Just Bananas Muffins

Simple, wholesome, and delicious, these Just Bananas Muffins are the perfect treat for any time of the day. Made with ripe bananas and oats, they’re naturally sweet and full of flavor!

just bananas muffins plated

Why I Love This Recipe

Hello, lovely bakers! It’s Chef AJ here, the Queen of Quick and Easy plant-based recipes! I’m excited to share one of my simplest and most delicious recipes: Just Bananas Muffins. When I’m not busy creating oil-free, refined sugar-free, and salt-free recipes, I’m interviewing incredible plant-based doctors, chefs, and health professionals for my YouTube show. With my hectic schedule, I need recipes that are not only nutritious but also quick and easy. These muffins are made with minimal ingredients, come together quickly, and are naturally sweetened by the bananas. Plus, they’re a fantastic way to use up those overripe bananas sitting on your counter!

These muffins are incredibly versatile and make a great breakfast, snack, or even dessert. The combination of oats, applesauce, and non-dairy milk creates a moist and tender crumb, while the cinnamon and vanilla add a warm, comforting flavor. Whether you’re a seasoned plant-based eater or just starting out, these muffins are sure to become a staple in your kitchen. And the best part? They freeze beautifully, so you can always have a batch on hand for busy mornings!

Key Ingredients

  • Ripe Bananas: These are the star of the show! The riper the bananas, the sweeter your muffins will be. They add natural sweetness and moisture, eliminating the need for added sugars or oils.
  • Oats: Oats provide structure and a hearty texture to the muffins. They’re also a great source of fiber and keep you feeling full longer.
  • Unsweetened Non-Dairy Milk: This adds moisture and helps bind the ingredients together. Feel free to use your favorite plant-based milk.
  • Unsweetened Applesauce: Applesauce adds additional moisture and natural sweetness, making the muffins tender and delicious.
  • Cinnamon and Vanilla Powder: These spices add warmth and depth of flavor, enhancing the natural sweetness of the bananas.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar: This reacts with the baking soda to help the muffins rise and gives them a light, fluffy texture.
  • Baking Powder and Baking Soda: These leavening agents ensure that your muffins rise beautifully and have a nice, airy texture.
just banana ingredients

The Process

Preheat your oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients: oats, cinnamon, vanilla powder, baking powder, and baking soda. In a food processor fitted with the “S” blade, purée the bananas until smooth. Add the non-dairy milk and applesauce to the food processor and process again until well combined.

Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Be careful not to overmix, as this can make the muffins dense. Evenly distribute the batter into twelve muffin cups, using a silicone muffin pan.

Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow the muffins to cool completely before removing them from the pan to ensure they come out easily and hold their shape.

Chef’s Tips

  • Consider investing in a silicone muffin pan. It’s a lifesaver when baking without oil, ensuring that your muffins come out cleanly and effortlessly.
  • For a fun variation, add 2 cups of wild blueberries to the batter for delicious banana-blueberry muffins.
  • If you can’t find vanilla powder at your local store, it’s readily available online.
  • The riper the bananas, the sweeter these muffins will be. If they aren’t sweet enough for your taste, try replacing the non-dairy milk with unsweetened apple juice for an extra touch of sweetness.

How to Store Just Bananas Muffins

These muffins freeze exceptionally well, making them a perfect grab-and-go breakfast or snack. Store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week or in the freezer for up to three months. Just be sure to let them cool completely before storing to maintain their texture and flavor.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will they last in the fridge?

Stored in an airtight container, these muffins will stay fresh for up to a week.

Can I freeze them?

Yes, they freeze beautifully. Store them in an airtight container for up to three months.

Can I use other fruits or mix-ins?

Absolutely! Try adding 2 cups of wild blueberries, chopped nuts, or even chocolate chips for a fun twist.

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Serving Suggestion

These muffins are perfect on their own, but you can also enjoy them with a smear of almond butter or a drizzle of maple syrup for a special treat. Pair them with your morning coffee or tea for a delightful breakfast, or pack them in your lunchbox for a healthy snack.

Summary

Just Bananas Muffins are a simple, wholesome, and delicious treat that’s perfect for any time of the day. They’re made with minimal ingredients, come together quickly, and are naturally sweetened by ripe bananas. Whether you’re looking for a healthy breakfast, snack, or dessert, these muffins are sure to satisfy.

If you tried this recipe, I’d love to see your results! Share your culinary creation on social media and tag me. As the Queen of Quick and Easy, nothing makes me happier than seeing how my convenient plant-based recipes inspire your kitchen adventures. Let’s celebrate the love of cooking and enjoy the deliciousness together!

just bananas muffins plated

Just Banana Muffins

Just Bananas Muffins are a simple, wholesome, and gluten-free treat made with minimal ingredients, naturally sweetened by ripe bananas, and perfect for any time of the day!

Equipment

  • Food processor
  • Mixing bowl
  • Muffin pan

Ingredients 

  • 8 Very ripe bananas
  • 4 cups Oats
  • 1 cup Unsweetened non-dairy milk
  • 1 cup Unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tsp Ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp Vanilla powder
  • 1 Tbsp Apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Aluminum- and sodium-free baking powder
  • 1 tsp Sodium-free baking soda
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Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Place all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  • Purée bananas in a food processor fitted with the “S” blade until smooth. Add the non-dairy milk and applesauce and process again until combined.
  • Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Do not overmix.
  • Evenly distribute the batter into twelve muffin cups, using a silicone muffin pan.
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool the muffins completely before removing them from the pan.
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About Chef AJ

Hey there, I’m Chef AJ, the Queen of Quick and Easy plant-based recipes. I’m the culinary wizard behind delicious dishes that are oil-free, refined sugar-free, and salt-free. As a chef, author, and host, I’m passionate about creating convenient and easy recipes that make healthy eating fun and incredibly tasty!

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