These healthy banana bread muffins are lightly sweet and made mostly of oats and bananas! They’re blender muffins so they’re easy to make at home.

Banana bread muffins

Alex and I absolutely taking reader requests, and this healthy banana bread muffins came from a reader’s idea. Our Instagram follower Lisa asked us, “Could you create more healthy muffin recipes? They are such an easy snack for the kiddos.” Always up for a challenge, I set about to make a muffin that was 1. easy to make 2. healthy-ish 3. delicious. Alex and I feel that most muffins are so sugary they’re just an excuse to eat cake for breakfast (!). So we wanted to make a muffin we wouldn’t feel bad feeding our 2 year old Larson. We think that these healthy banana bread muffins hit the mark in all three areas–and we hope you’ll agree! Keep reading for the recipe.

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Why make our banana bread muffins?

So, what’s so special about these banana bread muffins? With thousands of banana muffins recipes on the internet, here’s why you should add these healthy banana muffins to your arsenal:

  • They’re made with mostly oats and bananas: no flour! That’s right, there’s no flour at all in these muffins! That makes us much more apt to feed them to our toddler for breakfast since it’s like eating oatmeal and a banana.
  • No refined sugar! They’re lightly sweetened with maple syrup. Most muffins are like eating a cupcake for breakfast. Instead, these banana muffins have no refined sugar and are lightly sweetened with maple syrup instead.
  • They’re blender muffins! If you haven’t made blender muffins before, it’s time to start! Somehow whizzing everything together in a blender makes for less mess than a normal muffins recipe. I was pleasantly surprised at how easy to make blender muffins are.

After trying these out for us, our reader Lisa who requested these healthy banana muffins loved them! She said “The banana bread muffins were great and super easy to make. So easy in fact that I’ve made them twice! The entire family enjoyed the recipe — it’s a winner!

Also try: our Easy Breakfast Ideas or Vegan Breakfast Ideas!

How to make banana muffins

How to make banana muffins

SO: are you convinced to make these banana bread muffins yet? We truly make them all the time now and our 2 year old Larson gobbles them up. And we feel good about serving them to him since it’s basically like eating oatmeal and a banana! (Not a cupcake.) Here’s how to make banana muffins, our way:

  • Throw bananas, oats, maple, oil, and a few spices in a blender! (see the recipe below)
  • BLEND. Pour into muffin cups.
  • How long to bake banana bread muffins? A little longer than a standard muffin since these are banana oatmeal muffins: our recipe takes about 35 minutes to bake.

Blending the oats in this way is basically like making oat flour while you make the batter (here are all our oat flour recipes for more with this concept). We’re excited to have a go to for healthy snacks and breakfasts. These banana bread muffins also freeze well, so we’ve been freezing them for easy storage. Then we’ll take out a few and pop them into the fridge for use in Larson’s preschool lunch throughout the week. And they hit the spot when I have a sweet craving!

Banana bread muffins

Banana bread, too!

If you like these muffins, we have a banana bread using the same blender muffins concept. Try our Gluten Free Banana Bread! We’ve also got lots more banana recipes to choose from, like these moist and chocolaty Chocolate Banana Muffins or Easy Banana Nut Bread.

Want an apple muffin instead? Our apple muffins with streusel have a crunchy streusel topping that’s to die for. Or these applesauce muffins are blender muffins, too!

Banana bread muffins
Healthy banana muffins

This healthy banana bread muffins recipe is…

Vegetarian, gluten-free, and dairy-free. For vegan and plant-based, substitute 2 flax eggs for the eggs.

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Banana bread muffins | Healthy banana muffins

Healthy Banana Bread Muffins


  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 9 to 10 muffins 1x

Description

These healthy banana bread muffins are lightly sweet and made mostly of oats and bananas! They’re blender muffins so they’re easy to make at home.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 3 large very ripe bananas (1 ½ cups mashed)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups rolled oats, plus more for topping
  • ¼ 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
  • ½ teaspoon allspice (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. 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.
  3. Place 8 to 9 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.
  4. 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.

Notes

*Note: The amount of muffins can depend on the size of the bananas and the type of oats. When we used sprouted rolled oats, we noticed the batter came out much thicker and only made 8 muffins. With large bananas and rolled oats, we got 9 muffins. We’ve had others get more than 9, anything up to 12; if so, bake for about 25 to 30 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.

**One reader has tested these banana bread muffins with ¼ cup applesauce in place of the oil: she said both versions were good! The apple sauce version was nice and moist, dense but a bit flat. The oil version was great, lighter and a bit more dry. 

  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Banana bread muffins, Healthy banana muffins, Banana oatmeal muffins, How to make banana muffins, Blender muffins, How long to bake banana bread muffins

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  1. These are amazing! I used coconut oil as it’s what I had; I’d like to try subbing flax eggs but love the texture and flavor so much I’d hate to change it.
    Easy. Hearty. Good for you ingredients. ??

  2. These are delicious! I added walnuts and raisins to the batter just before pouring, ended up with 12 muffins (I had 3 super sized bananas), and the texture is very satisfyingly chewy. What a great use for the brown bananas I had in the fruit bowl :) It’s currently too cold to be making smoothies so this was a quick and tasty recipe. Thank you!

  3. These look so good! Do you have any suggestions if I don’t have a blender? (I know, I know…). Would a food processor work?

    1. Haha! Yes a food processor should work! Just blend for quite a while until all the oats are pureed and the dough is smooth. I saved my Instagram Stories of making the muffins so you reference that for the consistency! It’s here in my Story highlights, called Banana muffins.

  4. These are great. My kids (4 & 8) love them. My 8 year old son actually made the recipe himself, except the oven. A great recipe for cooks young and old and a great healthy muffin.

  5. Yum! The whole family loves these. I added flax seeds because I add flax seeds to everything, haha. My 18 month old daughter is a FEIGN for these. She knows some basic signs, including “thank you.” We usually have to tell her to “say thank you,” but when I give her one of these muffins she does it automatically, haha. We’ll definitely make these again.

  6. These are so good! My husband came home and said the house smelled like banana bread, haha. I always make mini muffins for my 2 and 4 year olds, to make the muffins stretch for a while, and I got 24 minis with a little batter left over. I also was curious how they’d do as pancakes, because we make pancakes every other day and these are similar to the banana pancakes I make often. These were great as pancakes, too! These will be on repeat in our house, both ways!

    1. What a great idea to try them as pancakes! Now we have to try it too. I’m so glad to hear that minis work well too! Thank you so much for making the recipe.

  7. You made me so happy! I’ve been on a strict elimination diet for 18 months now due to eosinophilic enteritis. After reviewing your recipe with all allowed ingredients, I made them. It was like heaven to me since I haven’t eaten any baked goods for so long. I even gave one to my registered dietician and gastrointestinal doctor and they both loved them.
    I also started following your podcasts and enjoying them greatly. Your son is a doll!
    Thank you again for making my stomach and heart so happy!

    1. Oh wow, this makes us SO so happy to hear! It makes our day to know that these muffins are one baked good you can enjoy! So glad your doc and RD loved them too :) Thank you for listening to our podcasts! And Larson says hi too :)

  8. I only had 2 bananas so I added 1/3 cup applesauce. I love how easy this was (I used a food processor). The texture is so nice and they’re really tasty. Thanks!

  9. I love this recipe and have shared these muffins with lots of friends and family, I’ve also shared your website. The only thing different that I do is add some dried fruit and nuts.

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