Grain, Diary, & Sugar Free Banana Muffins

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UPDATE 6/26/15: Okay, so before you read this recipe, please note that in the past 2 years my understanding of Whole30 has DRASTICALLY improved. I know that the following recipe is not a Whole30 approved option as it is what some people call SWYPO (sex with your pants on). Please proceed forward with the understanding that this recipe is a great one – but not necessarily during a Whole30 challenge. One very important aspect of Whole30 is to get away from paleo-fied foods, such as baked goods, desserts, etc. This recipe is great breakfast option for after your Whole30 if you find that baked goods are not a stumbling block for you. Now, proceed with fair warning :)

We are not dieters. We don’t jump on the bandwagon of fad diets simply because they. don’t. work. Josh and I have however, realized how awful we’ve been at eating well rounded meals and that food may actually have a pretty big impact on our bodies and well being. Duh.

This past week we started the Whole30 Program, which is basically Paleo but with a few more restrictions for 30 days. The key things they tell you to avoid are added sugar, alcohol, grains, legumes, dairy, white potatoes, and preservatives of any kind. The idea of the whole thing is to focus on eating real food – meat, veggies, fruits, eggs, nuts, etc. – and reset your “relationship”  with food. I don’t see either Whole30 or Paleo as diets, but rather a lifestyle change. Because I have some auto immune deficiencies, I figured that it could do no harm at all to cut out things that could potentially be causing me more problems (inflammation of my joints, lack of energy, unexplained weight gain, etc.). Although we don’t think we’ll stick with it forever, I doubt that I’ll stray too far from the basics. In the past week, I’ve felt awesome (other than sugar withdrawal headaches). If you’ve never heard of Whole30 or Paleo, I really encourage you to check them out! It is so worth giving it a try, because the worst thing that could happen is that you find you enjoy eating more fruits and veggies!

I’ll do a full recap of what I’ve been eating and will be posting more recipes over the coming weeks, but right now I want to tell you about the banana muffins pictured above. Although some may argue that a few of the ingredients aren’t 100% Whole30 compliant (baking soda & baking powder), I say…pick your battles. I’ve been having a hard time getting a decent breakfast in me before work, so if a wholesome muffin can do the trick I think that’s worth it!

My recipe is inspired by this one. Because I didn’t have cashews or walnut oil, I figured I’d fudge the recipe a little and create my own. (BTW- this gal’s blog has been such a great encouragement to me and has supplied some pretty awesome recipe references! PLUS she’s a young Christian woman who met her husband while working at Camp. Bonus points!)

Grain, Diary, & Sugar Free Banana Muffins

Yield: 1 dozen muffins


  • 3 very ripe bananas
  • ~1/3 cup almond butter (approximate - I used 2 big spoonfuls)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour/meal (if you've made almond milk you can use the meal from that!)
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3 Tbsp. shredded coconut (optional, but delicious!)


  1. Coconut oil to grease your muffin tin
  2. Begin by mixing your bananas, almond butter, and eggs.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine almond flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and shredded coconut.
  4. Add dry ingredients into your banana mixture and mix until combined.
  5. Grease your muffin tins and fill with 2/3 full with batter.
  6. Bake for 12-15 minutes at 375 degrees or until toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Let cool completely before storing.
  8. ENJOY!
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These muffins don’t stand much of a chance of making it through the week. They are seriously delicious! I hope that you enjoy them just as much as we have been :)

Getting healthy,
Mrs. Edwards


15 thoughts on “Grain, Diary, & Sugar Free Banana Muffins

  1. Katie S. Reply

    Yummy!!! Trying those for sure!!!

  2. Olivia Sanders (@oliviagsc) Reply

    Your muffins were the first result on Google when I put in “Whole30 muffins” :-) I baked them this afternoon, and they are just terrific! So yummy…

  3. Casey Segal Reply

    These look yummy, but unfortunately aren’t Whole30..these would qualify as a “Sex With Your Pants On” food, so even though the ingredients are technically allowed, the paleo-fying of a baked good is not in the spirit of the Whole30. I’m bookmarking these for February, when I move from doing a strict Whole30 to more of a paleo lifestyle. ;)

    1. Bekah Reply

      Do you have the calorie count for these??

  4. Court Reply

    For direction #2, do you mean almond flour?

    1. Terra Reply

      Yes! You’re right. Thanks for catching that :)

  5. Jessica Wilson Reply

    This recipe has become a saving grace during my first Whole 30! (Even my husband — Mr. Super Strict can’t resist!) Is a great base recipe to play with and add your own flavor spin!

    Thanks a million!

  6. Kelly Nicole Reply

    What is the texture of the muffin dough before and muffin after baking? I didn’t have almond flour on hand, so I substituted with coconut flour. Was curious to know if that would alter the texture…

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  8. karen Reply

    These do look delicious…when I’m successfully through the Whole30, I’ll try these as a inflammation-free type of baked good. But I agree with Casey — definitely not in the spirit of Whole30 and retraining you’re body. If it looks like a muffin and tastes like a muffin it will make me want more muffins. But saving the recipe and kudos to you for developing it. Thank you– because I loooove spices and baking. :-)

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  10. Michelle Marttila - Happy Heart Made Reply

    Thanks for the recipe…the directions were perfect! I just started Whole30 and needed something desert like! I just ate two as soon as they came out of the oven–YUMMY! Plan to make a bunch to freeze.

  11. Holly Albright Reply

    I have been meaning to tell you how amazing these muffins are! I have a family of 6 and I have made them for months now. We all love them!! Thank you for sharing. Blessings!
    ~ Holly :)

  12. Jen Reply

    Oh my gosh! Shockingly good!

  13. Joanne Crysler Reply

    I made these amazing muffins. Everybody loved them– even the kids. I gave the recipe to 4 friends. Thank you!

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