I am always looking for new muffin recipes that don’t have tons of sugar.  Muffins are so quick to make (I mixed these up while my kids ate breakfast on Friday morning), and I can put them in the freezer and take out a few at a time.  I made these with the intent to have for our after-school snack on Friday and to freeze the rest for snacks to send to school next week.  However, I might be making more this weekend as my husband thought they were ‘awesome’.  Awesome food in our house doesn’t last long.

I had 4 waaaay overripe bananas on the counter that I had to make use of, so I searched around for some banana muffin recipe ideas.

over-ripe bananas

I was intrigued by this one because it didn’t have any sugar (I usually need to cut the sugar and experiment with natural sweeteners on my own), and it contained a lot of flax.  Any way to up the nutrition in something my kids consider a treat, I’ll do it.

I decided to add raisins and chopped dates to add a little sweetness.

Ingredients (made 16 regular-size muffins):

  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour (for gluten-free, experiment with oat or other flours!)
  • 4 Tablespoons ground flax
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 4 Tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg (depending on how much you like nutmeg, it can be strong.  I used 1/2 but I might cut it down next time.)
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup dates, pitted and finely chopped


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Mix flour, flax, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg in a large bowl
  • Add milk, oil, vanilla and bananas and stir
  • Add baking soda and stir until thoroughly combined
  • Fold in raisins and dates (you may need to add the dates by hand to separate the pieces as they tend to clump together)
  • Fill muffin cups almost to the top

Whole Wheat Banana Muffins

  • Bake for 15-20 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.

Whole Wheat Banana Muffins baked

Banana Date Raisin Muffin

My kids loved these!  Amelia ate one and said, ‘Um, I think I need another one Mom.’  Nope, one is good.  Then they had sliced apples.  I’m not baking every day!  We’re rationing these out. . . Let me know if you try them!

Whole Grain Banana Muffins Kids