Guilt-Free Banana Muffins for Everyone!

Everyone can eat these muffins guilt-free! They can be made gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy free, and can be made egg-free and nut-free, but they still have tons of flavor and extremely moist! 

We have all kinds of food restrictions and desires in our family, so sometimes it is nice to make something you know everyone can eat.

Lots of options, so make it your way

Make these with eggs, just the whites, or chia seeds or other egg substitute. Regular or gluten-free flour, or a combination. This version uses white whole-wheat and oat flour. You can also make this with half coconut flour and add some grated coconut for another flavor element. Or, use all gluten-free baking mix, or half gluten-free and half oats. You can see how versatile this recipe is, and I’ve made it a dozen different ways.

No sugar, so you can feel good about serving them to your family

The bananas add a lot of sweetness, so you don’t need added sugar in the batter, just a bit sprinkled on top, more for texture if you want. If you don’t have a firm banana, just add another ripe one.

The grandkids give them the kid’s thumbs up of approval!

This makes 12 muffins or one loaf of banana bread. The recipe is quick to put together and uses just one bowl, some measuring equipment, and a sifter or sieve.


Guilt-Free Banana Muffins

  • 2 eggs, OR 4 egg whites, OR 2 tbsp, chia seeds mixed with 4 tbsp. water
  • 4 overripe bananas
  • 1 large firm banana
  • 2 to 4 tbsp. canola oil
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice and zest of the lemon
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 cup, nuts, chopped, optional

Ready to make banana muffins

If using, mix the chia seeds with the water and set aside for 10 minutes. This can replace the eggs. Or use 2 eggs or 4 egg whites.

Combine mashed bananas, chopped banana, oil, chia paste or eggs, vanilla, and lemon juice. Into this mixture, sift the dry ingredients. Add the nuts and mix everything together just until moistened. Do not over mix.

Grease a 12-cup muffin tin or use paper liners. Fill with a standard ice cream scoop. Top each with a sprinkling of large grain sugar if desired.

Bake at 350 for about 25 to 30 minutes, or until browned and firm. 

These are quite tender and tasty, and we have them in the house whenever we’ve let bananas go too far!

Note: You can add up to 3 tbsp. honey if the bananas are not overly ripe and you need more sweetness.

EVERYONE CAN BE HAPPY –– This version was gluten-free and vegan, and used gluten-free flour in place of the whole wheat and egg replacer. It did not rise quite as high without the eggs, but the texture was still wonderful, moist and tender. Increase cooking time to 45 to 50 minutes and test for doneness.

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17 Comments Add yours

  1. nancyc says:

    These look so good and moist! I love banana muffins and bread, and since these are guilt-free, that’s even more to love! 😀

    1. The fact that there is no sugar, white flour, or saturated fact, plus tons of nutrition from the bananas and oats, lets me feel really good about having them for my family to snack on, or even have for breakfast.

  2. Great idea, to add a firm banana, along with the over-ripe ones!

    1. Thank you! It makes a difference in texture.

      1. Will keep it in mind! ;0

  3. What guilt? No guilt involved when there’s banana muffin 😋😋

  4. I never thought of adding a firm banana to the mixture! Such a great idea!

    1. Thank you! It really keeps the bread moist, little pockets of banana flavor and softness.

      1. I Will definitely try! Thank you!

  5. Bananas are always a good idea. 🍌🍞

    1. So right! There’s always a bunch in my fruit bowl!

  6. Carolyn Page says:

    Banana muffins, Dorothy, can’t be beat.. They are so versatile.
    And the chia seeds work wonders for us vegans!

    1. I know, I love them, there’s just something about that banana flavor when baked.

  7. bethany says:

    Love that there are so many options for this recipe! And banana muffins are a favorite in my house!

    1. It’s a nice recipe to have because it is so flexible, and we have a lot of dietary restrictions in our family!

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