PaleoNewbie.com recipe for delicious paleo and gluten free banana nut chocolate chip muffins

Paleo Banana Nut Chocolate Chip Muffins

I’ve had this delicious recipe on my site for a year and a half now, but the old photo was so bad it was hard to tell if it was a muffin or a sea urchin… 

Well hubby got out the mixing bowls and the camera, and went to work last weekend whipping up a fresh batch and snapping a new pic.

And I’ve got to say, both turned out excellent.

These are really terrific paleo and gluten-free muffins. They have a light, fluffy texture with a sweet banana flavor. And oh my gosh, when you bite into one while it’s still warm with the half-melted dark mini-chocolate chips inside, these are just to die for!

And if my husband can bake these without calling me for help (or the fire department) well you know this recipe is a no-brainer!

So before you throw out those overripe bananas on your counter, save a couple of the brownest and mushiest and create an amazing batch of sweet banana nut muffins out of them!

And I should mention, especially for the newbies, these are treats and should be enjoyed in moderation.

While there’s of course no refined sugars in these muffins (they’re sweetened by the ripe bananas but you can add a tablespoon or two of raw honey if you like) you’ll want to go easy on them if you’re watching your carbs.

I guess the upside is everyone in your family will want at least one so these muffins won’t be around to tempt you for very long!

Hope you enjoy this treat as much as we do. Let me know what you think!

Banana Nut Chocolate Chip Muffins Recipe

Banana Nut Chocolate Chip Muffins Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/3 cup pecans or walnuts, chopped
  • 1 or 2 tbs raw honey, depending on how ripe your bananas are and how sweet you like your muffins
  • 1/2 cup dark mini chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life brand)

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl smash the bananas
  2. Next add the eggs, vanilla, coconut oil and honey to the bananas and stir until combined
  3. In a larger bowl, combine all the dry ingredients (almond flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon)
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry mixture bowl – stir into a batter
  5. Next add the chocolate chips and chopped nuts and stir well (save a couple of tablespoons of the nuts to top the muffins)
  6. Pour batter into a muffin tin lined with baking cups – fill each cup about 3/4 full
  7. Sprinkle remaining nuts on top of muffins and place in oven
  8. Bake at 350º F for about 22-25 minutes (oven times and temperatures will vary – test doneness by inserting a toothpick, if it comes out clean, they're done)
  9. Store covered in fridge, or you can freeze these to enjoy later
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41 replies
  1. Lori
    Lori says:

    Hi Trina,

    I just discovered your blog and can’t wait to try some recipes. I think I’ll make these for Saturday morning breakfast to give the kids a treat. How many muffins did your recipe yield?

    Thanks.

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      • Lori
        Lori says:

        Hi Trina,

        I had to come back and let you know these were a HUGE hit with the kids. My oldest son said, “these aren’t just the best Paleo muffins you ever made, these are some of the best muffins ever, top 10.” The funniest thing is I forgot the honey entirely. My bananas were really ripe. I realized it after I scooped the first three out into the muffin tins. I was going to scrape the batter back into the bowl and add the honey, but my 12 year old took a taste and said they were sweet enough as is. I’ll be making these again! Thank you.

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        • Trina B
          Trina B says:

          Hi Lori, first off, I would like to give your son a high five! Then I will tell you I have forgotten the honey myself. Nothing better than good ripe bananas!:) Your comment made me smile, so I give you a big thank you for letting me know. It made my day!

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  2. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    Trina, I just made your banana chocolate chip muffins & they are wonderful! I have been a baker of all things yummy for many years & my family & friends love the traditional cookies, pies & cheesecakes that I make. I have been GF for a few years & paleo for about 6mos & its been difficult to find paleo baked goods that resemble traditional baked goods in texture & taste too. My husband is the true test because I have baked for him for years! I can’t wait for him to taste these….if there are any left by the time he gets home today! :) I also made your pumpkin pancakes this last weekend & your chunky monkey ice-cream, seriously yummy! I can’t wait to try your entrees, side dishes, etc. Thank you for sharing your recipes with all of us. As someone with a lifetime of tummy troubles & a love for cooking & eating, I am grateful to eat food that no one would even guess are paleo & good for them! God bless, Theresa :)

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    • Trina B
      Trina B says:

      Theresa Oh my gosh! you are so kind! You are exactly who I create my recipes for! I try so hard to help people realize, paleo is not a sacrifice of flavor, it’s better! I’m so happy you have been able to enjoy and share my recipes with people you love. That’s what it’s all about. :)

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  3. Staci
    Staci says:

    These are wonderful! Easy to make and they came out perfect. Some paleo muffins have a “wet” texture to them, but these remained cakey. Thank you!

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  4. umsami
    umsami says:

    These were incredible. Yum. The recipe made a full dozen using my silicone pan. I used about 1/2 cup of a stevia/sugar blend instead of the honey.

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  5. Cherie
    Cherie says:

    Hi Trina,
    Can’t wait to make these! Just wondering if you could substitue almond flour for coconut flour? What do you think?
    Thanks

    Reply
    • Trina B
      Trina B says:

      Cherie, the texture will be much different and coconut flour requires more liquid with any recipe. I’m sure it can be adapted with coconut flour, but I have not made them that way yet, so I could not advise how to change the recipe.

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  6. Katrina Roldan
    Katrina Roldan says:

    These are awesome! Made them last night for my decidedly non-paleo, non-muffin liking boyfriend…and he loved them! Said I shouldn’t bake for him anymore…(little does he know, these are healthy…shhhhhhh!) I have been going through goody withdrawl since re-starting my paleo adventure and these (along with the Lemon-Raspberry Cups) have sure helped! Thank you!! I got 24 mini muffins out of the recipe and baked them for 12 minutes.

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  7. Gina
    Gina says:

    I’m rather new to paleo, but have been gluten-free for many years. This was the third muffin recipe I’ve tried and hands-down, the best. Great texture and lightness. Not too sweet. My young kids loved them too. Thank you!

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    • Trina B
      Trina B says:

      Gina, yay! If you have read any of my reviews, you know I love recipes where the kids love them! And you’re a great mom for serving up treats to your children you can feel good about. Thank you so much for your comment!

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  8. Amanda Kugatow
    Amanda Kugatow says:

    Just made these…soooo good! I’m new to Paleo and this was my first ever baked good. I got 8 out of the mix. Quick and easy plus delish…can’t beat that! Thanks.

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        • Trina B
          Trina B says:

          Hi Susan…mini versions of these will probably take 12-15 minutes to bake. Start checking them after about 12 minutes – insert a toothpick and see if it comes out clean. Hope you like these, they’re one of my favorites! Let me know how the minis turn out!

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  9. Nevine Marie
    Nevine Marie says:

    Just made these as mini muffins and they are soooo delicious. My bananas were not ripe yet and I only used 1 tbs of honey and they still came out sweet. Thanks so much for the recipe Trina, it’s a winner!

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    • Trina B
      Trina B says:

      That’s funny! I made these this weekend as well! It’s a go to favorite. I’m so glad you enjoyed them. I think I’ll make them as mini muffins sometime. Great idea for a quick snack! :)

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