These Healthy Banana Muffins are sweetened with only banana and are made in just one bowl! They’re great for an easy meal prep breakfast or afternoon snack!
You guys, I’ve made about a million batches of this Healthy Banana Muffin Recipe lately and I never get sick of it! I played around with the recipe a little bit, adding coconut sugar and maple syrup but in the end I decided that it was sweet enough for me with just the sweetness of the bananas, no added sugar.
My toddler has somewhat of a sugar addiction so I’m always trying to come up with muffin recipes that he will enjoy but aren’t loaded with sugar. Needless to say, he gobbled these Healthy Banana Muffins right up 🙂 They are very kid friendly muffins and perfect for little toddlers!
I’m the queen of dirtying every single dish in the kitchen when cooking a simple recipe, so I decided to make this easy banana muffin recipe into a one bowl baking recipe and it worked great! I’m honestly not an experienced enough baker to know why some recipes need to have the wet and dry mixture separate but this one does not!
What makes these Healthy Banana Muffins?
Healthy is such a relative term and I always feel a bit nervous using it to describe a recipe because what’s healthy to me might not be considered healthy to someone else. But, here are a few reasons I’m calling these Healthy Banana Muffins:
- They’re made with a mixture of white and whole wheat flour. You could also just use all whole wheat if you like to make them even healthier.
- There is absolutely no added sugar besides the bananas! I used 3 extra large bananas, or 4 regular sized bananas, and I truly feel like it gave these muffins all the sweetness they needed. If you like yours a bit sweeter you could always add 1/4 cup honey, maple syrup or coconut sugar.
- I don’t believe that eggs are unhealthy but I did make these muffins vegan by adding a flax egg (1 tablespoon ground flax mixed with water). The flax adds good omega 3 fats and fiber as well as helping to lower cholesterol and blood pressure (so I have read).
- I used coconut oil instead of vegetable based oil. You can read more about why coconut oil is healthier than vegetable oil here.
I usually just make these plain but there are so many ways to jazz them up if you get bored of jus the banana flavor!
Optional flavor add ins:
- Chocolate chips
- Peanut butter/almond butter
- Grated zucchini
- Chopped nuts
Recipe tips for Healthy Banana Muffins:
- You can use an egg instead of the flax “egg”
- If you like your muffins a little sweeter feel free to add 1/4 cup honey, maple syrup or coconut sugar.
- The riper your bananas are, the sweeter the muffins will be.
- If you don’t want any coconut taste in your muffins you need to use refined coconut oil. I personally like to use un-refined coconut oil for this recipe because I love how the flavor goes with the bananas!
- Applesauce can be substituted for the coconut oil if you like.
- I used half all purpose and half whole wheat flour for this recipe but you can use entirely all purpose or whole wheat if you like.
- I have not tested this recipe using an alternative gluten free flour but I’m guessing that a gluten free all purpose flour (with xantham gum) would work great.
These Healthy Banana Muffins are sweetened with only banana and are made in just one bowl! Perfect for kids!
- 3 extra large bananas or 4 regular sized, mashed
- 1 regular egg or 1 flax egg (1 heaping tablespoon ground flax mixed with 3 tablespoons water, let sit for 2 minutes)
- 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon almond extract, optional but so good!
- 1 cup almond milk, or non-dairy milk of choice
- 2 cups flour, I used 1 cup all purpose and 1 cup whole wheat
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- Heat oven to 325 degrees F. Add the bananas to a large bowl and mash with a fork. Next, add the flax egg, coconut oil, almond milk, vanilla extract and almond extract. Whisk until combined.
- Add the remaining dry ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon or spatula until everything is mixed together and batter is formed.
- Use a 1/4 cup scoop to scoop the batter into a greased 12 cup muffin tin and bake until an inserted toothpick comes out clean or muffins feel firm to the touch, 25-30 minutes. Leave the muffins in the muffin tin for about 5 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Muffins can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
Muffins can be frozen in a freezer friendly airtight container for up to 6 months.