Whole Grain Banana Muffins: One Bowl!

September 5, 2023   15 Comments

Whole grain banana muffins need to be a staple in your house. I cannot believe that I haven’t posted this recipe.

Whole Grain Banana Muffins: One Bowl!

A few weeks ago, I used Kodiak mix to create a Kodiak pancakes recipe. It did include bananas and I believe this recipe could easily make muffins.

But, what if you don’t have Kodiak mix? No big deal!

What makes these more wholesome than your regular muffin is 1/4 cup sugar - most recipes call for 3-4 times that amount. You don’t really need it when you are baking with bananas.

The added sugar per muffin is 3 grams (and the rest comes from the natural sugar in the bananas). I once encountered a muffin with 20 grams of sugar - AKA a sugar bomb. You don’t need it to have a delicious muffin.

This recipe calls for whole wheat flour (I used white whole wheat as it is almost the same thing). I know that it can be hard to find so use whatever flour you have.

The muffin cups become about 2/3rds full when you use the batter for 12 muffins.

Now, you get to choose what to put on them! They could be naked or you could add some whole oats, coconut, pepitas, chopped nuts…..

I used pepitas, whole oats, and coconut - don’t they look nice?

Add the interesting toppings is helpful if your family has nut allergies (like mine) so some people can have nuts and others can go without. They also make these more interesting because bananas and whole wheat can be a bit dull.

These are the perfect grab and go breakfast (if you are going anywhere), snack with a coffee, or even dessert. They freeze well so you can make a bunch for later.

Have you made whole grain banana muffins? What do you put in or on them?

Whole Grain Banana Muffins Recipe

2.2 from 29 reviews

Makes 12 muffins
Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 20 minutes

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2 large bananas, mashed
1/2 cup plain yogurt (non fat or whole milk)
1 egg
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup canola oil
1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
Optional toppings: old-fashioned oats, seeds, coconut, pepitas, or chopped nuts


Heat oven to 375 degrees. Line a 12-muffin tin with muffin liners.Mix bananas, yogurt, egg, sugar, and canola oil in a large bowl. Add whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt and mix. Spoon the mixture into the 12 muffin cups (they will be about 2/3rds full) and add optional toppings.

Bake for 20-23 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the muffin comes out clean.

Nutrition Facts

One muffin (using whole milk yogurt) without toppings: 132 calories, 5.4 g fat, 0.7 g saturated fat, 19 g carbohydrates, 6.2 g sugar, 2.6 g protein, 166 mg sodium, 1.1 g fiber, 4 Green, 4 Blue, 4 Purple WW SmartPts

Points values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only. See all Snack Girl Recipes

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These look yummy and I like banana anything baked! Do you think I could substitute part of the oil with unsweetened apple sauce? I don't keep canola in the house, but I do have coconut oil for the odd recipe.

Thanks for all the great recipes - definitely going to try this one!

Whole wheat and banana sounds delicious to me. Banana would be the dominant flavor. I have some sunflower kernels I could put on top for a little more interest, but wheat and banana sounds so good to me!

Hi! What else can I use besides yogurt. I absolutely cannot stand the sight or smell of it.


Fluffysquirrel, you could use unsweetened applesauce, additional banana, milk or eggs in place of the yogurt.

Any ideas for making them gluten free? I did find Kodiak GF waffles at the grocery and they were fantastic.

I haven't baked these yet, but I can tell just by reading the ingredients that this will be my go-to banana bread recipe (quick bread recipes and muffin recipes are pretty much the same). I've wanted to make banana bread for a long time but every recipe I find makes my teeth hurt just reading it. Will keep you posted.

Fluffysquirrel, I agree with Susan regarding using applesauce. An acidic ingredient is needed to work with the baking soda to leaven the muffins. If you prefer to use sweet milk or more banana, I suggest adding 1-2 tbsp. of lemon juice to the mashed banana. It won't make the muffins sour because the acidity will be neutralized by the soda.

There are so many different sizes of muffin tins. What was standard size in my mother's day doesn't seem to hold true today. I have four different sizes of muffin tins, three of which are considered "standard size."

I wish anyone giving a muffin recipe, especially when WW points need to be counted, would please, please fill a muffin cup with water, measure it, and state the size in the recipe.



These were delicious! Thanks for the healthier recipe using whole wheat flour :)

I make a similar recipe all the time using maple syrup for the 1/4 c sugar and plain old whole wheat pastry flour for all the flour. I serve them for b'fast with nut butter to add protein. yum yum

Exactly as promised. Easy ! Delicious ! And sweet enough as printed.

Thank you, Snack Girl.


Please give Vegan subs in your recipes. Thanks! ;)


Thank you, Snack Girl! These muffins are a big hit with my family! For those that asked about VEGAN ingredients, my daughter is vegan & we just played around with ingredients to suit her. Easy,peasy since we know what she'll eat.


You have posted this before because I've been making them forever from your link. I replace oil with applesauce all but 1 Tbsp. Eliminate sugar but if I do change it up, i use a tiny bit of monk fruit. Still sweet enough without sugar, and lower calorie version. My weekly bake for breakfast muffins

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