free, clean eating friendly

Buckwheat Banana Muffins makes 12-14 large muffins, 28 mini muffins
low fat, low sugar, gluten free, sugar free option**

1/4 cup (50g) cane sugar/brown sugar *see notes
3 1/2 tbsp (50g) butter, softened 
2 large eggs 
3 large (300g = 1 1/3 cup mashed) bananas 
1/2 cup (120g) greek yogurt 
2 tsp vanilla extract 
1 cup (120g) buckwheat flour 
1 cup (110g) oat flour 
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda 
Pinch of salt 
  • Preheat your oven to 180°C/355°F
  • Grease and/or line mini or regular muffin tins or a medium (9x5") loaf tin. 
  • With a mixer, cream together your butter and sugar until light and fluffy. 
  • Add in your eggs, banana, yogurt and vanilla and mix until combined - scraping the sides of the bowls to ensure everything is mixed together. 
  • Add in your flours, baking powder, baking soda and salt and mix until just combined. 
  • Pour your mixture into your prepared muffin tins and place into your preheated oven. 
  • For mini muffins: Bake for 10-15 minutes or until cooked through
  • For larger muffins: Bake for 15-20 minutes or until cooked through
  • For a loaf: Bake for 1 hour or until cooked through
*If you like things sweeter use between 1/3 cup-1/2 cup of sugar. 
**For a sugar free version, use honey or coconut sugar instead of sugar. If using honey, you'll want to cream your butter first and then add in your honey. 

But tell me, what's your favourite type of muffin?
And what's one baked good your entire family love?


  1. Joshua and I are very passionate about our faith, so it's nice to see another couple whose quite similiar.

    Your banana split breakfast idea is adorable & very creative. I'm ont a huge cottage cheese fan, but yogurt would work :)

  2. Kristy @ Southern In-LawMarch 10, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    Yogurt would definitely work! You'll have to snap a picture if you try it! xx

  3. LiziheartvegetablesMarch 10, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    Wow! These look delicious and still healthy! I'll have to pin these for later :) Thanks for sharing!

  4. Kristy @ Southern In-LawMarch 11, 2014 at 7:00 AM

    They are really yum! You'll have to let me know what you think if you get around to trying them! xx

  5. You guys are adorable. The muffins are in the oven. I have a new source for gluten-free recipes. Good stuff. :)

  6. Awh, thanks Molly! I hope you love them! xx

  7. These are my go-to muffins when I don't have any crazy ingredients on hand. They're easy and simple and good.
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  8. I just made these today morning and they were amazing!!! Super yummy, moist, soft and fluffy. My super picky 2 year old loved it (ate 3) and my hubby and elder one couldn't have enough of it! She even took it for her friends at a play date. Thank you for the most awesome muffin ever!!

  9. I am glad too! I tried to attach a picture, but it didn't allow because of the huge file size. Though mine are more brown whereas yours have a beautiful golden color. But doesn't matter as they taste absolutely amazing and I just have a couple left now. I am going to try your healthy banana bread next :)

  10. Can you send me the picture via email at That was I can add it to our reader showcase!

    You'll have to let me know what you think of the healthy banana bread! xoxo

  11. Hey I just sent you the muffin pictures! Thanks!

  12. I don't usually comment but I just made these for my baby (with a few changes) and he LOVED them.
    I used half the butter, no sugar, substituted half the oat four for brown rice flour and added 3 tbsp of applesauce.
    The result was so light and fluffy and yummy!
    I baked half for baby which he gobbled up with a spoon of applesauce and then added 2 tablespoons each of butter and sugar to the remaining mixture and baked for daddy and I.
    So lovely, thankyou.

  13. Lucie I am so glad that you took the time to leave a comment as you've put a huge smile on my face - thank you! I'm glad that the whole family enjoyed these muffins as they're one of our faves! xoxo

  14. Breakfast of champions...

  15. Hi there, if i don't have plain yogurt, can i replace it with applesauce? sounds yummy and i can't wait to try this recipe. thanks!

  16. Just made these. I love them!

  17. These are delicious! How do I store them?

    1. You can keep them in an airtight container for 2-3 days. If you're in a warmer climate i'd probably keep them in the fridge. You can also freeze them to store for longer.


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