Gluten-Free Banana Muffins

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An easy recipe for gluten-free banana muffins. These soft and moist gluten-free banana muffins are made with simple ingredients and in only 30 minutes! 

gluten-free banana muffins in a sliver muffin pan with a blue kitchen towel

Gluten-Free Banana Muffins

If you enjoy my Gluten-Free Banana Bread, you are going to love my gluten-free banana muffin recipe! These gluten-free banana muffins have all the flavor of banana bread and are baked in only twenty minutes.

This is my go-to gluten-free muffin recipe to use up ripe bananas. My family loves the flavor combination of banana chocolate chip muffins the most. These gluten-free banana muffins are also delicious with chopped nuts, blueberries, or without any mix-ins.

This gluten-free banana muffin recipe is also easily made dairy-free, egg-free, or refined sugar-free. I have included all of the ingredient substitutions in the recipe card below.

You can see just how easy it is to make these gluten-free banana muffins in the detailed recipe step photos or in the recipe video.

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Ingredients in Gluten-Free Banana Muffins

It only takes a few simple ingredients to make these gluten-free banana muffins. I bet you already have everything you need to make these muffins in your pantry.

  1. Bananas: Ripe bananas are the star ingredient. Not only do the bananas give these muffins their flavor, but also make these muffins moist. The riper the bananas the sweeter the muffins will taste.
  2. Baking Soda: Baking soda is what helps these gluten-free muffins rise. Don’t skip the step to add the baking soda to the mashed banans and allow to sit for a few minutes.
  3. Eggs: The whisked eggs help give the structure of the muffin. The height and texture of the muffins are determined by the balance between the eggs and the gluten-free flour.
  4. Granulated Sugar: Not only does sugar sweeten the muffins, but it helps the muffins be soft and moist.
  5. Pure Vanilla Extract, Cinnamon, Salt: All of these ingredients enhance the flavor of the banana muffins.
  6. Butter: The melted butter is used as the fat in the recipe. It’s the fat in the recipe that helps make the muffins not too dense.
  7. Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour with Xanthan Gum: Using a gluten-free flour blend made with rice flour, starches, and xanthan gum mimics the taste and texture of traditional all-purpose flour. I bake with Pillsbury gluten-free flour.
  8. Chocolate Chips: Banana muffins are perfect for adding your favorite muffin mix-in. My family’s favorite is chocolate chips. You can also use chopped nuts, blueberries, or enjoy the muffins plain.

How To Make Gluten-Free Banana Muffins

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners or spray with gluten-free cooking spray.
  • In a large mixing bowl, mash the ripe bananas with a fork until completely smooth.
  • Add the baking soda and stir to combine with the mashed bananas. Allow the mixture to sit for 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Stir the melted butter into the mashed bananas.
  • Add in the sugar, salt, ground cinnamon, pure vanilla extract, and whisked eggs and stir until combined.
  • Add in the gluten-free flour and stir until fully combined.
  • Stir in chocolate chips.
  • Using a greased ice cream scoop or measuring cup, scoop the batter into baking cups lined/cooking sprayed muffin tin.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Please watch your oven because all ovens are different.
  • Allow the muffins to cool. Enjoy!
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container.

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How to Make-Ahead, Store, Freeze, and Reheat Banana Muffins

To Make-Ahead:

This banana muffins batter can be easily made ahead of time. Place the batter in an air-tight storage container or cover the mixing bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate until you are ready to bake the muffins.

To Freeze:

Once the banana muffins are completely cool, place the muffin tin with the muffins in the freezer for 15 minutes. Flash freezing keeps them from sticking together.

Once the muffins are flash-frozen, place the muffins inside a freezer-safe bag or freezer-safe air-tight container.

If you are using a plastic freezer bag, squeeze out all of the extra air in the bag. I have also found that if you double bag the muffins (place that bag inside another freezer-safe bag) it helps prevent freezer burn.

To Thaw Frozen Muffins: The muffins can be defrosted overnight in the refrigerator. The muffins can be thawed in the oven by wrapping them in foil and warming them for 10 minutes at 350°F. The muffins can also be warmed up in the microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute.

To Store: Store leftovers in an airtight container. Make sure the muffins are completely cooled or any steam trapped in the plastic storage bag or container will create condensation and make the muffins sticky.

Banana Muffin Mix-Ins

It is easy to add your favorite muffin mix-ins to the gluten-free banana muffin batter. Once you have made the banana muffin batter, stir in ½ to 1 cup of your favorite mix-in. Some of my family’s favorite banana muffin mix-ins are chocolate chips, blueberries, or chopped nuts.

Tips for Making the Best Gluten-Free Banana Muffins

  • Use ripe bananas as they are sweeter and make for a moister muffin.
  • Do not skip the step of adding the baking soda to the mashed bananas first and allowing it to sit for a few minutes. The chemical reaction between the bananas and baking soda helps the gluten-free muffins rise.
  • I always use cupcake liners when making muffins.
  • I always use a greased ice cream scoop to make muffins. Using an ice cream scoop to measure out the muffin batter makes for uniformed muffins.
  • For bakery-style muffins, fill the muffin cups to the top with the batter and then sprinkle with sugar.

two gluten-free banana muffins on a white plate with the muffins on a cooling rack in the background

Gluten-Free Flour

These gluten-free muffins were made with Pillsbury gluten-free flour. It is a cup-for-cup all-purpose gluten-free rice flour blend and already has the xanthan gum and starches in it.

Most gluten-free all-purpose flour blends have starches and xanthan gum already in them. The xanthan gum helps replace the elasticity and texture of gluten. So make sure to check the ingredients of your gluten-free flour as not to add any extra xanthan gum to your flour if it already includes it. If you do, you will get gummy muffins!

This recipe will not work with almond, oat, or coconut flour, but we also have another banana muffin recipe with almond flour.

Tip For Measuring Gluten-Free Flour

It is super important to use a measuring cup made for dry ingredients (not a pyrex liquid measuring cup) to measure gluten-free flour. I measure the gluten-free flour with the “spoon & level” method.

I use a large spoon to scoop the flour into the measuring cup. Then I use the back of a knife to level off the top of the measuring cup.

Please do not scoop the flour directly out of the bag with your measuring cup. If you do, you could end up with more flour than is called for in the recipe.

Ingredient Substitutions for Gluten-Free Banana Muffins

I have test-baked these gluten-free banana muffins with several different ingredient substitutions.

For Dairy-Free:

  • For the butter, you can use dairy-free or vegan butter. I like Smart Balance buttery spread. You can also use melted coconut oil.
  • For the chocolate chips, use gluten-free and dairy-free chocolate chips. Several brands that I like are Enjoy Life, Nestle Allergen Free Semi-Sweet Morsels, and Great Value Organic Semisweet Chocolate Chips (free-from).

For Egg-Free:

  • You can substitute the eggs with Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free egg replacer.

For No Refined Sugar: 

  • You can substitute the granulated sugar for ½ cup of pure maple syrup or coconut sugar. I have not tested this recipe with any other sugar or sugar-free substitutions.

gluten-free banana chocolate chip muffins in a sliver muffin pan with a blue kitchen towel.

Easy Gluten-Free Banana Muffins

You only need one bowl, a fork, and a large spoon to make these gluten-free banana muffins. In just thirty minutes, you can enjoy moist banana muffins.

This muffin batter can be easily made the night before for a quick and easy breakfast. The banana muffins can also be frozen and defrosted easily in the microwave.

This gluten-free muffin recipe is the perfect way to use up your ripe bananas. These banana muffins are an easy-to-make gluten-free breakfast or snack.

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5 from 61 votes

Gluten-Free Banana Muffins

Servings: 12 muffins
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
An easy recipe for gluten-free banana muffins. These soft and moist gluten-free banana muffins are made with simple ingredients and in only 30 minutes! 

Ingredients 

  • 3 large bananas, ripe, The riper the bananas (black spots), the sweeter the muffins will be. About 1 and 1/2 cups mashed.
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted, For dairy-free use Smart Balance or coconut oil.
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar, For no refined sugar use pure maple syrup or coconut sugar.
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, whisked, For egg-free use Bob's Red Mill gluten-free egg replacer.
  • 1 1/2 cups gluten-free flour all-purpose flour with xanthan gum, I like Pillsbury gluten-free flour. Not all gluten-free flours are created equal. You may experience different baking results depending on the gluten-free flour blend you choose.
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free chocolate chips, For dairy-free use Nestle Allergen Free Semi-Sweet Morsels or Enjoy Life.

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners or spray with gluten-free cooking spray.
  • In a large mixing bowl, mash the ripe bananas with a fork until completely smooth.
  • Add the baking soda and stir to combine with the mashed bananas. Allow the mixture to sit for 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Stir the melted butter into the mashed bananas.
  • Add in the sugar, salt, ground cinnamon, pure vanilla extract, and whisked eggs and stir until combined.
  • Add in the gluten-free flour and stir until fully combined.
  • Stir in chocolate chips.
  • Using a greased ice cream scoop or measuring cup, scoop the batter into baking cups lined/cooking sprayed muffin tin.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Please watch your oven because all ovens are different.
  • Allow the muffins to cool. Enjoy!
  • Store the completely cooled muffins in an airtight container.

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Notes

  • I like Pillsbury gluten-free flour. Not all gluten-free flours are created equal. You may experience different baking results depending on the gluten-free flour blend you choose.
  • To Store: Store leftovers in an airtight container. Make sure the muffins are completely cooled or any steam trapped in the plastic storage bag or container will create condensation and make the muffins sticky.
  • To Freeze: Once the banana muffins are completely cool, place the muffin tin with the muffins in the freezer for 15 minutes. Flash freezing keeps them from sticking together. Once the muffins are flash-frozen place the muffins inside a freezer-safe bag or freezer-safe air-tight container. If you are using a plastic freezer bag, squeeze out all of the extra air in the bag. I have also found that if you double bag the muffins (place that bag inside another freezer-safe bag) it helps prevent freezer burn.
  • To Thaw Frozen Muffins: The muffins can be defrosted overnight in the refrigerator. The muffins can be thawed in the oven by wrapping them in foil and warming them for 10 minutes at 350°F. The muffins can also be warmed up in the microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  • For Dairy-Free: Use Smart Balance buttery spread and Nestle Allergen Free Semi-Sweet Morsels.
  • For Egg-Free: Use Bob's Red Mill gluten-free egg replacer.
  • For No Refined Sugar: Use pure maple syrup or coconut sugar. 
  • Mama says, "Always check your labels!"

Nutrition

Serving: 1muffinCalories: 208kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 3gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 178mgPotassium: 136mgFiber: 3gSugar: 18gVitamin A: 241IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 28mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
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About Audrey Roberts

I'm Audrey Roberts, a busy mama of four and I love sharing the recipes that I make for my family. I make gluten-free family-friendly recipes that are simple and delicious that you can too! I use easy to find ingredients that won't break your budget. You will also find dairy-free options and Paleo recipes. I am also the author of The Everything Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Cookbook, which is an Amazon Best Selling Cookbook in the US and Internationally. Living gluten-free since 2010. I hope by me sharing my journey it may help you with yours.

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66 Comments

  1. Fantastic recipe!
    I used blueberries instead of chocolate chips and subbed in coconut oil instead of butter. Also as suggested, used maple syrup instead of sugar.
    Love the fluffiness with these muffins, great texture!

    Thanks for posting 🙂

  2. Delicious and fluffy. I made changes for what I had on hand- Miyokos ‘butter’, coconut sugar and King Arthur’s gf baking flour. I will definitely make these again!

  3. Definitely one of the best Gluten free banana muffins I’ve made …love it …I used brown sugar instead of white sugar and it’s taste amazing ..thank you for your awesome recipe ..can’t wait for the kids to try it… midnight baking is what I love to do at times to surprise the kids in the morning with some special treats 🤗🙌

  4. Best gluten-free recipe I have ever tried! These muffins were amazing; my hubby is thrilled to have something this tasty!!! I am going to read every word on your website and find more 5-star recipes. Thank you!!!

  5. ABSOLUTELY amazingly delicious and soo easy! I didn’t have enough bananas to double the recipe so I used 2c smashed ripe bananas and 1c pineapple (meant to leave a little chunky but turned out liquid but it worked!!). They domed up beautifully! This recipe will become a family heirloom—so hard to find gluten free recipes that have such a fine, moist crumb! Thank you!!

  6. This is my go to muffin recipe. I’ve added chocolate chips, cranberries, and pecans and they’ve come out great. I also substituted the sugar with maple syrup.

  7. This is my go to muffin recipe. I’ve added chocolate chips, cranberries, and pecans and they’ve come out great.

  8. My best friends granddaughter (almost 3 years old) is visiting and must be gluten and dairy free. I made this recipe today and am absolutely in awe! No one would know that it’s gf and dairy free! Thank you!

  9. This recipe is excellent! I substituted chopped walnuts for the chocolate chips. You would never know these are gluten free.
    Thank you so much!!!!

  10. This recipe is my go-to now!! So easy, and versatile with different flours. I’ve also doubled the recipe with good results:)

  11. These are Soooo Good! I made them with maple syrup and they are truly PERFECT. I think the baking soda in the bananas is brilliant, they are both light and delicious. Thank you!!!

  12. I accidentally used the King Arthur 1-to-1 bc bread flour, but OMG these are the most plump and perfect muffins! I used 1/3c honey instead of the granulated sugar and could go either way on needing more. Best of all, my kids helped make this and said it was our best yet! Thank you for this recipe! I’ll definitely keep it on hand!

  13. A very good recipe. I have made it as written (-chocolate chips) and again today with some changes. I doubled the batch, used coconut oil and replaced 1 cup of gf flour with gf old fashioned oats. It made 24 muffins.
    I would be interested to know if anyone has tried something other than vanilla in these?

  14. I accidentally put in 3 eggs instead of two because I read the recipe wrong.
    They took 4 minutes longer to bake.
    Besides that….delicious!!

  15. Fantastic! My husband can usually tell when I make something gluten free because it usually is not the same texture and on the drier side or chewier. ( I’m GF, he’s not). He loved these. So moist. Since I only had 3/4 cup mashed banana, I used 3/4 applesauce to fill in the difference, used coconut oil and coconut sugar and Bob’s 1:1 Baking flour. I split the batter in half and added to my batter 3 tbsp hemp heart seeds, 1/2 cup chopped pecans and almost 1/2 cup Enjoy life mini chocolate chips. He wanted peanut chips in his. This recipe will be my go to from now on!!

  16. Awesome recipe, probably the the best muffins I’ve ever made! (I used my own gf flour blend which is a Bob’s 1:1 copycat and Country crock plant based butter).

  17. Keep on coming back to this one. It just never fails.
    I sometimes skip the chocolate for a healthier option and it is just as good.

  18. They turned out PERFECTLY! I used brown sugar, Namaste gluten free flour and coconut oil also 4 bananas. Thank you for all your absolutely amazing recipes! That actually WORK💜

  19. I added hemp seeds and walnuts and used 1/4 less flour and they were amazing! I also used 1/2 almond milk instead of eggs. Very happy with these muffins! I love all you recipes! Thanks a million!

  20. These muffins turned it so moist and delicious. I used coconut oil and substituted 1/2 cup oat flour. I also used chia seeds instead of the eggs. Totally amazing recipe!

  21. These banana muffins were absolutely delicious. My granddaughter made them with a a bit of supervision. Her family loved them and so did I!

    We also made the strawberry cake….It rates 10 stars. Could not tell it was gluten free at all.

  22. GREAT recipe! I avoid DEGS (dairy, eggs, gluten, and processed sugar) for my wife and subbed 1to1 flour, egg replacer, and coconut sugar. Still a GREAT recipe. Mmm. Still warm w butter…yum! Thank you!

  23. Sooooo freaking good. However, I didn’t use vanilla and substituted the sugar for maple syrup. Bobs Red Mill 1-to-1 flour worked perfectly. I also baked for 26 minutes. Can’t wait to make these more often and try different add ins. Thinking strawberries and blueberries next time!

  24. These were so so delicious. I could not even tell they were gf and I’m a texture snob for sure. They were soft and fluffy and perfect and I could not be happier. Gluten free life isn’t so bad with recipes like this! Thank you so much!
    I used King Arthur measure for measure and let the batter sit before baking just to make sure the flour was hydrated and they wouldn’t turn out grainy (my biggest beef with gf baking) and like I said they were perfect!

  25. Yum! I cut back the sugar, used olive oil and ground bran buds and old fashioned oats for flour. This is a great recipe!

  26. After reading all the comments, I feel like a broken record, but these are the best ever muffins I have ever made! I think the secret is in adding the baking soda to the bananas to activate. Genius! How did you kcome up with that trick?

  27. Easy and quick recipe. I used chopped pecans instead of chocolate chips, refined coconut oil and a bit less than 1/2 C of coconut sugar. They are delicious. Thank you!

    1. I am so happy that you enjoyed them Claire! I recommend storing the muffins for up to 3 days and freezing for up to 3 months.

    2. These are good but they are gritty. I see that letting the batter rest before baking may be the answer?

  28. I just made these muffins. They were wonderful. So moist, not dry at all. Saving a couple for my daughter and a good friend who are also gluten free. I used gluten free 1-1 flour and added walnuts. Next time I will try the chocolate chips. This will definitely be my go to recipe. I will also check your other recipes. Thank you.

  29. YUM YUM! I used this recipe last night and it smelled so good. It was easy to make, instructions were concise and easy to follow. Had it this morning and my toddler has eaten 3 already!! Thanks so much for this!

  30. Just baked these yesterday. Recipe was concise and easy to follow. Loved the tips too! I am freezing them to serve for Christmas morning brunch, but tried one first. My not-gluten-free husband enjoyed one as well

  31. these turned out awesome!!! I made these last week and am terrible at saving recipes I wish to repeat, and then spend more time searching for the recipe than baking. I am not making these yet, but I had to come find the recipe and actually save it so it’s ready to go next time. Thank you!!!!!

  32. I used Country Crock vegan butter, Krustez gf ap flour, and omitted chocolate chips and they came out amazing. I’ll add walnuts next time!

  33. These were the best banana muffins, with or without gluten, I have ever baked. And I have baked quite a lot of banana muffins. My celiac and non-celiac family members all devoured them. Next time I will triple the recipe.

  34. Good base recipe with lots of options. I added chopped walnuts and raisins that were soaked in GrandMarnier. I love it that it makes 12 regular sized muffins. This is my first time at your website and I’ll be back.

  35. I used ghee instead of butter, maple syrup instead of granulated sugar, used King Arthur’s Gf flour, added blueberries and walnuts. They tasted amazing! I saved the recipe for future reference, thank you! 🙂 Also, my bf who is not on my restricted diet said they tasted great as well.

  36. It was a very tasty recipe and easy to make. That is my granddaughter’s review, as she made it. Out of four of us only one eats gluten free. All four of us really enjoyed the muffins. We used Robin Hood gluten free flour next time, if we can find it, we might try Pillsbury flour, although Robin Hood was good.

  37. These were simple, hearty banana muffins! They weren’t overly sweet, as I used about 1/4 less than the sugar called for which I like. I added 1/2 teaspoon of xanthan gum and a bunch of finely chopped walnuts. Cut in half with a little bit of butter, and it makes for a yummy snack. Love your recipes, thank you.

  38. These muffins do not disappoint! My gluten loving kiddos even enjoy these, which makes for a happy mama who can now bake for her kiddos again! Thanks for the great tips ie: let the baking soda sit with the bananas!

  39. These were perfect! After 13 years of cooking GF / DF, I have to say that your recipes are our hands-down favorites. Thank you so much for all that you do to bring smiles to our kitchen and our loved ones!

  40. Fabulous !!!! Maple syrup was a delicious substitute for sugar. This is now my go to banana muffin recipe