Gluten-Free Banana Nut Muffins

When you’re looking for a light and delicious way to start your day you can be sure to find it with these Gluten-Free Banana Nut Muffins.

A single gluten-free banana nut muffin in a purple dotted paper liner.

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.

Banana nut muffins in paper linings ready to start your day.

Did you see what I wrote there? I have issues. See? You can’ say I haven’t warned you!

Anyway, Adee isn’t exactly excited about going gluten-free. It’s hard as a teenager to give up wheat. It’s a basic ingredient in so many comfort foods like pizza, bread, cookies, and Starbuck’s banana nut muffins.

A top-down view of four gluten-free muffins.

I’m determined to show her you can eat some tasty meals and still be gluten-free (and vegan!). These muffins helped me get in on her good side.

Just wait until I unleash the gluten-free chocolate cookies. She may never crave gluten again!

Muffins with a crumbly, sweet topping are both gluten-free and vegan.

It really wasn’t that difficult to make these and she was pleasantly surprised. Ah, the things I won’t do for some praise around this house.

Now I just hope it works. There’s nothing like going out on a limb as a parent.

A delicious vegan banana nut muffin to start or end your day!

No matter what, I’ve landed on a great Gluten-Free, Vegan Banana Nut Muffin. So even if it doesn’t solve the itchy skin problem, it is definitely solving my need for a delicious way to start the day!

By the way, “Adee” is a nickname for Adele. She and I share this same middle name. Who would have thought a pop singer would come along and make that name so…cool!

We made a home-made version of Starbuck's Banana Nut Muffins.

Maybe I should go into more details of Adee’s life. She loves it when I do that.

Or maybe I should play it safe and just give you the recipe. So, here you go, Gluten-Free Banana Nut Muffins. Hopefully a cure for what itches you!

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We made a home-made version of Starbuck's Banana Nut Muffins.
Gluten-Free Banana Nut Muffins
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins
With these Gluten-Free Banana Nut Muffins, you'll find a light and delicious way to start your day.
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Calories: 243 kcal
Author: Namely Marly
  • 3 regular bananas mashed
  • cup soy buttermilk soy milk combined with 1 tbsp vinegar
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • cup melted margarine Earth Balanace
  • cups gluten-free flour*
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup pecans chopped
Crumble Topping
  • 1 tablespoon margarine softened
  • 2 tablespoons brown rice flour
  • cup brown sugar
  1. Begin by heating your oven to 375F. Prepare your muffin pans by lining with papers or spraying with vegetable cooking spray.
  2. Next, mash the bananas in a medium bowl. Add the soy buttermilk, brown sugar and melted margarine. Stir until well combined and set aside.
  3. Now combine the gluten-free flours, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in another medium sized bowl. Stir until well combined. Add the chopped nuts to the flour.
  4. Take a moment to mix together your topping ingredients - the margarine, gluten-free flour, and brown sugar. Stir well and set aside.
  5. Now you're ready to put it all together - I love this part!
  6. Begin by combining the wet and dry muffin ingredients. Stir until mostly combined (you don't want to over mix this) and spoon into prepared muffin pan or cups. Then cover each muffin with a little bit of that yummy topping mixture.
  7. Place the muffins in your prepared oven and bake for 18 - 20 minutes. Take a peek and make sure the muffins look done. Once they're ready, remove them from the oven and set aside to cool for a few minutes before devouring.
Recipe Notes

* I used 3/4 C brn. rice; 1/4 C white rice; 1/4 C coconut flour; 1/4 C tapioca flour (or corn starch would work here too)

Nutrition Facts
Gluten-Free Banana Nut Muffins
Amount Per Serving
Calories 243 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 268mg 11%
Potassium 195mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 39g 13%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 23g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 6%
Vitamin C 3.1%
Calcium 5.6%
Iron 5.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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13 Responses to Gluten-Free Banana Nut Muffins

  1. Holy YUM! Now I’m craving muffins…

  2. It’s hard to go wrong with banana nut muffins! These look perfect, especially with that golden crumble topping.

  3. Those look good! I feel another attempt at gluten-free baking coming on 🙂

  4. 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!!!

  5. 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 !

  6. 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!

  7. 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?

    • Make that the third item down!

    • 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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