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Gluten-Free Banana Muffins (So easy!)

Gluten-Free Banana Muffins – This popular banana muffin recipe is the BEST! With the golden tops and fluffy middles, you’d never know they’re gluten-free and dairy-free!

Front view of a banana oatmeal muffin on a coaster with a glass of almond milk in the background

I don’t know what it is about buying bananas, but I feel like I have never guessed the correct number we need a week in my life.

Some weeks, we FLY through bananas in a few days, and everyone’s begging for more. (“Why don’t we have more bananas!?”) Other weeks, I feel like the bunch I bought has somehow doubled, and they are all spotty because no one ate a single one all week. (“Why are there SO MANY bananas?!”)

There is no in-between at my house. It’s Eat All The Bananas or No One Eats Any Bananas. Anyone else?

Thank goodness for gluten-free banana muffins. This simple one bowl banana muffin recipe couldn’t be easier, and it’s one of my favorite ways to use the overripe bananas staring me down on the counter.

With their golden tops, soft fluffy middles, and the perfect amount of banana flavor, these gluten-free banana muffins make delicious snacks and tuck nicely into packed lunches.

Here’s what I put in my gluten-free banana oatmeal muffins that makes them taste so incredible…

Front view of gluten-free banana muffins cooling on a cooling rack.
Front view of two gluten-free banana oatmeal muffins stacked on top of each other. The top muffin has a bite taken out of it.

HERE’S WHAT GOES INTO MY GLUTEN-FREE BANANA OATMEAL MUFFINS

  • Ripe Bananas. This gluten-free banana muffins recipe uses 3 ripe bananas, which makes it such a great way to use up all the ripe ones on your counter. All those ripe bananas will give these muffins amazing flavor and texture., so you want them fully ripe with plenty of spots for this recipe.
  • Coconut Oil or Melted Butter. Thanks to the four bananas in these gluten-free banana muffins, you only need a little additional fat in this recipe. I usually use melted coconut oil, or you can swap in melted butter/vegan butter for these muffins. It all works!
  • Pure Maple Syrup. A little maple syrup gives these gluten-free banana muffins a perfect gentle sweetness.
  • Almond Milk (Or Your Favorite). I usually use almond milk here, but feel free to use whatever your family drinks!
  • Eggs. A couple of eggs help give your banana muffins plenty of puff and stretch.
  • Vanilla Extract & Cinnamon. I like plenty of vanilla in my banana muffins. For a more traditional banana bread flavor I also add cinnamon.
  • Gluten-Free Flour. There are lots of different gluten-free flour blends out there to choose from, but for my gluten-free banana muffin recipe, you’ll want to be sure you’re using an all-purpose gluten-free flour blend that contains xanthan gum. (These kinds of blends are often labeled 1:1, measure-for-measure, or cup-for-cup.) I highly recommend King Arthur Flour measure-for-measure gluten-free flour for this recipe since has a light, fluffy, golden finish and no weird aftertaste. My second fave is this one from Bob’s Red Mill, and my third pick is Cup4Cup.
  • Baking Soda + Salt. To finish off the dry ingredients, you’ll use a mix of baking soda and salt. The flavors feel beautifully balanced and that light, fluffy texture is tough to beat!
  • Quick Oats. I stir a few quick oats into my gluten-free banana oatmeal recipe (they add some substance while still keeping the muffins light), and then add a few on top right before they go into the oven to make them pretty.
  • Mix-Ins (If You Want). These gluten-free banana oatmeal muffins are tasty enough to stand on their own, but there are lots of ways you can change up this recipe with mix-ins, flavor twists, and toppings, like…
Overhead view of a gluten-free banana muffin drizzled with natural peanut butter
Front view of a gluten-free banana muffin drizzled with natural peanut butter

HERE ARE A FEW WAYS TO TRY THESE GLUTEN-FREE BANANA MUFFINS:

  • ADD CHOCOLATE CHIPS. My go-to variation on these banana muffins is to add chocolate chips. Or you can try my slightly different banana chocolate chip muffin recipe that here.
  • TRY CHOPPED NUTS. If you like nuts in your banana bread, try adding 3/4-1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans to these gluten-free banana muffins. It’s DELICIOUS!
  • STIR IN BLUEBERRIES. Or, experiment by making banana blueberry muffins! Add 3/4-1 cup fresh blueberries to the batter.
  • DRIZZLE WITH PEANUT BUTTER. When I eat gluten-free banana oatmeal muffins for breakfast, I love drizzling or spreading a little peanut butter on top. It makes them a more filling option and the combination of banana + peanut butter is one of my favorites!
  • ADD A FEW DROPS OF ALMOND EXTRACT. One of my favorite variations is to skip the cinnamon and add 1/2-1 tsp. almond extract along with the vanilla. It’s DELICIOUS!
  • TRY THEM WITH CHAI SPICE. Swap out the cinnamon for a little of our chai spice mix. It adds a warm depth of flavor that’s delicious!
Front view of a gluten-free banana oatmeal muffin on a white background. A glass of almond milk is visible in the background.
Front view of gluten-free banana oatmeal muffins. The one in the foreground has a bite taken out of it, showing a fluffy interior

FAQ + TIPS & TRICKS FOR THE BEST GLUTEN-FREE BANANA CHOCOLATE CHIP MUFFINS:

THE BEST GLUTEN-FREE FLOUR FOR GLUTEN-FREE BANANA MUFFINS: My all-time favorite gluten-free flour for muffins is King Arthur Flour Gluten-Free Measure-for-Measure flour. It’s light, fluffy, and browns beautifully. My second favorite is Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 Gluten-Free Flour. If you use other brands, know that your results may vary slightly.

THE BEST MUFFIN LINERS EVER. Every time I share a muffin recipe, I share these parchment muffin cup liners. They are THE MOST nonstick liners ever. It’s rare that my muffins stick at all with these. If you use other paper liners, you may want to spray or mist them with spray oil first to help your muffins come out easily. Or…

OR, TRY THIS COMPLETELY NONSTICK MUFFIN PAN. Or, if you prefer to skip muffin liners, this silicone muffin pan is our favorite. The sides of your gluten-free banana oatmeal muffins won’t get quite as golden as they would in a metal pan, but they’ll pop right out of the muffin cups when they’re done baking!

A TIP FOR PRETTY BANANA MUFFINS. Any time I’m making muffins with toppings or mix-ins, I set aside a few tablespoons of the mix-ins (chocolate chips, nuts, etc.) to put on the muffins right before baking. That way they look extra pretty when they come out of the oven. It’s a simple trick, but that’s how so many bloggers and bakers make their muffins look so pretty!

CAN YOU USE FROZEN BANANAS FOR BANANA MUFFINS? Yes! I use this method to freeze bananas for baking, smoothies, and more, and they work really well here! It’s best to let the bananas thaw before baking with them. They will likely seep a bit of liquid. You can add it right along with the recipe or drain it off. Your choice!

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Front view of a banana oatmeal muffin on a coaster with a glass of almond milk in the background

Gluten-Free Banana Muffins


  • Author: One Lovely Life
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 12 muffins 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Gluten-Free Banana Muffins – This popular banana muffin recipe is the BEST! With the golden tops and fluffy middles, you’d never know they’re gluten-free and dairy-free!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 3 ripe bananas (they should be very spotty!), cut into chunks
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted (can sub melted butter, or vegan butter)
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup almond milk (or your favorite milk)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cup gluten-free measure-for-measure flour*
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/21 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats, certified gluten-free as needed (+12 Tbsp. for the tops, if desired)
  • Optional Mix-Ins: 3/4-1 cup chocolate chips or chopped nuts

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin pan with muffin cup liners or grease muffin cups.
  2. In a food processor (or stand mixer), combine bananas, coconut oil, syrup, almond milk, eggs, and vanilla. Puree until smooth.
  3. Add flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Pulse until just combined.
  4. Use a spatula to fold in 1/2 oats and stir in mix-ins (if using).
  5. Scoop or spoon the batter into the prepared muffin cups, filling them most of the way full. If desired, sprinkle them with a few quick oats on top.
  6. Bake muffins at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes, or until the tops are golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean with a few moist crumbs.
  7. Allow muffins to cool 1-2 minutes in the muffin pan before transferring to a cooling rack to finish cooling down.
  8. Enjoy! Store leftover muffins in the refrigerator or freezer for best results.

Notes

*I highly recommend King Arthur Baking Measure-For Measure Gluten-Free Flour Blend for this recipe. My second favorite is Bob’s Red Mill 1:1.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20-22 minutes
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: gluten-free banana muffins, gluten free dairy free banana muffins, one bowl banana muffins, the best gluten free banana muffins, gluten-free banana muffins recipe

99 Comments

  1. I have to tell you I have been making these muffins or a variation of them every month for the last two years! They are one of my favourite go-to snacks, even better with some almond butter. I make a big batch and put them in the freezer. They turn out beautifully every time!

  2. Hi! I didn’t have any GF flour, so I used oat flour and 1.25 cups oat flour and .50 cups almond flour and a .25 tsp xanthum gum.

  3. These are delicious and I definitely will recommend this to my gluten free friends! I didn’t have Bob’s Red Mills GF flour so I looked up one w/o brown rice flour. Here is how to make a batch of gluten free flour. 2 cups (192 grams) almond flour, 1 1/3 c. (163 grams ) tapioca flour, 2/3 cup (82 grams) coconut flour. In your recipe I used 1 3/4 cup ( 245 grams) of this mix. They came perfect!

  4. I made these today following the recipe using Namaste flour and a mix of ghee and avocado oil. The only deviation was adding chocolate chips. I live at high altitude so I baked them at 375 for 24 minutes. Turned out perfect!

  5. I tried making gluten free banana bread from another site and it turned out terrible. I really liked the idea of muffins! After reading the stellar reviews I knew this was the recipe for me. And I’m writing a review to confirm that these are indeed DELICIOUS!Thank you for this recipe!

    I applaud you for the low sugar (which I do prefer) but after tasting the wet ingredients I knew it wouldn’t be quite sweet enough for me and I added about 3 TBS coconut sugar. I also added 1/2c walnuts and sprinkled 4 of them with chocolate chips 🙂 Definitely a new staple! I look forward to making them again with coconut flakes and adding a few chocolate chips to the batter so that I don’t need the extra sugar.

  6. Thank you for the delicious GF recipe! I have been gluten free for almost 4 years now. As soon as I saw you used 1 to 1 flour by Red Mill had to try it. I used 2 bananas and 1/2 cup of applesauce. Sprinkled walnuts on top of the muffins before baking. My house smells so good. Everyone in my family tried them including my youngest who is a picky eater and loved the muffins.

  7. We have made these a few times now and added mini chocolate chips, hubby loves them. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Glad I found this. We are now on a dairy,egg, gluten free diet, arg! But these Came out great, and I even made my own GF flour mix! these are light, airy, and not too sweet, healthy for the family. Thank you!!!

  9. Lovely recipe! Thanks so much!
    Posted my pics just now on Instagram. Gave Emily the kudos and put @ and # in my post. I’m new to IG. I’ll follow you soon. Find me @historybellesmith on IG
    I did recipe as written except I hand beat it all. Lots of experience doing that growing up. Added chocolate chips. I used Bob’s 1:1 because that’s what I have. Looks yummy. Can hardly wait to eat! Cooling now.

    1. Most recipes developed with xanthan won’t work the same without it. It mimics that stretchy pull that gluten usually adds to baked goods, so without it, your baked goods can be dry and crumbly.

        1. Sorry for the confusion! I don’t typically add it as a separate ingredient. Instead, what I recommend is a gluten-free measure-for-measure blend that *contains* xanthan gum. (King Arthur Measure-For-Measure or Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 are two great examples.)

  10. These taste great but mine still turned out a bit wet on the inside. I used 3 bananas like stated but maybe they were too big?

      1. I baked them for an extra 8mins but didn’t want to burn the outside of them. Next time I’ll try smaller bananas or less than 3 if they are larger. Thank you so much!

  11. This recipe was so easy to follow and mess free ! I made these with the bobs red mill 1to1 flour and they turned out amazing. I didn’t add the oats because I didn’t have any on hand but added in walnuts and chocolate chips instead. I’m giving this recipe 10/10 and will be making them again!

  12. These are perfect! Omg! we used food processor to chop walnuts so they were evenly distributed in the muffins. So good! Thanks for this recipe.

  13. OMG, what an amazing recipe! Delicious, quick, done in a food processor! A lot of recipes say they’re quick but they’re not. This one IS, and the cleanup is fast.🥳 🎉 I did what I usually do, I added a teaspoon of psyllium husk and a teaspoon of flaxseed meal. I find it contributes to a great crumb. I also topped each muffin with blueberries and a half pecan. Yum!

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