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So you thought I was a “G” rated website did you?  Not today! (Kidding)  This post couldn’t be more “G” rated, in fact my girls absolutely LOVED this movie, whoops I mean muffins!!

Our family LOVES banana nut muffins!  Have you noticed the trend lately for muffin tops??  I’ve tried them a few times and although good, that isn’t my favorite part of the muffin.  My favorite part of a muffin is the ooey (oh yeah I just made that a word), gooey center below the muffin top!

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So this morning I set out to make a new muffin, a topless muffin…who knows maybe this will become the new craze!  😉


Why Sugar Free, Grain Free & Gluten Free


One may wonder why I decided to go with a sugar free muffin?  Quite frankly, I had intended to sweeten these muffins with a little raw honey or grade B maple syrup, but when I tasted the batter they were plenty sweet.  

So instead of using a sweetener, I thought I would use some unsweetened applesauce.  As bananas ripen, they become incredibly sweet and when they cook they become even sweeter.  I feel our society as a whole usees to much sweetener.  Once you reduce or eliminate sugar out of your diet, everything taste better and is sweeter by nature.

I chose to make these muffins with almond flour because I wanted them to be a well balanced snack with the proper carbs, protein and fat ratio.  Almonds are a great source of protein.  Everyone’s ratio is different, yes…but this muffin has a good breakdown of carbs, fats, and proteins.

By going grain free with these muffins, I naturally could make them gluten free.  There are plenty of great recipes out there for banana nut muffins (with gluten), so I thought I would shoot for an amazing gluten free muffin as well.  

I personally do best limiting my gluten, but hey that is just me.  Do I eliminate gluten all together?  No.  But I do my best to keep it at a minimum.  

How about you?  Do you avoid grains, sugar and gluten?


A Great Topless Banana Nut Muffin Recipe


So here it is!  This recipe makes 1 dozen of topless muffins.  They are AMAZING and I have to warn you…THEY WON’T LAST LONG!  Our muffins were gone as soon as breakfast was over..everyone LOVED them!  Enjoy.

Oh one more thing…have you tried our Banana Nut Bread yet?  It is a fan favorite and it is also gluten and grain free.  While your at it, check out our Banana Nut Pancakes! :)


The Best Banana Nut Muffins Recipe {Sugar Free, Grain Free, Gluten Free}
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Serves: 12 muffins
  • 1¾ cup almond flour
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder (gluten free)
  • 1 tsp baking soda (gluten free)
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 3 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. Mix together the almond flour, sea salt, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon. Set aside.
  3. In another bowl combine mashed bananas, applesauce, eggs and the melted coconut oil. Mix well.
  4. Combine the dry and wet ingredients and mix until well blended.
  5. Stir in pecans.
  6. Grease a muffin tin pan with coconut oil.
  7. Fill muffins ¾ full (almost to the top).
  8. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 muffin


What are your favorite ways to use up overly ripe bananas?

Do you have a favorite banana recipe?


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11 thoughts on “The Best “TOPLESS” Banana Nut Muffins Recipe Ever! {Sugar Free, Grain Free, Gluten Free}”

  1. Michelle Conrad says:

    I just happen to have bananas sitting here so I whipped these up. They are really good.

  2. Whole Lifestyle Nutrition says:

    Easy to make aren’t they Michelle. I had one for lunch and I have to tell you, they taste even better when they have cooled a bit. Super moist!

  3. hallecottis says:

    I should also mention that if you want tops then just add a little more almond flour (I would say about 1/2 cup more).

  4. BethMcGowen says:

    I can’t wait to try this recipe!  They look and sound amazing.  Do you think I can sub coconut flour for almond flour?  It’s all I’ve got on hand at the moment.  Thank you!

    1. hallecottis says:

      @BethMcGowen They are delicious!  I made this recipe twice last week!  It would not work to sub coconut flour.  Coconut flour is hard to work with and does not measure one to one.  Do you have any almonds that you could grind up into almond flour or even some pecans that you could grind up into flour/meal?

      1. BethMcGowen says:

        @hallecottis Yes, I have both.  And I can also just go buy almond flour if that’s easiest!  I was just going to make them first thing in the morning because they sound so good!  Thank you for your help.  I’ll get some almond flour and let you know how they turn out.

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  6. debbie says:

    Do you know the carb. count for the muffins? Thanks

  7. ErinLynn says:

    This recipe looks AMAZING! Always looking for a great gluten free recipe! I was wondering what I could sub for the almond flour since I am allergic to almonds.

    1. Halle Cottis says:

      You could use sunflower seeds ground up to make a meal. Pecan meal would work too.

  8. Danielle says:

    do you happen to have the nutrition facts per muffin.

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