Made with whole grains and speckled with crunchy nuts, these wholesome vegan Banana Nut Muffins make for a healthy breakfast or snack! You're friends and family will gobble them up!
This recipe is also in my Plant Based Breakfast Ideas for 2022 roundup post!
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I've been experimenting a lot with gluten-free recipes lately that I had forgotten how much I love baking with whole wheat flour! These vegan banana nuts muffins are made with wholesome, satiating ingredients, while still being light and fluffy. We love all of our basic vegan muffins smeared with peanut butter (what don't we like smeared with peanut butter?!) and eaten alongside some fruit for a well-rounded breakfast. These also make for the perfect portable snack!
Vegan Banana Nut Muffin Ingredients
You won't need any strange or hard-to-find ingredients to make these banana nut muffins. They are made with a base of whole wheat flour, studded with nuts and perfectly sweetened with coconut sugar and, of course, mashed banana. Outside of that, you'll just need some spices and baking powder to complete the dry ingredients as well as some oil, non-dairy milk and ground flaxseed for the wet ingredients. If you love chocolate as much as I do and try to find any way you can to include it in your baking, you can swap out the nuts for some chocolate chunks or chips. Raisins would also make the perfect addition to these muffins.
Can you use...
I get a lot of questions about substitutions for my recipes, so I'm going to try to start including this section where I share some easy substitutions you can make if you don't have all the ingredients on hand or don't follow a vegan diet.
- an egg instead of a flax egg? Yep! Just use one egg in replace of the flax egg.
- cane sugar or granulated sugar instead of coconut sugar? You bet! I find that coconut sugar is a little less sweet than cane or granulated sugar, so if you decided to use cane or granulated sugar, you may want to decrease the amount to ½ cup. The muffins will still be plenty sweet!
- coconut oil instead of neutral oil? Yes! Any oil should work. Just remember if you use coconut oil and live in a colder environment or place the muffins in the fridge, they will be harder than if you use oil that is always in liquid form.
- butter instead of oil? Yes, melted butter could be used as an oil replacement. But like I said about coconut oil above, butter hardens when it's chilled so it could create a denser leftover muffin if you live in a cold environment or store the muffins in the fridge.
- cows milk instead of non-dairy milk? Yes, any kind of milk should work for this recipe!
- oat flour instead of whole wheat flour? Unfortunately I haven't tested this substitution. If you do want to make these muffins gluten free, I share how to do that below! And if you try out oat flour in this recipe, be sure to share how the muffins turn out in the comments below!
- pumpkin puree instead of mashed banana? If you aren't a big banana fan (I know quite a few people who aren't!) then yes, pumpkin puree should work in this recipe. Just use one cup of pumpkin puree instead of the mashed banana. Remember though, that pumpkin isn't nearly as sweet as banana, so I'd definitely recommend using the entire ¾ cup of sugar to sweeten these muffins!
Gluten-Free Vegan Banana Nut Muffins
While I love baking with whole wheat flour, I've found that Bob's Red Mill's 1-to-1 Gluten Free Baking Flour substitutes wonderfully in recipes like this. So for completely gluten free muffins, simply use 2 cups of the gluten free flour instead of the whole wheat flour.
These banana muffins would be perfect for a quick and easy, yet special holiday breakfast this fall. Because they can easily be made gluten-free and are already vegan, most people can enjoy them. I definitely plan to bake a batch for when our friends come to visit over Christmas! Served with a fruit salad and some form of protein (peanut butter or eggs if you're not vegan), they help make a delicious, balanced meal. I hope you all are able to give these muffins a try!
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Wholesome Vegan Banana Nut Muffins
- 1 flax egg 1 tablespoons ground flaxseed + 3 tablespoons water
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- ¾ cup coconut sugar*
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup mashed banana
- 1 cup non-dairy milk
- ¼ cup neutral oil
- ½ cup nuts chopped
- Preheat your oven to 400 °F degrees and line 12 muffin cups with silicone muffin liners or spray the cups with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, prepare your flax egg by whisking 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed with three tablespoons of water. Set aside to thicken while you prepare the rest of the batter.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder and salt).
- Add in the remaining ingredients, including the chopped nuts and thickened flax egg, and mix until just combined.
- Evenly divide the batter among the 12 muffin cups and bake for about 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Allow the muffins to cool slightly before removing from the pan to cool completely on a wire rack.
- Store the muffins in an air-tight container outside of the fridge for 1-2 days or in the fridge for up to a week. These taste best when warmed slightly before serving.
Jessica Brammer says
Very good and moist. Thank you for the great recipe.
Faith VanderMolen says
So happy to hear that! Thanks for commenting!
Grace Anna Lane says
These were so easy to make! I left out the nuts for my little ones and used only 1/2 cup brown sugar, and they were plenty sweet enough. The last couple muffin recipes online I've tried have been flops, but now I have a trustworthy banana muffin recipe! Thanks!
Faith VanderMolen says
Yay! I'm so glad you liked this recipe! And I, too, always use just a 1/2 cup of sugar. They're plenty sweet thanks to the banana!
These were good and pretty healthy, I used Applesauce instead of oil. I baked them in silicone muffin cups and after baking I removed them from the cups and put them on a cooling rack to keep them from steaming and turning soggy. I'll try other add-ins next time
Faith VanderMolen says
Thanks for sharing Amber! I'm glad the applesauce worked. I'll keep that in mind the next time I make them!
Catherine Selway says
Great recipe. I made the muffins this morning. Followed the recipe exactly with one addition (1/4 teaspoon nutmeg). They turned out perfect! So delicious and easy to make. I'm sharing with my morning clients who are becoming plant-based. I've been using so many of your recipes and love them all!!! Thank you for everything you do to make eating real whole food plant-based so easy and delicious.
Faith VanderMolen says
Thank you so much Catherine for your kind comment! And the addition of nutmeg sounds amazing! So glad you enjoyed these muffins 🙂