This is a no-fail recipe for easy and healthy Banana Nut Muffins. The banana muffins come out perfect: soft and dense, filled with banana flavor and nutty goodness and they are perfect as breakfast, snack or dessert.\n\n\nDuring the week, I am a happy camper with any of my make-ahead breakfasts like my frozen breakfast burritos, egg whites scramble with sweet potato hash, breakfast sandwiches or my quick and trusty smoothies. And a big cup of coffee. Duh.\u00a0 However, there are times when I want something different for breakfast. Something that can easily pass as dessert but it\u2019s still healthy and nutritious. Something like my protein pancakes. Or like these healthy banana nut muffins.\n\nThese easy banana muffins are a wonderful use of extra bananas that are too ripe to eat raw but too good to be thrown away. So, in case you wondered what to do with ripe bananas, these banana muffins are your answer.\n\nThese little banana nut muffins are great for grab and go breakfast but they are also amazing for a sit down and enjoy with a cup of coffee at breakfast, especially during weekends when mornings are less hectic.\n\nThis is a pretty simple banana nut muffins recipe and the muffins come out perfect: soft but dense, filled with banana flavor and, of course, nutty goodness.\n\nSometimes, I sprinkle some crushed walnut bits on top of a few of them before baking and that adds a nice little touch as well. And a crunchy texture. <- LOVE\n\nThis recipe is quite easy to make\u2014you don\u2019t need a mixer or to dirty many dishes either.\u00a0 It\u2019s an all-around winner for everyone.\n\nIf you\u2019re looking for a twist on these tasty muffins that also happens to be healthy too, check out my Healthy Chocolate Chip Muffins recipe, too!\u00a0 So good!\n\n\nARE BANANA NUT MUFFINS HEALTHY?\nGenerally, banana nut muffins are not very healthy. BUT you can easily make them healthy and without sacrificing all the yumminess.\n\nInitially, this banana nut muffin recipe was not on the healthy side, but I revamped it and now the banana walnut muffins are totally healthy and nutritious. Here's how I did it:\nHow to make banana nut muffins healthy:\n\n \tI used spelt flour instead of all-purpose flour. (More on why here)\n \tI removed the butter and added one more banana.\n \tI used coconut oil to grease the muffin tin instead of butter or vegetable oil.\u00a0 (More on why here)\n \tI sweeten it with ripe bananas instead of added sugar. (More on why here)\n\nThe easy banana nut muffins remained easy to make. But now they are also healthy. I\u2019d call that a happy win, wouldn\u2019t you?\n\n\nHOW TO MAKE BANANA NUT MUFFINS\nAlright, so I am saying these banana nut muffins are easy and I mean EASY to make.\n\nHow to make banana nut muffins:\n\n \tPreheat the oven;\n \tGrease the muffin tin;\n \tMix the bananas with a fork or potato masher;\n \tAdd the egg and vanilla over the bananas and stir until combined;\n \tIn a separate bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and sea salt until well mixed;\n \tAdd the dry ingredients over the banana mixture.\n \tStir to combine. Here comes the tricky part \u2013 do not over-mix. The less you stir the mixture at this time, the fluffier the muffins will be when baked. It\u2019s not that tricky after all, is it?\n \tFold in the nuts;\n \tTransfer the mixture to the muffin tin;\n \tBake.\n\nWoo-hoo! Your healthy banana nut muffins are ready!\u00a0 So. Easy.\n\n\nHOW LONG TO BAKE BANANA NUT MUFFINS\nBake these healthy banana muffins for just 20-25 minutes. Use a toothpick to check if the muffins are done.\u00a0 That means you can be up and running with these babies in less than 40 minutes!\u00a0 Aaaaaaand, go!\n\nIf the toothpick comes out clean and tops are golden brown, your banana muffins are ready. The interior of the muffins has to be soft.\n\nMake sure to not over-bake otherwise the muffins will be dry and not as good.\n\n\nWALNUTS VS PECANS IN BANANA NUT MUFFINS\nPecans and walnuts are both healthy and yummy. Some people think they are the same thing, but they are not. There are a few differences between them.\n\n \tThe first thing you\u2019ll notice when you analyze walnuts vs pecans is the taste. Pecans are slightly sweet, while walnuts are slightly bitter. That\u2019s why most people prefer roasted walnuts to raw walnuts.\n \tAnd, while both of these nuts bring amazing health benefits, particularly heart health benefits, their nutritional profile is not the same.\n\n \tPecans have higher levels of vitamin E compared to walnuts. But walnuts are higher in Omega 3 and fatty acids.\n \tA cup of walnuts = 765 calories, 18 grams of protein, and 8 grams of fiber while a cup of pecans = 753 calories, 10 grams of protein, and 10 grams of fiber.\n\n\n\nDepending on your flavor preferences, you can opt for either pecans or walnuts.\u00a0 I prefer raw walnuts in my banana nut muffins, but the choice is yours.\u00a0 Heck, you could even leave them out or replace them with chocolate morsels, if you'd prefer!\n\n\nHOW TO STORE YOUR BANANA NUT MUFFINS\nYou can store these simple banana muffins in 3 different ways:\n\n \tAt room temperature.\u00a0 Wrap in plastic wrap or an airtight container to prevent drying. Stored like this, your banana muffins will last for 1 or 2 days.\n \tIn the fridge.\u00a0 Place in an air-tight container and refrigerate the muffins for up to 4-5 days.\n \tIn the freezer. To store the banana muffins in the freezer, cool them completely, wrap them in foil or place them in Ziploc bags. Banana muffins can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months.\n\nINGREDIENT SUBSTITUTIONS FOR BANANA NUT MUFFINS\n\n \tFor Gluten-Free Diets: Replace spelt flour with almond flour\n \tFor Vegan Diets: Replace egg with flax egg or an additional mashed banana\n \tFor Paleo Diets: Replace spelt flour with Almond Flour\n \tFor Nut-Free Diets: Replace walnuts with dark chocolate chips\n \tDon't Like Coconut Oil? Replace with additional mashed banana\n\n\nMore Healthy Muffin Recipes\nWant more healthy muffin recipes?\u00a0 Duh, right?!?\u00a0 Here are my fave healthy muffin recipes from the blog :\n\n \tPerfect Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins (Easy low sugar muffin recipe!)\n \tPeach Muffins with Crumb Topping\n \t9-Ingredient Blender Chocolate Muffins | Paleo and Gluten-Free!\n \tThe Best Healthy Strawberry Muffins | Paleo and Sugar-Free!\n \tThe Best Healthy Blueberry Muffins\n \tPaleo Apple Muffins with Crunchy Crumb Topping\n \tHealthy Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins\n\nSo many tasty muffin recipes to choose from!\u00a0 You might need another muffin pan!\n\n\n\n\tEasy Banana Nut Muffins\n\t\t\n\t\tThis is a no-fail recipe for easy and healthy Banana Nut Muffins. The banana muffins come out perfect: soft and dense, filled with banana flavor and nutty goodness and they are perfect as breakfast, snack or dessert.\t\n\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\n\t\t5 ripe bananas, (mashed)1 egg, (beaten)1 tsp vanilla extract1 1\/2 cups spelt flour ((can also use whole wheat pastry flour))1 tsp baking soda1\/2 tsp ground cinnamon1\/8 tsp sea salt1 cup raw walnuts, (chopped)1\/2 tbsp coconut oil, (for greasing muffin pan)\t\n\t\n\t\tPreheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease muffin tin with coconut oil.\u00a0In a medium mixing bowl, mash the bananas using a fork or potato masher. Add the egg and vanilla and stir to combine. Set aside.In a separate mixing bowl, combine the spelt flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and sea salt. Mix well.Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir to combine. Do not over mix.Fold in the walnuts. Pour the mix into the prepared muffin pan, approximately 2\/3 of the way full.Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean and tops are golden brown.Allow to cool on a cooling rack.\t\n\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\n\t\tBaking, Bread, Breakfast, Dessert, No Refined Flour, No Refined Sugar, Non-Dairy, Sweet TreatEasy\t\n\n\n\nThis post contains affiliate links for the kitchen items I use often and highly\u00a0recommend.