Gluten-Free Banana Muffins

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling


16 muffins

Updated: Aug. 01, 2023
I’ve been cooking gluten-free since 2003, when my husband was diagnosed with celiac disease. Over the years, I’ve managed to perfect some recipes so that when family and friends join us, they can’t tell they’re eating gluten-free. These gluten-free banana muffins are one of those recipes…and so excellent! —Trish Pannell, College Station, Texas
Gluten-Free Banana Muffins Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (2 medium)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups gluten-free all-purpose baking flour (without xanthan gum)
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped walnuts


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, beat the first 7 ingredients until well blended. In a second large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, xanthan gum, salt and cinnamon; gradually beat into banana mixture until blended.
  2. Coat muffin cups with cooking spray or use paper liners; fill three-fourths full with batter. Sprinkle with walnuts. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 20-25 minutes. Cool in pans 5 minutes before removing from pans to cool completely on wire racks.
Gluten-Free Banana Muffins Tips

What else can you add to gluten-free banana muffins?

Chocolate chips, nuts, dried fruit (think dried bananas and cranberries), or these on-hand ingredients are great additions.

Can you make gluten-free banana muffins dairy-free?

Lucky you—this is already a dairy-free recipe!

How should you store gluten-free banana muffins?

Store these gluten-free muffins as you would any others. Store in a covered airtight container for 3-5 days. You can also freeze them in an airtight container for 3-6 months.

Rashanda Cobbins, Taste of Home Food Editor
Gluten-Free Recipe
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Nutrition Facts

1 muffin: 149 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 144mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 2g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 fat.