Banana, Date and Walnut Muffins

Healthy (Sugar Free) Banana, Date & Walnut Muffins

Gluten-free and paleo friendly… the perfect healthy treat!!

These would be a great addition to your kids school lunch box or a warmed up afternoon tea ย snack! Put a dollop of almond butter or ricotta cheese on top for the protein and fat boost…delicious!

Ingredients:

Makes 10-12 muffins

  • 2 cups almond meal
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 2-3 ripe bananas
  • 1 cup dates, pitted and chopped
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted.
  • 3/4 cup walnuts, chopped/crushed
  • pinch of sea salt

Method:

  1. Preheat oven on bake to 180 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, combine almond meal, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
  3. In a food processor, combine dates, bananas, eggs and oil.
  4. Add mixture from food processor to dry mixture in the large bowl and combine thoroughly.
  5. Fold in nuts.
  6. Spoon mixture into paper lined muffin tins.
  7. Top with chia seeds and banana slices
  8. Bake for ย 25 minutes.
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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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Sophy

    Hi,
    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 ๐Ÿ™‚ not one nasty in these ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ I LOVE your use of dates for the sweetness! Thanks for your recipe!

    • So happy you enjoyed ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kim

    Dear jessica,

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

    Greetz

    • almond meal flour ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jenny p.

    Hi, what can I use instead of eggs?
    Thanks!

    • 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  • alex

    Hi!
    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?

    Thanks!

    • 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Dried medjool dates work best ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 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 ๐Ÿ™‚
    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! ๐Ÿ™‚
    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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