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As a baker who has been gluten free since 2006, I have tested and perfected the best gluten free banana muffins that I am so excited to share with you! With gorgeous bakery style domed tops, no one will ever know these are gluten free!

This recipe rocks!!! OMG the best tasty moist GF muffins I have made in a long time! Thank you!

-Daniella
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You’ll Love this Delicious and Moist Banana Muffin Recipe

Back in 2006 when I found out I have a gluten intolerance, the gluten free world was limited to ENER-G bread. Anyone else remember how disgusting and hard that was? 

I’m thankful there have been so many gluten free food developments over the years.

I specifically remember when Cheerios launched gluten free cheerios, I was hunting the stores for weeks until I finally found them. I bought a box, walked out to the parking lot, immediately opened it and started eating them. 

Now there are so many gluten free products, but you definitely still need to weed through them and decide what’s actually good.

If you love muffins as much as I do, be sure to try our blueberry muffins and rich chocolate muffins.

Ingredients for Gluten Free Banana Muffins

These simple ingredients make the best gluten free banana muffins! Keep scrolling to get the full measurements and instructions in the recipe card below.

  • mashed bananas: adds banana flavor and moisture
  • vegetable oil: adds fat and moisture 
  • granulated sugar: adds sweetness and flavor
  • egg: binds the batter together by providing structure
  • vanilla extract: adds flavor
  • gluten free all purpose flour: flour is necessary to build structure, I recommend using King Arthur’s Gluten Free All Purpose Flour
  • baking soda and baking powder: helps to leaven and lift the batter
  • cinnamon: banana muffins benefits from cinnamon!
  • salt: just a pinch to balance the sweetness and enhances the other flavors
  • optional nuts or semi-sweet chocolate chips: the best pairing with banana muffins!

Have extra bananas in your kitchen? Make banana pancakes! They are only three ingredients!

GF Banana Muffins Substitutions

This recipe is naturally dairy free, so no substitutions need to be made.

If you’re looking to make this recipe egg-free to make it vegan friendly, you could try using an egg substitute such as Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free egg replacer or using a flax egg substitute. I have not personally tested these methods.

The Best Flour for Gluten Free Banana Muffins

I’ve seen a lot and tried a lot of different kinds of gluten free flours since 2006. The one that I personally like the best based on taste and texture is King Arthur Measure for Measure Gluten Free All Purpose Flour. 

However, any high quality gluten free all purpose flour will work in this recipe.

How to Make Gluten Free Banana Muffins

  1. In a mixing bowl combine the mashed bananas, vegetable oil, eggs and vanilla extract. Stir to combine with a spatula.
  2. In a separate bowl combine the flour, granulated sugar, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
  3. Gradually mix in the dry ingredients, mixing by hand just until combined. The batter will be thick.
  4. Cover the bowl with a towel and allow the batter to rest for 15 minutes. During this time, preheat the oven to 425ºF.
  5. For bakery style muffin tops, line a 12 count muffin pan with 6 muffins liners, meaning you’ll only fill every other muffin well with batter. Fill the liners super full with batter, about 6-8 heaping tablespoons. Top the muffins with additional nut pieces and sanding sugar.
  6. Place one pan in the center of the oven and bake for 7 minutes at 425ºF, then keep the muffins in the oven, and turn the temperature down to 350ºF and bake for 13-16 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow the muffins to cool in the pan for 15 minutes before removing. Repeat with the remaining batter, bumping the temperature back up to 425ºF.

Total time required

  • 10 minutes to prep the batter
  • 15 minute rest (this helps produce domed tops!)
  • bake for 7 minutes at 425º
  • bake for 13-16 minutes at 350º

Moist Banana Muffin Recipe Variations

There are so many things you can add to banana muffins to create different flavor variations.

  • Chocolate Chips or Chunks: Add semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips or chunks for a delightful and classic combination with bananas.
  • Nuts: Chopped walnuts, pecans, or almonds add a lovely crunchy, nutty flavor to the muffins.
  • Berries: Fresh or frozen berries like blueberries, raspberries, or strawberries can add a burst of color and fruity sweetness.
  • Coconut Flakes: Toasted coconut flakes bring a tropical twist and a slightly chewy texture to the muffins.
  • Cinnamon or Spice: Sprinkle in some ground cinnamon or other warming spices like nutmeg or cloves to enhance the banana flavor.
  • Peanut Butter: Swirl in some peanut butter for a delightful blend of flavors with the bananas.
  • Crumb Topping: Create a crumb topping with a mixture of flour, butter, sugar, and cinnamon for a crumbly, sweet finish.

Tips for making this Moist Banana Muffin Recipe

How to Properly Measure Flour

The most accurate way to measure flour is to use a kitchen scale, weighing it in grams. 

If you don’t have a kitchen scale, follow this method. 

  • Aerate the flour with a whisk or spoon. Flour becomes heavy and compact as it sits. Aerating is the same as fluffing the flour, but not the same as sifting it. Do not sift the flour unless the recipe specifically calls for it.
  • Use a spoon to sprinkle the flour into the measuring cup. Do not tap the cup against the counter, as this will compact the flour.
  • Use the back of a butter knife to level off the excess.

How to Mash Bananas

Any good gluten free banana muffin starts with ripe or (even better) over ripe bananas! 

You want to mash the bananas well. Use a potato masher, electric mixer or blender for this step. You need about 1 heaping cup of mashed bananas.

It’s important to actually measure the mashed banana since bananas vary so much in size. 

If you don’t have ripe or over ripe bananas on hand, you can quickly ripen bananas in the oven.

How to Quickly Ripen Bananas

Spotty, over ripe bananas make the best banana muffins! If your bananas aren’t ripe, you can fix that! 

Place the bananas on a foil lined baking sheet in a 300ºF oven for 30-40 minutes, until the peels become black and shiny. Roasting them in the oven causes them to become sweet and mushy.

gluten free banana chocolate chip muffins in metal muffin pan

How to Create Bakery Style Muffins

Bakery style muffins are known for their domed tops. Plus who doesn’t love them? I used a few techniques to help “lift” these muffins so they would have large, domed tops!

1. The Rest Period

Let the batter rest for 15 minutes after it’s mixed and before you scoop it into the muffin pan. During the resting period, starch molecules in the flour are absorbing the liquid in the batter, causing them to swell and giving the batter a thicker consistency (ref the kitchen whisper). Our 15 minute rest is just a quick rest. 

2. Fill Every Other Muffin Cup

This tip has been a game changer! For bakery style muffin tops, line a 12 count muffin pan with 6 muffin liners, meaning you’ll only fill every other muffin well with batter. Filling every other cup allows the muffins to spread and dome without running into each other. This technique also encourages the muffins to brown, creating a golden muffin top.

3. Fill Them To The Top

Fill your muffin liners to the top with batter. Yes, this goes against everything you’re heard but it’s important in helping the muffin gain that height.

4. Bake at High Temperature Initially

Bake the muffins at a high temperature (425ºF) initially, then lower to 350ºF. Starting the muffins off at a higher temperature causes the batter to rise rapidly, setting the outer surface of the muffin, producing a dome shape.

Storing and Freezing Muffins

Muffin Storage

If you’ll be eating the muffins within 24 hours of baking, you can leave them uncovered on the counter. The muffins will not dry out while left at room temperature for 1 day. 

In fact, muffins are so moist they can become soggy and those crunchy, sugary tops can disappear when stored in an airtight container.

But I have a trick to help that – paper towels. 

For longer storage, 2-4 days, line the bottom of an airtight container with paper towels. Place the muffins in a single layer in the container then cover the muffins with any additional layer of paper towels. The paper towels will act like a sponge, absorbing the moisture they release while they are stored. 

If the paper towels become too moist around day 2 or day 3, replace them with fresh paper towels. 

How To Freeze Muffins

Individually wrap each muffin in plastic wrap. Then place them in a ziploc bag or airtight container and place in the freezer for up to 3 months.

To thaw, leave them at room temperature until defrosted, about 1 hour. Or unwrap them and microwave at 20 second intervals until defrosted.

banana muffins with chocolate chips on white plate

GF Banana Muffins FAQs

What type of gluten free flour should I use?

I recommend using a high quality gluten free all purpose flour. I used King Arthur’s Gluten Free All Purpose Flour.

Can I use this recipe to make banana bread?

To make gluten free banana bread, follow our banana bread recipe and substitute gluten free all purpose flour for the regular all purpose flour.

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Gluten Free Banana Muffins

By: Beth
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Resting Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 12
As a baker who has been gluten free since 2006, I have tested and perfected the best gluten free banana muffins that I am so excited to share with you! With gorgeous bakery style domed tops, no one will ever know these are gluten free!

Ingredients

  • 4-6 large ripe bananas, about 2 cups mashed, be sure to measure the mashed banana
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups gluten free all purpose flour, I recommend King Arthur’s Gluten Free All Purpose Flour, 360 grams
  • 1 ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, optional

Instructions 

  • Mash 4-6 bananas, then measure out 2 cups using dry measuring cups, not liquid measuring cups. It’s important to measure the banana since the size of each banana can vary so much.
  • In a mixing bowl combine the mashed bananas, vegetable oil, eggs and vanilla extract. Stir to combine with a spatula. 
  • In a separate bowl combine the flour, granulated sugar, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. If adding chocolate chips, mix them in now. 
  • Gradually mix the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing by hand just until combined. The batter will be thick.
  • Cover the bowl with a towel and allow the batter to rest for 15 minutes. During this time, preheat the oven to 425ºF.
  • Fill the liners super full with batter, about 6-8 heaping tablespoons. Top the muffins with extra chocolate chips and sanding sugar. Place one pan in the center of the oven and bake for 7 minutes at 425ºF, then keep the muffins in the oven, and turn the temperature down to 350ºF and bake for 13-16 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow the muffins to cool in the pan for 15 minutes before removing. Repeat with the remaining batter, bumping the temperature back up to 425ºF.

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Notes

It’s important to measure the mashed banana since bananas vary so much in size. 

Nutrition

Calories: 448kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 307mg | Potassium: 267mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 105IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 2mg
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49 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Love  these wonderful muffins 👌🏻I used cup4cup and they turned out wonderful. I certainly will be making them again. Thanks for the recipe. Angela from Alberta 

  2. Would it be okay to make this recip with Oat Flour?
    Would the substituting of the flour have a dramatic change to the flavor profile?

  3. 5 stars
    I’ve been making a lot of banana zucchini muffins recently as a quick breakfast/snack option, and I tried this recipe for the first time. I have never achieved so much height in my muffins before! Really happy with these and will be making again. I subbed some of the banana for shredded zucchini (be sure to squeeze the liquid out before adding) and they turned out great!

  4. Does the 13-16 minutes start when the temp gets down to 350? Or does it start once you TURN it down to 350?