Banana Muffins Recipe

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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 RECIPE:

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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

Equipment

  • Standard muffin pan

Ingredients

  • 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)

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

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

Nutrition

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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127 Comments

  1. Nancy Steffan says:

    Have just made these — they’re baking in the oven as I type — and they smell divine! I have a similar recipe from my mother, but it’s definitely not clean eating! Thank you so much for sharing all these awesome recipes, Tiffany! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Anonymous says:

      Nancy – You’re welcome! I certainly hope you will enjoy them!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Sounds like there wasn’t enough liquid somehow. Hmmm….

  3. Anonymous says:

    Eque – Wonderful!! I’m happy to hear it was a fun family affair!

  4. Msmarek0381 says:

    I made these today and love them! They stuck to the wrapper, so next time, I will just try spraying the tins and putting them right into the tins. I also added 1 tsp vanilla.

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Msmarek – Glad you enjoyed them! They are a little sticky. I find that using the foil muffin papers instead of paper seems to help.

  5. Basia Cienkosz says:

    I think these would make a great snack, especially when you have a sweet tooth. I really wanna make these but I only have whole wheat flour.. no pasty flour.. is there a big difference? do you think they’ll still turn out yummy?

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Basia – The flavor will be the same, but the muffins will be far more dense and “bready”. Try WHITE whole wheat flour. It’s a good middle ground.

  6. graciouspantry says:

    Summa – Hahaha!!! Glad you enjoyed them!

  7. Would this recipe work just as well for making a bread?

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Caileigh – I’ve never tried, but I don’t see why not. Keep the loaf on the small side and adjust baking time as needed. You may have to loosely cover the top with foil to allow for longer cooking times without burning the top of the bread.

  8. graciouspantry says:

    Awesome! Did you have to adjust the baking time at all for the loaf? How big was it? (size of the loaf pan)

  9. I just made this (am eating as I type), and it’s very good! I did have to make a couple changes, however. I didn’t have whole wheat pastry flour, so I just used whole wheat flour. Also, I had four smallish overripe bananas and no applesauce, so I just used all the bananas. Finally, I felt too lazy to scoop it into muffins cups, so I just made a laof. Turned out perfect! Thanks!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      That’s awesome!!

  10. I made these last week and can’t stop talking about them to everyone!! I’m IN LOVE! Thank you so much for posting such amazing recipes! DELISH! You have made clean eating so much more fun for me.

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Awesome! Glad I could help!

  11. Hi Tiffany! Just made these this a.m. and MAN are they good! I used white whole wheat flour and 1/2 tbsp cinnamon (we LURVE cinnamon round these parts) and kept the rest exact and came out with a winner =) Thanks so much for all you do. You are helping so many people in a great way. Keep up the wonderful work!! <3

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Thanks so much! I’m so glad you enjoyed them!

  12. Just made these today and they are delicious! I live in Turkey and couldn’t find whole-wheat pastry flour (used simply whole-wheat flour) and couldn’t find apple sauce (poached some apples and made my own!). These will be my new healthy snack now, for those afternoons when my sweet tooth gets the better of me!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Awesome!! Where there’s a will, there’s a way! Great job!

  13. Is there another oil I could use other than the canola?

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Any light flavored oil will work.

  14. Hi! I am new to your blog, very fun! Love it! What happened to your quest towards a registered dietitian?

    1. graciouspantry says:

      I figured out pretty quickly that a medical degree is not what I wanted. I’d like to pursue a culinary degree instead, but since we moved, I am no longer close to a school that has a culinary program. So right now, I’m stuck. ๐Ÿ™

  15. Dunja Mandley says:

    I am so there with you, I am 37 and I went back to school last year, I too had no idea what my true passions were, at 36 I finally knew, therefore I am studying to finish my degree in Health and Wellness, then go on to specialize in nutrition. ๐Ÿ™‚ Yummy recipe, I will do that now.

  16. Dunja Mandley says:

    These were awesome!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Oh my, I never thought I’d say this, but I’m gonna clean up my act (in the kitchen, at least)! These muffins are AWESOME–and after reading through your site I came up with a few substitutions that I needed to make for them to work with what I have on hand. Thank you so much!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      My pleasure! Enjoy!

  18. Can I use coconut oil instead of Canola oil?

    I love your website/blog – it’s been so helpful in the beginning stages of eating clean!

  19. Tamara maya says:

    I just made these this morning and they are DELISH!! Thank you for a base recipe for muffins. I did have to make a few substitues whole wheat flour instead of pastry flour, coconut oil instead of canola plus in my reg banana bread I use sour cream to add moisture which I used 1/2 cup greek yougurt and came out just perfect. Cant wait to make them again with the WW pastry flour. Yumm and such a comfort food for this snowing day! I can also add they are toddler approved! Now i just waiting for the rest of my household to get up and try them! ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. I substituted WW flour for WW pastry and they came out a bit doughy/ chewy– When making again should I change anything? I also halved the recipe a bit and didn’t use an electric mixer… Thank you!

  21. Hi! i love your recipes and tried many of them already, with regards to banana muffins… i live in UK and i can’t find whole wheat pastry flour:( is there any substitute for it?

    1. It’s hard to say because I don’t know what is actually available in the UK. I know it’s often referred to as “whole meal”. We have something here called White Whole Wheat Flour that works. Maybe you can find that? You can use regular whole wheat. Just know that the muffins will be far more dense and bready.

  22. Another amazing muffin recipe.. girl you are making me want to go to whole foods RIGHT NOW and buy everything needed for all your recipes! question though.. I am trying to get more protein into my diet and theres this whole new craze to protein muffins and pancakes and bla bla.. how would i be able to incorporate some protein powder in this recipe? any ideas??

    1. You could just replace a small amount of flour for protein powder. Just watch which flavor you use.

  23. We’ve made these numerous times now, and they are awesome! The only change I’ve made is to sub milled flaxseed for the egg whites (due to egg allergy). Thanks again for another great recipe!

  24. Instead of Safflower oil, could I use Coconut Oil or EVOO instead?

  25. I bought 40 lbs of bananas at our local auction this weekend for $5.00 and was in search of as many clean eating banana recipes as I could find! I made this recipe using a third (very large) banana instead of apple sauce, coconut oil instead of safflower oil and completely forgot the honey when I mixed it up. It still turned out well! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Danielle – Awesome!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ But wow! 40 pounds!! Slice some up and freeze for ice cream and try my 2 ingredients pancakes. Yum!