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Almond Butter Banana Nut Muffins


  • 3 ripe mashed bananas
  • ¼ cup almond butter or  your favorite nut/seed butter of choice
  • ½ cup turbinado sugar or 1/3 cup NuNaturals Stevia Baking Blend
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 ½ cups oat flour (I pulsed 2 cups old fashioned oats in my food processor)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt (omit if using salted nut butter)
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips
  • ½ cup chopped pecans


Mix first 5 ingredients until creamy.  Stir together oat flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Slowly add dry ingredients to banana mixture stirring to combine.  Stir in chocolate chips and pecans.  Bake at 350 degrees 18 – 20 minutes in paper lined or greased muffin pan.

Yield: 15 muffins.


87 Comments leave one →
  1. July 1, 2009 12:38 am

    Hi Heather! I am ADDICTED to these muffins! I keep wanting my bananas to get too ripe so I can have an excuse to make a batch of these. YUM!!! Thank you for sharing this recipe 🙂

  2. Felicia permalink
    July 24, 2009 5:33 pm

    I just wanted to say that I made these today and they are absolutely AMAZING! They came out sooo so good and moist- they were better then I expected! Thank you so much for sharing!

  3. November 7, 2009 5:04 pm

    Just baked these and WOW! Moist and amazing! I’m taking them to a party and really wishing I’d doubled the recipe!

  4. November 7, 2009 5:09 pm

    Stephanie, Sounds like your muffins turned out really well. I need to make these again soon – thanks for the reminder. Hope everyone at the party enjoys them. 🙂 Love, Heather

  5. November 14, 2009 11:25 pm

    Thank you so much for posting this recipe! I made these tonight and they were absolutely delicious. I love that the recipe does not call for any flour. I can’t wait to make these again.

  6. November 15, 2009 8:34 am

    Jennica, So glad you enjoyed them. 🙂

  7. stephanie permalink
    December 3, 2009 9:14 pm

    wait where is the stevia?

  8. December 3, 2009 9:16 pm

    Stephanie, This is an older recipe, and I subbed 1/3 cup stevia baking blend for the 1/2 cup turbinado sugar in my latest version of these muffins.

  9. Triple N Stephie permalink
    December 4, 2009 6:43 pm

    omg..these look so good…I want to try but unfortunately, some of the ingredients are too expensive 😦 like almond butter, stevia…Gosh but those really look so good.

  10. December 4, 2009 6:45 pm

    Triple N Stephie, Use peanut butter and regular sugar or peanut butter and applesauce. 🙂

  11. December 23, 2009 6:51 pm

    These look delicious! I’m definitely going to make them sometime soon, I’ve never baked with Almond Butter before and with bananas and dark chocolate chips in the mix, who could go wrong!?

    I just started my own blog, I’d be great if you checked it out sometime!


  12. December 23, 2009 7:01 pm

    Michelle, You’re right. You cannot go wrong with those ingredients. Enjoy! 🙂

  13. Mai permalink
    January 17, 2010 8:23 pm

    OMG, made these today, left them to cool while I went for my 10 mile run, thoughts of these motivating me through my run, came home and shoved one in my face and just about died of happiness.

    These are fantastic. Seriously my new favorite muffin. Did you make this recipe up? If so you are genius! If not where did you find it?

    Thanks for posting.

  14. January 18, 2010 7:27 am

    Mai, I believe I morphed several different muffin recipes I found online into one, and then subbed nut butter for the oil. Glad you enjoyed. 🙂

  15. February 8, 2010 6:31 am

    Heather, I made your muffins yesterday and they are amazingly good! Awesome recipe, love the use of almond butter on my muffins! Thanks!!!

  16. February 8, 2010 7:39 am

    Ana, So glad you enjoyed. 🙂

  17. Cindy permalink
    February 26, 2010 7:10 am

    I just made these and OMG they are sooo good! I’m trying to stay away from chocolate so I used carob chips. I’ll definitely be making them again.

  18. February 26, 2010 8:10 am

    Cindy, So glad you enjoyed!

  19. Mary Vaughan permalink
    April 18, 2010 9:48 am

    I just found out about this site but have foundit very interesting and I am looking for a way to lose weight desperately…….I am hoping this will work for me though I am disabled and exercise is limited I still hope it will work….I was wondering is there a diet list to follow and what is a serving size for these recipes and do you just eat one thing per meal…I have not figured it out yet but would like to before purchasing all the necessary ingredients as my money is limited…….Thanks for you help !!!

  20. April 18, 2010 10:27 am

    Mary Vaughan, I recently wrote a post for new readers that you might find helpful: I don’t recommend any certain diet or have any meal plans to offer you. What I do recommend is eating real whole foods while cutting out refined foods and sugar. I don’t include serving sizes or calorie counts for my recipes. They are not “diet” recipes by any means, but rather my own versions of of foods I like to eat. If you’re trying to lose weight, I would perhaps skip the muffins for a while. Focus on vegetables, meats, and some whole grains and never hesitate to email me with your questions. 🙂

  21. May 6, 2010 1:21 pm

    These look amazing and I can’t wait to bake some up this weekend! My only concern is the amount of carbs would it possible to only use only 1 or 2 banana’s and maybe add some banana extract? would I need to add additional liquid such as an extra egg or apple sauce?

  22. May 6, 2010 1:40 pm

    G, I would try fewer bananas and go with the apple sauce. Not sure about the banana extract – maybe stick with vanilla and or almond. Perhaps add extra cinnamon as well. 🙂 Please let me know how they turn out if you try them!

  23. May 9, 2010 11:00 am

    These are unbelievable! more like cake than a muffin!
    I used 2.5 bananas, 1c oat flour and 1/2c protein powder
    each one has Calories: 135.5, protein: 8, carbs: 15, fat:5

    I can’t wait to try more of your recipes!

  24. May 9, 2010 2:38 pm

    G, So glad you liked the muffins or cake I guess I should say. 🙂

  25. May 30, 2010 12:11 pm


    I just baked this muffins. They didn’t last 5 minutes…all gone! 😀
    I think I found one of my new 24 hour race food!
    I changed the recipe a bit, I used palatinosa instead sugar and I changed the oat flour to half-half oat bran and whole grain rye flour… (shame, can’t buy oat flour in the UK?!?!).
    It is amazing… yummmmmiiii 🙂

  26. May 30, 2010 12:31 pm

    SoloSzabi, So glad you liked the muffins! I always make my own oat flour – just pulse rolled oats in your blender or food processor. 🙂

  27. June 24, 2010 7:27 am

    Do you think I could find a substitute for the egg white to make these vegan? Would Ener-G egg replacer work maybe? These look SO good and I really want to try them!

  28. June 24, 2010 7:32 am

    Elizabeth, I’m not sure as I’ve never used Ener-G egg replacer, but I would either try that or 2 TBSP flax seed gelled in 2 TBSP water. Hope this helps, and please let me know if you try it. I’ll update the recipe with your vegan version adaption. 🙂

  29. June 24, 2010 7:34 am

    Elizabeth, Oops, I meant 2 TBSP flax seeds gelled in 1/4 cup water.

  30. Alex permalink
    July 13, 2010 2:22 pm


  31. July 13, 2010 3:42 pm

    Thanks Alex. 🙂

  32. Rachel permalink
    July 13, 2010 8:55 pm

    Hi Heather. I just baked these muffins (but 1/2 the recipe) and waiting for them to cool to try them :-). Thanks for the post. I was wondering….Do you use a basic formula for how much baking powder and baking soda you use per amount of flour? I am trying to come up with my own recipes for muffins and don’t even know where to start! Thanks


  33. July 14, 2010 6:29 am

    Rachel, Hope you enjoyed the muffins! Oh gosh, honestly, I have no idea how I came up with the baking powder baking soda ratios for this recipe. I probably just googled a bunch of other basic muffin recipes to see how much they used, and the amounts I chose worked. Sorry, I know that’s not much help, but I would just look at a other recipes to see what they use. So exciting you’re creating your own muffins. Please share if you come up with some good ones! 🙂 Sincerely, Heather

  34. gigi permalink
    August 6, 2010 4:42 pm

    these are life changing!

  35. August 7, 2010 7:36 am

    Gigi, Hehe – so glad you though so. 🙂

  36. August 29, 2010 9:33 am

    Hi HEAB, I was just looking for a good Banana Bread recipe…could these work as a Loaf/Bread too possibly. Or I might just do the muffins. Do they taste good? LOL – I’m bringing some to work and they have rather “typical” taste-buds ;). And, no oil in the recipe? I guess the bananas make up the mushiness?

  37. HEAB permalink*
    August 29, 2010 10:51 am

    I’m sure this recipe would turn out great in loaf form, but I’m not too sure about the baking time.

    I also think your coworkers would really enjoy them, and the nut butter makes up for the missing fat from the oil.

  38. August 29, 2010 11:51 am

    Of course – the nut butter – duhhhhh….didn’t think about that 😉

  39. Michelle permalink
    September 1, 2010 4:18 pm

    Just found this recipe and they look delish!! I have never tried almond butter and after seeing how much you love it i bought a jar today! I AM ADDICTED! I LOVE IT!

  40. Michelle permalink
    September 1, 2010 4:20 pm

    Can you make a big batch and freeze these?

  41. HEAB permalink*
    September 1, 2010 4:22 pm

    So happy to hear you are addicted to almond butter. That’s like music to my ears. 🙂

    Enjoy the muffins, and yes, they freeze quite well!

  42. Christa permalink
    October 27, 2010 6:46 pm

    just made these delicious muffins… they are SO good, and hubby approved! Indian spiced pancakes are on the menu for tomorrow’s breakfast, I can’t wait!

  43. HEAB permalink*
    October 27, 2010 6:55 pm

    So glad both you and the hubby enjoyed. That makes me happy, and I can’t wait for you to try the Indian spiced pancakes. Those were so good!!! 🙂

  44. Molly permalink
    November 12, 2010 11:06 am

    I topped mine with some rock cane sugar.. They were awesome! I wish there was a little more banana though.. and I added nuts. SO all in all I modified it just a little and it turned out fabulous.

    Antique Jewelry

  45. tommy permalink
    December 7, 2010 10:15 pm

    These muffins are really delicious. My kids just can’t of them while nibbling a bunch on our hanamint patio furniture.

  46. emily permalink
    January 29, 2011 12:50 pm

    i’ve tried them in a loaf pan as i didn’t have muffin pans. i stupidly forgot that i needed to lengthen the time 😦 and i’m a student so i sat stupidly in the common kitchen for eons 😦

    but they do lend well to adaptation and they do taste well 🙂

  47. January 29, 2011 3:02 pm

    I’ve made them both ways and love them – a stand-by recipe for sure that can be “trusted” to be good. LOL about the oven – did you smell it though? That’s usually how I know when they’re in their too long…the smell gets really strong – good smell – but browned muffins for sure!

  48. Cari permalink
    January 31, 2011 9:26 am

    A couple of quick questions if you have time:
    Can you use the liquid vanilla stevia drops instead of the dry stevia (thats all I have at the moment) and can you use quick oats instead of the old fashioned to make your own oat flour? Thanks so much!! I love your site. It has really helped me become more creative in the kitchen as I have no skill. = )

  49. HEAB permalink*
    January 31, 2011 10:21 am

    Yes, you could probably use the stevia drops & maybe add a little applesauce or pumpkin as well to help with texture. Also, yes quick cooking oats should work just fine. Enjoy and thanks for reading HEAB! 🙂

  50. lola permalink
    February 23, 2011 12:04 am

    omg that was the best tasting muffins ever i made them and took them to a get together and everyone LOVED them so much. one person said tell me next time you make those.oh and go on my blog.[]

  51. April 10, 2011 3:51 pm

    I just made these with homemade peanut butter with peanut butter and chocolate chips. YUM! My hubby love love loved them (which is amazing since he normally scoffs at my love of peanut butter!) and I have a feeling they won’t last 48 hours around here 😛

  52. HEAB permalink*
    April 10, 2011 4:09 pm

    So happy to hear the muffins were a hit…and if it makes you feel any better, they never last more than 48 hours in our house. 🙂

  53. Kerry permalink
    April 12, 2011 1:21 pm

    WOW! I made these yesterday and I also made coconut butter today for the first time! Both came out amazing. I have a feeling I will be making them over and over again! Thanks for the great recipes 🙂

  54. Alexandra permalink
    May 16, 2011 11:12 pm

    One word: amazing.
    That really does sum it all up!

  55. HEAB permalink*
    May 17, 2011 9:34 am

    So glad you liked the muffins. 🙂

  56. Kristi permalink
    September 16, 2012 11:08 pm

    I tried sweetening these with 1/2 cup of dates that I ran through the food processor. It worked really well! However, I think dates have fructose in them, so stevia might ultimately be a better choice.
    Oh, and I used a whole egg rather than one white…just easier that way.

  57. HEAB permalink*
    September 17, 2012 1:16 pm

    Fructose aside, I bet your date sweetened muffins were delicious. 🙂

  58. February 23, 2013 11:57 pm

    Really Tasty! Just tried this recipe and they were a hit. Love your blog!

    I did a vs. post on my blog

  59. HEAB permalink*
    February 24, 2013 12:28 pm

    Thanks for reading C, and happy to hear you liked the muffins. 🙂

  60. mel permalink
    March 6, 2013 2:55 am

    wow love these made them twice now .. gonna try them..with grated carrot and cinnamon instead of chocolate chips next time … addicted

  61. HEAB permalink*
    March 6, 2013 8:21 am

    Hi Mel, so glad you enjoyed the muffins. I’ll have to try adding carrots next time. I’m on a carrot kick these days, and that sounds delicious…maybe with some raisins too. Would cream cheese icing be too much? 😉

  62. Mel permalink
    March 6, 2013 9:27 am

    Oooh that sounds lovely

  63. Tessa permalink
    January 11, 2014 6:22 pm

    These are fantastic! I substituted walnuts for the pecans, only because that’s what I had in my cupboard. And I left out the chocolate chips since I was aiming for a good school snack for my kids. Even with the slight changes, these are absolutely delicious and so simple to make. Thanks!

  64. January 12, 2014 4:58 am

    Hi Tessa,
    I’m so glad you liked them. Hope the kids did as well. 🙂

  65. July 3, 2014 12:35 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever written in to comment on a recipe before but these muffins were loved by the whole family: from 1 year old on up to parents. The oat flour lends such a nice texture and the almond butter – banana – chocolate chip blend brings a nice complexity of flavour. And I like that they’re filled with protein and not too sweet. Yum!

  66. July 5, 2014 8:08 am

    Thanks AJ,
    I’m honored to be the recipient of your first recipe comment and happy to hear the muffins were loved by the whole family. 🙂

  67. Anusha permalink
    September 1, 2014 3:23 pm

    Made these with the suggested 2 tablespoons of flax powder and 1/4 cup of water instead of egg white and it came out perfect! Baked it at 335 for 21 mins and left it in the hot oven for 5 more minutes before taking them out. Was very light and fluffy and the perfect sweetness ! I did substitute chopped dates for the choco chips, brown sugar instead of turbinado and walnuts instead of pecans. Made 12 regular size muffins for me. Thank you for a wonderful recipe. 🙂

  68. September 1, 2014 7:18 pm

    Your version sounds delicious. Love the idea of using brown sugar, and you can never go wrong with chopped dates. Going to try your swaps next time I make this recipe. So thank YOU! 🙂


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