Paleo Banana Bread Muffins Print Recipe Print Recipe


There’s something comforting about muffins, especially banana bread muffins. a classic.

I’ve been baking more often these days. Probably because cooking and strong smells tend to set me off. There’s been a lot of talk about paleo these days, especially if you get into CrossFit. I also have a few friends that follow the diet and thought I’d play around with a few recipes and bring them some goodies.

I had to do a little research first since I wasn’t familiar with the diet. I honestly don’t think I could do it, but I give all you who do follow it a lot of credit. Not sure I could give up grains, legumes and then of course, alcohol – except when I’m pregnant and that’s painful enough.

I definitely plan on playing around with more Paleo recipes since I like that they’re all gluten-free and don’t require processed sugars. However, I don’t intend on going strictly paleo anytime soon.

If you’re interested, you can read more about the Paleo diet here.



At first bite, I was pleasantly surprised. The consistency was perfectly moist and the flavor had a nice spice and nuttiness to them. I spread a little coconut oil and oh boy, was it heavenly. My husband was also a huge fan of these and was thrilled there wasn’t any added sugar.  He’s watching his weight while I get fat grow a baby. Ha, we’ll see about that.

I’ve traveled with these muffins and they’ve held up great. I might need to make up another batch before we pack the moving truck [next week, ugh] and head north. I’m pretty sure the boys will thank me.


How many of you follow the Paleo diet? Would you want to see more Paleo recipes?



Paleo Banana Bread Muffins – small batch

PRINT Recipe


  • 1 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 chopped walnuts, plus more for topping



Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place muffins cups in muffin tin and set aside.

In a large bowl, sift together almond flour, flaxseed, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, nutmeg, and salt.

In a separate bowl, add the mashed bananas, eggs, honey, vanilla and olive oil – mix well.

With you hands, make a slight well in the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients. Add in chopped walnuts. Stir until combined.

Fill the baking cups about 3/4 full. Sprinkle a few chopped walnuts over each cup. Bake muffins for 21-23 minutes or insert a toothpick into the center and if it comes out clean, it’s time to remove.

Let cool for 5-10 minutes and enjoy!

I smeared a little coconut oil [pictured above] and it was delicious!


Makes about 7 muffins


*gluten-free *grain-free *dairy-free

Recipe adapted from Robb Wolf

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  • Lostseven7

    It looks yummy!Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    These look so tasty! I have heard a lot about people on the diet, but I haven’t looked into it. I’ll definitely check out that link you posted. Thanks!

  • Jillian Brown

    These look amazing! I literally just finished a regular batch for my daughter when I sat down and read this post. I will definitely try these out next time. 🙂 …especially since the Paleo Choco Chip cookie recipe you posted quite some time ago are the only cookies I make; they are the best!

  • Cassie Laemmli

    I haven’t gotten much into the Paleo diet but would absolutely love these muffins. They look so moist! 

  • Heather

    i’m not a paleo eater but don’t mind healthier recipes every now and then!  plus my sister IS paleo and is always looking for great ways to change it up – totally passing it along!

  • Kate

    These muffins look great! I couldn’t go paleo myself, either, but I can imagine that these moist, nutty muffins are really great!

  • Ana

    I love banana bread muffins! These look so delicious. And yes, I’d love to see more paleo recipes!

  • Stephanie Caprino

    I’m a Paleo eater, and my stomach thanks me for it.  The biggest thing for me is that I don’t get cravings.  I make muffins similar to these without the banana because I’m not a fan, using carrots instead.  They’re called Morning Glory muffins (not my recipe) and they are pretty uh-mazing!
    Thanks for sharing and keep the Paleo recipes coming!

  • Caroline @ chocolate & carrots

    These look great! I’ve made a paleo pineapple muffin and it was delish! This looks even better. Mmm! 😀

  • Mrs.Buck

    Yay! Please keep the Paleo recipes coming! I am currently pregnant and not following Paleo 100% – but my husband and I try to eat Paleo most of the time. Can’t wait to see what else you come up with!

  • Heather Flashner

    I have been doing Paleo since the end of February and it has made a huge difference in how my body looks and feels.  I find it’s pretty easy to follow even if I eat out.  I’ve never been much of a bread or pasta eater  so it wasn’t hard to give those up even though most people would probably find that to be difficult.  

    I would love to see some more Paleo recipes!  Especially breakfast ones because after a while, eating eggs most of the time does get boring.

  • Maria

    I want these for breakfast…and for a snack:) 

  • Heather @ Multiply Delicious

    Hi Lisa! As you know, I’m a Paleo girl and have been since last July and I would never change.  I feel amazing and have seen great results from making the change.  Love the recipe! 🙂  Look forward to seeing others you might create.  Have you tried baking with coconut flour yet?  Tricky but I like using it in muffins.

  • Heidi @ Food Doodles

    Wow these look so yummy!  I’m curious about paleo recipes but I haven’t tried a whole lot.  Either way, the look good!

  • Jenn

    i’ve been paleo for over a month now, and i agree with the commenter who said that it does away with cravings.  i’ve not missed pasta at all, and i enjoy knowing i’m more balanced overall.  couldn’t believe that i made it without chocolate for an entire month, but my craving for it has dissipated almost completely.  my husband has gone along for the ride mostly, and has done well not having grains or legumes.  he didn’t give up sugar like i did though.  i’d recommend you read paleo comfort food. thanks for sharing…

  • Alison Lewis

    These look amazing! It was good to catch up with you last night!

  • Branappetit

    I’ve been wanting to try some almond flour muffins – I have some in the freezer that is just waiting to be used! These look gorgeous.

  • Beth @ Tasty Yummies

    Oh my gosh, these look amazing! I totally have a muffins addiction, they are one of my favorite things.
    Thanks for sharing!

  • Marina

    I just found your blog via pinterest and was so excited to see the feature ‘gluten free’! I too am a paleo-eater, but I will say this- I approach it as a ‘lifestyle’- so while I have gone completely grain/legume/dairy free in the past, I will occasionally have some tacos (with corn tortillas), or sushi (with white rice), or if I’m feeling wild- a creme brûlée or possibly ice cream from this local/organic place. I’m always 100% gluten free, but believe in being flexible/realistic for special occasions or when the mood strikes! Happy to have found your blog and look forward to more paleo recipes! 

  • Olivia Champion

    These look delicious, I will definitely be giving them a try – and yes! I’d love to see more paleo recipes.  I’m currently experimenting with Paleo myself. Thanks!

  • Jenny @ BAKE

    I had a go at a few paleo recipes for my food penpal, and I am in awe of anyone with that amount of commitment! your photos are lovely too!

  • Debi Shawcross

    Not into the Paleo diet, but I am into this muffin recipe and will definitely be making with my girls during summer vacation!

  • Stephanie

    These sound delicious. Love that there is no added sugar. I love to bake but my boyfriend is Type 2 Diabetic so I’m looking for new recipes to bake and enjoy with him. Thanks for posting this.

  • Nell Stephenson, Paleoista

    The only tricky thing with recipes for paleo sweets and treats, I find, is that clients tend to over do them!  As though the mindset is such that ‘this is made with ingredients that are Paleo, therefore I can eat this type of thing often’.  The reality is that even if one does prepare a Paleo-ingredient dessert or something along those lines, it still needs to be reserved for only rare occasions, keeping the day to day emphasis on fresh veg, proteins, fats and some fruits.
    -Nell Stephenson, Paleoista

  • Red

    I made these using a different version of this recipe and they came out massively dry.  Just doing another batch with more eggs added.  Not very impressed…  

  • Alexis

    These look really yummy. I don’t have any almond flour but almost everything else seems like a basic staple, which is also refreshing for any recipe. 

  • Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes

    Love these. Love that they’re paleo, love that they’re beautiful, and I love that they’re small batch too.

  • Becky Leppard

    WE eat Paleo here in this house.  But still have a regular gluten eater as well.  

  • Wills momma

    Do you happen to know calorie count per muffin? They are delicious and will be so easy for me to grab one and eat on the way to work. Thank you so much! Btw, I added just a big heaping spoonful of organic applesauce to the recipe and it makes then even moister. Thanks again!!

  • Lauren

    Hey Lisa-I made this but did it without the eggs-and substituted that with Applesauce.  Very good! Cute blog.

  • Libbi Johnson

    i’m a paleo foodie and would love to see anything you come up with that fits into the framework. 🙂

  • Guest

    Look delicious and YES I would love to see more Paleo recipes.  My husband and I follow this for health (and weight loss right now) reasons, and we’ve never felt better… Love it!  Thanks for this recipe… 

  • Tracy Biggers

    Loved it! Although I added more banana and more honey and even my little boys scarfed it down, thanks!

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  • Leng

    YUM! I just made these – fresh out of the oven! I modified slightly adding an extra banana, substituting coconut oil for olive oil and pecans for walnuts (as didnt have any)….yielded 9 for.. just finished one and tempted with another one! Thankyou for this!

  • Sherry

    Thank you for sharing, they look wonderful..Me, my son and his fiance are doing Paelo. I never thought I could do it but I am proud to report that I have lost 45 pounds since May!!!

  • Laura Reifel

    These are great. Thanks for the recipe.  I am GF, daughter and son are both GF/DF and hubby is paleo. 

    My daughter said that they tasted like “love baked into a muffin!” 

  • Anonymous

    ah, that makes my heart melt!

  • Jenpeterson77

    These turned out great! Thanks for the receipe! I’ll definitely be making these again.

  • Jess Lock

    Wonderful! I just baked mini ones with my 3 year old daughter with grand success. I shortened the baking time to 8.5 minutes for minis.

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  • Anonymous

    love hearing that & you are so welcome!

  • Katie

    Could I instead use coconut flour instead?!

  • Anonymous

    I haven’t tried it, but it could work, just might give you a different consistency & flavor.

  • Jennifer Lehman Duffy

    Im going to bake these right now! Keep the recipes coming!

  • Jaime

    Just baked them! and WOW…..better than I thought.

  • Krisy Trnavsky

    Thank you! This was such a yummy recipe! Love it!!! I will share this with my readers at!

  • Av8ormom

    I tried these with coconut flour because I didn’t have almond flour. It was very thick and didn’t seem moist so doubled the bananas, honey and vanilla. I skipped the walnuts and pressed in pecans on top. Made 22 mini muffins. Took about 15 minutes to cook. Me, husband and 3 out of four children thought they were surprisingly good with a little butter! I will try it again with almond flour and see which is better.

  • Katie B!

    These were fantastic! I used an extra banana and a tablespoon of date sugar as well. Didn’t want them dry or under sweet. could handle a pinch more spice warmth. Will definitely make again. Thank you!

  • Nicole

    Where did you find the almond flour??