Healthy Banana Muffins are a simple, yummy treat! Easy to make with only 10 ingredients – these banana bread muffins are great for breakfast or a snack! Refined sugar free and made with whole grains in one bowl- you’ll love these!
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These are seriously the best banana bread muffins. I know that’s a bold statement but it’s TRUE.
Our Healthy Banana Bread and Healthy Banana Protein Muffins have been wildly popular on the site for years and the other day I realized that we needed a regular good old fashioned healthy banana muffin on our site for all of you.
We happened to have brown bananas in the freezer just waiting to be baked.. so here we are!
Are banana muffins healthy?
There are lots of recipes out there for healthy banana muffins but these are the best because they’re easy, yummy, and quick to make (less than 30 minutes!) Here’s why we love them:
- Easy to make: These muffins are made with 10 ingredients you probably already have in your pantry/fridge. Nothing fancy here!
- Delicious: Probably the most important factor. These muffins taste like a ‘real deal’ banana muffin, but they’re made with better ingredients!
- Whole wheat flour: I used whole wheat flour in this recipe rather than bleached white flour. Whole wheat flour is a great source of whole grains and much better for you than regular white flour! This is the whole wheat flour I like.
- Low in sugar: This recipe is sweetened only by ripe bananas and a touch of honey (and some chocolate chips for good measure) Many banana muffins recipes are loaded with sugar, but this recipe has only 9g of natural sugar per muffin.
- Heart healthy fats: Instead of using butter or canola oil, this recipe uses coconut oil to keep it moist, and it also has some walnuts in it for healthy fats!
Healthy Banana Muffins Ingredients
To make these healthy banana muffins you’ll need:
- coconut oil
- an egg
- whole wheat flour
- baking powder and baking soda
- Nutmeg, ground ginger, chocolate chips, and walnuts are all optional!
You can find substitutions for all of these ingredients below in the green shaded box.
How to Make the Best Healthy Banana Muffin Recipe
Making these low sugar muffins are SO easy. First, gather all your ingredients.
- Mash your bananas. I like to use a fork and usually pop the bananas in a microwave for about 20 seconds before mashing so they’re easier to work with. (More tips on mashing bananas below!)
- Whisk in your wet ingredients until smooth: (honey, egg + coconut oil.)
- Add in your dry ingredients: whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices.
- Add in chocolate chips or walnuts (the best part!!) You can omit walnuts if you have a nut allergy or don’t like them. Pecans also work.
- Pour batter in a lined muffin tin.
- Bake per instructions.
Substitutions for this Healthy Banana Bread Muffin Recipe
There are a bunch of different substitutions for this healthy banana muffin recipe. Work with whatever you have in your pantry/fridge!
Wheat Flour: You can replace whole wheat flour with white flour but your muffins might be a little more dense. I would not recommend almond flour, coconut flour, or oat flour. You can not substitute these flours 1:1 with whole wheat flour.
Healthy Banana Bread: Use this recipe for our favorite Healthy Banana Bread instead.
Blueberries: You can add in a 1/2 cup of blueberries to this batter for a fun twist or try these Dairy Free Blueberry Muffins!
Mini Muffins: You can make these mini by cutting the bake time in half.
Frozen Bananas: You can use frozen bananas in this recipe. Defrost them in the microwave until they are warm before mashing them.
Tips for Banana Healthy Muffins:
These muffins are pretty foolproof to make, but here are some tips that might be helpful for you when making them!
- Use muffin tin liners: These reusable silicone muffin liners are great, or these disposable muffin liners.
- If you’re not using muffin liners: I typically grease my muffin tin liberally with coconut oil. You can also run a butter knife along the edges of the pan to help loosen the bread before taking it out.
- Spotty bananas are the best – The browner/more spotty the banana is, the sweeter it will be and more delicious your muffins will be!
- Allow the muffins to cool completely for about 15 minutes before taking them out of the pan.
How to Ripen Bananas Quickly
Even if your bananas aren’t ripe, you can make this recipe! For best results, bananas should be brown like in the photos. As bananas ripen they get sweeter and softer, making them perfect for banana bread muffins! I had those bananas in my freezer which is why they look a little ‘frosty’
However, as long as your bananas aren’t green, you can make this muffin recipe. Yellow bananas will work just fine. I recommend microwaving them for about 20-30 seconds so they are easier to mash!
To ripen bananas quickly place them in a brown paper bag with an apple for 24-48 hours.
How do you mash bananas?
I have two tips for how to mash bananas: one: warm them up and two: use your mixer!
I usually put bananas in the microwave for 20-30 seconds before ‘mashing’ them. Then, I use a regular beater/paddle attachment to mash bananas (so easy!)
If you don’t have a mixer, just use a fork or a whisk! Just make sure you’re measuring them after mashing so you have the right amount of bananas.
How to Store Banana Healthy Muffin Recipes
Storing: You can store these banana muffins covered on your counter for a few days, but I recommend keeping them in the refrigerator for freshness! The muffin will last up to a week in the refrigerator – but will lose their freshness after about 3 days on the counter.
How to freeze Muffins: I like to freeze muffins in a reusable ziploc bag or an air-tight container. It’s best not to stack them on one another when freezing because they may stick together. When you’re ready to serve – pop in the microwave or the toaster oven until they’re warmed through.
Do these healthy muffins freeze well? Yes, these banana muffins freeze very well. Pop them in the microwave or toaster and you will never know they have been frozen!
Healthy Banana Muffin FAQ
It’s difficult to make muffins rise more, but you can try mixing together your dry ingredients very well before adding your wet ingredients. This evenly distributes any baking powder or baking soda which can help make your muffins rise.
The secret to moist muffins is a source of fat or a substitute for it. Most muffins have butter, sour cream, or yogurt. These items are high in fat which results in a moist muffin.
Banana muffins can get rubbery when you over mix the batter. Try to only mix the batter as much as you need to until it’s combined.
Banana muffins normally have 300-500 calories per muffin. These healthy banana muffins have less than 160 calories!
Other healthy muffin recipes:
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Healthy Banana Muffin Recipe
- 1.5 cups ripe bananas, mashed (about 3-4 bananas)
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup coconut oil melted + cooled to room temp
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips optional
- 1/2 cup walnuts chopped – optional
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare a lined or greased muffin pans
- In a bowl, mash bananas with a fork until slightly clumpy. You can microwave them for 20 seconds prior to mashing to make it easier.
- Stir in honey, egg, and oil to banana mixture.
- Add in whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda and spices
- Fold in chocolate chips.
- Pour 1/4 cup batter into a greased or lined muffin tin. Optional: sprinkle with a handful of chips and walnuts on top. Bake for 20 -25 minutes until a toothpick or cake tester comes out completely clean when inserted in the center of the muffins.
- Allow the muffins to cool for 15 minutes. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator to maintain freshness.
- To make gluten free: replace whole wheat flour with Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1 Gluten Free Flour
- To make vegan: replace 1 egg white with 1 flax egg. Sub with
- Honey : You can substitute with .
- Flour: You can replace whole wheat flour with white flour but your muffins might be a little more dense. I would not recommend , , or . You can not substitute these flours 1:1 with whole wheat flour.
- Spices: You can omit the and if you don’t have any. Add a little bit more to compensate!
- Nuts: You can add or
- Healthy Banana Bread: Use this recipe for our favorite Healthy Banana Bread instead
- Blueberries: You can add in a 1/2 cup of blueberries to this batter for a fun twist!
- Adding protein: if you want to up the protein content, try these Healthy Banana Protein Muffins. There are a few tweaks to help them not dry out while adding protein powder
- Mini Muffins: You can make these into mini muffins by cutting the bake time in half.
- Frozen Bananas: You can use frozen bananas in this recipe. Defrost them in the microwave until they are warm before mashing them.
- : If you’re short on bananas, you can substitute the difference with