Paleo Banana Nut Muffins

You would never guess that these Paleo Banana Nut Muffins have no added sugar – all the sweetness comes from the bananas! These gluten-free muffins make a great breakfast or snack.

You would never guess that these Paleo Banana Nut Muffins have no added sugar - all the sweetness comes from the bananas! These gluten-free muffins make a great breakfast or snack.Happy Monday! This past week was a weird one for me, and I’m looking forward to this week’s fresh start. Monday, and muffins, are being embraced whole-heartedly.

I’ve been battling a pretty bad cold for the past week, and it’s left me exhausted, coughing, sneezing, and worst of all – uninspired. Finally, on Thursday and Friday, I just let myself be sick. Stopped trying to brainstorm recipes when I didn’t even want to think about food, took a nap in the middle of the day, and let myself do just the work that I needed to – no more.

You would never guess that these Paleo Banana Nut Muffins have no added sugar - all the sweetness comes from the bananas! These gluten-free muffins make a great breakfast or snack.It paid off, because Saturday I woke up feeling reenergized. Still coughing and sneezing a bit, but also totally antsy to get out of my apartment. I took a walk and ended up three miles down my street at my new favorite acai bowl place, my mind swirling with ideas and a iPhone note with a list of recipe titles. I got my groove back.

Despite my sickness, I did have one recipe success last week: these paleo banana nut muffins, and they were a major hit, if I do say so myself. I had written this recipe up before I got sick and I ended up making them midway through the week when I majorly needed a pick-me-up. Thankfully, they only take a few minutes to get into the oven. The cinnamon makes the everything smell so warm and comforting while these are baking – I could even smell it through my stuffy nose!

You would never guess that these Paleo Banana Nut Muffins have no added sugar - all the sweetness comes from the bananas! These gluten-free muffins make a great breakfast or snack.This banana nut muffin recipe is adapted from my paleo chocolate chunk banana bread, which is one my favorite recipes and the all-time most popular recipe on my site! It’s a winner, for good reason. Like that bread, these muffin have NO added sugar. None. All the sweetness here comes from your ripe bananas, so make sure you let them get nice and ripe. The darker and spottier, the sweeter your muffins will be!

The only flour these use is coconut flour, and you can’t sub anything else! Coconut flour is uniquely absorbent and no other flour will match the texture you get from using coconut flour here.

You would never guess that these Paleo Banana Nut Muffins have no added sugar - all the sweetness comes from the bananas! These gluten-free muffins make a great breakfast or snack.I opted for walnuts as the nut, which I feel are fairly traditional for banana nut muffins, but feel free to sub whichever nut is your favorite (or whatever you have). Pecans would be delish! You could also toss in some paleo chocolate chunks if you like a little chocolate in your muffins.

These muffins smell amazing coming out of the oven, and they taste even better! They’re sweet enough even without the sugar, allowing the banana flavor to shine. The texture is spot on fluffy, and the toasted walnut add a little extra crunch and warmth. I quickly devoured one, and I’m wishing I still had a few left! These are a real treat, whether it’s for breakfast, a snack, or a welcome lunchbox addition. Happy baking!

You would never guess that these Paleo Banana Nut Muffins have no added sugar - all the sweetness comes from the bananas! These gluten-free muffins make a great breakfast or snack.

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Paleo Banana Nut Muffins
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Serves: 12 muffins
  • 3-4 large ripe bananas (1⅔ cups mashed or 380 grams)
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup almond butter
  • ⅓ cup (50 grams) coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup toasted walnuts, chopped
  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line a 12 pan muffin tin with paper liners or grease with coconut oil.
  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, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and salt to the wet ingredients and mix well. Fold in the walnuts.
  4. Divide the batter between the prepared muffin tins.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for about 16-19 minutes. A toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin should come out clean.
  6. Remove from oven and allow to cool on a wire rack for about 10 minutes. Flip out onto a cooling rack to finish cooling.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 muffin Calories: 187 Fat: 15g Carbohydrates: 13g Sugar: 6g Fiber: 4g Protein: 5g
You would never guess that these Paleo Banana Nut Muffins have no added sugar - all the sweetness comes from the bananas! These gluten-free muffins make a great breakfast or snack.


  1. Mondays definitely call for muffins, especially when bananas are involved! These sound so delicious, Rachel! I love that there is no sugar in here. Sounds just perfect, especially with that fluffy texture!
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  2. Awww I hope you’re feeling better, Rachel! It seems like so many people are sick this time of year and it’s definitely no fun. But on a happy note, these muffins are GORGEOUS! I love finding new paleo breakfast goodies to make for my mom who’s on the paleo diet, and I have a feeling she’s going to LOVE these. Anything banana and nut is an automatic WINNER. ;)
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  3. No added sugar and no artificial sweeteners? I’m in! I love how there are lots of bananas – 3 or 4, not just one :) The banana flavor will come through for sure – mouthwatering!
    Melanie @ Melanie Cooks recently posted…Free Weekly Meal Plan – What’s For Dinner! (Week 8)My Profile

  4. I’m glad that you are feeling better!! And these banana muffins sound just perfect – I love that there’s no added sugar!
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  5. Oh these are happening. How many times have I told you I love your gluten free recipes?? I love that these are also dairy free! We aren’t, but I’m often cooking/baking for people with allergies so I NEED these simple allergy friendly recipes in my back pocket.
    Ashley | The Recipe Rebel recently posted…Easy Pizza Roll UpsMy Profile

  6. I could happily start my day with these muffins! Love the banana nut flavor!!
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  7. I just love your paleo recipes! Happy you are feeling better! I have some coconut flour that I need to use up as I never really like using it in my bakes, but I have a feeling it will work well in this recipe!
    Linda | The Baker Who Kerns recently posted…Flourless Dark Chocolate Beetroot Cake [GF + DF]My Profile

  8. Yum – I’ve got 4 bananas almost ready on my bench to make this! Do you think you could add in some blueberries without changing the liquid ratio too much! Thanks!

  9. These banana nut muffins look amazing and I love that they’re naturally sweetened- pinning :)
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  10. Oh no, sorry to hear you were sick. Hope you feel better soon, Rachel! Something is definitely going around, we finally got better after 3 weeks of being sick too. These muffins hopefully help make things better! Love that they are paleo – they look perfect!

  11. I kind of know what you mean…last week kicked my tail so I was ready for a fresh week! These muffins look AMAZING!
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  12. I’m sorry your sick! Colds are the worst, but there is nothing like fresh warm from the oven muffins to perk up your mood.
    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry recently posted…Simple Chocolate Chip CookiesMy Profile

  13. Rachel, Have you tried making these muffins with egg replacer? I am not able to eat eggs and because of digestion problems am trying to avoid wheat. Thanks.

  14. I love flourless muffins, and banana is always a favorite here! I have everything I need for these and am making them this week!
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  15. Oh these sound amazing, especially with the almond butter! Hope you are feeling lots better – sometimes when you are feeling sick doing nothing is the best thing to do and you will recover way quicker, rather than pushing yourself too hard for a few weeks! x
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  16. Oh no, I hope you feel 100% better soon. Being sick is no fun. Our entire family has been battling the flu on and off for the past month. Having these muffins around would definitely make everyone feel better though. I love that they are paleo and have no sugar! I can’t wait to make these!

  17. Rachel these muffins are stunning!! Love that they are full of so much goodness!! Hope you feel better :)
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  18. I hope you feel better soon. The muffins look wonderful and mouthwatering!! :)

  19. Ugh, we all have the cold this week. Feeling so wiped out! I need to rest up like you did and get better asap. These muffins look amazing! Can’t believe they’re paleo!
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  20. My co-worker and I were just talking about how difficult coconut flour is to bake with… You have to use A LOT more liquid! So happy I stumbled across this recipe. Can’t wait to try it!

  21. I was literally thinking I should make some banana muffins for breakfast this morning. Bakerita for the win!!

  22. Jenn from Calgary says:

    Wow these are good! Fluffy and crunch with just the right amount of sweetness from the bananas. I will definitely be making these on a regular basis! I had to bake mine for a bit longer than the 19 minutes stated in the recipe – it was more like 22-24 minutes for me before the toothpick came out clean. But I have a finicky oven, so I’m not surprised.

    Thanks for sharing this!

    • Hi Jenn – so happy to hear that! Ovens can definitely be finicky, so I’m glad you figured out the amount of time that worked for you. Thanks for sharing your success with me! :)

  23. Just made these to try as I will be doing a 6-week fitness challenge which will also be following a Paleo diet. Only thing I did differently was to sprinkle 4-5 chocolate chips on each muffin and omit the nuts. Sixteen minutes and they were perfect! Will definitely do a mix of nuts and chocolate chips next time as I think I would have enjoyed the crunch of the nuts. Question for you…do you think I can substitute liquid egg whites for all or part of the eggs?

    • Hi Lara. So glad you enjoyed the muffins! I haven’t tried substituting liquid egg whites so I can’t say how it would turn out. If you do try it though, I’d love if you could report back with the results :)

  24. Yumm, these babies just came out of the oven! How long do these stay fresh? Have you tried freezing them? I would like to take them to work for breakfast.

    • Hi Claire! They freeze really well. I’d stay they keep fresh for about 2 days stored at room temperature, and they’ll keep in the fridge for about 5 days. Hope this helps!

  25. Do you have any nutrition specs on these? I’m trying the whole paleo thing and made these yesterday…they’re amazing! Thanks for sharing your recipes, can’t wait to try more :)

  26. This is literally the first coconut flour paleo recipe that I’ve made that I have not thrown in the trash can! These are seriously so good thank you! I will definitely be looking and making your other recipes!

  27. First attempt at baking without”flour” … was worried it would be strong coconut flavour – was sooo wrong! I actually followed recipe (except no walnuts – only cause I didn’t have any in my cupboard!).
    These were absolutely fabulous and will make again but with the walnuts!
    I’m pretty excited to try more of your recipes!!!
    Thank you!

  28. Hi Rachel- great recipe, thank you! I was wondering if you had the calorie count to it, just curious!

  29. Hi
    i want know that can use wheat flour؟؟؟

    • Hi Malihe. Unfortunately coconut flour is much more absorbent than wheat flour is so it would require a lot more wheat flour to make up for the coconut flour. Since I haven’t tested it this way, I’m not sure how much it would take. Sorry!

  30. Ashlee Lala says:

    Hey these look amazing!! I’m just wondering if you can freeze them?

  31. These muffins have a great texture and flavor. I only had two bananas so I used applesauce (no sugar added) as well. Thank you for creating and sharing this amazing recipe! I’m excited to try more of your recipes.

    • I’m so glad you enjoyed it Grace! Thanks for sharing your changes – glad to know that substitute worked out well. Hope you find lots of recipes you love!

  32. This recipe looks delicious! Going to make these this weekend! What is the nutrition facts for them?

  33. Can I make these with all-purpose gluten free flour? Would I need to change any of the measurements?

    • Hi Robin – coconut flour is uniquely absorbent and no other flour can be subbed 1:1 for it. To use GF AP flour, the recipe would need to be reworked significantly, pretty much into a new recipe. I’d recommend getting your hands on some coconut flour. It’s pretty cheap and a little while last you a while!

  34. Oh no! What did I do wrong with these? Followed the recipe to a T and even cooked them about 6 minutes longer but they were still a wet mess inside and I couldn’t get them out of the pan. I just put them back in to cook some more…has this happened to anyone else? When I made the batter it definitely seemed too wet and liquid-y but I went ahead and put it in…

    • Hi Danielle – the batter for these should be relatively thick and not liquidy, since there really is no liquid in them besides the small amount of melted coconut oil. Is it possible you misread an ingredient or missed something? The coconut flour should definitely help thicken the batter up, too. Are there any changes you made or anything? I’d love to help you figure out what went wrong – I know how frustrating it is when a recipe doesn’t turn out!

      • Hmm, definitely didn’t miss anything but I live in high altitude so maybe that has something to do with it. It just seemed like it needed more dry ingredients. I wound up cooking them for about 25 minutes longer and they shaped up a bit so in the end, they were ok – I guess I will add more flour next time?

        • That was going to be my next question! I’d try adding extra coconut flour until it’s thicker – just add about a tablespoon at a time, stir it in, and wait to see how thick it gets after a little bit. Add more if you need to. I hope they still ended up tasting good!

  35. Do you have the nutrition information for these?
    Just curious what would be considered one serving

    • Hi Samantha, I just updated the recipe card with the nutritional info. 187 calories per muffin! Check out the recipe card for the rest of the info.

  36. I just came across this recipe and will make with my girls when they wake up from naps. I have lots of ripe bananas to use up. I’m glad there is no other sweetener added, so not necessary when using super ripe bananas.

  37. Lisa Clark says:

    This will sound like an odd question but are these full sized muffins or mini?

  38. I don’t like almond butter. What can I sub in for almond butter in this recipe?

  39. Antonia Sattler says:

    Is peanut butter fine? As I don’t have almond butter..?


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