Zac’s Banana Muffins

Zac's Gluten Free Banana Muffins

A couple weeks ago I decided to try and make some sort of muffin for Zac.

He’s got the basic ingredients; surely I could make something that resembled a muffin.

Since we were re-trialing bananas at the time, I wanted to make a banana muffin.

What I created is a moist, dense muffin that is tasty and filling. I’ve made at least 30 batches of these since the first experiment (some even baked on board an airplane!), and they always turn out beautifully and get eaten quickly!

To start, crack an egg into your blender. Add the milk and bananas and process until smooth.

Everything in the blender for the muffin batter

As usual, we only had frozen bananas, but I’m sure this would work great with fresh bananas as well.

Put the quinoa flour into a bowl and dump the wet ingredients on top. Hand mix with a spoon until just combined. Don’t over-mix!

Muffin Batter Mixed Up

Then spoon the batter into muffin cups. I’ve been using silicone muffin cup liners and they work like a dream for this.

When I make these muffins for Zac, I make smallish mini-muffins using all 12 cups of my muffin tray.

Mini Muffins

When I make these for me, I make full-size muffins, which usually nets me 7 or 8 muffins, depending on how large I make each one that day.

Full Sized Muffins

There is one other modification I make to these when I make them for me: stevia! I add 6 small scoops of stevia powder to the batter when I intend to eat them.

Zac can’t have stevia yet, but though his muffins are more bland than mine, they’re still quite good. Especially for a child who has never experienced “sweetened” foods before!

Once the muffin cups are filled, throw the pan in the oven and bake. When they’re done, take them out and let them cool on the counter as much as you can before digging in.

It’s really tempting to try and snatch one out while still hot from the oven, because I’ve discovered that they taste heavenly that way! Unfortunately, I’ve noticed that they tend to stick to the cups more when warm.

Once cooled, though, they plop right out.

Cooked Full Size Muffins


Zac's Mini-Muffins

Zac’s Mini-Muffins

Bite of Banana Muffin

So here is a simple, healthy, gluten-free banana muffin recipe that tastes really great. This one is so good, it will remain in my recipe books long after we outgrow FPIES and our other assorted food issues.

Bite of Banana Muffin II CradleRockingMama.comOf course, once we outgrow our food issues, I’ll experiment with adding a rising agent like baking soda or powder to the recipe. They’re wonderful as dense as they are, but sometimes a fluffy muffin just hits the spot, you know?


Zac's Banana Muffins
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Moist, cake-like, tasty muffins with minimal ingredients!
Recipe type: bread, breakfast, dessert
Serves: 8 muffins
  • 1 banana
  • ⅓ c. milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 c. quinoa flour
  • stevia (to taste; I use 6 scoops)
  1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Put the banana, egg, and milk in a blender and process until smooth.
  3. Pour the liquid into a bowl and add the quinoa flour and stevia (if using).
  4. Mix just until combined.
  5. Spoon into muffin pan.
  6. Bake for 18-20 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven; let cool.
  8. Enjoy your healthy, tasty treat!

What’s your favorite gluten-free muffin recipe? Doesn’t have to be banana!

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4 Responses to Zac’s Banana Muffins

  1. Rae says:

    Those look really, really good! Thanks 🙂

  2. Jennifer says:

    Just have to tell you once again how absolutely amazing you are! You are such an amazing mother. My little guy has outgrown FPIES but I still love checking in on you and your boys and reading about your amazing food creations. You are truly reinventing food!! Do you know of Robin O’Brien? She needs to know about you and your story. Sending hugs from a very soggy Seattle! Happy Halloween to you and your darling boys.

    • Carrie says:

      Wow, Jennifer! Thank you!

      I’m SO happy to hear your son has outgrown FPIES. That’s like a fantasy come true. Yay for you! I really appreciate that you continue to check in on us. That means a lot to me.

      Yes, I do know of Robin O’Brien! She’s amazing! She’s one of those people who, due to their prominence, you know you will likely never meet…but I would sincerely love to become friends with her. (As an adult, my celebrity crushes have become weird. Food activist? OMG! LOL)

      Lucky you to live in Seattle. It’s beautiful there! One of my favorite layovers. 🙂 Happy Halloween to you, too! Hugs!

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