Almond Flour Banana Muffins (Gluten-Free)

  Jan 28, 2019  |  #Baked Goods

Almond Flour Banana Muffins are gluten free and the perfect portable snack, ideal for before or after a workout or for the kids. You can whip them up in less than 30 minutes without any oil or added sugars!

Almond Flour Banana Muffins in muffin tin out of the oven

Originally Published October 2017 || Updated December 2019

It’s a happy morning because I’m starting my morning with Almond Flour Banana Muffins. If we’re being honest, I’ve also been ending my day with banana and almond meal muffins too. 

This almond flour banana muffins recipe is gluten free and refined sugar free, too. Of course, you can add maple syrup if you want a sweeter flavor, but the ripe bananas do it for me. 

Aside from eating muffins all weekend, we entertained both nights. We had our neighbors over for dinner one night, and my parents stopped in the other. They hadn’t seen Camryn since Thanksgiving, and she has all sorts of new tricks now that she showed them.

Oh, and now all the almond flour banana bread muffins are gone. Cue the tears.

Almond Flour Banana Muffins with no added sugar

What Do You Need To Make Almond Flour Banana Muffins?

These almond flour muffins are super easy to make. And here’s a neat trick – the acidic apple cider vinegar helps the muffins rise (so we don’t need baking powder). Don’t worry, you don’t taste it at all. I pinky promise. 

  • Almond Flour (see below for more recommendations)
  • Oat Flour (oats grinded into flour or you can buy this) for the fluffy part!
  • Bananas
  • Cinnamon
  • Eggs (*I didn’t test these as vegan muffins, but I assume you could use a flax egg to make it vegan)
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Almond Butter
  • Almond Milk

My two favorite almond flours to bake with are Bob’s Red Mill Almond Flour and Anthony’s.  And while we’re at it, I can’t recommend a drippy almond butter enough. Justin’s and the Kirkland brand (Costco’s brand) take the cake for me…unmatchable.

They have a perfect inside gooey and soft finishing texture. 

Should You Use Almond Flour or Almond Meal?

Well, simply put, there’s not much difference at all! Both are ground almonds.

Almond flour is typically more finely ground than almond meal because it’s made with blanched almonds (with the skin off). So choose whichever you prefer!

If you’re going with almond meal, I recommend this one. I love just buying big bags to keep them around for when I feel like baking. 

What’s the difference between blanched almond flour and unblanched almond flour?

Blanched almond flour means the skin has been removed from the almonds. The skin sort of gives a different texture so if you prefer that, go for an unblanched almond flour (in which the skin is still intact).

There seems to be no significant difference between how almond flour and almond meal act in the oven anyway. 

Muffin on wrapper after taking a bite

Almond Flour Vs. All Purpose Flour

Almond flour recipes are attractive to me because I get a lot of requests for gluten free muffins from clients. 

Almond flour packs a little more protein than regular all purpose, whole wheat and coconut flour. So, these almond flour banana muffins also have more protein than competitors.

It can be tricky baking with almond flour. It’s a little bit different since there’s no gluten in the flour. The gluten is what forms the strands in dough and makes it elastic and stretchy

. Sometimes it can be a cup for cup substitution, but baking with almond flour isn’t always straightforward.

 

What Makes Almond Banana Muffins So Healthy and Delicious?

  • Almond meal banana muffins have no oil and are free of refined sugar. We can thank the wonderful ripe bananas for adding some natural sweetness.
  • They have real almond flavor from the almond butter and almond flour. And extra nutrients!
  • The oat flour helps keep them soft and fluffy! Pop them in the oven for 20ish minutes, and then good luck waiting patiently for them to cool.

These are not your typical low carb muffins. I like carbs in my muffins because they add to the satiety and satisfaction factor for me.

 

Who doesn’t like muffins, especially when they’re bursting with chocolate, banana and almond butter flavors? I don’t know about you, but those are some of my favorite flavor combinations.

Almond Flour Muffins, a gluten free muffin, with muffin wrapper unwrapped | Bucket List Tummy

Reasons To Make These Paleo Banana Muffins

  • They are ready in 30 minutes!
  • Gluten Free Muffin option – we all need a good gluten free muffin recipe.
  • Portable – Going to soccer? Take these. Need a snack before music class? Perfect!
  • Kid Friendly – This one is important because healthy muffins for kids are game changers. For more kid friendly snacks and muffins, check out this toddler snacks roundup. 

These almond banana muffins are the perfect snack or dessert, alongside a scoop of peanut butter and/or ice cream or yogurt!

We’ve been going through these reallllly fast in our house. Like grab a couple when in the kitchen and walking out the door, gone in 1-2 days fast.

Almond Flour Muffins, a gluten free muffin, with muffin wrapper unwrapped | Bucket List Tummy

These easy almond flour banana nut muffins are perfect for a grab and go breakfast. If having for breakfast, I would recommend pairing them with yogurt or a quiche for more sustainable energy!

We can also all use portable snacks to fuel throughout the day. Even Camryn loves them and they have been perfect muffins as baby led weaning muffins and now toddler muffins. 

Muffin tin with Almond Flour Banana Muffins and banana

I know some parents prefer to wait on certain ingredients for kids, but banana muffins made with almond flour are an easy way to introduce nuts.

As the most recent research shows, introducing allergens earlier rather than later may help reduce the risk of food allergies. 

Personally, I find them to be best before or after a workout, packed with energizing complex carbohydrates and quick-acting bananas. 

If you’re more of a slice of bread kinda person for a snack, give my chocolate chip sweet potato bread a try!

Almond meal banana muffins in a bowl for a snack | Bucket List Tummy

Additional Mix In Ideas For Almond Flour Muffins

  • Nuts
  • Dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, cherries)
  • Pumpkin instead of banana
  • Mini chocolate chips
  • Peanut butter instead of almond butter

 

Muffin on wrapper after taking a bite

My favorite way to enjoy these  muffins is with MORE almond butter or peanut butter – I can really never decide. But there’s no wrong answer, either way.

How To Store Almond Banana Muffins

These gluten free muffins are fantastic for meal prep because they will last all week. I would recommend storing them in a cool, dry place for up to 4-6 days. However, I know they won’t last that long. 

You can also freeze them if desired, for up to 3 months. 

 

You May Also Like These Healthy Snack Recipes

Almond Flour Banana Muffins (Gluten Free)

Almond Flour Banana Muffins (Gluten Free)

Yield: 12 muffins
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes

These gluten-free Almond Flour Banana Muffins.are the perfect portable snack, and perfect for before or after a workout or for the kids! You can whip them up in less than 30 minutes without any oil or added sugars!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond meal or almond flour
  • 1/2 cup oat flour + 1 tbsp
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • 2 banana, mashed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp ACV
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 2 tbsp almond milk
  • 1/2 cup chocolate or peanut butter chips (I used ½ peanut butter chips, ½ chocolate chips)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 12 muffin cups with liners and spray the inside of the liners with nonstick cooking spray
  2. In large bowl, whisk together almond flour, oat flour, baking soda, sea salt and cinnamon
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together mashed bananas, eggs, ACV, vanilla extract, almond butter, almond milk.
  4. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir until combined. Fold in chocolate chips.
  5. Bake for 20-23 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. 
  6. Let them cool. They will harden slightly but they will still have a chewy soft texture, due to the almond meal/flour
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 229 Total Fat: 16g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 12g Cholesterol: 33mg Sodium: 229mg Carbohydrates: 16g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 9g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 8g

 

 

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Overhead shot of basket of almond flour banana muffins | Bucket List Tummy

Almond butter or peanut butter? I love both, as long as they’re drippy!

Chocolate chips or PB chips? Chocolate chips

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31 responses to “Almond Flour Banana Muffins (Gluten-Free)

  1. Yum! Flavor combos that cannot be denied! I love having muffins around for snacks. Or with an egg for breakfast!
    I love Ed’s question about finishing them. Too bad terry is only like that when it comes to sweets!

  2. ACV is a magic ingredient. I throw it in all my baking.
    I’d choose almond butter if I could – as long as it’s roasted and not raw.
    I’m glad I’m not the only one super protective of my creations. I like sharing… But sometimes it’s…hard…

  3. I love all the ingredients used in here!! Do muffins ever really last longer then 2 days?? Because in this household, heck no!
    They are just so versatile and make for the perfect snack, love that this recipe uses almond meal, but be so tasty.

  4. Almond or peanut butter is such a hard question! I think I go through phases where I like one over the other better. These look so yummy, chocolate paired with anything is a win!

  5. Done making this recipe and I am letting these muffins sit on a wire rack with a paper towel beneath the rack and on top of the muffins. I am so excited to eat one! Woo!

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