Whole Wheat Banana Nut Muffins Recipe | Cookin' Canuck (2024)

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These Banana Nut Muffins are really all about the taste, but you can't beat a muffin that's also healthier, thanks to whole wheat flour and less sugar.
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Over the past (almost) six years of writing this blog, I've learned an important lesson when it comes to recipe development. As much fun as it is to come up with new flavor combinations and crazy original ideas, more often then not, it's the simplest flavors that resonate with you, the readers, and even my family.

Years ago (pre-food blog), I made some banana muffins that my husband and I immediately fell in love with. The texture, the flavor...they had it all. But when I made the muffins again several years later, I was surprised by how sweet they were. My tastebuds had changed, and muffins that resembled cupcakes, rather than healthy snacks, just didn't do it for me anymore.

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If you visit here often, you already know that I like to lighten things up. It was time to put our old standby banana muffin recipe under the microscope.

First came the flour. I rarely use all-purpose flour anymore, as I've discovered that whole wheat pastry flour (my favorite is the one by Bob's Red Mill) produces a really tender texture, with the benefit of added fiber.

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The next victim was the sugar, which I slashed by half. That sounds rather drastic but, to me, the muffins have just the right amount of sweetness, veering away from the cloyingly rich taste of many store-bought muffins (or our banana muffins of the past). In previous muffin recipes, such as my Whole Wheat Carrot Muffins, I've used brown sugar. That would certainly work in this recipe, but I decided to try something new this time. I picked up some organic coconut palm sugar at one of the local supermarkets. Coconut palm sugar has a lower glycemic index than regular sugar (that being said, remember that is still sugar, and should be used sparingly in your diet) and can be substituted in a 1:1 ratio for granulated or brown sugars.

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What if you're not a nut lover? That's okay, just leave them out. No harm, no foul.

The result? These muffins got rave reviews from everyone in my family. In fact, both kids and my husband put one in their lunches for the next day. I'd say that's a good day at the office!

Other whole wheat muffin recipes:

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Whole Wheat Carrot Muffins
Whole Wheat Pumpkin Spice Latte Muffins

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Whole Wheat Banana Nut Muffins Recipe

These muffins are really all about the taste, but you can't beat a muffin that's also healthier, thanks to whole wheat flour and less sugar.

5 from 3 votes

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Course: Breads, Breakfast

Cuisine: American

Keyword: Vegetarian, Whole Wheat Recipe

Servings: 12 Muffins

Calories: 141kcal

Author: Dara Michalski | Cookin' Canuck



  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly coat a muffin tin with cooking spray.

  • In a large bowl, stir together the bananas, coconut palm sugar (or brown sugar), applesauce, egg and vanilla extract.

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the whole wheat pastry flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.

  • Stir the flour mixture into the banana mixture until combined. Stir in the pecans.

  • Spoon the muffin batter into the prepared muffin cups.

  • Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of the muffins comes out clean, 15 to 17 minutes.

  • Remove muffins from the pan and allow to cool. Serve.


Weight Watchers Points: 4 (Points+), 3 (Old Points)


Serving: 1Muffin | Calories: 141kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 207mg | Potassium: 222mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 40IU | Vitamin C: 2.6mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 0.8mg

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  1. Hanna

    What ingredients are causing the 27.9 grams of cholesterol as stated in the nutritional information. Is it the egg? I'm assuming it was supposed to be milligrams and not grams? I need a no cholesterol recipe for my mum. What can be substituted for this egg? Is it just the egg causing the cholesterol?

    Also, would it come out good with brown sugar rather than honey? Further, would I be able to use paper cups without the muffins sticking?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.


    • Dara

      Yes, that's supposed to read mg. Sorry about that! I haven't tested this recipe with brown sugar, so can't speak to that. However, agave nectar or maple syrup would be good substitutes. I never have much luck with paper cups and usually end up coating them with cooking spray to stop them from sticking.

      For the egg, many people have luck making a vegan flax egg, which is 1 tbsp flaxseed meal + 3 tablespoons water for one egg. I hope that helps!


  2. Rania

    Do you think it will be just as good if I make it into banana bread instead?


    • Dara

      I've never tried it as banana bread, but I'd imagine it would be good. Just be sure to increase the baking time. 🙂


  3. Caroline Kaufman Nutrition (@sweetfoodie)

    These are my new favorite banana nut muffins. I just sent the recipe to a friend, and I know I'll be sending it along to more! I love that there's only 1/2 cup of sugar and the only sources of fat are from the nuts and one egg, yet they're sweet, rich, and moist from the bananas. Awesome job. Thanks so much 🙂


  4. Erin @ Texanerin Baking

    Despite actually reading the post, I hadn't realized you linked to my muffins until now. Embarrassing! Thanks for the link. 🙂


  5. Sarah

    These are in my oven right now! I just had a moment of panic thinking I forgot to add butter, but there's not any! My kitchen smells awesome 🙂


  6. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl

    We make a similar recipe with walnuts - why don't I ever use pecans?? These look amazing my friend! My boys would devour them!


  7. Lauren @ Healthy Delicious

    I agree- classic flavors are classic for a reason! I love these muffins though. Whole wheat pastry flour is really an amazing thing. 🙂


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