Healthy banana muffins are made with nutritious ingredients and are sugar & butter-free too! They’re moist, tender, fluffy, and lightly sweetened and make a perfect snack or grab-and-go breakfast.

If you’ve tried my healthy banana bread, then you’re going to enjoy these healthy banana muffins even more.  They’re all my kids ask for and I’m happy to make them because they’re super healthy and are butter & sugar-free!

These delicious healthy muffins are moist, tender, fluffy, and lightly sweet. They’re perfect for a snack or grab-and-go breakfast and they’re freezer-friendly, too. My kids love them as a lunchbox treat, which is a huge plus!

How To Make Healthy Banana Muffins

To make healthy banana muffins, Whisk together your dry ingredients (whole wheat flour, baking soda, and salt). In another bowl whisk together your wet ingredients (eggs, coconut oil, honey or maple syrup, milk and vanilla, bananas).

Combine the wet and dry ingredients and add chocolate chips or nuts if desired. To keep these muffins healthy, use dark chocolate chips.

Banana Muffin Batter

Bake for 20-22 minutes or until a toothpick insert comes out clean. Transfer to a cooling rack and be sure to cool for at least 5-10 minutes before enjoying!

Why these Banana Muffins are Healthy

To make these delicious banana muffins, I’ve experimented with many ingredients over the years and this is my all-time favorite combo of healthy and delicious!

The first and most important ingredient is bananas which act as a natural sweetener. The secret to making these delicious muffins is to use extra-ripe bananas. The darker the better. The riper the bananas are, the sweeter they’ll be and that will make the muffins moist and naturally sweet.

Pro Tip: If your bananas are not yet brown or soft then you can place them in a 300F degree oven for 15-20 minutes or until dark brown. This will ripen them in minutes and make them perfect for baking.

Another important step to making these healthy muffins is to replace the sugar with honey or pure maple syrup.

For the butter, that is replaced with olive, coconut, or avocado oil. Coconut or avocado oil is my personal favorite here but feel free to experiment with other oils or even applesauce!

If you want to go the extra step and treat yourself, add in 1/2 cup of your favorite add-in to the batter. Nuts or chocolate are a great addition. I like to use dark chocolate chunks because dark chocolate is healthy and tastes delicious with bananas.

For the flour, I use white whole wheat flour. White whole wheat flour is just as nutritious as whole wheat flour, it bakes better and tastes more like the regular all-purpose flour. Now, you may be asking yourself if you can replace the white whole wheat flour with regular whole wheat flour and the answer is no.  Both white and regular whole wheat flours are 100% whole grains but the difference is the type of wheat.

The Difference Between Whole-Wheat and White Whole-Wheat Flour

  • Whole-wheat flour is made with red wheat, which is darker in color. It has a slightly bitter taste and a coarser texture.
  • White whole-wheat flour which lacks bran color. It also has a milder flavor and a softer texture.

How to Freeze Banana Muffins

I like to make a double batch of these delicious healthy banana muffins and enjoy one or two right away. Then, I freeze the extras. They’ll keep for up to 3 months in the freezer. To thaw one, just pop it in the microwave for about 30 seconds and you are done!

More Delicious Healthy Muffins

4.64 from 60 votes

Best Healthy Banana Muffins

Healthy Nutritious banana muffins are moist, tender, fluffy, and lightly sweet. Made with whole wheat flour, honey (or maple syrup), coconut oil, and NO artificial sugars or butter!
Prep10 minutes
Cook20 minutes
Total30 minutes
Servings 12 muffins

Ingredients 

Instructions 

  • Pre-heat oven to 350F. Grease or line a 12 cup muffin pan with muffin liners and set aside. 
  • In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, beat eggs, oil, honey, milk and vanilla for 1-2 minutes. Stir in the bananas, flour mixture and chocolate chips (or any other add-ins of choice.
  • Pour batter into muffin pan. Bake for 20-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes and enjoy!

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Notes

To make gluten-free: Use Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free flour.
For dairy-free/vegan: use almond milk flax eggs and maple syrup.
*Trader Joe’s has white whole wheat flour that is also great in this bread. You can also purchase the flour on Amazon here (affiliate link).

Nutrition

Serving: 1muffin, Calories: 203kcal, Carbohydrates: 27g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 0.003g, Cholesterol: 28mg, Sodium: 201mg, Potassium: 90mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 13g, Vitamin A: 56IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 24mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana muffins, coconut oil, healthy, honey garlic salmon, whole wheat
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72 Comments

  1. Delicious!!! And so moist! My family eats them as fast as I make them!

  2. These were fantastic!! I used olive oil and morsels instead of chocolate chunks. The right amount of sweetness, moisture and they feel relatively healthy! Great recipe

  3. Everyone is obsessed with these muffins. So, so good and not too sweet. I did half honey and half maple syrup as well as half fat free greek yogurt and half milk. I also added walnuts and dark chocolate chips (double the amount recommended) Make them!

  4. These muffins are to die for! I only used 1/3 cup of honey … as I prefer a less sweeter muffin… I added some sultanas too. Used 1/2 stoneground and half unbleached … very happy. My toddler loves them. I only cooked for 16 mins and I found I may have still over cooked slightly… next time I’ll cook for 14 mins I am finding ALOT of recipes on the internet appear to cook their cakes and muffins for waaaaay too long… (just my feedback) maybe our ovens are hotter in New Zealand 😂 who knows. Anyway! Recipe is a keeper. Thank you

  5. Did anyone find the full nutritional label for these?

    1. They should have the nutritional below the recipe if they are going to call them healthy. I’m in the food business and very familiar with nutritional facts and without the full nutritional you can’t tell if the claim of healthy is truly accurate. one*

    2. They should have the nutritional below the recipe if they are going to call them healthy. I’m in the food business and very familiar with nutritional facts and without the full nutritional you can’t tell if the claim of healthy is truly accurate. one*

  6. This recipe is amazing. I only substituted with coconut milk and it came out perfectly.

  7. I love this recipe – it feels much more like one of those “you probably have all the ingredients on hand” type recipes where you actually DO have the ingredients on hand. I’ve made it with and without chocolate chips, frozen them, and probably honestly even fudged the recipe a few times and they come out great EVERY TIME. I can’t remember if I’ve ever actually used honey, but with a good maple syrup, I feel like they’re not an overly sweet treat while still satisfying a sweet craving. I am thinking about trying with blueberries just to see, but they’re also wonderfully moist so I don’t know if it’ll be much of a success (and I’m okay with that). My toddler loves them too, which is a major plus – such an easy treat to whip together or to pull from the freezer.

  8. This is my favorite banana muffin/bread recipe! I have probably made it 10 times and it is amazing every time. I use pamela’s gf flour mix and spectrum shortening instead of butter.

    1. Delicious recipe but it’s seriously misleading to advertise these as sugar-free: honey and maple syrup are still forms of sugar, even if they’re less processed than white sugar. I encourage you to edit the wording.

      FYI I followed the recipe exactly with exception to the following choices: olive oil instead of coconut oil, plain Balkan style yogurt instead of milk, subbed kamut flour, slightly less honey than called for (between 1/3-1/2C), and added a handful of chopped walnuts. 21min baked on convection at 350.

      Yielded 13 muffins. They turned out amazingly moist and moderately sweet. I think I could reduce the sweetener a touch more next time.

      1. Wow these are so good!! Easy simple ingredients. Bakery quality minus all the unnecessary sugar!

  9. This recipe is a keeper! Super yummy and perfect for my family’s breakfast. The only thing I would say is that 21 minutes was too long, they browned a tad much for me.

  10. I have never commented on a recipe in my life but absolutely loved the way these muffins turned out. I used 10%vanilla yogurt and substituted the chocolate chips with fresh blueberries. Perfect texture! I’m going to try with avocado oil next time and oat flour to make them gluten free

    1. Your comment makes my day! So glad you enjoyed these muffins 🙂

  11. This sounds amazing, but it is there a way I could make these with fresh blueberries? Or would they add to much water into the batter?

    I’m also considering doing a batch with the dark chocolate chips but also dried cranberries.

  12. Made them last night. Used full fat TJ’s greek honey yogurt (leftover), little less than honey than asked for, 3 bananas. Adjustments included: 1/3 cup walnuts, 1/3 cup chocolate chips, 2/3 tsp cinnamon. They came out very moist, not too sweet (IMHO). They’re not low fat, obviously, but the flavor is delicate

  13. If I wanted to make blueberry muffins can I just substitute a cup of blueberries?

  14. Mine turned out too dense? I only had white all purpose flour to use though. Hubby still loved them though. I think I would reduce the honey next time.

  15. These came out a little dry for me but still have good flavor.

    FYI for those interested:

    I calculated some of the nutrition facts using olive oil, 1/4 cup of honey and the white whole wheat flour and came up with appx 188 calories, 10 g fat and 8 g sugar per muffin.

    I think “healthy” refers to them being made with natural ingredients, not necessarily for dieters.

    1. Edit*
      That is also with 2 bananas and no chocolate chips.

  16. These are definitely not sugar free. Honey is basically pure sugar and is processed by the body exactly the same way as any refined sugar……

    1. Not true. Honey is comprised mainly of digestive enzymes. Your body does NOT process it the same way as refined sugar. Honey is has a much lower GI rating than refined sugar. Get your facts straight before making negative comments.

  17. I made these today with four roasted bananas and 1/2 the amount of maple syrup. They turned out perfect and delicious. They were lighter than I expected so even better.