Gluten-Free Banana Muffins

Make this delicious Gluten-Free Banana Muffins recipe for a perfect breakfast treat any day of the week. These muffins are tender and tasty with a lovely streusel topping.

A banana muffin has a bite taken out of it and sits in front of other muffins.

My daughter is trying an experiment for me. She wasn’t excited about it in the beginning, but I think she’s starting to get into it now. Either that or she’s just leading me on.

No, that couldn’t be. What child would do that to her mother!

She’s trying a gluten-free diet for a week. Maybe two.

She’s had trouble with itchy skin lately and that’s listed as one of the symptoms of gluten intolerance. That and a whole host of others.

The thing is, I have issues with gluten so it’s possible she might too.

What’s Great About this Recipe

You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time!

  • Ripe bananas — this recipe uses 3 ripe bananas. I prefer ripe bananas for the flavor they add, but you can use less-than-ripe too.
  • Vegan buttermilk — it’s easy to make your own vegan buttermilk with only two ingredients!
  • Brown sugar — using brown sugar keeps these muffins moist and lightly sweetened.
  • Vegan butter — we’ll use a little melted vegan butter. I used Earth Balance, but you can substitute vegetable or coconut oil too.
  • Gluten-free flour — use a general, all-purpose, baking gluten-free flour. Any 1:1 flour will do here.
  • Baking soda & powder — we want tall muffins and adding both baking soda (especially when combined with the buttermilk) and baking powder does the trick.
  • Salt — adding just a bit of salt adds complexity to the overall flavor profile of these muffins.
  • Optional Chopped Nuts — If you’re into nuts in your muffins, then I highly recommend adding some chopped pecans or chopped walnuts.

It’s so much easier to be gluten-free these days thanks to the wide range of gluten-free flour mixes available!

Looking down on several gluten free banana muffins with crumble topping. There are bananas behind the muffins.

How to Make Gluten-Free Banana Muffins

To make these tasty GF banana muffins, let’s talk about some of the steps you’ll take.

A mixture of mashed bananas and other ingredients are in the bottom of a glass bowl.

Step One: Combine the wet ingredients

First, you’ll want to mash those bananas. I use a for, but you can do this in a blender or food processor too. Once the bananas are mashed, add the buttermilk, brown sugar and melted vegan butter. Give this all a stir to combine and then set it aside.

Step Two: Combine dry ingredients

Now combine the gluten-free flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a mixing bowl. Sift this all together until well combined. If using nuts, add the chopped nuts to the flour mixture.

Note: Using both baking powder and baking soda helps give rise to these muffins!

Step Three: Make the Crumble Topping

Take a moment to mix together the crumble topping ingredients, including the vegan butter, gluten-free flour, and brown sugar. Stir this all together and set it aside.

Step Four: Assemble the Muffins

Make the muffin batter by combining the wet and dry muffin ingredients. Stir until combined (some small lumps are ok).

Gluten-free flour is being poured into a bowl with the wet ingredients.

Distribute the batter into the prepared muffin compartments. I like using a cookie dough dispenser to help keep things neat.

Batter is being poured into a muffin compartment lined with papers.

Then equally distribute crumble topping over each muffin, using your hand to gently press it into the batter.

A hand is placing crumble topping on top of muffin batter in a muffin compartment lined with paper.

Place the pan in preheated oven and bake for about 20 minutes. Then remove them from the oven and set them aside to cool for a few minutes before devouring.

For an even more dramatic flair, add a drizzle of vanilla frosting (1/2 cup powdered sugar combined with just enough soymilk to make it spreadable).

Tips

Here’s some of my favorite tips to make these gluten free banana bread muffins perfect every time:

  • I love adding dairy-free chocolate chips to make gluten free banana chocolate chip muffins.
  • If you’re not into nuts, you can make these with or without
  • This recipe calls for vegan butter, I used Earth Balance
  • I find gently pressing the crumble topping into the batter helps that crumble topping stick a little more

It really was fun to make these gluten free banana muffins and everyone loved them!

Two muffins are stacked on top of each other with more muffins and bananas behind them.

Whether gluten is an issue for you or not, these gluten free vegan banana muffins are easy to make and tasty too. So, if you or someone in your life needs gluten-free, this recipe will make everyone happy!

I hope you love this recipe as we do! Have you tried it? Be sure and leave a comment and a rating of this recipe below and then take a quick photo and share it with me using #namelymarly on Instagram. I love seeing your creations!

Two muffins are stacked on top of each other with more muffins and bananas behind them.

Gluten-Free Banana Muffins

With these Gluten-Free Banana Muffins, you'll find a light and delicious way to start your day.
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Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Gluten Free Banana Muffins, Gluten-Free Banana Nut Muffins
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Resting Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 203kcal
Author: Namely Marly

Ingredients

  • 3 ripe bananas mashed
  • cup vegan buttermilk
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • cup vegan butter , melted
  • 1⅔ cups gluten-free flour (see note)
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup optional: pecans , chopped

Crumble Topping

  • 1 tablespoon vegan butter , softened
  • 2 tablespoons gluten-free flour
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Prepare muffin pans by lining with papers or spraying with vegetable cooking spray.
  • Next, mash the bananas in a medium bowl. Add the buttermilk, brown sugar and melted vegan butter. Stir until well combined and set aside.
  • Now combine the gluten-free flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium sized bowl. Stir until well combined. If using, add the chopped nuts to the flour.
  • Take a moment to mix together your topping ingredients – the vegan butter, gluten-free flour, and brown sugar. Stir well and set aside.
  • Make the muffin batter by combining the wet and dry muffin ingredients. Stir until combined (some small lumps are ok) and spoon into prepared muffin compartments. Then equally distribute crumble topping over each muffin, using your hand to gently press it into the batter.
  • Place the pan in heated oven and bake for 20 – 22 minutes. Once they're done, remove them from the oven and set aside to cool for a few minutes before devouring.
  • For an even more dramatic flair, add a drizzle of vanilla frosting (1/2 cup powdered sugar combined with just enough soymilk to make it spreadable).

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Nutrition Facts
Gluten-Free Banana Muffins
Amount Per Serving
Calories 203 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 200mg8%
Potassium 207mg6%
Carbohydrates 38g13%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 22g24%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 329IU7%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 66mg7%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

Enjoy!

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13 Responses to Gluten-Free Banana Muffins

  1. I lost my old g-f Banana Muffin Recipe and found this when I was searching for another one. Boy am I glad! These are by far the best gluten free muffins I have ever tasted.

    • You are so sweet – you just made my day. Now, I think I’m gonna head into the kitchen and make some more of these muffins. Dang, they were good!!!

  2. WELL, I think I have found the recipe ! THanks so much for taking time to post this! Oh and great pictures by the way! I’m so hungry for banana muffins now LOL !! I wonder how they look inside? Maybe next time when your posting pictures, have one cut open so we could see 🙂 YUM. Cant wait toget home from work and bake this tonight with my 2 year old !

  3. Marley – you are brilliant! These are simply amazing. The best gluten free muffins I have ever had. I’m on my THIRD one. I hope I can stop soon 😉 My little twins said they love you for this recipe and are devouring them too! Keep the recipes coming!

  4. Making for the first time. I don’t see where the 3/4 cup of brown sugar, the third time down on the list is being used? Can you help?

    • Thanks Greg! I missed putting the brown sugar in the original directions, but they’re included now. Hillary may say it takes a village to raise a child, but sometimes it feels like that can apply to other things…like recipes. Thanks for your help with this one!

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