Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The Best Banana Muffin Recipe (Gluten Free & Vegan)

Welcome to the April 2013 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Family Recipes
This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants are sharing their recipes, their stories, their pictures, and their memories.

Since my favorite family recipe is one I'm under strict orders to share only with my children, I bring you these Banana Muffins, courtesy of Dionna at Code Name: Mama!

The Best Banana Muffin Recipe via CodeNameMama.com I've been somewhat discouraged by our experiments in gluten free baking. Everything seems to come out too wet, even when I make the batter drier than I think it needs to be. Thankfully, one of my readers shared a recipe with me via Facebook message, and since she got it from a blog that is no longer in existence, I decided to share it with you today - with my tweaks for the dairy and egg free family! We've made these twice, one time mixing everything by hand (except for the oats), the second time adding everything to the blender. Both were delicious, but there was a texture difference - blending by hand makes the muffins a little grainier. These are supposed to freeze and thaw well, but we've eaten them too quickly to test that theory out.

Gluten, Dairy, and Egg Free Banana Muffins


*Makes approximately 15 muffins.
  • 2/1/2 cup oats
  • 1 cup of plain yogurt (Our dairy free family uses Amande cultured almond milk); the first time I had vanilla handy, the second time it was coconut. Both times were delicious.
  • 2 tbsp flax seed meal stirred into 4 tbsp water (The original recipe calls for 2 eggs.)
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar (The original recipe calls for 3/4 cup sweetener of choice. The reader who shared this recipe with me uses coconut sugar, which is low glycemic but adds bulk to a recipe like regular sugar. She said that Rapadura or Sucanat would also work, but that liquid sugars (maple syrup, honey) change the texture too much.)
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 ripe medium - large bananas
  • 1/2 - 1 cup add-ins of your choice (we used chopped pecans, cranberries, and unsweetened shredded coconut
The Best Banana Muffin Recipe via CodeNameMama.com


1. Using a food processor or blender, blend oats until they are ground to a flour.

2. Add the rest of the ingredients to your blender, mix well. (I stirred in the cranberries by hand.)

3. In a silicone muffin tin or a greased metal muffin tin, fill muffin cups about 2/3 full.

4. Bake at 375 degrees for 21-26 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

These muffins are DELICIOUS. Seriously. Do you have any tips or tricks to vegan + gluten free baking? Share them in the comments! If you are investigating food sensitivities in your family, feel free to chat with me! Read more about our journey into going gluten free and dairy/egg free.

 Dionna is a lawyer turned work at home mama of two amazing kids, Kieran and Ailia. You can normally find Dionna over at Code Name: Mama where she shares information, resources, and her thoughts on natural parenting and life with little ones. Dionna is also cofounder of Natural Parents Network and NursingFreedom.org, and author of For My Children: A Mother’s Journal of Memories, Wishes, and Wisdom.
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Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants:
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  • Grandma's Banana Bread — Megan at The Boho Mama has early and fond memories of her grandma's banana bread. It's love in a loaf!
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  1. Dionna, your kids are so cute munching on those! These muffins look yummy.

    Joella, I had the same problem with not wanting to share my actual secret family recipe. :)

  2. These sound awesome! I'm always on the hunt for good vegan recipes to make for the family and banana oat muffins sound pretty perfect.

    - Jana

  3. Thank you, Lauren - I find them fairly attractive ;)

    Jana - these are seriously SO good! I'd eat them even if we weren't gluten free on purpose!

  4. Dionna, these look great! Thanks for sharing this recipe with the carnival

  5. Dionna,

    The muffins look fantastic. I haven't tried much gluten free vegan stuff, cause the consistency is never good. However, these look really super good. I think I will try them and then share the recipe.

    Thanks for this.

  6. THANK YOU for this! I am trying so hard to find g-free recipes for baked good and randomly Googling is just not cutting it. And anytime I can use my food processor I am a happy girl. I am now anxiously awaiting my bananas to over-ripen. :)

  7. Lisa - agreed, my GF breads have not had good consistency either. But these are perfect!
    SRB - the food processor aspect is nice!

  8. I'm always up for trying new gluten-free recipes. Thanks for sharing!

  9. I need to try out almond yogurt...mainly so I can attempt this recipe.

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