banana chocolate chip muffins (gluten free)

Jessica Penner, RDBaked, Breakfast, Recipes12 Comments

Marriage has taught me that two people can both very much enjoy muffins, but have a completely different point of view on them. 

I love ALL muffins. I’m an experimenter, which means I’m constantly trying out new flavours and recipes (I think that’s obvious; I’m a food blogger after all!).

Jeremy loves banana chocolate chip muffins…. and that’s all. 

Oh he’ll eat the other flavours I make. But it’s no love affair. The whole time he’s just wishing it was a banana chocolate chip muffin. 

You know it’s love when 75% of the muffins I bake are banana chocolate chip. 

Gluten Free Muffins (10 of 19)

Why It’s A Smart Choice

I’ll be frank about this recipe: it’s more of a weekend brunch type of thing than an everyday breakfast.  I’m a huge proponent of making protein the focus of my morning meal. Just check out this post on the power protein can have on your whole day when you strategically choose a high protein breakfast.  

But, as far as muffins go, this is a Smart Nutrition certified choice! It’s relatively low in sugar and is a source of fibre. When I serve these for breakfast for my family, I balance it out with Greek yogurt and some fresh fruit. 


If you give this recipe a go, let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, or snap a photo and tag it with #smartnutritionrecipes on Instagram!  I’d love to see your creations! Knowing someone has enjoyed one of my recipes always makes my day brighter.  


Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins (gluten free)

  • Author: Jessica Penner, RD
  • Yield: 12


A muffin so moist and delicious you’ll forget it’s gluten free!


  • 4 ripe bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup ground flax seeds
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • ½ tsp vanilla powder (or 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract)
  • 1 ½ cups flaked oats
  • 1 cup gluten free flour mix (that has xanthan gum in it)
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Mash the bananas.
  3. In a large bowl mix together the bananas, eggs, milk, brown sugar, flax seeds, oil, and vanilla.
  4. Add in the oats, flour mix, and baking powder.
  5. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  6. Scoop into a greased muffin tin.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle muffin comes out clean.
Calories: 257.5, Fat: 10g, Carbs: 38.5g, Fibre: 3.5g, Sugar: 14g, Protein: 5.5g

Banana Chocolate Chips Muffins (gluten free)


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12 Comments on “banana chocolate chip muffins (gluten free)”

  1. These look terrific! Can I substitute an equal amount of regular flour for this? What are flaked oats? Can I put rolled oats in the blender for a quick whiz to make them flakes? Thanks, I’m excited to try this. I have bananas that are ready. 🙂

    1. I haven’t tried it but I’m sure that regular flour would work just as well (or better!). Flaked oats are another name for rolled oats so you’re good to use them as they are! If you try it out, let me know how it goes with the regular flour!

  2. Yum! Delicious. I just made it. Fast and easy and so delicious. I didn’t have milk or flaxseed so I use almond milk and hemp seed. I always kinda feel guilty about muffins but when it’s loads of bananas and hemp seeds and oats ang eggs I’m happy to see the kids eating them up

    1. No guilt needed! Muffins can certainly be a healthy option! All depends on the ingredients 🙂

  3. Tried with a not so ripe bannana ..hope it still goes well. Used rolled oats, flax and coconut flour. Will see what they end up like!!

  4. I made these today but instead of oats I used coconut flour… I used almond flour as the main flour. I used avocado oil instead of canola. I also added some baking soda. DELICIOUS!! My kids loved them.

    1. Good to know! Coconut flour is very “thirsty” so it’s good to know that this flour has been tested and works as well!

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