Gluten Free Banana Oat Muffins (V+GF): a one bowl recipe for warm, moist and lightly sweet Banana Oat Muffins made with simple ingredients.
Before there were Gluten Free Banana Oat Muffins, there were store-bought muffins. And plenty of ‘em. For years, I’ve nursed a strong and unwavering love for… grocery store bakeries. You heard me, grocery store bakeries.
Anyone else agree? (Pause)
Hmm… is that crickets I hear? Either that or my eccentric heater is huffing and snapping again. Well, then! Why would a self-proclaimed baker such as myself just love grocery store bakeries? I’ll tell ya: the thing about grocery store bakeries is that they’re pretty much just other people’s kitchens… but on a much larger scale. Ya know? And being the nosy, ever hungry and baked good lovin’ gal that I am, I can’t help but check out other people’s kitchens.
Grocery store bakeries, unlike regular people’s kitchens, also get to make like a hundred different items everyday. Duuude, how cool is that? So what happens when they have to make that much stuff? Will it be good? Will it be gross? Will it be both?
My mind boggles at the possibilities.
So every time I plan my entire weekend around going to casually stroll by a grocery store, I go straight for my favorite section: the bakery. Oh, the sweets that abound there! Muffins, cupcakes, cookies, chocolate-covered macaroons, cakes shaped like cookies, cupcakes shaped into a cake, a cake shaped into a cupcake (hmm, I’m sensing a theme here).
I feel like a kid in a candy store there… but with less candy and more baked goods shaped like other baked goods.
One of the cases that I always have to check out is the muffin case. (And of course, the doughnut case, the cookies case, and all of the other cases… #SweetToothProblems). Imagine all of the goodness in this case: double chocolate chip muffins, blueberry muffins, pistachio (!!) muffins, strawberry streusel muffins, and… drumroll please: banana muffins.
You would think after I revealed my embarrassing former dislike of Oatmeal Cookies aka the Trick Cookies, I would have just about run as far and as fast as I could from banana muffins. But, to be honest (as if I’ve been lying the whole time up til now), my mom loves banana muffins.
So I’ve assigned myself to the very “difficult” research of eating my way through many, many grocery stores, in an attempt to find the most delicious banana muffins for her. Preferably banana oat muffins, for the health factor, of course.
After years of doing this, and now with both of us being at ages where we’re not quite the spring chickens we used to be, it has come to my attention that… well, we gotta eat better (yep, big astounding epiphany here)! No more grocery store bakeries (except on rare occasions); and way more homemade goodies.
I’ve busied myself with less walks to said bakeries and more baker cardio in my own kitchen. After a bit of this and a bit of that, I am proud to present to you… my Gluten Free Banana Oat Muffins, aka Mom’s Favorite Banana Oat Muffins. Or, She’s Too Busy Eating And Can’t Hear You Muffins. Or, Banana Oat Muffins That Are Actually Muffins, Not A Cake Shaped Into A Muffin.
These babies are the kind of breakfast delight that’ll stop you, your mom and all the neighborhood folk from ever having to peruse the grocery store bakery cases ever again. Okay, I exaggerate. But it’ll give you that guilt-free, comforting, and delicious banana muffin decadence you’ve been craving.
These Gluten Free Banana Oat Muffins are:
- easy to make, in one bowl
- incredibly rich and moist, and lightly sweet
- made with simple ingredients
- gluten free and vegan
- packed full of banana flavor
- perfect on-the-go
- warm, comforting and hearty
- full of whole grains: oat flour and rolled oats
And, of course…
- something you can feel good about making for your mama
- way better than grocery store bakery stuff
If you’re a sucker for breakfast foods like my mom and I, or you just love a good muffin (that actually looks like a muffin), these Gluten Free Banana Oat Muffins have got your name all over it. Well, it actually has oats and coconut sugar all over it. But I could arrange the oats to spell out your name…?
Some awesome ways to enjoy these banana oat muffins are:
- warmed up with a drizzle of maple syrup on top
- cut in half with a scoop of almond butter in between
- as a double banana bliss bowl: warmed up with banana soft serve on top
You’re drooling now, am I right?? Make these Gluten Free Banana Oat Muffins today and hug me tomorrow. 😉
- 3 medium, very ripe bananas (a little over 1 cup)
- ¼ cup melted coconut oil
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- ¼ cup coconut sugar*, more for topping
- 2 flax eggs (2 tablespoons ground flax + 6 tablespoons water, whisk together, set for 5 mins)
- ½ cup unsweetened almond milk, room temperature
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 ¾ cups gluten free oat flour
- 1 ¼ cups gluten free rolled oats, more for topping
- 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons rolled oats (optional)
- 1-2 teaspoons coconut sugar* (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 325°F. Coat a standard, 12-muffin pan with nonstick spray or oil.
- Peel bananas and add to a large mixing bowl. Using a sturdy whisk or fork, mash bananas until smooth. Add the coconut oil, maple syrup, sugar, flax eggs, milk and vanilla. Whisk until well incorporated.
- Add oat flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon. Whisk together until just incorporated, making sure no flour patches remain. Be careful not to overmix, as doing so will result in tough muffins.
- Pour batter evenly into the prepared muffin pan. Optional: sprinkle the muffin tops with rolled oats and sugar.
- Bake for 22-26 minutes.
- Allow to cool on a cooling rack for about 1 hour. Lift out and enjoy!
- Storage notes: Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
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After you’ve patted yourself on the back for making homemade muffins, try out my Mango Chia Seed Smoothie (Vegan and Gluten Free). Sunny bliss in a cup.
Continue your bananarific day (yep, I just said that) with my Banana Bread Bars with Streusel (Vegan). Yum.
Questions of the Day
What’s your favorite part of the grocery store?
If you don’t like the grocery store, what’s your favorite place to peruse?
I can’t wait to hear your responses. ❤️ demeter