These healthy gluten-free banana chocolate chip muffins are great in the morning for breakfast or an afternoon treat. They’re made with wholesome oat flour, which is naturally gluten free, mashed banana, greek yogurt, and a touch of brown sugar for sweetness. Chocolate chips add even more decadence to these easy muffins that are sure to be your new favorite!
The Best Gluten Free Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
Sometimes you just want a good muffin and these healthy gluten free banana chocolate chip muffins do not disappoint. These healthier muffins are made with whole grain oat flour, which is naturally gluten free, and get their sweetness from ripe bananas and a touch of brown sugar. Not only are these muffins delicious, they are easy to make and perfect to prep in advance because they freeze and reheat so well. The banana and chocolate chip combo is a classic that everyone, young and old, will love!
Healthy Banana Chocolate Chip Muffin Ingredients
Banana: Pick ripe bananas with plenty of brown spots for the best results.
Plain Greek Yogurt: The plain greek yogurt keeps these muffins tender and moist, while also packing a punch of protein. If you would like to keep these muffins dairy-free, you could also use a plain dairy-free almond or coconut milk greek yogurt.
Eggs: These work as a binder and hold everything together.
Brown Sugar or Coconut Sugar:These muffins only call for half a cup total of brown or coconut sugar. The bananas are naturally sweet and the chocolate chips also add sweetness as well so there’s no need to use extra sugar.
Oat Flour:Oat flour is naturally gluten free and very easy to work with which makes it my flour of choice for these muffins. Plus, it’s cheap and you can make it yourself.
Chocolate Chips:I personally prefer dark chocolate chips over milk chocolate but feel free to use what you like best. You can also lower the amount of chocolate chips you use or cut them out altogether to make a simple and lower sugar banana muffin that would be delicious drizzled with peanut butter!
Cinnamon: A little cinnamon adds just the right touch of flavor in these muffins.
Vanilla Extract:Another way flavor enhancer. Who doesn’t love that yummy vanilla flavor?
How to Make Homemade Oat Flour
These healthy banana chocolate chip muffins are naturally gluten-free thanks to oat flour. Gluten-free baking can be a little tricky and I’ve had my fair share of baking fails when experimenting with almond flour or coconut flour.
While I don’t mind using gluten-free flours like almond, cassava, or coconut flour, or a gluten-free flour blend on occasion, when I just want to whip up a quick batch of muffins, oat flour is my go-to. Oat flour is also much less expensive than gluten-free flour blends which are often made up of several different kinds of flours and stabilizers to replace the affect of gluten on a baked good.
Thankfully, as long as you have gluten-free rolled oats in your pantry, you can make a large batch of oat flour yourself, for pennies on the dollar, with a high-powered blender or food processor.
To make oat flour, just add a few cups of gluten-free rolled oats to your food processor or blender. Pulse or blend until the oats completely break down and become the consistency of traditional flour.
How to Make This Gluten Free Banana Chocolate Chip Muffin Recipe
Step One: The first step in making these muffins is to mash your ripe bananas. To make this super easy, I love to use a potato masher. You want the bananas to be pretty broken down without any large chunks or pieces remaining.
Step Two: Once your bananas are broken down, add in the rest of the wet ingredients like eggs, Greek yogurt, and vanilla extract. Stir everything together until all of the wet ingredients are well combined.
Step Three: Now, add in the brown sugar (or coconut sugar if that’s what you’re using) and stir until well combined. Next, add in the oat flour and baking soda and stir until well incorporated. Then, fold the chocolate chips into the batter.
Step Four: Now, transfer the muffin batter to a greased muffin tin (you can also use muffin liners) and bake the muffins for fifteen to twenty minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let the muffins cool just a big before digging in!
Tips and Tricks for the Best Muffins
These muffins are so easy to make, and you definitely don’t need any special skills to make them, but there are a few tips and tricks to ensure that they turn out perfectly every single time.
Be sure to line or grease your muffin tin. This will prevent the muffins from sticking.
If you are making homemade oat flour, be sure to pulse or blend the oats until they have turned into a fine flour for the best results.
If you want each muffin to have a few chocolate chips on the top, press in a few chips before placing the muffins in the oven.
I have not tried this muffin with other gluten free flours like almond or cassava. If you need a substation I recommend a gluten free flour blend. Coconut flour will not work.
How to Store Healthy Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
Because these muffins don’t have any preservatives and are made from real food ingredients, you’ll need to store them in the fridge for safe keeping. If you don’t think you’ll be able to eat all of the muffins within 2-3 days, you can freeze them!
Can You Freeze and Reheat Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins?
Yes! One of my favorite things about these banana chocolate chip muffins is that they freeze and reheat really well. This makes the perfect to meal prep in advance for a quick breakfast or snack.
Once cool, place the muffins in a freezer safe storage bag or container and label them with the name of the recipe and date.
Place the muffins in the freezer for a few hours until frozen solid.
How to Reheat Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
When you’re ready to reheat and eat a muffin you can do it one of two ways. My preferred method is to wrap one or two muffins in foil and let them reheat in a 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes until they are warmed through. They’ll taste just like a fresh batch straight out of the oven! If you’re short on time, you can also pop a muffin straight from the freezer into the microwave for 30 seconds to heat through!