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Amazingly Wholesome 5 Ingredient Banana Bread Muffins

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No, I mean it. Amazingly. Wholesome.


It's not officially 2017 yet, but as soon as Christmas was done, my brain immediately went into the healthy, energized, refresh and reset zone that always comes with a new year. We've got a new baby coming, we've got some blog changes in the works, and we've got a healthy body (or two) (or three!) to get back in business with lots of new, really good, nutritious, I-will-actually-make-it practical food. Gosh, I get so excited about that combination.

Probably good that I have a little blog space to nerd out with that for a hot second.

Banana Bread Muffins with a knife and butter

And speaking of having a hot second.

These muffins embody everything that this week has been asking of me:

  • NUTRITIOUS: You know that time post-holiday where your body is happy and full on cookies... and also begging to be fed with real food outside the main categories of sugar, frosting, and hot cocoa? Hi. I am you and you are me. These banana bread muffins are those real food things because they happen to be amazingly wholesome - shout out to oats / bananas / eggs / dates for keeping our bellies full and our bodies glowing.
  • EASY: Is it just me or is that sleepy post-holiday nap addiction still dominating your vibe? My favorite activity of all time since December 25th has become NAPPING. Which is why this = 5 INGREDIENTS. You could memorize this the first time you make it.
  • NOT A SALAD: I don't know, it feels kind of soon to bust out allllll the healthy eating stops. Don't you think we should eat comfort food and stay in our slippers and jammies for a few more days? Yeah, me too. I'll be right over. These banana bread muffins are ideal for that confusing time between Christmas and New Year's Eve where you are very seriously thinking about the fresh-start-new-you mindset but you are still very much embracing the fact that the holidays ARE NOT OVER YET.

You can, in fact, have the best of both worlds right here. Banana Bread Muffins FTW.

Banana Bread Muffins with a knife
Banana Bread Muffins with chocolate chips
Banana Bread Muffins with chocolate chips

When it comes to toppings or add-ins, there is no pressure to use chocolate chips. Admittedly, that sort of cancels out the No Refined Sugar thing. But admittedly, it IS very delicious.

These little muffs have NO major fat source in them, which is super awesome and I was definitely skeptical of whether or not they could actually pull it off and TASTE GOOD, but I really do love them. They sort of remind me of a soft, yummy bran muffin, which a) I love, and b) I love to slather with butter.

Okay, okay, if you're kind of hesitating about the butter on top, no worries - these are great as-is, pinkie promise. Also, a healthier fat alternative might be found in that jar of coconut oil or the super heavenly nut butter that's been hiding out in your pantry. 😱❤️ It was just a suggestion.

Banana Bread Muffins with melted butter
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Banana Bread Muffins spread with butter.

Amazingly Wholesome 5 Ingredient Banana Bread Muffins


Banana Bread Muffins - made with just 5 wholesome ingredients! no refined sugar, naturally gluten free, and SO yummy!


  • 2 cups oats
  • 3 bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup pitted whole dates
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • not necessary, but I usually toss in a pinch of salt and cinnamon if I have them around
  • not necessary, but chocolate chips are 👌🏼


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease a muffin tin.
  3. Mix all ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth.
  4. Pour batter into muffin tin (you should have enough for 10-12 standard size muffins). Top with chocolate chips if you want.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Store in the fridge for up to 3 days.


We used Dole whole pitted dates which are very soft, similar to medjool dates. Medjool dates also work in this recipe. If you need to soften the dates a bit, just soak in some warm water before putting the blender. This is especially helpful if you have a less-than-awesome blender.

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: banana bread muffins, healthy banana bread muffins, healthy banana muffins

You guys, I've got an exciting series of recipes coming up for January and I can't wait to share them with you! Just in case you aren't already, NOW IS THE TIME to follow on Instagram because 1) we will be doing easy-to-follow videos of all our healthy January recipes, and 2) we will be doing an Instagram giveaway series with the healthy January recipes! I love 2017 already. ♡

Happy, healthy, wholesome mid-holiday week to all of you lovers!

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  1. Skillful Cook Logo

    I am right there with you on the healthy/cozy foods–these look amazing! I think the butter is a great idea since we need fat to be healthy (especially developing babies!) Breast milk is super high in cholesterol for that reason!

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    Ok, I trust you when you say they are delicious. Needing more on-the-go breakfast options that are not croissants. Also, healthy things that are not cardboard. New Year’s Day brunch? Yes, yes, it’s all happening.

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    Hi Lindsay,

    When it comes to recipes that use dates as substitution for added sugar, could I use prunes instead? I never seem to remember to buy dates, but have a half bag of prunes in my fridge! Thank you!

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      I just used an extra half banana (no dates or other fruit) and they were perfect!! I used really ripe bananas and put in chocolate chips and they were plenty sweet.

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    I already commented but I just made these. I was too impatient to wait until New Year’s. These were as easy to make as a smoothie. They popped out of the pan with ease. And you were right, super tasty. Not too dense. Definitely not cardboard.

    My only suggestion is that if you have a cheap blender like I do, opt for the food processor. Old “Hamilton Beach” bessie was not having it.

    Thanks for a great recipe!

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    Silly question, but do the bananas actually need to be brown? I know that’s the usual, but the recipe doesn’t say so, and I only have 1 brown banana at home, so I wonder if I could do it with fresh-ish bananas? thanks!

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      Hi Karen, I just made these muffins, and only had one really ripe banana too, so I had to use two just barely ripe ones as well. The muffins still turned out well, I think the only difference is that they would be sweeter with riper bananas.

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      These muffins are so awesome! I’ve made these every week for about 5 weeks now! I try to avoid much sugar or refined carbs, so I love that these are whole food and so wholesome, yet just enough sweet to act as either a filling snack or a yummy dessert. And so easy as long as you use a food processor and not a wimpy blender. If you throw the processor parts and muffin pan right in the dishwasher, they come out perfectly clean with no effort. I have recommended this recipe to many friends already. Thank you!

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    Made these yesterday, Lindsey. Love you 5 ingredient dishes and make the chili one regularly. These muffins were a hit and so quick and easy! My husband is my sous chef (aka dishwasher) and he appreciated the one bowl (food processor) to clean.

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          I just used an extra half banana (no dates or other fruit) and they were perfect!! I used really ripe bananas and put in chocolate chips and they were plenty sweet.

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    Made these last night and they are exactly what I have been missing in my life!! Great protein snack with all natural sugar and they taste fantastic! My husband loved them too! Thanks for this quick and easy recipe 🙂 Will definitely be making these more than once.

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    Super yummy and so easy to make! Made them this morning to detox a bit after a week of over indulgence back home! Forgot to add the baking soda but they raised well 🙂

    Will definitely do them again very soon!

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    Gotta love a recipe that’s fast, easy and the husband thinks it’s a “Tasty Muffin!!”. These are delicious!

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    These are yummy! And super-easy. Only did two things different than the recipe: topped with some walnuts (toasted) that I had lying around after Christmas and added a touch of vanilla extract to the bowl before hitting on! Deceptively complex flavor for something so easy and with so few ingredients – I thinks it’s from the different sort of sweetness that the dates have. Not too sweet at all – just right =)

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    Hello! Do you mean 350 centigrate degrees or another unit? Could you please clarify it?

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    These are delicious! I love that they’re gluten free too. My ten-month old son loves them, too – sans chocolate chips. 😉

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    Just made these muffins! It was very easy to make and it tastes delicious & healthy! Looking forward to your January recipes!

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    Can you replace the bananas with pumpkin purée? What would be the measurement difference? Thank you

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    These are delicious and so easy! My husband asked me to add walnuts, so added 3/4 cup. But I’m sure it would be great without them. Thanks for another great recipe!

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    Made a batch yesterday in mini muffin pa. Unbelievable – no sugar? Really good, whole family enjoyed them. Thanks!