Paleo Almond Butter Banana Muffins – These paleo banana muffins are a favorite among kids and grown-ups. Simple ingredients, an easy method, and delicious flavor. What else could you want? (Gluten free, paleo)
It was 115 degrees last week. Really.
So we’ve been living inside any time we’re not directly in the water (swimming) or eating a cold treat. Really.
That’s looked like a LOT of playing with LEGOS, and painting with watercolors, and listening to audiobooks (Matilda read by Kate Winslet was beyond fantastic), and doing a lot of cooking and baking projects. We’ve been doing a lot of these no-bake energy bites (because anything that doesn’t need an oven is my best friend right now), but they begged to BAKE last week, so we did! One of my favorite easy recipes to make with kids is these easy Almond Butter Banana Muffins.
Not only do they taste amazing and smell amazing, but they’re as easy as can be. Which is basically my favorite thing.
These easy paleo banana muffins are made with simple ingredients, like almond butter, mashed bananas, almond flour, etc. I love that they’re so easy to mix up (just one bowl, a blender, or a food processor!) and they’re easy enough that my kids love to help me make them. It’s a quick, easy baking project that’s tough to mess up (my favorite kind!)
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We make these on the regular when we’ve got a bunch of ripe bananas we don’t want to waste. I love that they’re substantial enough for breakfast or enjoying for a snack in the afternoon. And you can bet they’ll be a regular part of school lunches when school starts back up in a few weeks. (See my tip below for making them the perfect size!)
NOTES ON THESE PALEO BANANA MUFFINS:
The Best Muffin Pan Ever – I LOVE my silicone muffin pan and tell everyone about them. They’re completely nonstick, so after your first use things come right out without any need to grease or line them. I use them for paleo mini quiche, mini chocolate tarts, muffins, and so much more. Plus, they’re dishwasher safe and come in a bunch of cute colors.
Make ‘Em Mini! – My kids LOVE when I make these mini-muffins instead. I use the mini size silicone muffin pans and they’re the perfect little bite-size for kids. Mini muffins are the perfect size for tucking in their lunch boxes or snacking on.
Change Up the Flavor – Feel free to tuck in some chocolate chips or chopped nuts. Or, try swapping out the almond butter for another favorite creamy nut/seed butter (cashew butter, peanut butter, Nuttzo nut/seed butter, etc.).
Blender, Bowl, or Food Processor – You can make these any way you like, and I’ve included instructions for all 3 in the recipe card. I love using a food processor because it’s so handy to just toss everything in and mix in one bowl. If you’re doing them by hand, you’ll just need to mash or smash your bananas first.
Can I substitute…? – If you can’t do almonds, I’m sorry that these are probably not the muffin for you since they contain both almond flour and almond butter. For flavor reasons, you can totally swap the almond butter for your favorite creamy nut/seed butter (like cashew butter, this Nuttzo nut/seed butter, or even creamy peanut butter). But I haven’t tested any other flours with these and therefore can’t recommend a substitute. One thing I know is that coconut flour WILL NOT work as a 1:1 substitute. It absorbs MUCH more liquid, and would give you very dry, crumbly muffins unless you adjusted the other liquid ingredients.