Banana Blueberry Muffins

These banana blueberry muffins are so moist, you’ll never believe there’s no flour! They’re made in a blender with oats and and maple syrup.

Banana blueberry muffins

Ready for our favorite muffin that’s actually healthy? Banana blueberry muffins! These muffins are blender muffins: oats, maple syrup and bananas are whizzed in a blender to create a quick batter. That’s right: no flour and no refined sugar! Stir in blueberries in for a tangy kick, and these babies are pretty irresistible. Most muffins leave you with a flour and sugar bomb, but this one is just oats and fruit. Basically, it’s like eating oatmeal instead of a muffin! You’ll feel good after eating it: and your taste buds will too.

Banana blueberry muffins

Why make these muffins?

You know those banana blueberry muffins you’d get at a bakery? They’re giant, sweet and topped with that strudel-y topping. Well, if you’re looking for those, you’ve come to the wrong place. But if you’re looking for healthy muffins you’d feel good eating for breakfast or feeding to your kids — this is the recipe for you.

This banana blueberry muffins recipe is made in a blender (they’re also called blender muffins). For some reason, this makes it seem even easier to make than a normal muffin. Maybe because the mess is contained all in one place? The reason you use a blender here is that it blends the rolled oats into a flour-like consistency: so no all purpose flour is needed! It’s pretty magical.

Ingredients in banana blueberry muffins

There’s a pretty short ingredient list here. The biggest key is to get very, very ripe bananas for the best flavor and texture! Here are the ingredients needed for these banana blueberry muffins:

  • Ripe bananas: The riper the bananas the better! If the peel is starting to blacken, it’s perfect.
  • Blueberries: You can use either fresh or frozen: here we used fresh.
  • Oats: These muffins have no all purpose flour: just rolled oats! They’re ground into an oat flour in the blender.
  • Maple syrup: These muffins are gently sweetened with maple syrup.
  • Eggs, oil, and spices round out the ingredient list: with just 1/4 cup of oil, that’s only 1 teaspoon per muffin.

Want another oatmeal muffin? Try our apple oatmeal muffins, applesauce muffins, or gluten free banana muffins.

Banana blueberry muffins

How to ripen bananas

The most difficult part about this banana blueberry muffins recipe is not technique: it’s finding ripe bananas! It can take many days to ripen bananas, depending on their ripeness when you buy them. How to ripen bananas quickly? Here’s how to ripen bananas in just a few days:

  • Place the bananas in a paper bag and fold down the top.
  • Add another piece of ripe fruit (or bananas) in the bag. This increases the ethylene gas that causes the fruit to ripen.
Banana blueberry muffins

Can you freeze ripe bananas?

Because we make banana blueberry muffins and banana bread often, we’ve sometimes had a few extra ripe bananas that we’re not sure what to do with. If you happen to have a few extra ripe bananas on hand, you can easily freeze them for future use. Here’s what we do:

Blueberry oatmeal muffins

This banana blueberry muffins recipe is…

Vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, naturally sweet, and refined sugar free.

*For vegan and plant-based, you could try a flax egg replacement for the eggs — we haven’t tasted it but let us know if it works!

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Healthy blueberry muffins

Banana Blueberry Muffins


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x

Description

These banana blueberry muffins are so moist, you’ll never believe there’s no flour! They’re made in a blender with oats and and maple syrup.


Scale

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups mashed ripe banana or 3 large very ripe bananas
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups rolled oats, plus more for topping
  • 1/4 cup neutral oil (sunflower, vegetable or grapeseed)**
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 heaping cup blueberries
  • Turbinado sugar, for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Farenheit.
  2. Mash the bananas. Place the bananas, eggs, oats, oil, maple syrup, vanilla, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and kosher salt in a blender. Blend everything on high for a minute or two until a smooth batter forms.
  3. Add the blueberries to the blender; gently stir until combined.
  4. Place 12 muffin cups into a muffin tin and pour the batter divided evenly between the cups. Sprinkle the tops with turbinado sugar (or extra oats and gently press them down).
  5. Bake for about 30 to 35 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove from the muffin tin and allow them to cool a few minutes before serving. Store refrigerated or frozen.

  • Category: Muffin
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian

Keywords: Banana blueberry muffins, banana muffins, blueberry muffins, banana blueberry muffins recipe

Looking for banana recipes?

Got bananas? If you bought a bunch to make this recipe, here are some more banana recipes to use up the rest:

  • Banana Oatmeal Pancakes These deliciously easy banana oatmeal pancakes are also made in a blender with no flour! They’re delicious with a healthy spin.
  • Healthy Banana Bread You can use this method for banana bread too! Here’s a healthy banana bread recipe that’s actually healthy: and tastes good, too.
  • Chocolate Banana Muffins Wow is all we can say about these! They’re dark chocolaty with a light crunch on top and a moist interior.
  • Berry Banana Ice Cream Blend bananas and berries into a healthy spin on ice cream! Sometimes called “banana nice cream.”
  • Easy Chocolate Banana Bread Are you a chocolate lover? Chocolate bread is moist and rich, the perfect recipe for brunch, a snack, or even dessert!

Last updated: April 2020

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

2 Comments

  • Reply
    Donna
    September 13, 2020 at 10:11 pm

    Can you use prepackaged Oat Flour for this instead of the oats?

    • Reply
      Sonja Overhiser
      September 14, 2020 at 9:18 pm

      You can likely use the same amount of packaged oat flour! We haven’t tested it ourselves though, so you’ll have to try at your own risk. Let us know how it goes!

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