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Banana Nut Muffins Recipe

Banana nut muffins are not only delicious but they also have quite a few nutrients to keep you healthy and feeling great. They’re also easy to make with only a few ingredients, either regular or gluten-free.

Banana nut muffins in a muffin tin

Regular or Gluten-Free Banana Nut Muffins

Whether you eat them for breakfast or a between-meal snack, you’ll discover they’re one of your favorite foods.

One of the best things about these muffins is that they can be made gluten-free.

It all depends on the type of flour you use. So if you don’t have to be gluten-free, you can make them with regular flour.

There are several companies that make all-purpose gluten-free flour, and I’ve tried several of them. All of them are good, so if you follow a gluten-free diet, choose your favorite one.

Banana nut muffins in a bowl

I also like to make pumpkin muffins for variety. In fact, I don’t even wait until the holiday season to use pumpkin because I like it year round.

If you’re looking for another easy breakfast, try this rice cooker oatmeal. It’s super easy.

All you have to do is dump the ingredients and turn it on. By the time you’re ready for the day, it’ll be ready to eat.

Today’s Gluten-Free Foods

When I first discovered that I had a gluten issue, I struggled to find something I enjoyed eating.

It seemed as though I’d have to give up some of the deliciousness I so enjoyed when eating.

At first, all I saw were substitutes that were subpar and lacking in the flavors of the original versions.

2 banana nut muffins on a plate

That was many ago. Since then, companies have recognized the need to satisfy the hunger of those of us who can’t tolerate gluten.

Instead of having grainy pasta or baked desserts that taste “off,” we can have what we’ve always liked.

To top it off, most of today’s gluten-free food tastes wonderful. In fact, my husband says he can’t tell the difference most of the time.

Although I do purchase some ready-made food, like Gluten-Free Tate’s Cookies, I bake a lot as well. And I’ve learned to alter most regular recipes to make them work for me.

For example, I make mug cakes with gluten-free cake mix. You can use whatever cake mix you have on hand.

These apple raisin oat bars are absolutely delicious. Eat them for breakfast or enjoy them as a sweet treat.

I also make macaroons without any flour at all. And if you haven’t tried my flourless peanut butter cookies, you’re really missing out on a tasty treat.

Benefits of Banana Nut Muffins

In addition to being tasty, banana nut muffins are good for you. At least the way I make them, they are.

I use ripe bananas that are loaded with potassium, nutritious pecans, and oats. You’ll get lots of vitamins, protein, fiber, and other great nutrients you need to stay healthy.

Gluten-Free Banana Nut Muffin Ingredients

This is one time when you want your bananas to have spots on them. So if you don’t have ripe ones on hand, look for them at the grocery store.

Sometimes when they’re very spotted, they’re discounted. And those are the ones that make the best muffins.

2 extra ripe bananas

You probably have the ingredients you need to make these muffins.

The dry ingredients include all-purpose flour (regular or gluten-free), oats, baking powder, crushed pecans, and a dash of salt.

Next, you’ll need overripe bananas, an egg, maple syrup, milk, and a dash of vanilla.

almond milk, oats, gluten-free flour, maple syrup, egg, vanilla extract, pecan chips, and ripe bananas

If you don’t have to be gluten-free, by all means, use regular flour. If you were to taste them both, you probably wouldn’t be able to tell the difference.

For exact measurements of each ingredient and full directions, go to the recipe card at the bottom of the page. You can even print out the card by using the “print” button.

How to Make Banana Nut Muffins

In a large mixing bowl, mash the bananas. Add the egg, maple syrup, milk, and vanilla. Give it a good stir.

In a separate bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients. Stir until everything is blended. Next, gradually pour the dry ingredients into the wet ones, mixing as you pour.

Finally, bake them in a muffin tin—either with or without paper muffin cups. If you don’t have them, that’s fine. Just use nonstick cooking spray to keep them from sticking.

Batter in a muffin tin

You’ll wind up with some of the tastiest muffins you’ve ever tried.

If you prefer additional sweetness, you may add more maple syrup or a couple spoons of sugar.

Baked muffins in a tin

How to Air Fry Banana Nut Muffins

If you have an air fryer, by all means, use it to bake these muffins. It’s a quick and easy way to cook them, and it’s more energy efficient.

All you have to do is use either silicone muffin cups or a muffin tin that fits your air fryer. Preheat the air fryer to 350˚ F. Air fry them for 12 minutes, and they should be ready!

How I Serve Muffins

If I have time to sit down and enjoy my breakfast, then I like to have these banana nut muffins with some eggs and coffee.

However, there are times when I have to eat on the run.

So I might just grab a muffins and a piece of fruit on my way out the door. I also enjoy having them for a mid-afternoon snack.

Muffins on a plate

More Recipes

If you’re looking for another easy, grab-and-go breakfast, check out these 3-ingredient breakfast cookies. They’re also delicious, easy to make, and good for you.

Another great breakfast recipe is for these ham and egg muffin cups. These are perfect for those days when you want a traditional breakfast that’s not sweet.

If you’re on keto or simply limiting your carb intake, try this delicious keto breakfast casserole. It’s delicious and filling, so you’ll be able to get through the morning without getting hungry.

Another muffin recipe we enjoy at our house is this one for air fryer blueberry muffins. They have a delightful crust on the outside and a flaky and tender inside, making them super satisfying for breakfast or any other time we need a quick pick-me-up.

Yield: 12 muffins

Banana Nut Muffins

Bowl of 6 banana nut muffins

These muffins can be made regular or gluten-free, depending on the type of flour you use. They are delicious any time of day, and they're good for you.

Prep Time 12 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 3/4 cup of all-purpose flour (gluten-free or regular)
  • 3/4 cup of uncooked oats
  • 1 tablespoon of baking powder
  • 1/4 cup of crushed pecans
  • 2 very ripe bananas
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup of maple syrup (more if you like them really sweet)
  • 1/2 cup of milk (almond, coconut, or regular)
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1/2 cup of granulated sugar (optional if you want even more sweetness)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a medium size muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mash both of the bananas.
  3. Add the egg, maple syrup, milk, and vanilla. Stir well.
  4. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the flour, oats, baking powder, and nuts. Mix well.
  5. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, stirring as you go. If you like extra sweetness, add the sugar, a little bit at a time.
  6. Scoop the mixture into the muffin tins and bake for 18 minutes. 
  7. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for at least 5 minutes before removing them from the tins.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

2 muffins

Amount Per Serving Calories 385Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 33mgSodium 311mgCarbohydrates 72gFiber 4gSugar 43gProtein 6g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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Friday 21st of July 2023

Can you make these muffins in the air fryer?


Friday 21st of July 2023

Yes, you absolutely can make them in your air fryer. Just preheat the air fryer to 350˚ F. Pour the batter into either a muffin tin that fits the basket or into standard silicone muffin cups and air fry them for about 12 minutes.


Friday 14th of February 2020

I have some bananas in my freezer. I'll have to pull some out to make these this weekend!

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