These Paleo Banana Nut Muffins are a delicious grain-free muffin recipe made with the sweetness of bananas and the heartiness of almond meal for the perfect paleo muffin recipe without noticing that they’re gluten-free too!
It’s crazy how much things can change in just a few short years. I used to be baking biscoff stuff chocolate chip cookies and now I’m sharing a paleo muffin recipe on my blog. Life is weird like that! To be fair, I am definitely not paleo but I also appreciate good grain-free recipe and love the challenge or keeping things paleo without sacrificing on flavor. Everyone deserves a banana muffin every now and then amirite?! So I set out to master the perfect paleo banana nut muffin and I’m happy to say I succeeded. I definitely learned a few tips along the way so in addition to the recipe I’ll be sharing some of my best paleo baking tips. Let’s get into it…
How To Make Paleo Muffins
The key ingredients in these paleo banana muffins is replacing regular whole wheat flour with almond meal and coconut flour. Note: There is a difference between almond meal and almond flour. Almond meal is ground whole almonds whereas almond flour is ground blanched almonds. The skin of the almonds is a great source of a fibre and does in fact affect the final texture of the recipe. Be sure to use almond meal and not almond flour. If you’re wondering how to make nut flours, check out this DIY post so you can make them at home (for cheaper!)
Coconut flour is also a great substitute for paleo muffins. Coconut flour is also high in fibre and a great source of healthy fats. It is, however super absorbent so don’t try to replace it with other types of flours. It is not a 1:1 ratio with any other flour. FYI this is why you’ll often find recipes with coconut flour using a lot of eggs (it absorbs them right up!).
How Are These Paleo Banana Nut Muffins Sweetened?
One of my favorite parts of this recipe is that most of the sweetness comes straight from bananas! The only added sugar is 2 tbsps of honey, which you could omit if you don’t like things super sweet or replace with another sweetener. Note: Your bananas should be very ripe. The riper the bananas, the sweeter the muffins and since they’re basically sweetened entirely with bananas you want them to be very ripe for this paleo banana muffin recipe.
Paleo Muffins – They’re Delicious!
Like this paleo banana nut muffins? Here are a few other paleo muffin recipes you might enjoy:
Paleo or not these muffins a delicious and will quickly become a staple both you and your families will enjoy. Let’s dig in…Print
Paleo Banana Nut Muffins
Paleo Banana Nut Muffins – a grain-free muffin recipe with the sweetness of bananas and the heartiness of almond meal for the perfect paleo muffin recipe.
- 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)**
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a large bowl combine almond meal, coconut flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and sea salt.
- In a separate bowl combine bananas, almond milk, honey, eggs and vanilla extract.
- Slowly add wet ingredients to dry and stir until just combined. Stir in nuts.
- Line a muffin tray with muffin liners or grease well and fill each cup 3/4 full.
- Bake for 25 minutes.
- Remove from oven and let cool in tray for 20 minutes before removing from tray to cool completely on a wire rack.
- 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).
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JeriJuly 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.
Davida KugelmassJuly 8, 2015 at 6:34 am
fabulous! glad you enjoyed 🙂
MelissaFebruary 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!
Rachael @ Love Yourself GreenJanuary 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
Davida KugelmassJanuary 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
Alison @ Daily Moves and GroovesJanuary 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 😉
Davida KugelmassJanuary 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!
Nicole @ Foodie Loves FitnessJanuary 5, 2015 at 11:39 pm
Awww, you’re too cute! Love this tribute to C, and the muffin pics of course!
Davida KugelmassJanuary 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!!!