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Paleo Banana Nut Muffins

January 4, 2015

For most people, the new year is a time to reflect on the old and set goals for the new. I actually didn’t set any resolutions for this year and instead set a mantra, but you’ll be hearing more on that soon. I have however been spending a lot of time thinking about the past and just how much has changed.

Paleo Banana Nut Muffins - a grain-free muffin recipe with the sweetness of bananas and the heartiness of mixed nuts!I spend a lot of time talking about how much I and THM have changed, but so many other areas of my life have grown and evolved as well. Today you get to hear all about my relationship with C.

Considering how utterly obsessed I am with him (I mean this in the most loving-least stalkerish way) I don’t talk about our relationship all that much on here. He’s very involved in the behind-the-scenes of THM and I occasionally subject you to a C & D anecdote but in terms of our day-to-day relationship and the big moments we’ve shared, those memories are reserved for us.

3 years ago I was living in NYC and he was in Montreal, a year after that I moved back to Toronto and we continued long distance between Toronto and Montreal until FINALLY last year when he moved to Toronto and we moved into our lovely little apartment together.

Paleo Banana Nut Muffins - a grain-free muffin recipe with the sweetness of bananas and the heartiness of mixed nuts!In many ways our relationship is still exactly as it was 3 years ago. I’m still motherly and (over)involved and he’s still my always positive and rational rock. In other ways we have changed so much both individually and together. We’re definitely less reckless and spontaneous and we’re also so much more mature and competent.

You’ll no long find us raving at an Eric Prydz show on a Saturday night because we need to get up on Sunday to pick out a new rug for our bedroom from West Elm. I’m still baking up a storm for him but instead of low-cal, fat-free banana muffins, we’re snacking on hearty and nutritious (and certainly not low-cal or fat-free) Paleo Banana Nut Muffins.

Some things have changed like our location, our hair (thank god!) and our eating habits, but many things have not like our love for each other and for The West Wing.

Paleo Banana Nut Muffins - a grain-free muffin recipe with the sweetness of bananas and the heartiness of mixed nuts!Grain-free or not, it’s so nice to be able to share them with him straight out of the oven instead of having to explain to the security guard at the airport why I’m trying to smuggle a dozen muffins across the border. Everyday I’m grateful I get to share a life with him 🙂


Paleo Banana Nut Muffins

  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 12 muffins 1x


  • 2 cups almond meal
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 3 large very ripe bananas, mashed*
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 T honey
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped, mixed nuts (I used a mix of pecans and walnuts)**


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl combine almond meal, coconut flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and sea salt.
  3. In a separate bowl combine bananas, almond milk, honey, eggs and vanilla extract.
  4. Slowly add wet ingredients to dry and stir until just combined. Stir in nuts.
  5. Line a muffin tray with muffin liners or grease well and fill each cup 3/4 full.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool in tray for 20 minutes before removing from tray to cool completely on a wire rack.
  8. Will keep in an airtight container on the counter for 3 days or longer in refrigerator.

*I use super ripe bananas that I froze and thawed.
**Feel free to substitute with dairy-free chocolate chips (I like the enjoy life brand).

Paleo Banana Nut Muffins - a grain-free muffin recipe with the sweetness of bananas and the heartiness of mixed nuts!
Like this recipe? Here are some others I have hand-picked for you!

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  • Reply
    January 4, 2015 at 9:34 am

    Utterly obsessed is an understatement 😀 Slash….you should relocate to my backyard, right MEOW. I could totally see you guys buying Curtle’s parent’s house down the street 😀 Pretty please!

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    Miss Polkadot
    January 4, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    You guys are too cute. Yes, saying that even without a picture of you in this particular post. Call me nosey but I really enjoy hearing the stories about others’ loved ones. Especially when they include muffins. I think you still have my address from that letter way back so you know where to send half a dozen of these. Thankyouverymuch.

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      Davida Kugelmass
      January 9, 2015 at 4:40 pm

      It was nearly impossible trying to get muffins between the US and Canada…god only knows what would happen if I tried to ship them to europe haha!

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    January 4, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    Some days I think there is nothing better than waking up to a banana nut muffin, although it’s always better when the Hubby is by my side. He’s been home for two straight weeks now, which is an eternity compared to how it normally is, and tomorrow he shoves off, back to school again. I’ll miss him, although a banana nut muffin could be a good consolation prize.

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      Davida Kugelmass
      January 9, 2015 at 4:36 pm

      We should snuggle with some muffins. Next time C goes out of town we can virtually snuggle with muffins and wine!!

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    Alysia @ Slim Sanity
    January 4, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    Oh gosh – relationships change like crazy. And it can definitely be a good thing!! I could tell how much my relationship with Kyle changed before we got engaged. Our communication was 100% different. We both grew out of bad behaviors (I guess you can say), we grew up, and things were awesome. I should say – things are awesome. Because they still are, happily married for 7 months now 😉

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    Luv What You Do
    January 4, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    Yum! Those look awesome!

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    Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment
    January 4, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    These muffins look awesome! I have a lot of relationships that have changed over the past few years. I think in many ways I am very different and that is a huge part of it. I became interested in health and fitness about four years ago and that refocuses so much of everything you do. Thanks for the recipe!

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      Davida Kugelmass
      January 9, 2015 at 4:34 pm

      totally. I think we we change our relationships with those around us change. It’s natural for some to fall apart and some to strengthen in that process of self-discovery. It can be hard to let go of the ones that no longer work but it’s worth it for the ones that do!

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    January 4, 2015 at 11:02 pm

    Such a sweet post, Davida. <3

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    January 5, 2015 at 12:08 am

    You and C are the cutest and my favorite couple ever and every time I think about what I want my relationship to be like I think of you two. Totally told A how you guys are Habs fans since we were at the game last night!! xoxo

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      Davida Kugelmass
      January 9, 2015 at 4:31 pm

      GAH we need to double date. Let’s pick a city and meet there, OKAY?!!

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    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    January 5, 2015 at 12:54 am

    You guys really are an epic pair- Just being in your presence you can tell the connection is authentic. Also the fact that you saved most of that delicious cookie from Portland Variety for him- True love.

    I actually have a sorta kinda not related post tomorrow on relationships but with friends but change has happened and it’s been a good one. For mental sanity.

    Also, bomb muffins.

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    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles
    January 5, 2015 at 1:20 am

    You guys are too cute! <3 P.S. be prepared for me to harass you about the long distance relationship thing…I'm officially doing it and it's kinda scary!

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    Christina @ The Beautiful Balance
    January 5, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    That’s hilarious about smuggling baked goods to him haha I would love to be the person behind you to hear that explanation. Love that you lightened these up!

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      Davida Kugelmass
      January 9, 2015 at 4:30 pm

      one time they pulled out 3 different types of baked goods and the guy told me that C better marry me or he would haha. Proud moment for me lol

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    GiselleR @ Diary of an ExSloth
    January 5, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    LOL at smuggling muffins across the border. Bet you’re glad that’s over haha

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      Davida Kugelmass
      January 9, 2015 at 3:47 pm

      you don’t even want to know what I’ve said to security agents to get across…

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    Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
    January 5, 2015 at 11:39 pm

    Awww, you’re too cute! Love this tribute to C, and the muffin pics of course!

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      Davida Kugelmass
      January 9, 2015 at 3:11 pm

      Thanks, lovebug! One day we’ll go on a double date! We just need to hurry up and move to california already!!!

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    Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves
    January 6, 2015 at 12:45 am

    You two make my heart melttttt. Relationships are always changing, and I’m so glad to hear that your relationship with C has been changing positively.
    I don’t have a SO, but my relationship with my…parents has definitely changed! Less stupid bickering, more understanding and unsaid helping on my part. They’ve always done the unsaid helping, so now it’s my turn to step it up 😉

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      Davida Kugelmass
      January 9, 2015 at 3:43 pm

      It only gets better with the parents! Sometimes I’m actually mortified to think how I treated them when I was in HS and younger and how little appreciation I had. So happy it’s improved, and I’VE improved!

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    Rachael @ Love Yourself Green
    January 9, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    I love your site and I want these muffins… just so ya know! I’ve just been browsing around and am so looking forward to more –I’m a newbie and I’m looking forward to seeing more in my inbox! x

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      Davida Kugelmass
      January 9, 2015 at 4:20 pm

      Aw you’re the sweetest Rachael! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find a recipe or two that you love! xx

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    February 22, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    These muffins are delicious! I chose your recipe because it didn’t call for 18 cups of honey or something like that and sure enough it was just the right about of sweetness. It is certainly not sugary like those at the store, but it’s sweet enough that me and my kids love it. When I threw the almonds in my food processor, they didn’t end up powdery, but that was a bonus because the crunchy taste of the nuts was awesome. I just set aside some more bananas to ripen so I can make this again later this week. Must use caution and not eat more than one per day!

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    July 2, 2015 at 2:00 am

    These are delicious. My only change was I used coconut nectar instead of honey. Thank you for a great recipe.

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