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Fluffy Paleo Banana Muffins with Dates

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Written by Abby

Soft, moist and fluffy, these Paleo Banana Muffins are made with simple ingredients, no refined sugar, and perfect for a healthy on the go breakfast or snack. Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Refined Sugar-Free, and Grain Free. 
It sure is hard to beat a good banana muffin--I mean even those who despise bananas will get down and dirty with some banana muffins and/or bread. There's just something about that soft, moist texture and sweet banana flavor that undeniably hits the spot. Not to mention, it's a great way to use up those spotty brown bananas! So we're putting a date-able and paleo spin on the classic banana bread.
Light, fluffy, and naturally sweetened with date syrup and coconut sugar, these Paleo Banana Muffins are infused with sweet cinnamon and studded with caramel-y medjool dates, which adds a little extra natural sweetness. Plus, medjool dates are a nutrient-dense superfruit, rich in fiber, potassium, magnesium, and vitamin B6 to name a few! 
 organic medjool dates
Baking paleo definitely works a different muscle than gluten-rich baking, but it's just a matter of reworking the chemistry and adjusting the percentages of it all. No need to worry, a chemistry textbook is NOT a required tool for this recipe😂 BUT if you are intrigued by baking ratios, etc, I highly encourage you to look into How Baking Works by Paula Figoni!

Tips and Tricks for Fluffy Paleo Muffins

  • Use finely ground almond meal to create the right texture (it will be super gritty and nutty if not).
  • Use super ripe bananas to give more natural sweetness. Not the ones with a few brown spots on them! Don't have ripened bananas? Just pop your un-ripened bananas (still peeled) on a baking sheet and put in the oven at 250 degrees for 20-25 minutes or keep them in a paper bag overnight.
  • Don't over-mix the batter. When adding the dry ingredients to the wet, mix with a spatula until just combined. Over-mixing the batter can result in dense, rubbery muffins and nobody wants that!
  • Have fun with mix-ins! Throw in some pecans or walnuts for extra nuttiness or some dark chocolate chips for a little indulgence. Top with some nut or seed butter and you basically have a cupcake!

paleo banana muffins

Ingredients you'll need:

    1. Ripe Bananas
      • Not only do you get a great *natural* sweetness, but also vitamins and nutrients like Vitamin B6 + C! Make sure that your bananas are super spotty--that's when they are the sweetest and easily mash-able. For a really smooth texture, you can puree them in a blender or food processor.
    2. Joolies Date Syrup
    3. Avocado Oil
      • This neutral oil keeps our muffins moist and works with the baking powder and baking soda to create a fluffy and tender texture. You can substitute with olive oil or melted coconut oil. If using coconut oil, be sure all of your ingredients are room temperature to ensure even distribution (aka so you won't have chunks of hardened oil in your muffins)! 
    4. Eggs 
      • This adds structure by helping to bind all the ingredients together! 
    5. Joolies Organic Medjool Dates
      • These are just as essential as the bananas! Medjool dates become even more caramel-like when warmed, adding amazing texture, moistness, and a boost of nutrients like potassium (3x that of a banana!), magnesium, fiber, Vitamin B's, etc!
    6. Almond Flour 
      • This will thicken up the batter and also has a stellar nutritional profile that's rich in Vitamin E and magnesium and just like medjool dates, almond flour is a great low glycemic option! 
    7. Tapioca Flour 
      • This helps bind gluten free recipes and absorb any extra moisture to get us the desired texture of our delicious fluffy muffins. Note: Tapioca starch is the same thing.
    8. Coconut Sugar
      • To get the sweetness we all love, while keeping it refined sugar-free, we added a little bit of coconut sugar. We don't recommend substituting with a liquid sweetener as it will throw off the baking ratio.
    9. Baking Soda + Baking Powder
      • Baking powder & baking soda work hand in hand together. They both are essential to getting the FLUFF by helping them rise properly.
    10. Cinnamon + Sea Salt
      • Adds a little cozy spice while the salt helps to enhance and meld all the flavors together.

medjool dates

If you make these fluffy af paleo banana muffins, be sure to tag us on Instagram and Pinterest so we can see all your date-able date recipe recreations! And you can always comment below!  

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Fluffy Paleo Banana Muffins with Dates

Paleo, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Refined sugar-free, Grain-Free

  • prep time: 10 minutes
  • bake time: 18-22 minutes
  • total time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12 muffins
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1/3 cup avocado oil
  • 2 eggs, room temp
  • 1/4 cup Joolies Date Syrup
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/4 cup tapioca flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup Joolies medjool dates, chopped
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a muffin pan with cupcake liners and coat with a nonstick spray. 
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, mash bananas then whisk in the oil, eggs, date syrup, and coconut sugar.
  3.  In a separate bowl, combine the almond flour, tapioca flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry, stirring until combined. The batter should look a little lumpy!
  5. Fold in the chopped dates.
  6. Evenly divide the batter between the lined muffin cups, filling each one a little over 3/4 full.  Bake for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the muffin comes out clean.
  7. Let muffins cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then transfer to a wire cooling rack to cool completely. Enjoy!

Store in vented container on counter or fridge up to 1 week.