These almond flour banana muffins are super soft, moist, sweet, and delicious! Plus, they are made with healthier ingredients and are very quick to make.
Banana bread and banana muffins are one of the most delicious inventions ever! I simply love how sweet, moist, and flavorful they are.
And this gluten-free almond flour banana muffin recipe is definitely one of the good ones out there! They are very light, soft, and delicious. Plus, they are super easy to make!
What is almond flour?
Almond flour is a popular wheat flour alternative that is low carb, gluten-free, and rich in nutrients such as vitamin E and magnesium.
It is typically made from very finely ground blanched almonds. The process involves first blanching almonds to remove their skin. They are then ground into a fine powder.
Almond flour can be used in various baking recipes, such as macarons or cakes. It can also be used as a substitute for breadcrumbs.
It is a wonderful alternative to regular wheat flour that is healthy, easy to use, and very delicious.
Is almond flour the same as almond meal?
No, almond flour is not the same as almond meal. While almond flour is very fine and made from blanched almonds, almond meal is more coarse and typically made from almonds with their skin on.
Both can be used for baking delicious muffins or cookies, but they have a slightly different taste and texture. They can be used interchangeably in some recipes, but not all. So always make sure you use the right type of almond “flour“.
You might have already guessed that you’ll need almond flour and bananas to make these almond flour banana muffins. Here is a full list of the ingredients that you’ll need:
- Bananas: You’ll need medium-sized extra ripe bananas to make these banana chocolate chip muffins. Use fewer or more bananas depending on their size.
- Almond flour: Another important ingredient is almond flour. I think almond meal would work, too. But I haven’t tested the recipe with almond meal. So if you can find almond flour, use it instead of almond meal. Another option is making your own almond flour instead of buying it.
- Greek yogurt: Greek yogurt is one of my favorite ingredients to make muffins softer and add a little extra protein. So definitely use it!
- Eggs: You’ll need medium-sized eggs to make these muffins so they have the right texture.
- Vanilla extract: A little vanilla extract is needed to give these gluten-free banana muffins a flavor boost.
- Honey: I used honey to sweeten the almond flour banana muffins. You can use maple syrup if you prefer it. You actually don’t need a lot as the bananas are already sweet enough!
- Baking powder and baking soda: Baking powder and baking soda are used to make the almond flour muffins rise.
- Cinnamon: Cinnamon adds some extra flavor. So don’t forget to add it!
- Chocolate chips: I love to use add-ins to make banana muffins or banana bread. Here, I used chocolate chips. But I will provide you with alternatives down below.
How to make almond flour
I usually like to buy almond flour as the store-bought version is often a lot finer than what you can make at home. But whenever I don’t have almond flour (most of the time because it’s sold out), I like to make my own almond flour at home.
So if you have trouble finding almond flour, just use the homemade version. It might not be as finely ground as the store-bought version, but it definitely works for most recipes!
Here is how you can make homemade almond flour:
- Add blanched almonds to a blender.
- Pulse until the almonds turn into flour. Make sure you don’t blend it for too long as this releases their oils and turns the almonds into nut butter.
- Then store the almond flour in an airtight container in a cool and dark place.
How to make almond flour banana muffins
Almond flour banana muffins are super simple to make! Just follow these steps:
- Preheat the oven: Preheat your oven to 350 °F (180 °C) and prepare the muffin pan with paper liners.
- Mix the wet ingredients: Then, mix the bananas, greek yogurt, eggs, vanilla extract, and honey in a bowl.
- Mix the dry ingredients: Mix the almond flour, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon in another bowl.
- Combine: Now combine the wet and dry ingredients. Stir in the chocolate chips.
- Bake: Fill the paper liners with the dough, sprinkle with some extra chocolate chips, and bake for around 20 minutes until the muffins are golden brown. Let them cool and enjoy!
This recipe is super simple, but here are some things to keep in mind.
- Bananas: Make sure that you use overripe bananas to make these almond flour banana muffins! They are sweeter and taste more intense. Just let your bananas sit for a few days until they have brown spots and then use them to make delicious muffins!
- Baking time: Baking time might vary, so check on the muffins while they are in the oven. My first batch took around 20 minutes, and the last one around 18 minutes.
- Let them cool: The muffins need time to cool. Otherwise they will be too soft and they will come off with the paper liners. Just let them rest and enjoy once they are fully cooled down!
I absolutely love chocolate chips in these almond flour banana muffins. But there are other great options that go super well with these gluten-free banana muffins. Here are some of my favorites.
- Nuts: If you love nuts, feel free to add them to these almond flour muffins. I absolutely love walnuts, but you can choose the nuts you like most.
- Blueberries: Blueberries are another great add-in for these muffins. Just substitute the chocolate chips with blueberries and follow the recipe as described.
- Raisins: And if you love raisins, feel free to add them. They go super well with the banana and cinnamon in this recipe.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, almond flour is gluten-free! As it is made from ground blanched almonds, it doesn’t contain gluten. So this recipe is perfect if you are looking for a gluten-free banana muffin recipe.
I don’t recommend using any other type of flour in this recipe. They all act very differently in recipes, so I recommend sticking to almond flour. You can certainly try things out, but please know that the muffins might not turn out well.
You can store the almond flour banana muffins at room temperature for up to 2 days. If you want to store them longer, store them in your refrigerator in an airtight container for 5-7 days.
More delicious sweet treats
If you have a sweet tooth as I do, I recommend trying out one of the following recipes. They are all super delicious and easy to make!
- Gluten-Free Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
- Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Chocolate Chia Pudding
- Double Chocolate Banana Oatmeal Muffins
- Avocado Brownies
Almond Flour Banana Muffins
- 3 extra ripe bananas mashed
- ¼ cup greek yogurt
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 cups almond flour
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ⅓ cup chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350 °F (180 °C) and prepare the muffin pan with paper liners.
- Mash the bananas in a bowl. Then add the remaining wet ingredients to the same bowl.3 extra ripe bananas, ¼ cup greek yogurt, 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 2 tablespoons honey
- Next, mix all dry ingredients, except for the chocolate chips, in another bowl.2 cups almond flour, ½ teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon baking powder, ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until everything is combined. Then stir in the chocolate chips.⅓ cup chocolate chips
- Fill the paper liners with the dough and sprinkle the muffins with some extra chocolate chips.
- Bake for around 20 minutes until the muffins have a golden brown color. Let them cool and enjoy!
- Storage: You can store the muffins in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days or in your refrigerator for 5-7 days.
- More tips and information: For more tips and additional information, check out the post.