Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffin (Nut-Free & Gluten-Free)

This Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffin recipe is such a delicious, moist nut-free muffin recipe that the whole family will love. They are made with oat flour, coconut flour and are nut-free, gluten-free and refined sugar free! Ready in under 30 minutes and bound to be your new favorite on-the-go breakfast or snack.

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You asked for a nut free muffin recipe and we DELIVERED. Nut-free and gluten free muffins are finally here! We’re in love with this Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffin recipe. But we won’t try to hide it, it took some work to get here. Taste testers, multiple good attempts, multiple bad attempts, but here we are! A nut-free muffin recipe that everyone will actually love.

Way back last year when we started experimenting with using oat flour as a substitute for some of our nut recipes we were intrigued with how well it worked. But it most definitely is not a 1-1 swap as oats are very low in fat, have very little flavor and they are absorbent, so in order to make it work you have to introduce elements to offset it. We had originally settled on using a seed butter to help bring in some of those missing elements, but during testing we were reminded that sunflower seed butter turns green after it’s been in contact with baking soda or powder. So after breaking into one of those muffins we were met with a bright green muffin! Perfect for St. Patrick’s day, but it won’t cut it for any other purpose. Those green muffins by the way, were delicious. So we were a little sad to have to start over from there.

But the good news is that we got there! This Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffin is unbelievably moist (…we know, we know…a controversial word!) and full of flavor. It’s a gluten free, nut free muffin that is easy to make and would be a fun baking project to do with kids!

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What kind of oat flour should I use?

As we’ve said in previous oat flour recipes, we recommend you buy premade oat flour. It isn’t expensive and easy to purchase in stores these days. We tested this with homemade oat flour and feel the final result is effected by it. However, if you want to make your own oat flour, you certainly can. We just recommend you try to get it as fine as possible.

How do you measure oat flour

This is the first time we recommended this but if you have an electronic kitchen scale at home, it’s best to use it here to measure. Oat flour can be tricky to measure as it can be easily compacted, even straight from the bag. The same goes for coconut flour because such a small difference in measuring can impact a recipe because it’s such an absorbent flour. So we’ve included the weight in grams here. Any electronic kitchen scale can switch between grams and ounces, and grams are more precise so we’re offering that. If you don’t have a scale lightly packing the oat flour into the cup measurement gets you as close to the correct measurement as possible. For coconut flour scoop it in the tablespoon and then level it off.

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How do you store oat flour muffins?

We’ve tested storing these at room temperature covered (but not air tight), in an air tight container and in the freezer. They all work! But we prefer to keep these at room temperature covered (in a non-air tight way) for two days at most. The muffins get more moist as the days go on, especially in an airtight container, which can make them feel dense.

So if you want to keep them the freshest you can store in the freezer. Our food editor Kelli has been storing these in the freezer and taking them from the freezer and putting in her kids lunch boxes. By the time the kids get to lunch they are defrosted and ready to eat.

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Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins

Prep Time 00:10 Cook Time 00:18 Total Time 00:28 Yields 12

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF and line a 12 cup muffin tin with silicone or parchment paper liners.
  2. In a large bowl mash bananas well. Add eggs, milk, coconut sugar and melted butter and whisk until full combined.
  3. Add oat flour, coconut flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon and mix with a spatula until smooth. Fold in chocolate chips.
  4. Divide batter between muffin liners, almost to the top.
  5. Bake in the middle rack for 18-20 minutes, or until the muffins feel slightly firm to the touch.
  6. Serve warm with butter, or let cool completely and store at room temperature covered, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Recipe Notes

  1. We’ve found store bought oat flour to be different than homemade. We prefer the texture to store bought and suggest that is what you use.
  2. If you have an electronic scale at home please use it to measure the flour, as these flours are notorious for being difficult to measure with cup measurements.
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Grain-Free Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

These delicious and healthy Paleo Banana Muffins are made with almond flour and coconut flour, packed with healthy fats and are made in just 1 bowl! These gluten free banana muffins would be a great on-the-go breakfast or snack and will be a hit with picky kids!

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Paleo Banana Muffins Recipe

These grain free Chocolate Chip Paleo Banana Muffins are so simple, moist, and delicious. The perfect batch of muffins that nobody will know are gluten-free, grain-free, and paleo-friendly! These muffins are so easy to make, with all the ingredients being put together in one bowl they can easily be made for a quick brunch or breakfast at home. Get the kids and they can help too!

Ingredients Needed:

  • Almond flour
  • Coconut flour
  • Fine Sea Salt
  • Baking soda
  • Coconut oil or grass-fed butter
  • Eggs
  • Honey
  • Ripe Banana
  • Dark chocolate chips

Paleo Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Is Almond Flour Healthy?

Almond flour is a delicious and nutrient dense alternative to any other flour. It is low in carbs and high in fat which makes it a great healthy flour that you can feel great about eating.

How to Measure Almond Flour

If you have an electronic kitchen scale at home, it’s best to use it here to measure almond flour. Almond flour can be tricky to measure as it can be easily compacted, even straight from the bag. The same goes for coconut flour because such a small difference in measuring can impact a recipe because it’s such an absorbent flour. So we’ve included the weight in grams here. Any electronic kitchen scale can switch between grams and ounces, and grams are more precise so we’re offering that. If you don’t have a scale: lightly scoop the almond flour or coconut flour into the cup measurement and level it off.

Paleo Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

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Paleo Banana Muffins with Chocolate Chips

Prep Time 00:10 Cook Time 00:20 Total Time 00:30 Yields 9

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line 9 muffin cups with muffin liners.
  2. In a large bowl combine combine coconut oil or grass-fed butter, eggs, honey, and mashed banana and mix well. Add in almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda, and salt and mix until fully combined. Then fold in chocolate chips.
  3. Fill muffin tins about 3/4 of the way through.
  4. Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Recipe Notes

  • Recipe updated on 1/9/2017.
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    Peanut Butter, Banana, Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal

    This dairy-free and gluten-free Peanut Butter, Banana, and Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal is the ultimate make-ahead fiber-rich breakfast for a busy week, perfect for a breakfast potluck, or snack, and is absolutely the best flavor combo! Made in partnership with Enjoy Life Foods!

    Healthy Baked Oatmeal

    Baked Oatmeal

    I am so excited about this healthy baked oatmeal recipe! Who doesn’t love the combination of peanut butter, banana, and chocolate chips baked into an ooey-gooey fiber rich breakfast bake? It’s a super simple one-bowl recipe and can easily be made ahead of time, though we do think it is SO TASTY straight from the oven too. This oatmeal bake is based off of our popular Oatmeal Cups recipe so it has the perfect almond milk (or milk of choice) to oats ratio.Baked Oatmeal

    I’ve been using Enjoy Life Foods chocolate for YEARS! All their products are specially made to be free from gluten and the 14 most common food allergens – wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, casein, soy, egg, sesame, sulfites, lupin, mustard, fish, shellfish & crustaceans. They even make all of products in a special allergy friendly facility, which is pretty great. Plus, the chocolate is delicious! I love the dark chocolate chips and the mini chocolate chips for all of our baking, especially this oatmeal!

    I find Enjoy Life Chocolate in all of my major grocery stores which is a huge time saving bonus, and you can use their easy Store Locator to find stores near you! PLUS, here’s a special coupon for $2 off their baking chocolate – you can print and use in-store!

    Baked Oatmeal Ingredients

    Will baked oatmeal freeze?

    When it comes to freezing baked oatmeal, you simply make up the baked oatmeal recipe, let it cool, and freeze it!

    How do you make baked oatmeal

    • Combine your dry ingredients.
    • Add in your wet ingredients.
    • Pour into your greased, or lined with parchment paper, baking dish.
    • Bake!

    Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal

    What Oats Should You Use

    • Use rolled oats, not quick cooking oats. If gluten-free, make sure you buy gluten-free rolled oats.
    • Can you bake instant oatmeal? The short answer is not really! Instant oatmeal is different than regular oatmeal because it is thinly cut, processed and flavored. They don’t lend the same structure to baked goods as regular oats or quick oats!

    P.S. You can sub out for your favorite nut butter here, or to make it nut-free use sun butter.

    Baked Oatmeal Recipe

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    Peanut Butter, Banana and Chocolate Baked Oatmeal

    Prep Time 00:10 Cook Time 00:40 Total Time 00:50 Yields 9

    Ingredients

    Directions

    1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8" x 8" oven-safe dish. If desired, prepare a parchment sling by cutting out a piece of parchment paper slightly larger than the pan (for easy removal of bake).
    2. In a large bowl mash bananas until they are smooth. Add eggs and whisk to combine. Then add peanut butter, maple syrup, almond milk, oil, apple sauce and vanilla until fully combined.
    3. To the wet ingredients add oats, baking powder, chia, salt and chocolate chips and mix until fully combined.
    4. Pour into prepared 8"x 8" dish and bake for 40 minutes, until the center is just barely firm.
    5. Scoop or cut and serve warm as is or with almond milk, or cool and slice into 9 square portions.

    Recipe Notes

    1. You can sub out for your favorite nut butter here, or to make it nut-free use sun butter.
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    Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie Freezer Pack

    This Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie is the perfect make-ahead breakfast! It’s full of anti-inflammatory foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals, tastes delicious and will keep you satisfied until lunch time. It’s vegan, naturally gluten-free and and so easy to prep! We make them into freezer packs for easy breakfasts that are already prepped in the freezer. Just dump into the blender, add your liquid, and blend!

    Anti-inflammatory Smoothie

    Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie

    Smoothies are the easiest make-ahead breakfast! We love them because the possibilities are endless. In the past I’ve offered up many smoothie recipes, and even the perfect smoothie guide, but today we are focusing on the idea of smoothie freezer packs, and specifically nutrionally based smoothies.

    Smoothie packs are so popular these days, and while they may be convenient, they can be pricey and you can’t really control what is in them. For the next four weeks we’re going to offer up 4 nutritional-minded smoothies that you can prep in advance, and in bulk if you choose, to be ready for a quick blend in the morning before heading out the door. And at the end we’re going to do a round up and a bonus 30 Budget-Friendly Smoothies (in under 30 minutes) guide!

    Anti-inflammatory Smoothie Ingredients

    If you are a long-time reader of mine, you know that I believe that food can play a big part in not only keeping the body healthy, but also healing the body, so we’re offering up 4 make-ahead smoothie packs that target specific health benefits! And today marks our first one: Anti-Inflammatory!

    Inflammation in the Body

    Our body uses a process known as inflammation to protect ourselves from invading foreign microbes  such as chemicals or pollen, or to help heal from a wound. When this condition persists without the underlying cause it can be harmful. This is known as chronic inflammation and it has been linked to a number of larger medical conditions such as diabetes, arthritis and heart disease. A natural and easy way to help keep inflammation down is through food!

    Anti-inflammatory Smoothie

    Best Anti-Inflammatory Foods

    Eating a diet full of foods rich with vitamins and minerals is a great start to lower inflammation. Some common foods to help with this are leafy greens, nuts and fatty fish. For our smoothie today we’ve paired a few (delicious) foods together that are high in anti-oxidants and rich in vitamins in mineral to help reduce inflammation: mango, cauliflower, ginger, turmeric and black pepper!

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    Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie Freezer Pack

    Prep Time 00:05 Total Time 00:07 Serves 1-2

    Ingredients

    • 1 cup (5 ounces) frozen mango 
    • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) frozen cauliflower florets
    • 1 banana, sliced
    • 1" piece of fresh ginger, peeled
    • 1" piece fresh turmeric, peeled
    • pinch fresh black pepper
    • pinch cinnamon
    • 1 cup canned coconut milk
    • 1/2 cup water
    • 1 scoop collagen peptides (optional)

    Directions

    To Make Freezer Packs:

    1. Place all ingredients except coconut milk and water into a freezer safe bag. Freeze until ready to use, up to 1 month.

    To blend:

    1. Combine all ingredients, including coconut milk and water in a high speed blender.
    2. Blend until creamy, adding additional water if necessary.

    Recipe Notes

    1. You can substitute fresh fruit, but we find it easier to buy prepped frozen fruit for these smoothies
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    Breakfast Cookies

    Aside from these breakfast cookies being packed with awesome nutrients, they are also  easy to make and taste like banana bread. Yes, banana bread.

    Breakfast Cookies with Collagen Peptides

    Breakfast Cookies

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    Easy Breakfast Cookies Cooling on Baking Sheet

    I love it as it’s wonderful for your skin, nails, and hair, and also for joint and gut health. Now, how do we sneak it into our daily routine (aside from breakfast cookies)? 

     Through my coffee (yes it’s tasteless)!


    Paleo Breakfast Cookies Cut In Half

     

    Easy breezy. I just add a scoop into the mug, pour in the coffee, and it dissolves instantly with no taste. But, these cookies… what a treat! Loaded with protein, healthy fats, and some good carbs to make up the perfect fueling snack anytime of day.

    Healthy Banana Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies

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    Breakfast Cookies

    Prep Time 8 min Cook Time 15 min Total Time 0:23 Yields 12

    Ingredients

    Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet or a plate with parchment paper.
  • In a bowl smash bananas until soft and mushy.
  • Add in almond flour, crushed nuts, shredded coconut, and collagen peptides and mix to combine.
  • Add in maple syrup, vanilla, and sea salt and mix to incorporate.
  • Add in any add-ins as desired.
  • Scoop 12 cookies onto the baking sheet and bake for 15 to 17 minutes.
  • Let cool completely before serving.
  • Lasts for up to 1 week in the refrigerator or in an air-tight container on the counter, or in the freezer for up to 1 month.
  • Recipe Notes

  • For these cookies I use the blue bottle of collagen peptides, not the green. The green is for gummies and other gelatin items.
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    Cinnamon Chai Tea Banana Smoothie

    A healthy protein smoothie with the refreshing and comforting flavors of chai, cinnamon, and banana. Sign me up!Chai Tea Banana Smoothie | Lexiscleankitchen.com #dairyfree

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    1. Grass-Fed Whey Protein
    2. High-Speed Blender

    Chai Tea Banana Smoothie | Lexiscleankitchen.com #dairyfree

    Cinnamon Chai Tea Banana Smoothie

    Total Time 0:00

    Ingredients

    • -1 scoop grass-fed whey protein Use code LEXI for 10% off at checkout
    • -1 6 oz. cup pre-brewed chai tea, cooled
    • -1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
    • -1 frozen banana
    • -1 tsp organic vanilla extract
    • -1/2 tsp cinnamon
    • -5 ice cubes
    • -Optional: Dash of raw honey or 3 drops liquid stevia

    Directions

  • 1. Place all ingredients in high-speed blender
  • 2. Blend until smooth and creamy.
  • 3. Garnish and enjoy!
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