Gluten Free Banana Muffins

An easy recipe for Gluten Free Banana Muffins that are satisfyingly dense and rich, with just a bit of fluffiness and delicious medium sweet banana flavor.

What’s your favorite banana muffin flavor of all time? Shoot, I actually meant to ask, “What’s your favorite muffin flavor of all time” and still ended up saying banana muffins. Whoops!

At least you know what I’ve got on my mind today. 😉

Are you in the mood for the best gluten free banana muffins ever? Because you came to the right place! And if you’re an a-okay fan of banana muffins, or just bananas in general… may I point you in the direction of these super yummy gluten free muffins:

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, (and we’re now all planning a multitude of muffin bake-a-thons—ya know—to truly honor the above magnificent gluten free muffins), let’s get to the good stuff!

Today, our kitchen adventure will consist of learning how to make gluten free banana muffins, exploring the taste and texture of said muffins through word-scaping (landscaping? Uuuuuh), and learning how to store and freeze these muffins. Ready? Let’s bake this!

How to Make Gluten Free Banana Muffins

Preheat the Oven

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Place muffin liners in a 12-cup muffin pan.

Peel & Mash Bananas

Peel bananas and add to a large mixing bowl. Using a pastry cutter or a fork, mash bananas until smooth. Add the wet ingredients: coconut oil, maple syrup, flax egg and vanilla. Whisk until well incorporated.

Add the Dry Ingredients & Whisk

Add the dry ingredients and whisk until well mixed: gluten free oat flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Fold in walnuts or other add-ins.

Scoop & Drop Batter

Using this large muffin scoop, scoop and drop muffin batter into the prepared baking pan. 

Bake

Bake for about 25 minutes. 

Cool and Enjoy

Cool and enjoy the best gluten free banana muffins ever!

An easy recipe for Gluten Free Banana Muffins that are satisfyingly dense and rich, with just a bit of fluffiness and delicious medium sweet banana flavor. #GlutenFree #Banana #Muffins | Recipe at BeamingBaker.com 

The Taste & Texture of Gluten Free Banana Muffins

Texture: these gluten free banana muffins are satisfyingly dense and rich, with just a bit of fluffiness. Dare I say it, they have good mouthfeel! (Felt weird to say it, but YOLO.)

Taste: The rich, medium sweet banana flavor of these gf banana muffins are complemented by a cozy nuttiness that feels good (like your mouth lol.) 

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Storing and Freezing your gluten free banana muffins

Room Temperature: Store your gluten free banana muffins in an airtight container at room temperature for 3 to 4 days. I recommend enjoying them the first 2 days, as that’s when they’re freshest and yummiest!

Freezing: These gluten free banana muffins freeze well. Store in a freezer-friendly container in the freezer for up to 1 month. Allow to thaw at room temperature for about 30 minutes, or heat in the microwave in 10-second increments until just warm.

Learn how to make Gluten Free Banana Muffins that are satisfyingly dense and rich, with just a bit of fluffiness and delicious medium sweet banana flavor.

An easy recipe for Gluten Free Banana Muffins that are satisfyingly dense and rich, with just a bit of fluffiness and delicious medium sweet banana flavor. #GlutenFree #Banana #Muffins | Recipe at BeamingBaker.com 

Great Tools for the Best Gluten Free Banana Muffins

  • Muffin Batter Scoop: this large scoop is actually an incredible ice cream scoop–but I discovered awhile ago that a heaping scoop of this is the perfect amount of batter for a full muffin cup. It’s so much easier to handle the muffin batter with this tool than anything else–a spoon, a smaller scoop, funnel, etc.
  • Pastry Cutter: my favorite way aka “easy and not aggravating” way to mash bananas. This tool mashes the bananas very evenly and keeps the mess down to a minimum (I’m looking at you, bananas!).
  • Golden Ground Flaxseed: so finely ground and of such a high-quality that I’m astounded. Ages ago, my favorite golden ground flaxseed brand stopped making their stuff. 🙁 I was on the hunt for a ground flaxseed that I could actually stand behind that compared to that long-ago flaxseed. This is it
  • Unbleached Muffin Liners or Nonstick Parchment Muffin Liners: I love both of these and swap which ones I use from time to time. The unbleached ones are compostable and stick just-enough to the muffins while the nonstick ones will literally fall off after cooling (perfect for those who hate liners that stick!).

Oh come on, your favorite muffin flavor of all time really is banana muffins. Amiright?! Be sure to leave a comment if you try my recipe, I truly love hearing from you! Grateful, joyful, and purpose-driven because of you. Thanks for stopping by and sharing in these amazing kitchen adventures with me. ‘Til the next one…

Sending you all my love and maybe even a dove, xo Demeter ❤️

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Gluten Free Banana Muffins


Description

An easy recipe for Gluten Free Banana Muffins that are satisfyingly dense and rich, with just a bit of fluffiness and delicious medium sweet banana flavor.


Ingredients

Scale

Wet Ingredients

  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons very ripe, mashed bananas (about 3 medium bananas)
  • ¼ cup melted coconut oil
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 flax egg (1 tablespoon golden ground flaxseed + 3 tablespoons water, whisk together, set for 15 mins) or egg of your choice
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Dry Ingredients

  • 1 ¾ cups + 2 tablespoons gluten free oat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Add-ins

  • ¾ cup walnuts, chopped or nut-free add-ins (seeds, chocolate chips, chopped dried fruit)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with muffin liners.  Set aside.
  2. Peel bananas and add to a large mixing bowl. Using a sturdy fork or pastry cutter (recommended), mash bananas until smooth. Add the coconut oil, maple syrup, flax egg and vanilla. Whisk until well incorporated.
  3. Add the dry ingredients: oat flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk together until just incorporated, making sure no flour patches remain. Fold in chopped walnuts.
  4. Using a large scoop, scoop and drop batter evenly into prepared muffin cups—filling each cup all the way to the top for a smaller quantity of big, round-topped muffins, and ¾ of the way for a larger quantity of smaller muffins. If needed, smooth batter into an even layer.
  5. Bake for 22-30 minutes. Mine took 25 minutes for the smaller quantity of big, round-topped muffins. Insert a toothpick to check for doneness—once it comes out clean, it’s done.
  6. Place muffin pan on a cooling rack to cool for 30 minutes. Gently remove muffins from pan and transfer directly onto cooling rack to finish cooling, about 1 hour. Enjoy! Storing instructions below.

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Notes

Storing Instructions: Store in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days. Best on the first 2 days.

Recommended Tools & Ingredients

  • Muffin Batter Scoop: this large scoop is actually an incredible ice cream scoop–but I discovered awhile ago that a heaping scoop of this is the perfect amount of batter for a full muffin cup. It’s so much easier to handle the muffin batter with this tool than anything else–a spoon, a smaller scoop, funnel, etc.
  • Pastry Cutter: my favorite way aka “easy and not aggravating” way to mash bananas. This tool mashes the bananas very evenly and keeps the mess down to a minimum (I’m looking at you, bananas!).
  • Golden Ground Flaxseed: so finely ground and of such a high-quality that I’m astounded. Ages ago, my favorite golden ground flaxseed brand stopped making their stuff. 🙁 I was on the hunt for a ground flaxseed that I could actually stand behind that compared to that long-ago flaxseed. This is it.
  • Unbleached Muffin Liners or Nonstick Parchment Muffin Liners: I love both of these and swap which ones I use from time to time. The unbleached ones are compostable and stick just-enough to the muffins while the nonstick ones will literally fall off after cooling (perfect for those who hate liners that stick!).

Freezing Instructions: Store in a freezer-friendly container in the freezer for up to 1 month. Allow to thaw at room temperature for about 30 minutes, or heat in the microwave in 10-second increments until just warm.

  • Prep Time: 25 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Category: Breakfast, Snack
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: gluten free banana muffins

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28 Comments

  1. I have 3 bananas that need to get used up asap, and these muffins are exactly what I’m going to make with them! Thanks for daring!

      1. Hello, is there a substitution for oat flour since I can’t have oats? Also is the maple syrup there for sweetness only? Can I use sugar instead?
        Thank you!

        1. Hi Dee, I know some readers have used gluten free all purpose flour with luck. However, I’ve noticed that each and every brand of GF AP flour works differently, so some experimentation might be necessary. The maple syrup is preferred over granulated sugar because it adds moisture and a caramel-y sweetness. But you can probably get away with used a granulated sugar. Good luck!

  2. These look so delicious and yummy! My daughter is going to love these! So excited to make them!