Paleo Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

These Paleo Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins taste just like your mom’s homemade banana chocolate chip muffins, except with an creamy almond butter filling. They’re gluten-free, grain-free, and sugar-free – these muffins are sweetened with only bananas!

These Paleo Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins taste just like your mom's homemade banana chocolate chip muffins, except with an creamy almond butter filling. They're gluten-free, grain-free, and sugar-free - these muffins are sweetened with only bananas!Settling in is an unusual feeling, don’t you think? A new apartment and a new city is finally starting to feel like home, but there is still a bit of nostalgia for the places you’ll never live again. My college house (and college, for that matter) has been left behind and now that summer is coming to a close, classes are starting again. The school year is beginning, and for the first time in my life that I can remember…I’m not starting classes too.

Instead, I’m sitting on my patio at home, sipping coffee and looking at our calming view of the Puget Sound, and enjoying my favorite spot in the house, writing a post to you. Let me just say: Our patio is seriously awesome. Super comfy futon, cute yellow trunk/coffee table, dining set, herb garden, twinkle lights, and flowers – what more could a girl want on her patio?

These Paleo Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins taste just like your mom's homemade banana chocolate chip muffins, except with an creamy almond butter filling. They're gluten-free, grain-free, and sugar-free - these muffins are sweetened with only bananas!

And the best part is that I can work from my patio, my kitchen, and my local coffee shop; on this Monday that’s the first day of school for so many, I’m instead on my own, teaching myself the things I need to move me forward, to my next step. I’m my own teacher and student, but also a peer of each and every person striving to do the same thing. School ends – but it doesn’t really. We graduate into the longterm education of life.

I’ve been trying to learn and grow and reach a lot recently, but it’s nice to still have the comforts of a good old banana chocolate chip muffin when you need something to bring you back to simplicity. This makes a solid batch of 12 muffins, and I bet they’ll disappear quick. I added a nice dose of almond butter in the middle to give a little gooey filling and it adds such a nice texture and flavor to the muffins.

These Paleo Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins taste just like your mom's homemade banana chocolate chip muffins, except with an creamy almond butter filling. They're gluten-free, grain-free, and sugar-free - these muffins are sweetened with only bananas!Also – these have NO SUGAR. All the sweetness comes from the bananas, so make sure you use the super ripe ones. Check out the clearance section of your grocery store. A lot of times they’ll have already ripe bananas for way discounted prices. And for these muffins, you want the bananas almost black.

As always, I recommend chunks > chips. Chocolate chunks just melt so much better than chocolate chips and they stay melted and delicious way longer than chips. If you’re strict Paleo or just want to be sure these are completely refined sugar free, try making your own Paleo Chocolate Chunks!

So today, on the first day of school, I challenge you: teach yourself something today.

These Paleo Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins taste just like your mom's homemade banana chocolate chip muffins, except with an creamy almond butter filling. They're gluten-free, grain-free, and sugar-free - these muffins are sweetened with only bananas!P.S. If you’ve never baked Paleo or made banana bread…I know of something you could totally teach yourself:

Paleo Almond Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
 
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Serves: 12 muffins
Ingredients
  • 3-4 medium bananas (1⅔ cups mashed or 380 grams)
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup (100 grams) almond butter + ¼ cup almond butter, divided
  • ⅓ cup (50 grams) coconut flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 4 oz. dark chocolate, chopped
Directions
  1. Line a 12 pan muffin tin with paper liners and preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  2. In a large bowl or mixer, combine the mashed bananas, eggs, coconut oil, vanilla extract and ⅓ cup almond butter until fully combined.
  3. Add the coconut flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt to the wet ingredients and mix well. Fold in the chocolate chunks.
  4. Add 1 tablespoon of batter to the bottom of each pan. Add a heaping teaspoon of almond butter to the center of each muffin. Divide the remaining batter evenly into the muffin cups, about another tablespoon of batter. Top with more chocolate chunks if desired.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes. A toothpick inserted into the center should come out clean.
  6. Remove from oven and allow to cool on a wire rack for about ½ hour. Flip out onto a cooling rack to finish cooling.
Notes
To keep the muffins Paleo and refined sugar free, use Paleo-friendly chocolate or try making your own.

Comments

  1. I live in Seattle too! I wonder if we were neighbors, if so maybe you can drop off some of these muffins.. ;)
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  2. Yummm, these muffins look great for breakfast! *drool!*

    I know the feeling! When college was over for me it felt so strange not to register/attend classes anymore, or live in the same town :/ Good luck getting settling in your new place. Enjoy!
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  3. I love that these are made with coconut flour- such an awesome muffin texture :) These look fabulous- pinning!

  4. Is there anything more comforting than a warm muffin packed with chocolate?! These look amazing!
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  5. These sound incredible! I love all your paleo recipes, this one no exception! I’ve been hearing about coconut flour and now totally have to go get some to try in this recipe!

  6. These look so good! I think I would eat way too many.

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  7. ughhhh These look amazing, as usual. You are my fave person for gluten free treats, seriously!
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  8. These look absolutely incredible! Who knew that paleo muffins could look this good!
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  9. Isn’t it the weirdest feeling to know that you’re done with school? I totally remember that…bittersweet! These muffins sound amazing, Rachel! I love the almond butter in these cuties. Delish!
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  10. It feels so weird to be done with school, but I can’t say I miss it that much. I’m so happy for you that you’re working on your blog full time, Rachel! You have some of the best recipes and these muffins are no exception. Such a great breakfast treat!
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  11. Your patio sounds amazing and these muffins look fantastic! I loved college and law school, but I sure am happy to not go back to school right now!
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  12. These look so yummy! I love using almond butter and I like that there’s no sugar! I’m also in a period of settling in a new place as well. It can get a little overwhelming sometimes. :)

  13. Your patio does sound absolutely perfect! These muffins sound and look amazing, love that chocolate in there! :)
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  14. Even though these have no added sugar, they look super decadent :)
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  15. I remember finishing my degree and adjusting to the start of a new school year without going to school. It was a strange feeling. But pretty exciting at the same time. These muffins look delicious. I’ll add them to my list of recipes to try when I’ve got ripe bananas on hand (which happens a lot)!
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  16. I hope you have a wonderful first year out of school, Rachel! These muffins are beautiful!
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  17. Rachel, yeay for settling in–it sounds like you have everything you need :) And these muffins look SO cozy (and I can’t believe they’re paleo–you are a genius :)
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  18. So glad you are starting to settle in :) Love these muffins! That’s awesome that they are paleo! They look SO incredible!
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  19. Sitting on the patio sipping coffee is definitely better than doing homework!! I definitely don’t miss that part of college. ;) These muffins look delish! I could definitely go for a couple with my coffee!
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  20. Im so excited to try these! I love all your paleo recipes!

  21. aw your house sounds amazing!!

    and so do these muffins-I adore them and the fact that theyre paleo and kind of healthy makes me go YIPPEEEE!
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  22. How many calories do each muffin have????

  23. Can these be made without almond butter?

    • Hi Alicia, if you’re talking about the almond butter in the center – yes definitely! As for the almond butter in the muffin batter, that’s needed for structure and fat. Hope this helps. Enjoy!

      • Rachel, thanks for the response. Is there something else I can use in the muffin batter instead of almond butter (due to food allergies).

        • Hi Alicia, any other nut butter would substitute well – if it’s a nut allergy, try sunflower seed butter! Just be aware sometimes it can make things turn a hint of green, haha. Enjoy!

          • Rosemary Goussios says:

            I used cashew butter because as I was making these, I realized the almond butter I had contained sugar! So I had to make a quick substitute. This was my first time making these and was worried they wouldn’t come out right because of the substitution, but I must say they’re pretty good! Nice and fluffy!

          • Hi Rosemary! I’ve found that most nut butters sub well for the almond butter in this recipe :) so glad to hear you’re enjoying them, even with the last minute change.

  24. Oh just wow! My go to almond butter banana muffin recipe wouldn’t load so I started looking for a different one…I found yours! Hooray! Beyond delicious. No sugar too. That is hard to believe as these are so sweet and tasty. My kids even gobbled them up and they didn’t have to as they don’t follow special diets of any kind. I didn’t stir chocolate into the batter but only dropped a few chunks into the center with the almond butter tsp! They don’t really even need the chocolate. Just so yummy. Thanks so much!

  25. Love this combo idea – bananas + chocolate :) And it’s also helpful that you don’t use almond flour here as I’m out of it right now! Thx!
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  26. Nutritional Facts?

  27. Skylar Allen says:

    I just made these, with a few minor substitutions based on what I had in my pantry, but they still turned out wonderfully and can’t wait to have one with my coffee in the morning.

    xo, Skylar
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  28. I just made these today. These are truly amazing. i have just recently started baking paleo and these muffins are one of the best recipes I’ve tried so far.

  29. Thanks for this recipe. I don’t have coconut flour with me. Can I substitute with something else? Will whole wheat flour work?

    • Hi RS. Unfortunately, coconut flour has uniquely absorbent properties that make it unlike any other flour. Because of that, you can’t substitute anything else and get the same results. However, a little bit goes a long way and it’s rather cheap as far as gluten-free flours go, so I think it’ll be a worthy investment :) hope this helps!

  30. Debbie Lale says:

    Just made these today and they are delicious!! Should they be kept in the fridge?

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