Almond Flour Banana Muffins {with coconut}

by Hillary on April 7, 2013

I try to sleep in when I can. I really do.

However, my body’s internal alarm clock goes off early, despite my best intentions.

Today, I didn’t argue with the 7:00am wake-up call. I knew I had three very ripe (black!) bananas sitting patiently on my kitchen counter asking for immediate attention.

I slipped on my pair of chocolate brown Uggs, poured myself a glass of iced coffee with almond milk, and pre-heated the oven.

I mashed the over-ripe bananas with a fork, releasing their sweet, rum-like aroma into my quiet cooking space. 

I cracked two cage-free eggs, revealing their bright yellow yolks.

I fluffed the almond flour (technically almond meal), accessorizing its nutty flavor with a necessary 1/4 cup of coconut.

Between the caffeine of my bold cup of joe and the aromas of the aforementioned ingredients, it was apparent my appetite was turned on by the grumble in my tummy.

I paused production for an early morning appetizer: half of an (under-ripe) banana with freshly-ground almond butter.

Too much almond butter and banana… there is no such thing.

Assembly resumed.

I admired the consistency of the finished muffin batter in the turquoise bowl. It appeared to have potential. 

In the lined muffin tin, I gave the shiny batter a couple of good luck taps, gingerly slid the pan into the oven, and set the clock for a time of twenty.

With five seconds remaining, I stopped the timer in apprehension of disturbing my sleeping roommate.

I opened the oven door with hesitation of a baking disappointment. 

I picked the prettiest to poke with my glass bead-decorated cake tester and smiled. 

Breakfast was going to be good.

I gave them all of three minutes to cool as I opened the blinds to welcome unexpected sunshine. 

I pealed off the paper of muffin number one (of two), and gently broke off a chunk of warm banana goodness, infused with pure maple syrup and homemade vanilla extract.

They were perfect in every way. 

As I chewed my last bite, I pondered how I could extend this morning moment.





Check out my Recipage for the full recipe.

Enjoy & Happy Sunday! 

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{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

catherine April 7, 2013 at 11:25 am

Aaw, what a lovely story, can I come round for brekkie ;)? Love the way you wrote that, made me feel all sunny and happy. And the muffins sound super easy too, yay.


Aja April 7, 2013 at 12:02 pm

Best recipe post ever.


Hillary April 7, 2013 at 2:36 pm



Dad April 7, 2013 at 2:28 pm

You’re back! They sure look good.


Grace April 7, 2013 at 5:33 pm

oh those ripe (fermenting?) bananas :)


Makenzie April 8, 2013 at 6:10 am

HILLARY! You’re back! I missed reading your posts :) and omg those sound amazing.


Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl April 9, 2013 at 12:54 pm

These look SO delicious. Your photography is fabulous, too! :)


Robyn @thereallife_rd April 10, 2013 at 5:43 am

This resembles my Sunday mornings to a tee :) I can’t sleep in at all, so I cherish the quiet mornings I have to myself while my roommate is still sleeping. This looks so simple and delicious, I’ve been hooked on almond meal lately!

And your pictures are gorgeous! What camera do you use?


Hillary April 11, 2013 at 1:13 pm
Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health April 10, 2013 at 9:55 am

I haven’t tried baking with almond flour, but would like to give it a go sometime soon. This recipe sounds like a perfect place to start. I wish I had one to eat at work right now! :)


Hillary April 11, 2013 at 12:55 pm

Oh, you must try almond flour – it’s terrific!!


Elizabeth April 14, 2013 at 7:55 am

One of my goals for April was to make one new, healthy breakfast, snack, and dinner recipe. I made these muffins to take for a snack at work, and it worked! I stumbled upon your blog last week and have enjoyed the workouts and recipies. Thanks!


Theresa @ Two Much Fun September 6, 2013 at 4:52 pm

Hi Hillary, we just baked a batch of your almond flour banana muffins, and four are already gone! We are always looking for healthy and delicious muffin recipes. My little 3 1/2 year olds LOVE muffins. I haven’t baked with just almond flour yet — we use mostly whole wheat pastry flour and white whole wheat flour. I’m so glad I tried these, they are delicious. It has an almost corn muffin consistency. Yummmy. Thank you so much, Hillary, for a delicious and healthy recipe.


Eileen July 9, 2014 at 5:35 pm

Wonderful story of a beautiful morning…love it! Am trying the muffins tomorrow…thank you so much!


Amanda August 12, 2014 at 5:37 am

ok i’m going to sound stupid here (it may be my pregnant brain lol), but i can’t see how much almond meal you used?


Hillary August 12, 2014 at 9:05 am

2 cups


Alysia @ Slim Sanity October 3, 2014 at 7:22 am

Mmmm I love coconut! And muffins. Seriously my most favorite thing EVER to bake! :)


Paula November 23, 2014 at 9:46 am

3 T coconut oil, melted

tbsp, tsp ?


Hillary November 23, 2014 at 10:52 am



Rebecca January 25, 2015 at 7:03 pm

I’ve made these several times and not only are they healthy, they’re delicious, fluffy and extremely moist. I make them on Sundays and eat them for breakfast all week. Even my picky husband likes them ;) Thanks for this great recipe!


Hillary January 25, 2015 at 8:34 pm

So glad you like the recipe! I almost made a batch today, but went for cashew meal cookies instead :)


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