Everyone's Favorite Banana Muffins {grain-free, dairy-free, nut-free} by Our Paleo Life
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Everyone’s Favorite Banana Bread {grain-free, nut-free, dairy-free}

This banana bread/muffin recipe was adapted from our family's favorite pre-paleo recipe, and now we're sharing it with your family. Grain-free, dairy-free, and nut-free, anyone and everyone will be able to enjoy this classic quick bread.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Snack
Servings: 18
Calories: 216kcal


  • 3-4 Ripe Bananas 4 is optimal, but you can get away with 3 if that's all you have
  • 1 cup Coconut Sugar use Maple Sugar for coconut allergies
  • 1/2 cup Vegetable Shortening we use Spectrum
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups (210g) Cassava Flour Otto's
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda increase to 1-1/4 tsp if omitting baking powder
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder omit for corn allergies
  • 1/2 tsp Cream of Tartar if omitting baking powder
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 cup Walnuts optional, but really good if no nut allergies, chopped
  • Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips optional, but who could pass up chocolate


  • Preheat oven to 325°F. Line a 9x5 loaf pan with parchment paper, overhanging the edges, or liner 18 muffin cups with muffin liners (grease-proof is my favorite).
  • Mash the bananas with a fork until very few chunks remain and it's liquefied. Add the coconut sugar and stir until combined. Set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, cream together the eggs and shortening. A stand/hand mixer is best, but a fork gets the job done well enough too. Add the egg and banana mixtures together and stir to combine.
  • Add in the cassava flour, baking soda, baking powder, cream of tartar (if using), and salt. Stir until evenly combined and consistency is a thick batter (not pourable but doesn't hold it's shape). If using, add in walnuts now and stir to combine.
  • Pour into prepared loaf pan or muffin cups (I use a large cookie scoop to get uniform muffins).
  • Bake loaf for 1 hour, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean (if banana bits stick to toothpick, that's okay). Bake muffins for 24 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Remove to a wire rack to cool completely (or as long as you can wait) before slicing the loaf.


Cassava flour is best measured by weight since it's about 20g heavier per cup than regular wheat flour. If you don't have a kitchen scale, gently stir the flour to break it up, and lightly spoon the flour into the measuring cup. Level it off with the edge of a butter knife. This should give you an pretty accurate measurement of 210g.