Whole Wheat Banana Nut Muffins

Whole wheat and healthy without lacking flavor or moisture! These delicious whole wheat banana nut muffins are made without refined sugar. Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Because I know many of us are looking for healthier eats this time of year!

Big fat sugar-filled muffins are great and all (helloooooo) but a healthy muffin that’s also a delicious muffin? I’ll use and reuse that recipe until it’s drilled in the back of my brain. I always enjoy testing out new healthy-ish muffin recipes because they’re (1) easy to make (2) quick to make (3) portable (4) acceptable for breakfast, snack time, and can even be called dessert and (5) they’re perfect for freezing even though they never make it to the freezer because we eat them all.

Oh and (6) baking muffins when it’s single-digits-weather out there only seems appropriate. Man it’s COLD.

Whole wheat and healthy without lacking flavor or moisture! These delicious whole wheat banana nut muffins are made without refined sugar. Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

This is my latest muffin test. Banana nut because many of you have been requesting it! I decided to go for it in the wintertime since bananas are winter baking’s fave fruit. I’m loving these muffins right now because they feel like a treat while sneaking in a bunch of healthful ingredients. Muffinery magic.

Here’s what these banana nut muffins have

  • whole wheat flour
  • oats
  • bananas
  • walnuts

Here’s what these banana nut muffins don’t have

  • refined sugar
  • a gross dry texture that’s often associated with whole wheat flour. Ew.

Mashed bananas

Simple and healthful ingredients can produce delicious-tasting baked goods if we use ’em right. Take whole wheat flour for example. Whole wheat flour has the tendency to dry baked goods out, but if we pair it with moist-makers like bananas, eggs, and coconut oil, we’ll be singing its praises. The whole wheat flour leaves an awesome nutty flavor, too! A little maple syrup can go a long way, but its sweetness can be baked off and overpowered by other ingredients. Complement its flavor with mashed banana (not refined sugar) and we’re in business.

I used my whole wheat apple cinnamon muffins as a starting point for this recipe. Added some oats and mashed banana, reduced the baking soda (it’s fine with only 1 and 1/2 tsp) and reduced the maple syrup since mashed bananas are pretty sweet on their own. Remember my trick for mashing up bananas? Just use your mixer. Then mix in the rest of the wet ingredients right in the same bowl.

How to make healthy whole wheat banana nut muffins on sallysbakingaddiction.com

How to make healthy whole wheat banana nut muffins on sallysbakingaddiction.com

The muffins aren’t overly sweet, so don’t expect a sugar crash. For some flair, I topped the muffins with oats and a sprinkle of coconut sugar. Totally optional, but I think you’ll enjoy the extra caramelized crunch from the coconut sugar on top. It was REALLY good here! Aren’t they pretty?

Whole wheat and healthy without lacking flavor or moisture! These delicious whole wheat banana nut muffins are made without refined sugar. Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Whole wheat and healthy without lacking flavor or moisture! These delicious whole wheat banana nut muffins are made without refined sugar. Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

A schmear of melty butter because the muffins are healthy. Balance.

Try my fluffy whole wheat waffles next!!

Whole Wheat Banana Nut Muffins

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups (260g) whole wheat flour (spoon & levelved)
  • 1/2 cup (40g) old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 and 1/4 cups mashed banana (about 3 medium bananas)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) vegetable, canola oil, or melted coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) pure maple syrup*
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) milk (any kind)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 heaping cup chopped nuts (any kind-- I use 130g walnuts)
  • optional: 3 Tablespoons oats and coconut sugar for sprinkling

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F (218°C). Spray a 12-count muffin pan with nonstick spray or use cupcake liners. This recipe makes 15 muffins, so prepare a second muffin pan with 3 liners.
  2. Whisk the flour, oats, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt together in a large bowl until combined. Set aside. In a medium bowl or in the bowl of your stand mixer, mash the bananas. Then whisk in the eggs, oil, maple syrup, milk, and vanilla together until combined. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, stir a few times, then add the nuts. Fold everything together gently just until combined and no flour pockets remain.
  3. Spoon the batter into liners, filling them all the way to the top. Top with oats and a light sprinkle of coconut sugar, if desired. Bake for 5 minutes at 425 then, keeping the muffins in the oven, reduce the oven temperature to 350°F (177°C). Bake for an additional 16-17 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. The total time these muffins take in the oven is about 22-23 minutes, give or take. (For mini muffins, bake 11-13 minutes at 350°F (177°C).) Allow the muffins to cool for 5 minutes in the muffin pan, then transfer to a wire rack to continue cooling.
  4. Muffins stay fresh covered at room temperature for a few days, then transfer to the fridge for up to 1 week.

Make ahead tip: For longer storage, freeze muffins for up to 3 months. Allow to thaw overnight in the refrigerator, then bring to room temperature or warm up in the microwave if desired.

Recipe Notes:

  1. You can use honey for the maple syrup, but the flavor will be different. Maple works so well with banana!
  2. Why the initial high temperature? The hot burst of air will spring up the top of the muffin quickly, then the inside of the muffin can bake for the remainder of the time. This helps the muffins rise nice and tall.

Using SparkRecipes calculator and calculated using coconut oil, skim milk, and walnuts, these muffins come out to 205 calories, 10g fat, 22g carbs, 3g fiber, and 5g protein each.

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Whole wheat and healthy without lacking flavor or moisture! These delicious whole wheat banana nut muffins are made without refined sugar. Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

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Comments

  1. Sally K on January 9, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    Sally, I made them this morning for our small group. Made two batches, one with nuts and the other without. And both tasted sooo good!
    Thank you Sally for another great recipe!

    • Sally on January 10, 2018 at 6:50 am

      Glad you love them!!

  2. Sarah M on January 9, 2018 at 3:18 pm

    Hi Sally, would I be able to use thawed frozen bananas for the recipe? Or would this ruin the moistness/ texture of the muffins? 

    • Sally on January 10, 2018 at 6:47 am

      You can try it! Let me know how they turn out.

  3. Heidi on January 9, 2018 at 8:15 pm

    I made these this evening and I was very hesitant as I have a sweet tooth that I’m trying to curb.  These were perfect!  Just sweet enough with the maple syrup.  I did omit the walnuts (allergic), but instead I sprinkled slivered almonds on top.  This is the first recipe I’ve made of yours – I look forward to baking several more in the future.  

    • Sally on January 10, 2018 at 6:51 am

      So glad you tried these muffins out and please let me know any other recipes of mine that you try too!

  4. Hannah on January 9, 2018 at 9:40 pm

    Oh my word, these are delicious! I just made a batch tonight for breakfast in the morning, and two are already gone
    I have a gluten intolerance, so instead of the whole wheat flour, I ground up oats, and I used pecans instead of walnuts. They turned out so good (with some butter on top, of course!). Thanks for sharing this recipe, Sally!

    • Sally on January 10, 2018 at 6:49 am

      Happy to read this! Thanks for reporting back, Hannah.

  5. Emily Mason on January 10, 2018 at 1:07 pm

    Hi Sally! Can’t wait to make these later- can you use quick oats instead of old fashioned?

    • Sally on January 11, 2018 at 7:15 am

      Hey Emily! I don’t recommend quick cooking oats. Too powdery.

  6. Kat on January 10, 2018 at 2:53 pm

    Oh my, they look amazing! Perfect for a quick breakfast on the go. I definitely see them in my near future 😉

    • Sally on January 11, 2018 at 10:26 am

      So happy to read that, Kat! If you try them, let me know how you like them 🙂

  7. Abigail E. on January 10, 2018 at 5:12 pm

    Um, Yum! These look absolutely delicious! And I never congratulated you on your little girl, Sally! I was so excited for you 🙂 All your recipes look mouth-watering and make me want to try everything (even though, for the sake of healthy eating, I’d better not make EVERY dessert I see… ) Your photography is also beautiful!

    • Sally on January 11, 2018 at 7:12 am

      Thank you so much!!

  8. Kay Nguyen on January 10, 2018 at 11:08 pm

    This looks amazing! I will have to try it out this weekend <3

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    • Sally on January 12, 2018 at 10:54 am

      Hope you love them! Happy baking 🙂

  9. Baebara Wuertz on January 11, 2018 at 1:46 am

    Do you know how many weight watchers points these are? Thanks
    Barb

    • Sally on January 11, 2018 at 6:44 am

      I don’t, sorry!

  10. Jesse on January 11, 2018 at 9:43 am

    Hi Sally! Looking forward to making these for my students tomorrow. Will they work as mini muffins? Do I need liners? Thank so much!

    • Sally on January 11, 2018 at 1:36 pm

      Yes the do! For mini muffins, bake 11-13 minutes at 350°F

  11. Natasha Deleon on January 13, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    Hi Sally

    Do I need to use ripe bananas? You know the brown and spotty ones lol

    • Sally on January 14, 2018 at 6:25 am

      For the best flavor, I suggest it!

  12. Miss C. on January 14, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    I want to try these today. I’m at my boyfriend’s house and he only has all-purpose flour. Do you think it would be the same ratio as whole wheat flour?

    • Sally on January 15, 2018 at 10:48 am

      Yep, the same amount.

      • Kaye on May 11, 2018 at 12:04 pm

        Hi Sally,

        If i use all-purpose flour, will it change consistency/texture/moistness of the muffin? Thanks!



  13. Jennifer on January 18, 2018 at 4:16 pm

    These were delish! We were on the verge of getting more snow on Monday night and I declared it baking time in the house…so we made these. I followed it pretty closely, and the only change I made was to sub in yogurt for half the oil and used buttermilk for the milk. A keeper for sure! My 5 year old ate three of them in one day!

  14. Carol on January 27, 2018 at 9:13 am

    I love all of your recipes but have to admit I was disappointed in these muffins. Mine were so bland and had absolutely no taste. I definitely could have done something wrong but I honestly followed the recipe/ingredients. Help! Where did I go wrong?

    • Sally on January 28, 2018 at 6:13 am

      Hi Carol! I’m so sorry the muffins were a little lackluster. Were your bananas super ripe? Because the riper they are, the more flavor they have.

  15. Sara on January 28, 2018 at 9:11 pm

    Hello Sally. Great recipe. Can I substitute the maple syrup for refined sugar?

    Thanks.

    • Sally on January 28, 2018 at 9:14 pm

      Definitely. I suggest brown sugar.

  16. Samantha on February 1, 2018 at 9:10 am

    Hi! These look so so good… How do you think they would do if I substituted almond flour for the whole wheat flour? Thank you so much!

    • Sally on February 1, 2018 at 9:46 am

      I haven’t tried it, but let me know if you do!

  17. Caroline on February 16, 2018 at 11:17 am

    These were great muffins Sally. I made them as instructed- no substitutions. I have another batch of bananas ripening specifically for these muffins. I will be making them again very soon! Thanks!

  18. Shelly L on March 14, 2018 at 5:43 pm

    These are delicious. Froze mine for when someone needs a quick snack. Thank you!

  19. Celeste on April 30, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    Made these muffins a couple of days ago! Love the mild sweetness and the tiny bit of added sweet on top. I did have one issue that I’m wondering how I should fix next time. My cupcake liners stuck reeeeally bad to the muffins. I did use mostly butter in place of the oil – is that why? Or is it my liners? I’d love to make these again and not lose a portion of my cupcake to the liner! 😉

    • Sally on May 1, 2018 at 9:06 am

      Hi Celeste! In my experience, the brand and quality of cupcake liners makes all the difference. I use these nonstick cupcake liners and rarely experience sticking issues, especially with muffins.

  20. Lori on May 1, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    Love all your recipes I’ve tried..I haven’t used coconut oil before can you suggest which one you use in your recipes? Thanks for sharing your recipes..I’ll be making the lemon blueberry cake this weekend for company ❤️

    • Sally on May 2, 2018 at 12:46 pm

      Hi Lori, I don’t have a favorite brand – you can use whatever your local stores stock!

  21. Jenny on May 4, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    Is it okay to use walnuts instead of the oats?

    • Sally on May 7, 2018 at 12:36 pm

      For the sprinkle on top of the muffins? Yes!

  22. Stephanie on May 5, 2018 at 1:20 am

    Made these tonight! They are delicious. Not sweet at all I noticed, may increase the maple syrup a touch next time. It wasn’t a bad thing though, I still loved them. I replaced the chopped walnuts with chopped toasted pecans. Delicious. I did add the oats and coconut sugar to the top and I’m sure glad I did. That tiny bit of sweet from the coconut sugar in every couple bites was perfect ❤️ Thanks for another keeper Sally!

    Rating: 4
  23. Molly on May 7, 2018 at 7:33 pm

    Hi Sally! I was wondering if molasses would work in place of maple syrup in this recipe?

    • Sally on May 8, 2018 at 6:57 am

      Hi Molly! I recommend honey instead of maple syrup. Molasses will overpower the muffin’s overall flavor. And you can add a smidge of maple extract if desired.

  24. Lizanne D'souza on May 8, 2018 at 10:11 am

    Hi Sally I love your website and all the recipes in it. Tried quire a few and today tried these muffins and I must say till date in baking muffins today I baked them perfectly and they smelled good and tasted delicious. Made some substitutions adding honey and oat bran and almond flour along with whole wheat flour and really wanted to make the muffins healthy. Garnished the top with sliced almonds Thanks for this sugarfree yum recipe.

    • Sally on May 8, 2018 at 12:16 pm

      I’m glad you were able to make them work for you!

Reviews

  1. Stephanie on May 5, 2018 at 1:20 am

    Made these tonight! They are delicious. Not sweet at all I noticed, may increase the maple syrup a touch next time. It wasn’t a bad thing though, I still loved them. I replaced the chopped walnuts with chopped toasted pecans. Delicious. I did add the oats and coconut sugar to the top and I’m sure glad I did. That tiny bit of sweet from the coconut sugar in every couple bites was perfect ❤️ Thanks for another keeper Sally!

    Rating: 4

Questions

  1. Celeste on April 30, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    Made these muffins a couple of days ago! Love the mild sweetness and the tiny bit of added sweet on top. I did have one issue that I’m wondering how I should fix next time. My cupcake liners stuck reeeeally bad to the muffins. I did use mostly butter in place of the oil – is that why? Or is it my liners? I’d love to make these again and not lose a portion of my cupcake to the liner! 😉

    • Sally on May 1, 2018 at 9:06 am

      Hi Celeste! In my experience, the brand and quality of cupcake liners makes all the difference. I use these nonstick cupcake liners and rarely experience sticking issues, especially with muffins.

  2. Lori on May 1, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    Love all your recipes I’ve tried..I haven’t used coconut oil before can you suggest which one you use in your recipes? Thanks for sharing your recipes..I’ll be making the lemon blueberry cake this weekend for company ❤️

    • Sally on May 2, 2018 at 12:46 pm

      Hi Lori, I don’t have a favorite brand – you can use whatever your local stores stock!

  3. Jenny on May 4, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    Is it okay to use walnuts instead of the oats?

    • Sally on May 7, 2018 at 12:36 pm

      For the sprinkle on top of the muffins? Yes!

  4. Molly on May 7, 2018 at 7:33 pm

    Hi Sally! I was wondering if molasses would work in place of maple syrup in this recipe?

    • Sally on May 8, 2018 at 6:57 am

      Hi Molly! I recommend honey instead of maple syrup. Molasses will overpower the muffin’s overall flavor. And you can add a smidge of maple extract if desired.

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