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!

Oat flour muffins

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



  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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How to Make Sweet Potato Toast

We’re diving in to How to Make Sweet Potato Toast today because they are our new favorite breakfast, snack, or lunch and can guess they’ll be yours too! Sweet potato toasts are easy to make, nutrient-dense, and there are so many options to shake up your toast topping game. Sweet potato toast is a great fiber-rich, gluten-free, Whole30 approved, and vegan healthy toast replacement! PLUS, they are super easy to make!

Sweet potato toast toppingsHow to Make Sweet Potato Toast

Making sweet potato toast is about to become your new favorite breakfast, snack, lunch, or hey, even dinner! These Pinterest-worthy lower carb “toasts” have been making the rounds lately. What is sweet potato toast? Well basically they are cooked slices of sweet potato that are a great nutrient-dense alternative to regular toasted bread that can hold a hefty portion of toppings. Did we mention they are also delicious? Today we’re diving into all the details on How to Make Sweet Potato Toasts for our ongoing How to Wednesday series and sharing our favorite topping choices as well!

What kind of sweet potatoes are best?

Look for large round sweet potatoes! These work best because you can get good slices out of them. Curved ones, or oddly shaped ones, aren’t great for toast because you’ll waste more of the sweet potato when you’re slicing them up!

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What are the different kinds of sweet potatoes?

Well this isn’t the most straightforward question! These day the grocery stores can sell a few different types of sweet potatoes and sometimes they are labeled yams (but apparently they’re not actually yams?). For this purpose the best type of sweet potato is usually labeled as a Garnet Yam, but a Beauregard or a Jewell Sweet Potato will work best too.

  • Garnet Yams are actually sweet potatoes and they are the best choice for sweet potato toast.
  • Japanese Sweet Potatoes and Hannah Sweet Potatoes: These two look different on the outside, with the Japanese  having a purple skin and the Hannah having a tan skin but they are both similar on the inside with starchier yellow flesh. We don’t recommend these for sweet potato toast.
  • Purple Sweet Potato: This has a very starchy firm purple potato. While delicious, we also don’t recommend this type for sweet potato toast.

How do you easily cut up sweet potatoes

There are two options for slicing up the sweet potatoes. You can either use a mandolin, though it will need to be a good quality one with a sharp blade. Or use a sharp knife! If you are a little unsteady with your knife skills, slice of a piece of the sweet potato so you can rest it on that fast surface for safer cutting.

Do you peel sweet potatoes?

Peel the sweet potato if desired! The skin is edible, but can be rough and fibrous, so if you are concerned with texture you can peel the skin off. The most important thing is to aim to make them all the same size. For sweet potato toast, we find it’s easier to leave the skin on because it helps the sweet potato keep it’s shape.

Why we aren’t making sweet potato toast in the toaster

We know this method is out there–but we don’t recommend it. It takes too long to cook the sweet potato in the toaster (unless you are using a powerful toaster oven) so we recommend using the oven bake method first, and then to reheat you can use a toaster to warm it up and get it slightly crispy.

Is sweet potato toast better than bread?

There really are endless options for topping the sweet potato toast. You can go with savory or sweet, or even make a DIY sweet potato bar and let your loved ones make their own!

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Savory Ideas:

  • Cream Cheese, Lox, Red Onion, Tomato slices, and Capers: Kite Hill is a great dairy-free alternative for cream cheese.
  • Tuna Melt or Chicken Salad Melt: Place your favorite tuna salad or chicken salad on your sweet potato toast, top with slices of tomato and cheese, then place under the broiler, for about 1 minute, until cheese is melted!
  • Loaded Avocado Toast: In the LCK cookbook, there is a killer avocado toast that recipe that can be used here! You can use that topping, or make a quick smashed avocado topping: Smash your avocado, sprinkle some salt, red pepper flakes, garlic granules and squeeze of lime juice! Then top with crispy chickpeas, everything bagel seasoning, and some sriracha!

Sweet Ideas:

  • Nut Butter, Banana, and Cacao Nibs: You can use any type of nut butter or sunflower seed butter here and add in fresh banana and cacao nibs for crunch or regular chocolate chips. Sprinkle with some chia seed or flax seed for some extra fiber.
  • Nutella with Berries and Shredded Coconut: We have a homemade Nutella recipe, but go ahead and buy store bought chocolate hazelnut spread if you need–there are a couple of different options out there. Top with berries of choices and shredded (or toasted) coconut for some crunch.

How to Reheat:

This recipe makes a large make ahead batch for the week. To reheat as needed either stick it in a toaster, a toaster oven until hot and edges are crispy. It’s best to top as needed (like regular toast) but you can prep one for lunch to reheat at work later and reheat like any other food, though the sweet potato won’t be crispy.

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Sweet Potato Toasts

Prep Time 00:05 Cook Time 00:10 Total Time 00:15 Yields 8-10 pieces


  • 2 large, uniform sweet potato or yam
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil, or spray
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat an oven to 425ºF and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Scrub and wash and dry the sweet potato clean.
  3. Cut off the tips of the sweet potato.
  4. Using a knife (or alternatively a mandolin) slice the sweet potato into 1/4" thick pieces. Discard the end pieces that have the most bit of skin.
  5. Lay on parchment paper with room in between and either spray or brush avocado oil on both sides. Sprinkle with salt.
  6. Bake for 5 minutes, then flip and back for an additional 5 minutes. The sweet potato should be fully cooked through, meaning you can easily stick a fork through it, but not overcooked that it would fall apart when you picked it up.
  7. Either use immediately with toppings of choice, or cool completely before moving to an air tight container and storing in the fridge. Use within 3-5 days.
  8. To re-heat as needed for topping either stick it in a toaster, a toaster oven until hot and edges are crispy.

Recipe Notes

  1. See post for inspiration on how to top your sweet potato toasts.
  2. If topping and reheating outside of the home a toaster oven or microwave will work.
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Breakfast Fried Rice

This Breakfast Fried Rice is made using only 4 ingredients and is a super easy meal to whip up anytime of day, not just in the morning! It takes the base of leftover rice and switches up the traditional fried rice by adding in the leftover breakfast staples of bacon and eggs. You can have it on the table from start to finish in less than 15 minutes which makes it a breakfast (or dinner) win!

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After testing and testing and testing our Best Rice Ever recipe a few weeks back we found ourselves with piles of rice in the test kitchen. Not that we are complaining or anything, because it really is the best rice ever, but we knew we needed to put that rice to good use by testing a few new leftover rice recipes, and this Breakfast Fried Rice was one of them!

We love the idea of being able to make a double batch of something easy, like rice, when you are cooking dinner and then also being able to use up the leftovers again for a fresh meal later in the week. This Breakfast Fried Rice is the perfect example of this. This dish takes a total start to finish time to make of 15 minutes! On busy days (which they seem to be innumerable) this is the perfect breakfast, or lunch or dinner! And likely you already have the ingredients on hand or in your freezer: bacon, eggs, rice and green onions.

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What is in a Breakfast Fried Rice?

This is not the most traditional Asian-style type of fried rice, as we really wanted to keep the ingredient list as minimal as possible so there aren’t any add-ins like coconut aminos or other spices. Think of this as more of a breakfast stir fry! We wanted this to be a savory options for breakfast made with ingredients you likely had on hand that could be a satisfying meal. We limited it to bacon, eggs, green onions and leftover rice with optional hot sauce.

What are some other options to add to Breakfast Fried Rice?

If you wanted to add in a few more things there are plenty of options. You can add in:

  • diced bell peppers (after you fry up the bacon)
  • baby kale or spinach (add it when you add the rice and green onion to wilt)
  • frozen baby peas (add it when you add the rice and green onion to wilt)
  • cauliflower rice (add this after you fry up the bacon and cook for a bit before adding the eggs)

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Breakfast Fried Rice

Prep Time 00:04 Cook Time 00:11 Total Time 00:15 Serves 2



  1. In a nonstick skillet or well seasoned cast iron pan, cook bacon until crispy, about 6 minutes. Drain all but 1 tablespoon of bacon fat. Reserve leftover bacon fat for another use or discard.
  2. Lower heat to medium low and add scrambled eggs. Using a spatula move the eggs around the pan until they are fully cooked, about 2 minutes.
  3. Add rice and green onion and cook, breaking up the rice if needed with a spatula, until it is heated through about 3-5 minutes.
  4. Check the seasoning and adjust with additional salt and pepper if needed. Divide between two plates and garnish with hot sauce if using and serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

  1. If you are using seasoned leftover rice (like our recipe for the BEST RICE EVER) you will not need any additional salt because the rice and the bacon add salt to the dish already.
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Everything Bagel Hummus Breakfast Toast

Everything Bagel Hummus Breakfast Toast is the best non-recipe recipe you’ve never heard of! It’s an easy way to to get a quick breakfast on the table that is full of protein and fiber and tastes SO GOOD. This post is made in partnership with our friends at Sabra!

Can you eat hummus for breakfast?Everything Bagel Hummus Breakfast Toast

Whenever we ask readers what is it that they are looking for it’s always easy and quick meals! Well this Everything Bagel Hummus Breakfast Toast checks all the boxes: it’s quick, it’s likely stuff you already have on hand and it’s so delicious! If you’ve never heard of hummus at breakfast time, let us introduce you to it because it’s the new thing!

We love our hummus breakfast toast topped with a soft boiled egg and a sprinkle of ‘Everything Bagel’ spice blend, along with a healthy drizzle of olive oil to add some heathy fats along with the protein filled hummus to fuel you for the morning. You also can top this any other type of egg you’d like, like hard boiled or fried, or simply leave the egg off! The hummus alone is already filling enough, but we are fans of eggs in the morning so we added one to ours!

What bread is good with hummus?

Can you eat hummus for breakfast?

Absolutely! We love savory items for breakfast and hummus is no exception! It’s so easy to pick up a prepared hummus at the store that has real food ingredients that you can always have on hand and use with a variety of toppings. And this is totally customizable to top with whatever you have on hand or feel like eating, not just with what we are suggesting here.

Everything Bagel Hummus Breakfast Toast

What bread is good with Hummus?

For our breakfast toast we choose to go with a gluten-free hearty loaf (we love Trader Joe’s Gluten-Free Bread and Canyon Bakehouse Gluten-Free Bread) that compliments the strong flavors of the ‘Everything Bagel’ spice and the hummus, but you can really use any toast (even sweet potato toast!) for this recipe.

Hummus Toast Egg

While you can now grab Everything Bagel spices in a store, we’ve been all about this long before that was a thing. So, here is how to make an ‘Everything Spice’ blend at home!

In a small bowl mix together:

Store in the pantry for 6-12 months, depending on how fresh your spices were to begin with.

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Everything Bagel Hummus Breakfast Toast

Prep Time 05:00 Total Time 05:00 Serves 2


  • 1 soft boiled egg, halved
  • 2 pieces gluten-free bread, toasted
  • 6 tablespoons plain hummus
  • 2 teaspoon Everything (but the) Bagel Spice
  • Pinch paprika
  • Drizzle of olive oil


  1. Spread 3 tablespoons hummus on each piece of bread.
  2. Add halved egg to each piece and top with 1 teaspoon 'Everything Bagel' spice each.
  3. Sprinkle a touch of paprika and drizzle with olive oil and serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

  1. For the best soft boiled eggs in the instant pot, check out this post but instead do manual pressure for 2 minutes, instead of 5.
  2. If you can't find 'Everything Bagel' spice blend in your store, make your own. Store the remaining in a clean spice jar for 6-12 months.
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Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal (Gluten-Free)

This Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal recipe is just what you need to make for breakfast! It is as good freshly baked as it is for meal prep. This classic flavor combination smells so good when it is baking, and bonus it’s so easy to put together. This dairy-free and gluten free oatmeal bake doesn’t contain any refined sugars and is a great fiber-rich and filling breakfast or snack.

How do you cook oats in the oven?

Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal

Everyone has been absolutely loving our new Peanut Butter, Banana, Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal, so we decided to make another amazing version!

You CANNOT go wrong with apple and cinnamon baked in an oatmeal, right? This flavor combination reminds me of the little oatmeal packets I used to have when I was a kid, but of course cleaned up and using whole ingredients that I feel good about baking with and eating. It’s so easy to put together, using only one bowl and once it’s mixed together you place it in the oven and forget it. It’s perfect for breakfast, an after school snack or to bring along to a potluck.

How long do you keep baked oats in the fridge

What is baked oatmeal?

Baked oatmeal is essentially an oatmeal casserole! It combines oats, milk of choice, flavoring and eggs with hands-off baking in the oven!

How do you make baked oatmeal?

It’s so easy!

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

Can I bake oats?

How do you serve baked oatmeal?

There are a few ways you can serve baked oatmeal, besides digging right in with a spoon! You can scoop out a serving into a bowl and add a little extra milk of choice, like a warm cereal. You can slice it and eat is as warm or cold. This makes it a great meal prep options as you can bake it and eat some immediately and pack the rest away for later.

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Apple and Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal

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



  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 and placing it inside.
  2. In a large bowl add eggs and whisk to combine. Then almond milk, maple syrup, apple sauce, oil, and vanilla and whisk to fully combine. 
  3. To the wet ingredients add oats, baking powder, chia, cinnamon, salt and grated apples 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 and serve warm as is or with almond milk, or cool and slice into 9 square portions.

Recipe Notes

  1. We topped the oatmeal bake with a few pieces of diced apple. Reserve a small piece of the apple before grating if desired to top the oatmeal bake with.
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Gluten-Free Apple Scones

These Gluten-Free Apple Scones are the perfect fall baking recipe. They are light and crumbly and full of apples and cinnamon. They are such a treat to serve to serve on crisp fall morning! I am so excited that we’ve finally perfected the ultimate gluten-free scones that will be the hit of your weekend brunch, the star of the dessert table, or the perfect snack!

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Gluten-Free Apple Scones

While I have a few other scone recipes on this site and in my book, I’m really excited about these super fall Gluten-Free Apple Scones! They are light in texture but heavy on apple flavor! We had a few rounds of recipe testing on this one, to get just the right crispness on the outside and to incorporate as much apple flavor as we could. We love to serve them with apple butter for an extra oomph of seasonality!

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There are a few tricks you need to use in order to get crispy edges on these scones. Because we often stay away from gluten-free mixes and typically use a blend of almond and coconut flours on this site, it meant we were dealing with a dough that has a lot more moisture. Don’t be afraid when the dough you’ve mixed is a little wetter than you would imagine. We have a longer baking time on these scones to ensure crispness, and instruct you to (gently) move the scones around the baking tray a bit so all parts of the scones get crispy. Follow the directions and we’re sure you’ll get just the right texture!

gluten free scones

How do you make gluten-free scones?

Gluten-free scone recipes are a bit different from traditional scone recipes, but typically follow the same steps. The batter does look a bit different, but we were pleased with the outcome of these gluten-free scones.

  1. Whisk together the dry ingredients!
  2. Add in cold butter and quickly blend into the flour.
  3. Add in the wet.
  4. Pat scone batter into a round on the baking sheet. Don’t free if it’s a little wet! Cut it 8 times to get scone shape.
  5. Brush with egg wash, and sugar and bake!
  6. Cut scones once more, bake again, and then remove from oven one last time to shift the scones in the opposite direction to ensure an even crispness, and return to oven to finish baking.

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Gluten-Free Apple Scones

Prep Time 00:15 Cook Time 00:45 Total Time 01:00 Yields 8


  • 2-1/2 cups almond flour
  • 1/4 cup tapioca starch
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 4 tablespoons butter, cold and cut into 1/2" pieces
  • 1/4 cup maple sugar
  • 2 eggs, divided
  • 2 tablespoons almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 apples (we like gala, granny smith or braeburn)
  • raw sugar, optional


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350ºF and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  2. In a large bowl whisk together almond flour, tapioca starch, coconut flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt and nutmeg until no clumps remain.
  3. Add in cold butter and quickly using a pastry cutter or your fingertips blend the butter into the flour until only small pieces remain. Add in the maple sugar and toss to combine.
  4. In a separate small bowl whisk together 1 egg, almond milk, vanilla extract. Grate one apple, skin on if desired, into the wet ingredients.
  5. Add wet ingredient mixture into flour mixture and combine thoroughly. 
  6. Peel and chop remaining apple into 1/4" dice and fold into scone mixture until mixture is completely combined. 
  7. Place scone batter onto the parchment paper and pat down into an 8" circle. Using a pizza cutter or bench scraper cut circle in half 4 times to create 8 scones.
  8. Whisk together remaining egg and then brush on top of scone mixture. Top with raw sugar, if using.
  9. Bake for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and cut again. Carefully using a flat spatula move scones apart leaving at least 1" of room apart.
  10. Return to oven to bake for 10 more minutes. Remove and turn scones around so that the pointed edge faces the outside of the baking. This ensures those edges are crispy as well.
  11. Bake for the remaining 10 minutes, until all the edges are crispy.
  12. Serve with apple butter.
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