Sprinkle granola on these Gluten free Banana Muffins for some crunch!

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The original recipe for these banana muffins was one of the first successful gluten free muffins I made and at that time I made it with just white rice flour. I had made many batches of muffins with disappointing results; a gritty texture, an unusual taste and even weird shapes. Finally it was satisfying to have a reliable, nice tasting and nice looking muffin.

Over time I continued to make these banana muffins. As I gained more gluten free baking experience I wanted to improve them for two reasons:

  • They were a little too delicate to stay together in my lunch bag.
  • They didn’t stand up to freezing as well as muffins made with wheat flour.

As I learned more about the properties of different flours and starches I experimented. I tried them with and without xanthan gum (a binder) and I accidentally baked them at 350°F (the default setting for my oven). I still make that mistake but I know they brown nicest and cooks fully at a slightly lower temperature.

Experiment To Learn

This updated version for my banana muffins is a basic recipe that is ideal for experimenting. I’ve written it with that in mind and I encourage you to experiment. Substitute two tablespoons of any flour you have. As you gain confidence try substituting ¼ cup or more of different flours. Make notes of what you did and how they turned out.

Beyond The Basics

There is so much to learn about gluten free baking and especially all the gluten free flour options available. My advice is don’t worry about it, just bake with what you know today. Pay attention to what you read and hear but most importantly, pay attention to your results. At the end of the day it’s you eating most of what you bake.

If you’re keen to know more about all the gluten free flours this is how I learned. I wrote a yearlong blog post series using all the different flours in my kitchen. Over the year I learned a lot and as a result I’m more confident substituting as needed.

The first post in my yearlong blog series is titled, How To Use Rice Flour in Gluten Free Baking. At the bottom of each of the 12 blog posts you’ll find links to all the rest of them. So if you’re ready to learn more chose a flour each month and do some experibaking!

Store Bought vs Homemade Gluten Free Flour

Store bought gluten free flour mixes are a lifesaver for many so don’t shy away from them. I decided to stick with the basics so I don’t buy flour blends, I just make my own. When I first began to cook I realized the ingredients for even a simple pancake recipe were already in my kitchen so I avoided prepared mixes and just mix my own. The move to gluten free changes everything so do what’s right for you. I have a cupboard full of different flours and starches so I cook and experiment with what I have.

If you’re interested in making your own blends I use a combination of 40% whole grain flour (sorghum and millet) and 60% starch (sweet rice flour and potato starch). My recipe post (originally called a gluten free flour mix but more accurately renamed EGFG flour blend), has tips on making, organizing and storing a flour mix. This video shows you how I do it.

Baking By Weight

In my blog post titled Baking by Weight, I talk about the accuracy of using a scale and weighing your flour. This is a great option if you are still struggling to produce excellent baked goods. The problem is, most recipes give cup measurements. I learned to bake using cups so that’s how I write my recipes but I do use a digital kitchen scale to make my flour mix. This ensures accurately so the mix is consistently the same. This step is super easy yet getting set up is the key and takes work. You can see how I do all that in the video above.

Kids in the Kitchen

If your kids love eating these banana muffins be sure to let them help. Young children love to put paper liners in muffin tins, measure flour and chocolate chips, crack eggs and mash bananas. This is a wonderful way to spend a Saturday morning and you will be sure to create some lasting childhood memories. If you’re lucky, you will eventually have someone making muffins for you.

Everyday to Gourmet – Banana Muffins

I love to transform an everyday recipe into something ‘gourmet’. When doubled and baked in a bundt pan this muffin recipe makes a beautiful dessert. Technically cake is different from muffins but for my everyday style of cooking, this Banana Bundt Cake with Chocolate Glaze or cream cheese icing is definitely a winner. 

PIN Banana Muffins for later…

A basic banana muffin recipe that can be made into a beautiful Banana Bundt Cake.
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Get The Tools

Many people struggle with baking. Every oven is different, standard baking pans vary and even your kitchen temperature and humidity can affect the outcome of baked goods. These are just some of the factors that challenge us everyday home cooks. But when you bake something that turns out, you know the joy of baking.

My advice is to buy quality bakeware, not the most expensive but not the cheapest either. Many baking pans and tools will last decades. Then it’s up to you to get in the kitchen, bake up a storm, make a few notes and keep your favourite recipes. Here are a few tools for baking muffins:

I’d love to hear if you liked this recipe or how you adjusted it. Let me know in the comments below.


More Muffin Recipes

Double Chocolate Banana Bread made with chickpea flour.
Double Chocolate Banana Bread -photo credit Jim Little

Ingredients

DRY INGREDIENTS
1¼ cup GF flour (I use my EGFG flour blend*)
2 Tbsp oat flour, almond flour or any flour you are learning about
½ cup sugar
¾ tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp xanthan gum
¼ tsp salt
¼ cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
WET INGREDIENTS
3 ripe bananas
2 eggs
¼ cup vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
(*EGFG flour blend: 300g sweet rice flour, 300g potato starch, 200g sorghum flour, 200g millet flour)

Directions

1
Preheat oven to 325°F. Prepare muffin tins with paper liners or brush with oil.
2
Combine dry ingredients in a bowl. Set aside.
3
In another bowl mash bananas, add other wet ingredients and mix thoroughly.
4
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until combined. Do not over mix.
5
Fill muffin cups ¾ full. Bake for 22-24 minutes, a bit longer than “until a toothpick inserted comes out clean”. Cool slightly before eating. Cool completely on wire rack before storing. They freeze well.

6 Comments

  • Susy Baron Spiro says:

    Hello I’m new to all this. My son who loves all kind of muffins has just been diagnosed as having a major nickel allergy as well as being gluten free. I’m a loss as to what to bake with. Any suggestions?

    Thank you!

    Susy

    • Cinde Little says:

      Hi Susy, it is always overwhelming to start on a gluten free diet. The good news is that there are lots of people and resources to help you get started. I make my own gluten free flour but it takes time to learn about the options and find what you like. I suggest you try some simple muffin recipes with a store bought gluten free flour blend. Buy small quantities to start as you learn what your son likes and doesn’t like. Also, use recipes that are written for gluten free flour first, you can learn to adjust old favourite recipes later. Use the magnifying glass in the top right hand corner of every page on my website to SEARCH. Here is the link to my MUFFIN RECIPE ROUND UP here. https://everydayglutenfreegourmet.ca/2020/03/27/recipe-round-up-gluten-free-muffins/ The nickel allergy will also take time to learn about so be sure to access all the medical resources available to you. You should also have support from a dietician who specializes in celiac disease to ensure your son is getting proper nutrition as you learn about avoiding foods with gluten and nickel. AllergicLiving.com is also a credible resource for people with allergies and their recipes are free of the top allergens. Best of luck!

  • Joeli says:

    Can these be done with honey/agave/maple instead of white sugar? Just curious because if so, these would be PERFECT!!

    • Cinde Little says:

      Hi Joeli, You can definitely substitute, it will just take a few tries to perfect it and these are 4 tips to get there. 1) use less honey than sugar (I’d start with ⅓ cup); 2) reduce the liquid; 3) add more baking soda (could increase to ¾ tsp) and 4) lower oven temperature by 25°C. I recommend starting with one adjustment at a time and making good notes. I also think I’d start with honey first. I can’t wait to hear what you learn so share it here if you remember!

  • Shelley Zingerella says:

    I liked these muffins because they were very soft and fluffy-like. Good tasting.

    • Cinde Little says:

      Thanks for letting me know they worked for you Shelley. I make these all the time and sometimes substitute some amount of a different flour either to use it up or try it out. Happy Baking!

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Ingredients

Directions

  • DRY INGREDIENTS
  • 1¼ cup GF flour (I use my EGFG flour blend*)
  • 2 Tbsp oat flour, almond flour or any flour you are learning about
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¾ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp xanthan gum
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
  • WET INGREDIENTS
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • (*EGFG flour blend: 300g sweet rice flour, 300g potato starch, 200g sorghum flour, 200g millet flour)
  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Prepare muffin tins with paper liners or brush with oil.
  2. Combine dry ingredients in a bowl. Set aside.
  3. In another bowl mash bananas, add other wet ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until combined. Do not over mix.
  5. Fill muffin cups ¾ full. Bake for 22-24 minutes, a bit longer than “until a toothpick inserted comes out clean”. Cool slightly before eating. Cool completely on wire rack before storing. They freeze well.