Banana, Date & Walnut Muffins

Banana muffins aren’t usually associated with the words ‘sugar-free’ and ‘gluten-free’ but here at JSHealth, we like to do things a little differently. If you didn’t already know, we believe that indulgence plays an important role in living a healthy life. With this in mind, we whipped up these delicious muffins. They’ve got the flavour profile you’d find in a banana cake, with none of the nasties that are going to derail your health goals. Oh, and did we mention they’re a perfect grab-and-go snack for work or school lunches?


Banana, Date & Walnut Muffins 

Mades: 10-12 muffins


  • 2 cups almond meal
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup dates, pitted and chopped
  • 2-3 ripe bananas, plus extra slices for the topping
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 3/4 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds, for the topping


  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C. Line a muffin tray with cupcake liners.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the almond meal, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
  3. In a food processor, combine the dates, bananas, eggs and coconut oil. Blitz until they’ve formed a smooth consistency.
  4. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and stir to combine. Once combined, fold through the nuts. Spoon the mixture into the muffin tray. Top with chia seeds and banana slices.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until cooked through. To test if the muffins are cooked, insert a skewer. If it comes out clean, the muffins are cooked. Serve warm with a dollop of almond butter or ricotta cheese on the side.


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  • Paula

    Hi Jessica,
    Love all the great info and recipes on your website. Just made the banana, date and walnut muffins above but am not sure about the 180 degree baking temperature for 25 minutes. I am in the Boston, MA area and they are still doughy after 25-35 minutes and I followed the recipe exactly. Any suggestions?

    Look forward to hearing from you!

    • Hi Paula,

      So glad you made them.

      180 degrees = 356 farenheit

      Does that help?

      • Paula

        Yes for C to F conversion, it helps. when I wrote the
        post, changed the temp when I realized I needed to go to F.

        did use 325 at the time, but they came out ok and everyone enjoyed them.

        next time will be perfect!

  • Paula

    Opps, may have the answer. You are 180 degree Celsius which would be 325 F for us.
    Maybe I can save them!

  • Phobe Hill

    I made these heavenly little babies…I must say they taste AMAZING!!! Even my boyfriend liked them, now that’s saying something considering he’s a coke and Doritos kinda guy =D

    • I am so glad he enjoyed them :)!!!

  • Alice

    Instead of almond meal would I be able to use gluten free all-purpose flour? Thanks!!!!

  • jaclyn leong

    They’re baking in the oven now !! So excited 🙂

  • Sophy

    My muffins are very gooey on the inside still — any idea why??

    • Hmmm perhaps you need to cook them a little longer- or use less liquid next time

  • Jo

    These muffins are beautiful! My husband can’t eat eggs, so I replace with chia seeds and they taste moist and delicious 🙂 not one nasty in these 🙂 🙂 I LOVE your use of dates for the sweetness! Thanks for your recipe!

    • So happy you enjoyed 🙂

  • Kim

    Dear jessica,

    Is almond meal like flour or is it more almond powder?


  • Jenny p.

    Hi, what can I use instead of eggs?

    • chia seeds or flaxseeds could work

    • Jo

      Hi Jenny, I’ve made them with Chia seeds and they turned out delicious! 1tbs + 3tbs water per 1 egg. Grind up the chia seeds (you can use black chia as you won’t see them in the muffin) and add the water to make a gooey paste. I prefer them with chia over egg, they seem to turn out more moist 🙂

  • Jennifer

    I just made these with my 2 year old and they are delicious thanks for the recipe

  • Chloe

    Yum I just made these and had them with some ricotta and raw honey! So delicious

  • Karen

    These are an amazing little muffin. I’ve finally found a recipe with just goodies that even my 11 m/o can have. Your recipes are very inspiring. Keep up the good work!!

  • Zoodles

    yummy yummy yummy! thanks jshealth

  • Cathy

    Can we freeze these? How long can they stay in the fridge?

    • Yes you can freeze them! Probably 4-5 days in the fridge 🙂

  • alex

    Are we able to freeze these muffins?

  • Kat

    Delish! I made this recipe into a loaf & gobbled down with homemade blueberry & chia jam.

  • Tanya

    Hi Jessica.

    What could I use instead of dates?


    • Hi Tanya! Just omit the dates and add a little extra sweetener (maple syrup or stevia). Otherwise you could add some chopped apple or figs if you want that fruity flavour!

  • summer

    Hi Jessica
    I made these muffins last night but noticed there was no sugar in the receipe, I added about 1tbs of fructose and they came out tasting just right, I then ate one with greek yoghurt on top. Delicious.

  • Hey Jess, I just made these and they turned out so well!! So easy and really delicious. i was looking for something to do with bananas that i would almost need to throw away and you came to the rescue. Thanks! x

  • Hi – are you using fresh or dried dates? Does it matter? Thanks 🙂

    • Dried medjool dates work best 🙂

  • Kelly

    Ive just done a big overhaul on my diet and trying to find things to bake with no sugar in them was hard until I came across your website and these beautifully delicious muffins. I baked them last night and they came out better than I expected! I Love them 🙂
    I’ll be making more items from your recipes

    Ps: I’ve got some of your Bircher muesli recipe brewing in the fridge hehe.
    Thankyou for making our lives easier and fun to cook still.

  • Just made these and they are fantastic! So simple and delicious!

  • Sabrina

    Thanks for the recipe. We changed out the almond meal for spelt flour and didn’t have any nuts in the house so used a small amount of oats instead. I only had 5 dates, so I added half a pear and some finely chopped ginger and they were a real hit! My 1 year old loved them… /thanks for the inspiration!

  • Jane

    Can I use something instead of dates? Or just omit them? I don’t mind if the muffins aren’t as sweet…

    • If you don’t mind them not being as sweet, you should be fine to omit the dates! Love Jess xx

  • Jane

    Can I use hazelnut meal instead of almond?

  • Asli

    Hi Jessica! Im gonna try your recipe and I’m so exciting! 🙂
    Can i use maple syrup instead of dates? If yes, how many tbsp of the syrup for 1 cup dates?

    • Hi Asli, I prefer to use dates but I’m sure you could use pure maple syrup. Mix all the ingredients together and add maple syrup gradually to taste xx

  • Xenia

    I actually bake this as bread and do not add dates as bananas are quite sweet already… I also cut one banana rather than blend it in the food processor – it adds texture! Amazingly quick and easy and very versatile recipe!!

  • Thanks so much for this recipe. OMG delish! Nice and easy too. Tasty and moist.

  • Charlotte

    Hi Jessica
    I was wondering whether these muffins freeze well?

    • Hi Charlotte! Yes these are perfect to freeze!

  • Hi Jess I have made these a few times now and every batch it just as good as the last. Always moist and tasty, my husband loves them. They don’t last very long at all!

  • Cheryl

    Hi Jessica, This may be an oldie but definitely a goodie!! Had a few ‘sad’ bananas & instead of freezing, today made these muffins & they are truly delicious.
    Your recipes are easy, quick & great. Thank you x

  • Danielle

    These are amazingly tasty! I had only a few tablespoons of almond meal so had to substitute in coconut and arrowroot flour. I used 2/3 cup of each and after mixing in the wet ingredients to the dry, I slowly added my homemade coconut milk until it was the proper consistency (about 1/2 cup). The coconut flour can really dry out the recipe so be careful. Skimped and only used 4 of the dates because my bananas were extra sweet (black;). Also, added vanilla extract cause I love that vanilla taste in my baked goods. Overall, a success!

    Thanks for always inspiring Jess!! Your recipes are superb!

  • Jacqui

    Hi Jess! These taste amazing! I was wondering if they can be frozen?

  • Monica Sammon

    These are really yummy and very easy. I make them all the time, freeze them and take them to work.

  • Tanya

    Hi, can I use whole wheat flour in place of the almond meal?

    • Hi Tanya! I haven’t tried it personally but it should work! Just make sure you adjust the liquid amount, as wholewheat flour isn’t as moist as almond meal 🙂

  • hira zahid

    Can we add wholewheat flour instead of almond meal as well?

    • Hi Hira, That should work fine, it will just be a slightly different consistency. Enjoy x

  • Neha Sharma

    Great article. I really appreciate you hard work. These is best website I had ever seen

  • Rubina Janmohammad

    Hi, is one muffin every morning for breakfast okay?

    • Hi Rubina,
      Enjoy these for breakfast a couple times a week, they’d go great with a green smoothie to max out nutrients for the morning!



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