Banana Nut Muffins

This recipe is perhaps going to forever brand me as an incorrigible slave to banana breads– after all, I’ve blogged before about my banana nut bread and banana corn bread.
Vegan Banana Nut Muffins
But hear me out: banana breads are, after all, the easiest quick bread to throw together. There always is an overripe banana or two sitting in our kitchen by the end of the week, and my hubby Desi is so in love with this versatile fruit, he almost went into a panic the other day when he read this article in the New York Times.

This banana nut muffin is in some ways similar to my nut bread, but this time its goodness comes in cuter, smaller versions. The batter is also much easier to put together and takes just a few minutes.

So here’s the wholesome, moist and luscious goodness of these dairy-free, egg-free banana-nut muffins. Hope you enjoy them!

Vegan Banana Nut Muffins

Banana Nut Muffins
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 12
  • 1¾ cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • 6 tbsp canola oil
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp molasses (optional)
  • 2 tbsp powdered flax seeds mixed well with 6 tbsp water
  • 2 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup pecans (can use walnuts), lightly toasted, then chopped
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and oil a standard-size muffin tin (mine bakes 12 muffins at a time).
  2. Mix the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder and chopped nuts.
  3. In a larger bowl, mix the oil, sugar, molasses, flax seed-water mixture, bananas and vanilla extract.
  4. Mix in the flour mixture until all the wet ingredients are just moist. Do not overmix. The batter should be lumpy, like pancake batter, rather than smooth.
  5. With a standard-sized ice cream scoop, or with a tablespoon, divide the batter equally among the 12 muffin tins.
  6. Bake for about 18 minutes in a 375-degree oven or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of a muffin comes out almost dry, with a few crumbs sticking to it.
  7. Let cool for a couple of minutes before unmolding. They taste great warm or at room temperature.


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  1. says

    really luscious Vaishali,I imagine pecans would be tasting divine.Me too adore banana bread or cakes a lot.I will pass it to my friend as she was looking for an egg free recipe.Thanks

  2. Anonymous says

    I am soo happy I found your blog and this recipe! I was looking for a vegan banana “anything” recipe and wanted to try your vegan banana muffins. Fortunately, I had most of the ingredients – I used agave syrup since I didnt have any molasses. Also, I threw in an extra banana and added chocolate chips and WOWEE – they are heavenly! I luv luv the way they turned out – just as you’d expect …very moist, flavorful, but without the egg and butter! yeah! :)

  3. Anonymous says

    I just made these muffins.They look so delicious. My kids loved your banana and zucchini breads.
    Thank you so much for your yummy recipes.

    • Anusha says

      I made these muffins last night and they are awesome !!!! Simply perfect. I added an extra banana and used brown sugar. Lately, I have been feeling that my goodies are getting over baked. So I reduced the oven temp to 370 and tried it. It was done exactly in 21 mins. Such a simple recipe and such perfection !!!!!! Thank you


  4. Anonymous says

    My batter when mixed all together is lake dough rather than pancake batter. This is causing the baked muffins to take a funny shape. What should I add that will smooth out the batter?

    • says

      It shouldn’t be like dough if you are following the recipe. Add a little more soymilk until you get a slightly runnier consistency. You may need to add a couple more minutes baking time– be sure to do the toothpick test.

  5. marz says

    Holy cow these muffins are so moist and amazing. I used white whole wheat flour and I blended the flax seeds with the water and put a lol extra soy milk. Yummy in ma tummy thx for a wonderful breakfast

  6. Lauren says

    I just made these muffins and they turned out great! I was worried I wouldn’t be able to find a good dairy free recipe. Thank you for this! I was reading the comments as I had also been thinking of adding chocolate chips and even peanut butter. Do you think the recipe needs to be changed if adding peanut butter?

  7. Vidya says

    Hi Vaishali,
    I made these muffins, and they came out well. The only problem was a bit of a bitter aftertaste. What might be the problem? My flour, baking powder and soda are not exactly fresh, but I thought they are not ingredients that would spoil. Not sure if the whole wheat pastry flour or the flax meal is to blame. I didn’t have flax meal ; I powdered flax seeds to make flax meal.

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