These blender muffins are so easy to whiz up, and come out perfectly fluffy with no flour! They’re a perfect make-ahead healthy breakfast or snack.
Looking for a healthy breakfast or snack recipe? Look no further than these blender muffins! Yes, these muffins are actually good for you: not a glorified cupcake! They’re made of all rolled oats, banana and maple syrup: no all purpose flour or refined sugar at all. Spread with a little all natural peanut butter or almond butter, and you’ve got a filling snack that’s basically like eating oatmeal and a banana! Alex and I love these banana blender muffins so much (and so do our readers) that we’ve got a bunch of flavor variations, too. Ready to get started?
What’s great about these blender muffins?
Why make blender muffins instead of stirring together batter in a bowl? Well, number 1, it’s just more fun! For some reason, it feels easier to make muffins in a blender: maybe because all the mess is contained in one spot? Or you don’t have to dirty 2 bowls and spoons? Whatever the case, all you have to do is dump all the ingredients together in the blender and whiz it up.
Another great thing about these blender muffins is that they don’t require flour: just rolled oats! Blending up rolled oats within the batter essentially makes them into oat flour on the spot. You’ll find that oat flour is used in lots of gluten free recipes, but usually it requires other flours to help make it light and fluffy (since oats are quite dense). Somehow, these blender muffins are magical and don’t require anything else at all! Just some baking powder and baking soda and they turn out perfectly fluffy every time.
But the most important part…the flavor!
But really: the real reason you’ll love these blender muffins (we hope) is the flavor! After trying these muffins out for us before we published this recipe, reader Lisa said, “The blender muffins were great and super easy to make. The entire family enjoyed the recipe — it’s a winner!“
What type of blender?
While you can use any blender to make these muffins, we will say: make sure you have a good one! Full disclosure: I tried making these at my best friend’s house with a very sub-par blender. They still came out, but it took much longer than I expected! A high quality blender is nice for this recipe.
Alex and I have a high speed blender (we use this Vitamix blender), and it works wonders for these blender muffins. They whiz up in seconds! But of course, any type of blender will do.
Variations on blender muffins
This version of our best blender muffins is banana: it has a forward banana flavor and is scented lightly with cinnamon and allspice. Basically, it tastes like banana bread in muffin form! After first publishing this recipe, it’s become quite popular with readers. So we’ve made a bunch of different flavor variations that riff on the theme! Here are some of our blender muffin variations:
- Banana Blueberry Muffins: These muffins are similar to the base recipe, but add fresh blueberries for a tangy kick! They’re also topped with turbinado sugar.
- Healthy Zucchini Muffins: These muffins use shredded zucchini instead of the banana flavor: they’re also filled with diced apple chunks.
- Healthy Banana Bread: It’s not a muffin, but this banana bread uses the blender muffin concept to make a quick bread!
- Applesauce Muffins They come out fluffy and perfectly cozy spiced! Great when you don’t have ripe bananas.
- Banana Oatmeal Pancakes: And here, we’ve used the blender muffin concept to make pancakes! It was a reader idea, and we took it and ran with it.
And that’s it: everything you need to know about blender muffins! We hope you give ours a try: let us know in the comments below.
Nutrition benefits of oats
There are lots of great things about eating these muffins! Since they are made mostly of oats, they bring all the benefits of eating a big bowl of oatmeal! According to the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, oats:
- Are high in fiber
- Can reduce the risk of heart disease
- Can be helpful for weight control
Alex and I eat lots of oatmeal in our household, so we love that this trick turns it into something that looks like a muffin but has all the benefits of oatmeal.
This recipe is…
Vegetarian and gluten-free. For vegan, plant-based and dairy free, substitute flax eggs for the eggs.Print
- 3 large very ripe bananas (1 1/2 cups mashed)
- 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 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon allspice (optional)
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- Place all ingredients in a blender, breaking the bananas into pieces as you add them. Blend everything on high for a minute or two until a smooth batter forms.
- Place 9 to 10 muffin cups into a muffin tin and pour the batter divided evenly between the cups; the amount of muffins will depend on the size of the bananas and type of oats. Sprinkle the tops with extra oats and gently press them down.
- Bake for about 25 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: Breakfast
- Method: Baked
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: Blender Muffins, Blender Banana Muffins
About the Authors
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 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.