Banana Muffins Recipe

These banana muffins are perfect for school lunches or even work lunches!

It’s back to school season, and the binders and #2 pencils are everywhere.

Going back to school is becoming somewhat of a national holiday in this country. Similar to Christmas in that the kids get new stuff and us parents are left wondering what happened to our paychecks. Back to school ain’t cheap!

Clean Eating Banana Muffins Recipe

And then there’s the lunch dilemma….

Who knew packing a little lunch could be so stressful??!! But inevitably, it gets to the point where you just don’t know what to pack anymore. The kids are bored with the “same ol’, same ol'” and frankly, so are we. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Sometimes, all it takes is a new perspective or a tiny spark of inspiration to get us going again. Sometimes, all it takes is one recipe to get the excitement back into a lunch box.

And while these aren’t something I’d pack for Mini Chef on a daily basis, they sure do kick lunch box boredom to the curb on occasion.



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Banana Muffins

These delicious banana muffins can be made with nuts or without. But note that the smaller you chop the nuts, the better the distribution through all the muffins will be. You can also just use them for garnish if you prefer, but the 1 cup measure is for adding them to the actual batter.
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Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 18 muffins
Calories: 148kcal


  • Standard muffin pan


  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour (affiliate link)
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 large egg whites (or 1 whole egg)
  • ½ cup honey
  • 2 tbsp. oil (I used safflower)
  • ¼ cup milk (any type except coconut milk)
  • ¼ cup apple sauce (unsweetened)
  • 2 medium ripe bananas (smooshed with a fork)
  • 1 cup walnuts (chopped, optional – plus a few for garnish if you wish)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Note: I used a 12 muffin tin. If you don’t have muffin paper, spray the tin with olive oil so the muffins don’t stick.
  • Mix all ingredients in a large bowl using an electric mixer. Make sure all ingredients get really well blended together.
  • Pour the batter into the muffin tin or muffin papers. Fill only half way.
  • Sprinkle nuts of your choice over the top and place in oven (Optional).
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until cooked through.


Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible. Data includes walnuts.


Serving: 1muffin | Calories: 148kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6g | Sodium: 158mg | Potassium: 141mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Vitamin C: 1.2mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 0.8mg

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  1. I’m making these right now and I added cholocate chips to them. We will see how they turn out.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jessica – Let me know how you like them. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Tiffany, I was not able to find safflower oil, is there a substitution I could use? Thank you!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Julie – Any light flavored oil will work.

  3. Thanks Tiffany. I am new to this, I just wanted to make sure so I didn’t mess up! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Julie – You’ll do fine! ๐Ÿ™‚ We all make little mistakes. There is a big learning curve. Just be willing to blow off the mistakes and move on.

  4. I was finally able to make these since I found the pastry flour, took forever! ๐Ÿ™‚ Loved them, about to make some more. Could I do blueberries instead of banana if I wanted to try that?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Julie – Sure! But you may need to add a little extra apple sauce to make up for the loss of moisture from the bananas. Let me know how they turn out!

  5. Hi Tiffany,

    Could I use Oat Flour (ground oatmeal) instead of the whole wheat pastry flour? Really want to try these ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Mandy – Sorry, no. This recipe needs the gluten in wheat.

  6. Oh no!!! the kiwi muffin recipe won’t come up for me. My husband and I loovvve these… Can you use the banana muffin recipe and just switch out the fruit??

  7. can you do these without the apple sauce?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Mada – You’d have to replace it with oil. They need the moisture.

  8. Hi, I was wondering if I can’t find unsweetened apple sauce anywhere, is there a substitution/any way to make it myself?

    Thank you!