Banana Almond Butter Muffins (gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free)

Ali Segersten Jan 20, 2013 35 comments
Banana Almond Butter Muffins (gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free)

I like to make this healthy grain-free muffin recipe after my children go to sleep at night so they have something nourishing to eat for breakfast—especially helpful on really busy mornings! The other day my daughter wanted to know how much protein each muffin had so she worked out how many grams of protein each ingredient contained and then divided the total number by 12. She came up with 6.3 grams per muffin, not bad.

I generally use roasted almond butter in my baking recipes, including the recipes in my new Nourishing Meals cookbook. The brand I like to use for these baking recipes is Zinke Orchards. Although this almond butter is not certified organic it does come from spray-free almonds. For snacking or for raw recipes I like to use raw organic or raw sprouted almond butter.


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Ali Segersten

Alissa Segersten holds a Bachelor's of Science in Nutrition from Bastyr University and a Master’s of Science in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine from the University of Western States. She is a Functional Nutritionist, the mother of five children, a whole foods cooking instructor, professional recipe developer, and cookbook author. She is passionate about helping others find a diet that will truly nourish them. Alissa is the author of two very popular gluten-free, whole foods cookbooks and guidebooks: The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook and Nourishing Meals. She is also the co-author of The Elimination Diet book. Alissa is the founder and owner of Nourishing Meals®.

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honey is a good sub for maple syrup

What can you use instead of maple syrup? I react to it.

Wow, these are delicious. Made my own raw almond butter and added very little walnut oil for moisture. Had these with apple butter. Thank you.

It's a common thing that happens with sunflower seed butter and baking soda I think. It's fine, just green. I do it intentionally for St. Patrick's Day treats.
When substituting SunButter in your existing recipe, you may have to reduce the baking soda/powder by about one-third. The chlorogenic acid (chlorophyll) in sunflower seeds reacts with the baking soda/powder when baked, causing the green color when the cookies cool. This is completely harmless! Depending on the recipe, a splash of lemon juice may also help.

This is a family favorite I come back to again and again. So easy, healthy and delicious.

How can I do this without eggs? Looks delicious!

I am gonna sub a half cup applesauce for the eggs. Will also try gf flour blend or quinoa flour vs coconut and tahini (less of it tho) or sunbutter.

Is there any reason I should not add fresh blueberries and/or decrease the syrup for this recipe? (Wondering if those changes might affect the texture and/or baking time.)

Thank you for the recipe, and thanks in advance for your thoughts!

Melt in your mouth good

These were very delicious and filling. My husband and I ate them for breakfast and they didn't last too long around the house.

The recipe made 16 muffins for me - must have been the size of the bananas I used. I will definitely make these again.

I just made these with sunflower seed butter and the batter turned a greenish brown. I bake them anyway and when you cut into them they still have this greenish cast. Do you have any idea what it could be from. I also made them once from almond butter and that didn't happen. Any ideas? Did I do something wrong? Thank you. Renee

These are amazing! They come out so fluffy! I substituted the maple syrup for some agave nectar instead and sprinkled some honey roasted sliced almonds from Trader Joes on top.

I am new to gluten-free living. Your site has been the best resource for me! Thank you so much for sharing all this invaluable information with us. It is greatly appreciated!

These muffins are so delicious! They taste like light and fluffy banana bread. Thanks for this recipe.

Great recipe! It will be perfect for our 10th wedding anniversary! The guests will love it!

Made these several weeks ago - my first attempt at GF baking. Turned out great! I've spent the last several weeks browsing this blog... is it still active? I've noticed there have been no new posts since January.

Delicious, thank-you! I didn't have any bananas kicking around so I substituted 1/2 cup of organic unsweetened apple sauce for 1 banana and they turned out great.

Made these the other day and they are great. Used half peanut butter half almond butter. Love the texture and they have stayed fresh for a couple of days now - something that my other gf muffin recipes do not seem to do. Thanks!

When I read how easy they were to make and so few ingredients that I already had on hand, I just had to give them a try and they are delicious!
I used almond/hazelnut butter and since the batter seemed runnier I added two more tablespoons of coconut flour and they turned out perfect.
I have both your books and want to say you have revived my love of baking and can't wait to try other dishes of yours.
thanks from the bottom of our hearts
(and tummies).
P.S. just did a blog post about them too with a link to your site.

I have gone through the elimination diet up to the begining of phase 3. I have been off for 4 days. What do I need to do to continue? Do I have to do everything again or start where I left off? So far no reactions. Thanks, Becky

Ali, this is my first post on your blog, but I've been making your recipes for many months now, and got your cookbook for Christmas and LOVE every recipe I've tried. Being gluten-free and dairy-free, it's so nice to know I have your recipes to use that I don't have to alter and they are wonderfully nutritious. THANK YOU! I am also almond-free, so tried this recipe using chunky peanut butter this morning and they turned out great. I followed the recipe exactly, just substituted Trader Joe's organic chunky peanut butter, and I love them. Thanks!

Please advise on how to make egg free. Thanks so much Love the site!!!!

I happened upon your website while searching for a beet smoothie recipe. Well needless to say I have been hooked ever since. I have tried many recipes from your site and loved them all...but this is my first post and probably not my last. So to keep this brief let me say these were absolutely moist and delicious. Followed the recipe to the T. I can't thank you enough.

Hi, I love your book! I was wondering if you have some posts on planning a weekly menu or if you could write one?

Wow, these muffins are really delicious. I love the grain free bonus. I'm thinking a little homemade chocolate/nut spread might need to go on top for a special treat. Yum!

Thanks for figuring out the protein! Very helpful. I make a similar recipe, but I generally add brown rice protein powder. At 6 grams of protein per serving, I don't need to do that, especially since my children think a serving is at least 3 muffins!

This is great! We had it for breakfast this morning. I used raw almond butter, which I know can be wetter than roasted, but I've found that Artisana raw is a "drier" variety and Maranatha raw almond butter is wetter. So the Artisana worked fine. Maranatha is yummier for sandwiches, though. Also, I baked it in a pie pan and the cooking time was still spot-on with yours. It's sweet enough just as it is, but some of us put Chia Girl's chia jam on top and it was very yummy!

These look delicious! Thanks for the recipe :)

Wondering if there's a way to make these with stevia and not the maple syrup...??

Love it! I'm making these tomorrow! Thanks for sharing.

I don't use coconut flour right now but I know it is very different than other grain would I substitute? Can't wait to try them!

What kind of muffin pan are you using? Is it stoneware? If so, how do you like it?

Can I replace the eggs with the flaxseed/water mixture? I cannot eat the eggs, but the recipe will, at the very least, be enjoyed by my family! Thanks!

If I made these for my daughter's birthday party, what kind of icing would you recommend?

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